Extra Credit with NewsELA

To get extra credit in my class simply go to www.newsela.com and sign up for a free student account (maybe make your username and password the same as MobyMax to help remember it).  When you sign up, make sure to enter the class code to get connected to my class:

  • 4th grade = PJUNN
  • 5th grade = UZDYL

Once that’s done you can check the Newsela   Binder button to see what articles I’ve assigned – or you can simply find one that interests you on your own.  If you’re having trouble understanding an article you can adjust it’s difficulty using the blue bar on the right side of the screen.  If it’s too easy, you can challenge yourself by increasing the difficulty as well (note: I see which one you choose when you submit your work!).  Most articles have a quiz at the end – that quiz is your extra credit and all you have to do is fill it out online.

Newsela   Two groups use their own numbers in debate over orca life spans

If you don’t have access to a computer let me know, I’ll have printed copies of articles in the classroom as well.  Confused?  Then watch the video-tutorial below:

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Extra Credit (4th Grade)

As the FCAT Writes approaches, fourth graders have a great opportunity to earn some extra credit while practicing for their writing test.

Step 1: Click on the FCAT Writes link 

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Step 2: Choose either expository or narrative to start with and watch the video lesson.

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Step 3: If needed, download the slides from the lesson to use.

Step 3 (optional)

Step 3 (optional)

Step 4: Click on the practice writing link.

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Step 5: Depending on the prompt, plan and write either an expository essay or a narrative story using either a lined sheet of paper or the online form.

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Step 6: Repeat this process with the other lesson (If you started with expository, then do the narrative next).

Let me know if you have any questions about this extra credit project.  All essays and/or stories will be due by Wednesday, Feb. 26th.