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November 5, 7-16

Hello Wildcat Families,

I know , I know it has been a while. However, our Reading Connections class has been hard at work  with the following practices:

Reading, Reading and Writing. We have finished part 1 of Unit 1 and have taken the Unit 1  Interim Assessment on Central Idea & Details, Summarizing, Affixes, Context Clues, Vocabulary and Writing (Summaries and Informative Paragraphs) which will  be displayed on the boards of our classroom and hallway. The theme of this unit is Social Activism – “Stand-Up,” and we will continue this theme in Part 2 with two non-fiction texts about Child Slavery and a Langston Hughes Poem called,  “I Dream A World,”  which we will analyze and dig deeper into the meaning of the words and phrases in the poem, In addition, we will compare and contrast the Poem with the activist articles we read in Part 1.

We will continue the unit with writing a 5 paragraph essay utilizing the elements of an Informative paragraph and summarizing strategies we have learned. Finally we will take an end of the unit assessment and if time permits create a project.

Note: This is an overview of what we will be doing in the intervention  reading program called, Read 180 Universal in the 7th and 8th grades.  Our Rotations- Whole group, Small group , Independent reading,  and Computer Software is ongoing.

All of my sixth grade students are in the intervention phonics program called, System 44 and the focus is on computer  phonics software with correlating practice pages and System 44 books and digital E-books. Students spend 15 to 20 minutes a day on the computer reviewing sight words, word families, and decoding. They also record the sounds and words they learn in the topic segments to increase their fluency. Practice is the key in this program, and these students are working hard to increase their Lexile scores.

Please remember that Tuesday, November 6th is a Professional work day for the teachers and students are out of school.

Please remember that the Homework in this class is to have your child to read something they enjoy for 30 minutes each day. Also feel free to read to them as well. I look forward to communicating with you again after the Thanksgiving break.

Enjoy the Holidays . Feel free to contact me by e-mail if you have any concerns.

Mrs. Aaron, Read 180/System 44

carol.aaron@cobbk12.org

Sept.10-15th;

Hello Wildcat families,

Our students have been very busy choosing appropriate books for independent reading, working in the  Read 180U or System 44  software , learning new vocabulary, and studying in our Whole group lessons  (Workshop 1) the concepts of social justice and activism.

I have given each student a URL address to access the e-book, e-reads and audio book portion of the software. I am asking them to read a book that they have already chosen, and to go on this website and read  it at home.

This reading will be due on  Friday, September 21st for the System 44 e-books; and on Monday, October 1st for the Read 180 e-books.

The following is the URL address: You should download a free Flash Player app if your child is using a smart phone to access this website

https://h100004008.education.scholastic.com

If your child does not have access to any technology  (smart phone, or computer ) they know that they can sign out a book from my classroom.

Please help your child to access the website  above and begin to read and take the quiz in the activities tab. This is their first homework reading assignment. Students are reading everyday in my class but should also be reading for 20 to 30 minutes at home as well.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs. Carol Aaron, Reading Connections

Griffin MS

carol.aaron@cobbk12.org

August 16th, 2018

Hello Parents, and Welcome to Read 180/ System 44,

My name is Mrs. Carol Aaron.  I have been enjoying teaching since 1998 and have taught at Griffin since 2002. I love getting to know your children so that we can read and learn together.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions or concerns about your child.

Preferred Contact:  carol.aaron@cobbk12.org

Take a look around the room, take a hand-out and have your child explain what we have been working on.

Thank you for coming in and for your continued support.

“Reading is a conversation. All Books talk. But a good book listens as well.” Mark Haddon

August 13-17th, 2018

Hello Wildcat Families,

Please be reminded that 6th grade Open House is tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14th@ 7 PM.

I hope to see many of you in our classroom – Room 2120. I would love to meet you, and you can then  see some of the activities going on in our Reading Connections class.

Please come in and look around the room at your student’s mini projects and pick up a welcome letter and a copy of our Syllabus if your student did not make it home with one.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Mrs. Carol Aaron,

Reading Connections

 

August 1st-10th, 2018

Welcome Wildcat Families,

For those of you returning, Welcome back to the 2018/19 school year, and for all of the 6th graders I also welcome you to your new school. Be Here, Be Great, Be Griffin! I’m excited to start our reading journeys together.

Our class is a reading class that lasts all year to help each student to grow and flourish in reading, and hopefully learn to love reading because it is fundamental, and essential to all of the other subject areas, as well as to your life.

Our first couple of weeks in the new Read 180 Universal program is as follows:

August 1-6th:

Exploring Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

Creating a Mindset Poster

Mindset Survey: To determine where you are.

August 7-10:

Introduction to Read 180/System 44  and Growth Mindset for 6th graders

Rules and Rituals for the classroom

Procedures  and Practice for Read 180 Rotations

Book Pass for Independent Reading

Folders, Assigned Seats Texts and Logs distributed

Note: The Read 180/System 44 Syllabus will be given out on Tuesday, August 7th,  to 7th and 8th grades.Please read and review it with your students and return it to me no later than Thursday, August 9th.

The syllabus for 6th grade will be sent out on Friday, August, 10th and please have your students return it no later than Tuesday,August 14th.

Daily Homework: Please support your students in reading something they have interest in, and enjoy for 20 to 30 minutes daily.

Supplies Needed:

1 pack of loose leaf paper, pencils, pen

earbuds for i-pad use

1 box of kleenex

1 bottle of hand sanitizer

 

Thank you for all of your support and I look forward to teaching and learning with your children.

Mrs. Carol Aaron,

Reading Connections

Preferred contact: carol.aaron@cobbk12.org

 

Feb. 26-March 9th, 2018

Hello, Wildcat Families,

I hope that each of you enjoyed a wonderful winter break.

The Read 180, and System 44 classes will be picking up right where we left off before the break.

For the next 2 weeks – The students will:

Continue Rotations,  Reading, Writing and  working in the Computer software in either the  Read 180 program or the System 44 (phonics) program according to their need.

7th grade will continue working in Workshop 7 and will focus on  Cause and Effect,the elements of writing a an Argument Essay; Conventions- Subject and Object pronouns and Double Negatives.

8th grade will continue working in Workshop 3 in a different basil reader called the Flex book and will focus on Story Elements, and the elements of a Literary Analysis; Conventions- Run-on Sentences and Correct word order

6th grade will continue working in Workshop 3 and will focus on Story Elements, and the elements of a Literary Analysis; Conventions- Run-on Sentences and Correct word order.  (This is the same as 8th grade but different text).

This coming week is Read Across America week. Please be sure that your children are reading what they are interested in every day while they are at home.

Looking forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or concerns,

Mrs. C. Aaron