April 11th- April 19th, 2019

Hello Wildcat Families,

The Read 180/ System 44  classes are at the end of our Workshop 3 – (Dystopian Literature).

In Whole Group we are currently focusing on various elements of writing and conventions ( i.e. subject-verb agreement, transitions, and vocabulary building for better word choices).All groups are writing a Literary Character Analysis and 8th grade is also writing a Character Diamante poem.

In addition a test taking strategy is discussed daily in preparation for the Milestones.

In Independent Reading each grade level has been assigned a different book and all students are engaged in reading skills, writing, and  reading counts tests.

The software  rotation is continuous and we are trying to get as much time in as possible in Read 180 and System 44.

Some Important Reminders:

Please check the Milestone Testing schedule on our website and make sure that your child gets a good night sleep, and eats a good breakfast before testing begins on Monday, April 15th.

Also, encourage them to do their best by Reading Carefully and Reading for Meaning.

Mrs. C. Aaron,

Reading Connections



Feb. 25th-March 11th

Hello Wildcat Families,

I hope you all had a wonderful week. Teachers are all getting ready for a busy month ahead. Our Read 180/System 44 classes are continuing with the business of reading closely, phonics reviews , Independent reading and  whole group reading skills work.

Presently, we will finish up Workshop 3 – Part 1 with a review and checkpoint of the vocabulary, central ideas and details, and Sequence.   We are working on a packet that includes all of the aforementioned and correlates with our story “The Lottery.”

Next week I hope to start  Part 2 of Workshop 3  which includes an excerpt from The Hunger Games and some comments from the author of The Lottery regarding the feedback she received. We will also begin some writing activities which will include comparing and contrasting.

This Tuesday, February 26th Griffin will celebrate Black History month with a dinner and program and I hope you will come out and  support our students. Further details will be given on our web page.

Please take the time to view my 3rd quarter syllabus included in this blog to help keep abreast of what we are doing in the classroom.

Remember to please help your child to choose books they are interested in and encourage them to  READ, Read, Read at least 20 to 30 minutes a day for homework.

Mrs. C.Aaron

Reading Connections


Jan. 28, 2019

Hello Wildcat Families,

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing sunny, but chilly weekend. Our students are getting back into the routine of Read 180 and System 44’s rotations and Whole Group.

We have just started a new unit – Workshop 3 -Dystopian Literature . Please take time to peruse the 3rd Nine week  unit plan I have attached to this blog to see all of the components to this interesting unit.

Please continue to have your child read daily in order to practice reading. They should read about whatever it is they are interested in, and varied genres will help them to know what their interests are. Every student in Read 180 or System 44 should have a library card or make use of our school’s Learning Commons for high interest reading.

**Your students are reading daily in my classroom and a completed book , quiz and Reading Counts test are due on January 31st.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements.

Mrs. C.Aaron, Reading Connections











Jan. 9th Link to Quiz


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



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


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


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