Thursday, December 18, 2008


We are starting the novel Number the Stars after break. Students are more than welcome to purchase their own copy to read at home.

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday break! I will see you in January!
Mrs. King

Friday, December 12, 2008

Vocabulary Test postponed til Monday

Students have not finished their assignments on Study Island. We will be in the computer lab all day for so they can finish. Students will take the vocabulary quiz on Pro and Retro on Monday.
Have a great weekend,
Mrs. King

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I made a mistake this week when posting homework. ....... I was off a day (today is acutally Thursday not Wednesday)and I forgot to change Monday's homework. I hope you can forgive me :) Students will be working on Study Island today so the only homework tonight is to study for the vocabulary quiz. Since I have been posting my homework daily and not making any was time for errors. :) Please let me know if I make anymore!
Mrs. King

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Help Your Child Become a Better Reader

What Can Parents Do To Help Their Children Become Better Readers:
*discuss what your child has been reading in school (& pleasure reading)
*take your child to the public library
*read the newspaper with your child
*get your child a magazine subscription
*let your child do the newspaper crossword puzzle (builds vocabulary)
*let your older children read to your younger children (both will benefit)
*let your child ask you questions about what you've been reading
*turn on the closed captioning on your television (to increase reading speed)
*read the books your child is reading in school so you have discussion topics

Monday, November 17, 2008

Clothing in Lockers

Please have students take home coats, gym clothes, and sweatshirts to be washed.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday November 14, 2008

We are working on a vocabulary program that will hopefully enhance their vocabulary and bring up their reading scores. Students should receive a new vocabulary list on Monday and then have a quiz/test on Friday. We will do various activities during the week that should help them prepare for the quiz. We are also learning about the elements of a short story. Students should be familiar with setting, plot, theme, characters, and conflict. Students should read about 15 minutes a night. Please encourage your child to read every night.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Free Children's Clothes Closet

Where: Oak Island Ocean View United Methodist Church
When: Saturday, November 22nd
Who: Families in need or families who want to donate new or gently used clothes.

Donations by Friday November 21st
They are accepting donations of new or gently used children’s clothing. Donations can be brought to the church between 9 am – 1 pm on Friday, November 21. Donations can be left in Sunday school rooms 5,7, or 9.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Benchmark scores for reading went home on Monday 11-03-08. Students need to bring these in signed for a homework grade.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Progress Reports/End of Nine Weeks

Students will receive an extra progress report from my class. They will need to complete any missing assignments before Thursday morning. The end of the nine weeks is on Wednesday and all grades have to be in no later than Thursday.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Grammar Rock from School House Rocks

You can watch this on you tube!! This is a great refresher on grammar.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Study Guide for Benchmarks & Study Island

Students will recieve a study guide on Thursday. This will go over the terms that are expected to be on the benchmark. We will review this in class on Thursday but they will need extra practice at home.

Students can also go onto to Study Island at home for extra practice. If the students finish all the assignments you can email me and I will add more.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Early Release Wednesday 10-22-08

Don't Forget Tomorrow is Early Release!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Pencils Please!

If you could send in a box of pencils for your teachers that would be great!! Students borrow pencils daily and do not turn them back in.
Thank You!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

October 13th

Monday is an early release day and a parent conference day. We have set up conferences with parents that we need to meet with. If you need a conference, please send a note with your child or call the school. Then we will contact you and set one up at a later date.

Class Discussion on Persuasive Writing

This week students focused on Persuasive Writing. Students learned about thesis statements, reasons, examples, elaboration, and the format of essays for my class. Their essays should be in 5 paragraphs. {1st Paragraph-Hook the reader, thesis, and state your reasons 2nd Paragraph-Reason 1 with 3 supporting details 3rd Paragraph Reason 2 with 3 supporting details 4th Paragraph - Reason 3 with 3 supporting details 5th Paragraph-Restate Position/opinion, sum up major points, and have a powerful ending}. They were able to create Persuasion Maps on and they wrote two essays. Students were very motivated to write the last essay which persuaded their parents to buy them a gift. Students should have a writing section in their notebook that has Persuasion Notes, a template for a Persuasion Map, Transition Words worksheet, Powerful words and Organizer worksheet, and an Assignment sheet on Gift Essay.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Class Discussion on Propaganda

