Upcoming Activities

Sept 30: JV/V VB v. Ansley-Litchfield @ Callaway; 5:30/6:30

Oct 1: Flu Shot Clinic at APS, 7:45-10:00

Oct 1: CAPABLE Career Exploration Day in Broken Bow for Manufacturing/Industry, 8:15; UNK Choral Workshop 10:00

Oct 2: V VB Triangular in Sargent, 6:00 and 7:00

Oct 3: V FB in Amherst, 7:00

Oct 6: JH VB/FB 2:30/4:30 in Arnold v. Sandhills/Thedford

Oct 6: NRCSA Search Committee Representative Staff Meeting 4:00 in Callaway; Community Input Meeting 6:30 in Arnold Community Center

Oct 6: Homecoming Pep Rally and Tailgate Party at the Arnold City Park, 6:45; Everyone is welcome

Oct 7: JV/V VB v. McPherson County in Arnold, 5:30/6:30

Oct 8: Fire Prevention Week, Mobile Firehouse at APS

Oct 9: V VB South Loup Triangular in Arnold, 5:00/7:00

Oct 10: V FB v. Ansley-Litchfield in Callaway 7:00; Homecoming Coronation and HC Dance to follow

Oct 11: JV VB @ Anselmo-Merna; JH VB @ Callaway--Lions Club Tournament

Oct 13: JH VB/FB, JV FB @ Brady; 2:00/3:30/5:00

Oct 14: Regular School Board Meeting; 8:00

Oct 15: Ogallala Commons Career Fair Grades 9-12

Oct 16: First Round MNAC Tournament, TBA

Oct 17: Parents Night/V FB v. Greeley Wolbach @ Callaway

Oct 18: MNAC Tournament Semi-Finals and Finals @ North Platte, TBA

Oct 20: Red Ribbon Week (RRW) Begins (Pajama Day)

Oct 21: V VB @ Ansley-Litchfield Quad TBA; RRW continues (Crazy Hair Day: Doing Drugs is a Hair-Raising Experience)

Oct 22: RRW: Hat Day You Can't Cover Up Drug Use

Oct 23: RRW: Show your True Colors and Don't Do Drugs

Oct 24: RRW: Team Up to end Drug Use (Wear your favorite Team Jersey); Every 32 Seconds 6-12

Oct 24: JV/V VB, V FB @ Twin Loup (Sargent); 5:00/6:00/7:30

Oct 25: 1:00 JV VB Tournament Twin Loup @ Sargent

Oct 27: Teacher Inservice Dismiss at Noon; Conference Vocal Clinic @ Arnold TBA

Oct 28: JV/V VB @ Anselmo-Merna 5:00/6:00

Oct 31: No School Fall Break

Parts of Speech

Project Title:  Flipping Through the Parts of Speech
Software Used:  iBook, iPhoto, possibly Garage Band  (or you could use freeplaymusic.com if you cite it)

Subject and Grade Level:  Any grade (I use it with 9th grade grammar focus.)

Standards:  12.2.1, 12.2.3, 12.2.2, 12.2.4, 12.3.2
Class Grammar Book
Wrestling Grammar Book
Parts of Speech Categorical
Grammar iBook Directions

Suggestions:  Read “Nouns are CATagorical” for an example and brainstorm various topics that students can write about.

Materials needed:  computer, digital camera, and creativity

Lesson Plans/Directions:  First we introduce parts of speech and why it’s important to know a word’s part of speech.  After we discuss the parts of speech collectively, I focus on each part of speech for a few days.  I begin with nouns because that’s the easiest one for students to recognize.  I read the book “Nouns are CATagorical” and we brainstorm ways to identify a noun.  Then I introduce our big project for our parts of speech unit.  Each student creates his or her own book similar to the CATagorical books, but the topic may change to allow the student to show his or her personality.  This year I had a wrestling, volleyball, going to prom, fishing, learning to drive, and many more creative stories.  Students were allowed to choose what genre the story would be in (most chose poetry or fiction).  The student was allowed to take photographs for the illustrations or get pictures off the Internet if the student cited the pictures.  I allowed two days for the noun section since it was the first time any of the students had used iBook.  Students also had to write their own “Clues for Nouns” page at the end of the section.  Each noun had to be color coded according to directions.  After the two work days, I used a day for students to present their noun section and the class discussed whether the student correctly identified all nouns.  [Some of the most interesting discussions had to do with words that were sometimes used as different parts of speech like serve and spike.]  This presentation also gave the students a chance to get ideas from other students about the program and inspired the less motivated students.

After we discussed the verbs, I allowed them two days for writing and creating that section.  They also added a clues page to find verbs.  Again, verbs had to be color coded.  After they were done, we presented them again to the class.

Each additional part of speech only needed one workday and we presented to peers rather than taking the time to show the entire class.  All clue pages had to be worded in a student’s own words rather than typing the “rule” from the grammar book and I had a different color for each part of speech.  After students were given an opportunity to do each of the parts of speech, they presented their final iBooks in class.