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February 11-15

The students are continuing the poetry unit.  This week’s poetry lessons were as follows:

Monday – Cinquain

Tuesday – Concrete Poems

Wednesday – Dianonte

Thursday – List Poems

Friday – Sense Poems

Literature groups will meet February 21.  The AM groups is reading, Wonder.  They should have read to page  82 – 167 by Thursday and have three journal entries in their literature notebooks.

The PM group is reading, Brown Girl Dreaming.  One groups just got the book and they should read pages 1-79.  The other group got their book the previous week and they should have read pages 80-159 by Thursday.  Both groups should have three entries in their literature journal when they come to their literature group.

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February 8

Conferences were February 5 and 7.  It was wonderful talking to so many parents!  If you missed conferences, don’t worry!  You can check in anytime though email.  I will be happy to answer any of your questions!

In writing we started a poetry unit.  Students will need to keep a writer’s notebook. They will be given 100 points (formative) for a complete notebook that is dated, titled, and includes an example or two of each type of poem.  At the end of the unit, they must also turn in a poetry book with their seven best poems.  This will be 100 points for a summative grade.

Writing Lesson for February 4-8

Monday’s Lesson:  Poetry vs. Prose

Tuesday’s Lesson:  Choral Poems

Wednesday’s Lesson:  The Power of Poetry

Thursday’s Lesson:  Service Project for Clark Jeary

Friday’s Lesson:  Figurative Language

Literature Assignments

The AM Language Arts class is reading the book, Wonder.  They should be on page 80 by February 14.  Some PM students are completing, Counting by 7s.  Other students are starting, Brown Girl Dreaming.  They should be on page 79 by February 14.  The students do not have to complete a literature journal for February 14, but journals will be due again on February 21.

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Happy December!

It is hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of the semester!  For writing the students are completing book reviews, a scrapbook on a literature book we read this year, and their second quarter personal writing. Book reviews should be complete on December 7, the scrapbook on December 14, and the quarter writing piece is due December 20.

Next week, on December 11 and 12, students will take the MAP  – Reading test. If students are not able to complete the test during that time, they will be given the additional time they need to complete the test.

The AM students are reading, The Bridge to Terabithia.  On December 6, the students will discuss pages 1-84.  They will complete the book for the discussion on December 13.  The PM students are reading, Summer of the Monkeys.  On December 6, they will discuss chapters 9-14.  They will also complete the book for the discussion on December 13.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  We have had a great first semester, and I am hoping for the students to complete the assignments on time and finish strong!

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September is Almost Here!

It was been a great August!  Students are comfortable with the building, have mastered their lockers, and have learned classroom expectations.  We are ready for September!

The morning group finished The Cay and have chosen their second book.  Students chose either Timothy of the Cay, Tall Tales, or Hatchet.  Literature groups will meet Thursday, and students should bring their books and their literature notebooks to groups.  In the literature notebook students should write three reactions they had while reading.  Students need to include page numbers and specific examples from the text to support their answer.  All answers need to be in complete sentences with proper capitalization and punctuation.

The afternoon group will finish Al Capone Does My Shirts by Thursday and will choose their new book after literature groups meet.  The expectations for literature groups will be the same as for the morning group, which is explained in the previous paragraph.

MAP testing will take place next Wednesday and Thursday during language arts.  It was supposed to happen this week, but there were some glitches that needed to be worked out.  Hopefully, things will go smoothly next week!

Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

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First Week Information

Today was an exciting day for 6B students; students got their Chromebooks during first period.  Please remember to charge the Chromebook each night, so it’s ready for use the following day.

Students in both Language Arts classes checked out their literature books today.  Students reading The Cay should read to page 68 by Thursday for literature groups.  Students should come to literature groups with their book and their literature notebook.  The notebook should have characteristics of Phillip and Timothy.  They also need to have at least three reactions to their reading.  Students reading, Al Capone Does My Shirts should read to page 70 by Thursday.  In their notebook they should have characteristics of Moose and Natalie and at least three reactions to their reading.

Remember, picture day is August 21. Be sure to bring your money on Tuesday or pay online.

Happy First Week of School!

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Open house was a great success!  It was wonderful having a chance to meet so many of you!  If you weren’t able to make it, don’t worry.  We will help you on Monday to open your locker and find your way around.

Remember, school starts Monday, August 13.  Students will be dismissed at 1:40 the first three days.  The normal 3:00 dismissal begins on August 16.

Picture day will be August 21.  Packets will be coming home soon, so you can preorder your pictures or if it’s more convenient, order online.

Enjoy this beautiful sunshine on your last weekend of summer!

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

It’s August, so you know what that means!  It’s time for school to start!

Open house for sixth graders and their families will be Wednesday, August 8 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  This is a great opportunity for you to get familiar with the building, meet your teachers, and find your locker.  It is an evening filled with excitement for teachers, parents, and students!  I hope to see you there!

The first day of school is August 13.  School will be dismissed at 1:40 on August 13, 14, and 15.  The regular school schedule will start of August 16.  I am looking forward to a great year!

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Wrinkle in Time

Sixth graders have been reading the book, A Wrinkle in Time for many years.  This year, we are lucky enough to attend the movie at South Pointe.  The 6B team will walk to the theaters for a special 9 AM showing on March 26.  The movie should end about 10:40 so we can walk back to school in time for lunch.  We are all looking forward to this wonderful opportunity!

Realistic fiction are due Monday, March 26.  Our next writing project will be persuasive writing.

The state testing will take place in April.  Language Arts tests will be taken in the language arts classroom on April 9 and 10. 

Literature groups will meet March 29.  The AM class is reading Summer of the Monkeys.  They should be ready to discuss chapters 1-6.  The PM class is either reading A Wrinkle in Time, Project Mulberry, or Walk Two Moons.  These students should be ready to discuss pages 1-96.

Happy Spring!

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Parent/Teacher Conferences are Coming!

Parent/Teacher conferences will be February 6 and 8 from 3:30 to 6:30.  In middle school, we encourage students to attend with their parents.  We hope to see you there!

Our poetry unit has started.  Each day students will write a new entry in their writer’s notebook.  They should attempt each type of poetry and date the entry.  If they are absent during the unit, it is the student’s responsibility to check with me or with a friend to find out what they missed.  The writer’s notebook will be checked the week of February 12- 16.  The students will publish their favorite 7 poems into a poetry book that will be due February 19.

We had several impressive poems submitted to be considered for our Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to be held on January 25.  This all school assembly remembers the great work of Martin Luther King Jr. and honors Zainab Al Baaj for her current work in our community.  A team of teachers reviewed the poems and selected poems by  Faith Peterson, Tristan McGill, Addi Palmer, and Kate Roesch.  Congratulations to these talented writers on being selected!

Literature groups meet on Thursday.  The morning class is reading Surviving Antarctica, and the afternoon group is reading Counting by 7s.  Students should bring their literature book and a thinkmark to literature groups.

Spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension tests continue to be on Fridays.

I hope you’re keeping warm on these cold January days!

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Happy Second Semester!

The students finished first semester strong, and we are on to second semester.  The students are currently writing an essay with their New Year’s Resolutions.  These essays are due January 16.  The next writing unit will be on poetry.

The first literature groups of the semester will be January 18.  The AM class is reading, Surviving Antarctica.  They should read to page 108.   The PM class is reading, Counting by 7s, and they should read to page 107.  All students should have a Thinkmark prepared when they come to literature groups.

Hope you’re all keeping warm!  It’s a great time to curl up with a good book!

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