We have started our Propaganda Unit. The students are learning what propaganda is and the different techniques that are used. They are very excited to view different types of media and I am hoping they are discussing this at home. They will be tested on this Wednesday. We are also designing our own advertisements using different propaganda techniques. I am looking forward to the presentations on Thursday.
Mrs. King

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Class Discussion

We have read another fiction story, "Stray," this week and have started another nonfiction story, "Water." They are watching the movie Miracle Worker which is based on a story about Helen Keller. Students were also able to get onto Study Island Thursday. They can log onto Study Island at home for extra practice. This is a great tool that helps students prepare for EOGs. We will focus on propaganda this coming week.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. King

Friday, September 12, 2008

Class Discussions

This week went by really fast! We read "Zlata's Diary" and "Drive-In Movies." Both were works of nonfiction and were discussed at length in class. Students should have new notes on NonFiction for their literature notebook. To end the week we began writing personal narratives. We spent two days in the computer lab typing these narratives and students have had plenty of time to finish. If for some reason they did not, they should work on it this weekend. If students need a narrative to compare their work, "Drive-In Movies" is a great narrrative by Gary Soto.
Enjoy Your Weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

Up Coming Events

Parent Night Tuesday 8-09-08 at 7 pm

Early Release- Wednesday 8-10-08

Narrative due for my class on Friday 8-12-08

Friday, August 29, 2008

Class Discussion and Questions

Hi, everyone!! We started the week off with introduction games. I hope you enjoyed getting to know your peers and me. I am sure all teachers have gone over their rules for the classroom. If you have any questions about this please let us know.

We presented the BioCubes today and I enjoyed learning about your life!! I hope you feel more comfortable now that you know everyone!! I will try to have these grades to you by the end of next week.

We have started our nonfiction and fiction unit in my class. We have learned the types of fiction and nonfiction and the elements of both. Do you feel comfortable with fiction and nonfiction?

The first short story that we read this week is "Greyling" by Jane Yolen. A story about a fisherman and his wife who find a selchie and raise him as their child. I was hoping to have a short quiz on this Friday but we ran out of time. Most likely we will go over this story on Tuesday and then have the Quiz. Be familiar with nonfiction vs. fiction and the story "Greyling."

On another note, I am sure some of you have been called "down" for talking or other things. Please do not take this personal. I am just setting boundaries for the classroom. You will soon learn the procedures and expectations of your teachers. In order to have effective classroom management we must let you know from the start what we expect.

Thanks for a Great Week!!
Mrs. King

Saturday, August 23, 2008

.Little Orange Starfish.

.Little Orange Starfish.
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Welcome to the Starfish Team!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

About SBMS

coming soon!


Anticipated Readings......

Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick

This is a great novel about two boys who overcome adversity and become best of friends. This book focuses on acceptance, friendship, disabilities, bullying, love, loss, and appearance.

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

This novel teaches tolerance and the Holocaust.

Brunswick County Schools - 2008 - 2009 Calendar (English) (Spanish)

Brunswick County Schools - 2008 - 2009 Calendar (English) (Spanish)


Homeroom/Lockers- 7:45-8:00
Enrichment- 8:00-8:50
Core 1- 8:53-9:53
Core 2- 9:56-10:56
Restroom/Lockers- 11:00-11:09
Lunch/Recess- 11:09-11:50
Core 3- 11:53-12:57
Electives- 1:00-2:00
Core 4- 2:03-3:03
Homeroom- 3:03-3:10


Students will participate in several projects throughout the school year. They will be required to work independently, in pairs and in groups. We will start off the school year with a BioCube. This allows students to share personal information about them selves. Other projects that students will be involved in are autobiographies, biographies, poetry, movie posters, reading selected works, writing, Hammer the Grammer, spelling and vocabulary.