MS Language Arts and SS, Week of Aug 20th

What a week! We have a really big group this year and will be spending a lot of time the first few weeks of school reviewing procedures and learning expectations. This week kids got used to being in a new space and having a new schedule that includes whole group instruction, break-out language arts instruction, work cycle and math...it's a lot! They are also adjusting to being in a class of eighteen and working together with students who they don't necessarily have much experience working with. Our trip to Kinetic Heights was an amazing opportunity for us to reflect on how we plan to work together as a middle school community. There were so many relevant concepts that translate perfectly to our classroom.  Today we sat together during peace party and reflected on ideas like trust, preparation, listening, and communication. We'll continue to talk about (and write about) our experience at Kinetic Heights and how it relates to our classroom experience.   We began novels in each of our ELA breakout sections.  Sixth graders are reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, the seventh graders are reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper and our eighth grade