Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chronicles of Narnia

I realize I said the other post was going to be my last before Christmas, but I found this really neat resource that I wanted to share with those of you planning on doing some reading over the Christmas break.  I also wanted to make sure that I mentioned this with a disclaimer instead of just posting this to my list of links.  There is a faith-based website that has posted the audio to all of C.S. Lewis' novels.  I've always thought that students absorb the reading better if they both hear and read at the same time, which is why almost all of my in-class reading is done aloud.  Anyway, I have no affiliation to the website and I am NOT trying to press any of my religious views on my students.  This is merely a resource for my students to access a great collection of audio books.  Upon looking through the website, I have found there are some sensitive topics posted elsewhere throughout the site.  I strongly suggest, if you decide to use these books, that you first view the website with parental guidance to make sure you find the correct books and chapters.  If you wish to read a different Narnia novel, you can search for 'Narnia' in the top right corner.  You can visit the resource here.  This is a true classic novel series and if you haven't yet read them, this is a great place and time for you to read them.  If you have any questions regarding this website, please email me. Download the audio directly HERE.  It is a large file so it may take a few minutes to download.
Mr. Mein

Friday, December 16, 2011


I would like to thank all of our WONDERFUL parents for their hard work in the AR store, setting up our luncheon today, and for all the great gifts I have covered my desk with!  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  See you all in 2012!
-Mr. Mein

Grading Period 3: Week 6 Vocab Review


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Projects, AR Deadline, Movie, Christmas

We're wrapping this semester up in blazing style.  This is my last post (besides Thursday's Vocab review) before Christmas vacation.  I want to make sure everyone is aware of all the important dates coming up in my class and at BT Wilson. First of all is our Red Fern project.  It is due this Wednesday, 12/14.  No late projects will be accepted!  The rubrics for this project can be found under Mr. Mein's Resources on the sidebar.  Seeing the progress everyone is making on this project is quite impressive.  I think I'm going to have to make some extra room for example projects for future classes.
AR Deadline is also on the 14th at 3:00.  Remember, this makes up 10% of your Reading grade! 
We will be going on an incentive trip to the movies on Friday for those students who didn't fail any classes and didn't earn more than 1 dhall. 
Friday is our LAST day before Christmas break.  We will resume classes on January 3rd.
Good luck on final exams this week and have a wonderful Christmas holiday and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Mr. Mein 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Grading Period 3: Week 5 Vocab Review

I hope you all had a good night's sleep last night and did your very best this morning on the benchmark.  I know you'll all do extremely well!  Here is the vocab review for this week since we probably won't have time to go over it in class with such a short time and still having to bubble in on our answer sheets.  Study Study Study!  Those of you who have not made a 100 yet on a WOW Quiz this grading period need to remember that 100 will replace your other quiz grades if you get a 100 tomorrow!  Good Luck!
Mr. Mein

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reading Benchmark

Hello everyone!
I hope you're having a restful weekend, enjoying this wet weather and what seems to be, finally, winter's arrival.  I want to make sure you are all aware that we will be taking a Reading Benchmark test this Thursday. So please put plenty of rest and on time to school on the agenda this week.
We have a lot going on in these two weeks.  Besides the benchmark, the Red Fern project will be assigned on Monday, AR Deadline is next Wednesday, 12/14, and we have our movie incentive on Friday, 12/16. To earn the incentive, students must pass all classes and have no more than 1 dhall in the grading period.  Which brings me to the next thing- WOW vocabulary quiz grades were not up to par this week. Parents, please ask your students every Thursday to get out their flashcards and allow them to go over the review videos I post.  This is time to push through to the end, not slow down! I'm looking forward to a very productive two weeks and a nice long vacation. I wish the same for all of you!
Mr. Mein