|Unit of Instruction||Informative Essay, Reading a Novel, Reading Aloud, Spelling & Vocabulary from the Novel|
LAFS.7.RL.3.9 Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history. Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
LAFS.7.RL.1.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
LAFS.7.RL.1.3 Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot).
LAFS.7.RL.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.
|Learning Targets and Learning Criteria|
It is important for students to learn to inform through their writing. We will use a 60 Minutes Video and two other written articles to mine information from the text. Students need these skills to do well on their writing assessments later in the year.
Students will read aloud from a novel, answer questions, write trivia questions, and predict outcomes.
Students will read aloud to their parents.
Students will work on iReady lessons that are geared for individual needs.
earth-shattering – important, momentous, or traumatic
Monday – Writing an informative essay. Watch video on The Lost Boys of the Sudan. Skill: Writing a beginning. Read Submerged. Read aloud homework passage on elephants, discuss hard words, define unknown words.
Tuesday – Writing an informative essay. Skill: Keeping the reader close. Read Submerged.
Wednesday – Independent reading. iReady Lessons. NO HOMEWORK!
Thursday – Writing an informative essay. Skill: Renaming the main noun. Read Submerged.
Friday – Spelling test. Vocabulary test. Read Submerged. iReady lessons. Special snacks.
Fun facts for World Elephant Day
Elephants are truly incredible animals. Sunday, August 12 is World Elephant Day, a day to spread awareness
African elephant populations are sometimes thought to differ only by the location of the animals. But
The elephant’s closest living relative is the rock hyrax. It is a small furry mammal. It lives in rocky landscapes across sub-Saharan Africa and along the coast of the Arabian peninsula.
African elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet. The females of this species undergo the longest pregnancy—22 months.
We know that elephants are large, but did you know that they can be turned off by the smallest of critters?
Don’t feed an elephant peanuts. Elephants don’t like peanuts. They don’t eat them in the wild, and zoos don’t feed them to their captive elephants.
Female elephants live in groups of about 15 animals that are all related. They are led by a matriarch, usually the oldest in the group. She’ll decide where and when they move and rest. She’ll decided this day to day and season
Male elephants leave the matriarch groups between age 12 and 15. But they aren’t loners—they live in all-male groups. In dry times, these males will form a linear hierarchy. It helps them avoid injuries that could result from competing for water.
Asian elephants don’t run. Running requires lifting all four feet at once, but elephants filmed in Thailand always kept at least two on the ground at all times.
An African elephant can detect seismic signals with sensory cells in its feet. They can also “hear” these
Elephants have passed the mirror test—they recognize themselves in a mirror. Other animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror include Like great apes, magpies and dolphins. Human toddlers have also passed that test.
Elephants can get sunburned, so they take care to protect themselves. “Elephants will throw sand on their backs and on their head. They do that to keep them from getting sunburned and to keep bugs off,” said Tony Barthel.
Elephants have evolved a sixth toe, which starts off as cartilage. It is attached to the animal’s big toe but is
Some farmers in Kenya protect their fields from elephants by lining the borders with beehives. Not only are their crops saved, but the farmers also get additional income from the honey.
Giant boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash
Engineers are deploying a trash collection device. It is designed to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii. This is an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch. It is in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
The device is a 2,000-foot long floating boom. It is being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The “patch” is an island of trash. It is twice the size of Texas.
The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup. It is an organization founded by Boyan Slat. He is a 24-year-old innovator. He is from the Netherlands. He first became passionate about cleaning the oceans when he went scuba diving. He was 16. In the Mediterranean Sea, he saw more plastic bags than fish.
“The plastic is really persistent. It doesn’t go away by itself. The time to act is now,” Slat said. He added that
The boom is a buoyant, U-shaped barrier. It is made of plastic. It has a tapered 10-foot deep screen. It is intended to act like a coastline. It is designed to trap some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. Scientists estimate the pieces are swirling in that gyre. But they believe it is allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it.
The cleanup system has solar power lights and cameras. It has sensors and satellite antennas. It will communicate its position at all times. This will allow a support vessel to fish out the collected plastic every few months. Then it can transport it to dry land. There it will be recycled, said Slat.
Shipping containers will be filled. They will have fishing nets and plastic bottles. They will have laundry baskets and other plastic refuse. All will be scooped up by the system. It was deployed Saturday. It is expected to be back on land within a year, he said.
Slat said he and his team will pay close attention to whether the system works well. They want to know whether it withstands harsh ocean conditions. These include huge waves. He said he’s most looking forward to a ship loaded with plastic coming back to port.
“We still have to prove the technology. It will then allow us to scale up a fleet of systems,” he said.
The Ocean Cleanup has raised $35 million in donations. These helped to fund the project. These included funds from Marc Benioff. He is chief executive of Salesforce.com. Funds also came from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Ocean Cleanup will deploy 60 free-floating barriers in the Pacific Ocean. They will be sent out by 2020.
“One of our goals is to remove 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years,” Slat said.
The free-floating barriers are made to withstand harsh weather conditions. They are also made to stand up to and constant wear and tear. They will stay in the water for two decades. In that time they will collect 90 percent of the trash in the patch, he added.
George Leonard is chief scientist of the Ocean Conservancy. It is a nonprofit environmental advocacy group. He says he’s skeptical Slat can achieve that goal. His concern: even if plastic trash can be taken out of the ocean, a lot more is pouring in each year.
“We at the Ocean Conservancy are highly skeptical. But we hope it works,” he said. “The ocean needs all the help it can get.”
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