• Week 15 Bells: 11/18 - 11/22

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 11/18/2019

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    • Write a paragraph that starts with this sentence: “Why don’t you learn how to talk to a rooster?”
    • And ends with this one: “She slugged him.”

    Day 2


    Day 3

    • This is your first line. Finish the story:
    • The phrase, “Ignore it and it will go away” does NOT apply to being chased by a dozen cop cars … trust me on this one.


    Friday, November 22, 2019

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  • Week 14 Bells: 11/11/2019 - 11/15/2019

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 11/11/2019

    Monday, November 11, 2019

    • No School

    Day 2

    • Write a quick summary of a story that involves the following images: Peanut Butter, Koala, Robber, Winter Scene

    Day 3

    • Define or give an example of the following literary terms:







    Friday, November 15, 2019

    • Make me laugh!
    • Write about something funny, tell me a comical story, or write a couple of jokes.
    • Or
    • Complain away!
    • Air your grievances and make me feel sorry for you!
    • Thought, effort, and 5 sentences or more!
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  • Week 13 Bells: 11/4 - 11/8

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 11/4/2019

    Monday, November 4, 20419

    • Divide your lines into two columns
    • Make a list of all the things that YOU ARE (adjectives like: smart, funny, caring, mischievous, daring, etc., but not limited to only adjectives- a student, a star, an artist, etc.).
    • Then make a list of things you are not.


    Day 2

    • If you could make your own report card, in what imaginary subjects would you get an A? Write a rationale for this subject’s importance. Come up with at least seven “classes.”  As an example, mine might read:
    • Narrating my life in my head as if it’s a novel: A
    • Reading late into the night: C
    • Justifying eating pie for breakfast: A
    • Add a subject you do poorly in.
    • Getting out of bed: D


    Day 3


    • Rename ordinary objects so that their name explains exactly what the object actually is/does.
    • Rename at least 5 objects
    • Candle = mini smelly ever-flame
    • Refrigerator = light-up perishable postponer
    • Shelf = dusty knick-knack holder
    • Stool = uncomfortable backless chair


    Friday, November 5, 2019

    • Free-Write Friday!
    • Write about what you would like, as long as it is thoughtful, shows effort, and is at least 5 sentences.
    • OR
    • Describe the best day ever from a dog’s perspective.
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  • Week 12: 10/28 - 10/31: No Bells

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 10/28/2019

    No Bells for Week 12

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  • Week 11 Bells

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 10/21/2019

    Monday, October 21, 2019

    • No Bells Today

    Day 2


    • No Bells Today


    Day 3


    • No Bells Today


    Friday, October 25, 2019


    • No Bells Today
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  • Week 10 Bells: 10/14 - 10/18

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 10/14/2019

    Monday, October 14, 2019

    • What does Memory Lane look like? How do you get there?


    Day 2


    • Think of a place you went to when you were younger but it now no longer there or is something else. Capture your feelings about this in your writing.

    Day 3


    • Close your eyes and take a whiff of the scent in front of you. What does that remind you of? Where does the smell take you.  Describe that place, the memories, the feelings.


    • Do not spill the oils!

    Friday, October 18, 2019

    • Continue the story:

    (Do NOT rewrite this.  Simply continue where it leaves off.)

    "Scott! Get down here on the double!" Dad bellowed. His voice sounded far away.

      "Dad!" I hollered. "Where are you?" I squinted through the screen door but couldn't see him.

      "I'm down on the dock. MOVE IT. You're not going to believe this!" he replied.

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  • Week 9 Bells: 10/7 - 10/11

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 10/7/2019

    Monday, October 7, 2019

    Make the following correctly punctuation interrupting quotations!

    1.The students cried, “Mrs. Notestine, this is not fair at all!”

    2.“Well, then you should have been more careful on your assignments,” replied mean old Notestine.

    3.“We promise that we won’t disappoint you, again,” the children begged.

    4.“If you say one more word, I’ll double the size of your essay,” Mrs. Notestine said with finality.



    Day 2


    • “You would never invite a thief into your home. Don’t invite negative thoughts into your mind to steal your joy.” -unknown
    • Explain this analogy. How can you apply this to your own life? Is this sometimes easier said than done?  Why?


    Day 3


    • Imagine you are someone’s shadow for a day. Write about it.


    Friday, October 2019


    • Write something with a secret message hidden in between the words.
    • Great old Oliver did like uncle Chuck’s kitten. It took some nudging over time. Every afternoon Sassy yawned at times, always lounging loudly.


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  • Week 8 Bells: 9/30 - 10/4/2019

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 9/30/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Monday, September 30, 2019

    Write a 6-line conversation between these two:


    Day 2


    • If I were a month of the year, I would be _________ because _______________.
    • If I were a day of the week, I would be _________ because _______________.
    • If I were a piece of fruit, I would be _________ because ______________.
    • Create the title for a book from your first blank answers. You may add words.


    Day 3

    • You have been hired by a car company to subliminally encourage people to buy a new vehicle.
    • You will receive $10.00 for every word that has the smaller word of “car,” “truck,” or “van” in it (examples: scar, carton, struck, etc.).
    • Write an advertisement for a magazine using as many “car,” “truck,” or “van” words as you can.



    Friday, October 4, 2019


    •  If you could have any book instantly memorized cover to cover, which book would you choose and why?
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  • Week 7 Bells: 9/23 - 9/30

    Posted by SARAH NOTESTINE on 9/23/2019

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    • Euphemisms are polite words for something unpleasant. For example, we often say “passed on” instead of died or “kicked the bucket.”
    • New neighbors have just moved in, and they are asking about the person living in the house on the corner. It’s Arnold, the weirdest guy in the neighborhood. Describe Arnold to them, being truthful, but using euphemisms to describe his bizarre behavior. 


    Day 2

    • Tell the story of this picture.


    Day 3

    • Write a paragraph about a girl named Dot, without using any letters with dots (no lower case ‘i’ or ‘j’).
    • No dialogue
    • Grammatically correct
    • No slang


    Friday, September 27, 2019

    • In 4-5 sentences, respond to the following prompt:
    • What are some “good things” going on in your life right now? Or what are some “good things” that have happened in the past?  What are some “good things” to come?



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