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.
LAFS.7.RL.2.5: Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning.
LAFS.7.RL.2.6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
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.
LAFS.7.RI.1.2: Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
LAFS.7.RI.1.3: Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text.LAFS.7.L.1.2: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
My students will read The Astonishing Journey of Teddy Bodain and respond to questions and give short summaries of the action of the story and the characters.
My students will learn high order vocabulary words.
My students will work on comparing genres in historical texts, STANDARD 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.
1. antagonize (v) – cause to become hostile: I never want to antagonize my mom when she is tired after a long week of work.
2. diversity (n) – variety, a range of different things: When casting a play, it is important to consider diversity, so you end up with a variety of genders, ethnic backgrounds, and cultures participating.
3. perceive (v) – become aware or conscious of: When she told her mother she would help clean her little sister’s room, Janelis couldn’t perceive just how messy and junky it was.
4. attribute (n) – regard as being caused by: I attribute my success as a teacher to the fact that I love 12-year-old kids and enjoy making learning fun.
5. eligible (adj) – having the right to do something or get something: John was eligible to get his fishing license for free because he was an eagle scout.
6. persuasive (adj) – good at convincing someone to believe or do something: Sonya was pretty persuasive when it came to getting her parents to let me come spend the night at her house.
7. authentic (adj) – real, genuine: My grandmother gave me a gold necklace with an authentic opal from Australia. 8. emphasize (v) – give special importance to: Mrs. Ventura had to emphasize the importance of not chewing gum.
9. prediction (n) – telling something that will/might happen in the future: Jacob was such an outstanding student it was easy to make a prediction about his future success as an adult.
10. bamboozle (v) – to fool or cheat: Angela could see that the salesman was trying to bamboozle her out of her last twenty dollars, and refused to buy the fake medicine for her dog.
11. estimate (v) – to roughly calculate or guess: According to my quick estimate, the Burmese Python had to be at least 15 feet long. You can also use the portmanteau guesstimate.
12. prominent (adj) – important, well known, leading, sticking out: The state of Florida has a prominent peninsula that sticks out below the southeast United States.
13. belligerent (adj) – hostile and agressive: Joella’s belligerent attitude and constant talking caused her to get demerits at dance team practice.
14. evaluate (v) – form an idea of the quality or potential of someone’s skill, idea, or creation: At the Science Fair, the judges will evaluate our science projects and select the winners.
Book Report – Our next book report is due March 10-11, 2020.
Students will write sentences with Vocabulary words.
Students will read aloud to their parents.
Students will select a library book and read 20-30 minutes per night.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Tiny, pugnacious, jewel-like hummingbirds are relatively easy to attract to a garden and fun to have around. A careful look at hummingbirds provides a window into the elegance of adaptation in the natural world.
The Smallest Birds
The bee hummingbird of Cuba weighs only 1.95 grams, which means that, theoretically, 16 could be mailed first-class using just one stamp. The calliope hummingbird, the fourth-smallest bird, weighs in at a whopping 2.5 grams (less than an ounce) and can be found in the mountains of western North America.
The Tiniest Egg
It makes sense that the smallest birds come from the smallest eggs … but how small? The one to two eggs in a ruby-throated hummingbird clutch are about as tiny as peas and are placed in a walnut shell-sized cup woven from spider webs and plant material.
The Avian Helicopter
Hummingbirds and swifts are able to stroke with power both on the down- and up-beat of a wing flap. Their power and small size allow tremendous agility in flight. In fact, hummingbirds are the only vertebrates capable of sustained hovering (staying in one place during flight), and they can fly backward and upside-down as well.
To their maneuverability, hummingbirds add speed and stamina. They have been clocked at close to 30 mph indirect flight and more than 45 mph during courtship dives. Migratory ruby-throated hummingbirds have no problem flying 18 to 20 straight hours to cross the Gulf of Mexico, powered by their fat stores and given a bit of help from winds.
Life in the Fast Lane
A ruby-throated hummingbird’s heart beats from 225 times per minute when the bird is at rest to more than 1,200 times per minute when it is flying. Its wings beat about 70 times per second in direct flight and more than 200 times per second while diving.
The Relentless Demand for Food
Their high-energy lifestyle compels hummingbirds to locate reliable food resources. Feeding on flowers puts hummingbirds at the mercy of the flowering seasons of the plants upon which they depend. Hummingbirds solve this by being very mobile, and their movements are often shaped by the changing pattern of flower production over time.
In the western U.S., hummingbirds migrate through the lowlands in the spring and return by way of the mountains in the summer to track the intense blooming of annual plants in meadows—moving ever-higher up the mountain as the summer progresses.
Hummingbirds don’t always depend entirely on flowers. During the breeding season, in particular, hummingbirds hover mid-air and catch small flying insects to eat and feed to their nestlings.
In northern and high-elevation areas, hummingbirds depend upon sap-wells of woodpeckers known as sapsuckers. The woodpeckers are able to keep the sugary sap of trees flowing, and the hummingbirds sneak in to take advantage of the woodpeckers’ work.