January 14

Good afternoon Tapp family. We are in our second week of the quarter and off to a running start. Students are actively engaged this week in station work. Within groups, students are rotating through different activities. This week students will finish their book tasting worksheet, Greek and Latin Roots packet, and SpringBoard  lessons to turn in by Friday. A reading comprehension worksheet is due on Friday as well. Greek and Latin Roots assessment will be given later this week so please make sure your child has been studying their words. Today students were given back vocabulary pretest so they can look over the words they missed, and study for their next assessment that can be counted as a grade. Please encourage your students to login into clever so that they can use SpringBoard/Zink  to study unit 3 vocabulary. Students should also login to USA Testprep  to complete online assessments for class this week. Tutoring this week on Tuesday morning 8:15-9:00, Tuesday afternoon 4:30-5:15, Wednesday morning 8:15-9:00, and Thursday morning 8:15-8:50. If your child is missing or has lost an assignment please remind them to go to the blog and check in the homework section. If it is posted they should be able to find it and print it out. As always if you any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us anytime. Have an awesome week everyone.

Week of January 7th

Good afternoon Tapp Family. We are so excited to start off the second half of the school year. The 6th Grade ELA Team has lots of wonderful lessons and activities planned for our scholars. To start off the week students have been provided with the new Unit 3 vocabulary for them to study. Reading comprehension work has been given out and is due on Friday the 11th.  Students are rotating through stations; this where they are doing computer work independently, small group vocabulary instruction with teacher, guided instruction with SpringBoard Text, and Greek and Latin Root Words. Don’t forget we offer tutoring for any student that needs extra help. Tutoring for ELA is on Tuesday mornings with any of the three ELA teachers (Ms. Baskett, Ms. Haskins, Mrs. Kinsella).  Ms.  Baskett offers tutoring on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, Ms. Haskins offers tutoring on Thursday mornings and Thursday afternoons as well. Now that we are in the second half of the year it’s time stock up on necessary school supplies for your child to be successful in class  such as:

Pencils

Pens

Paper

Erasers

Glue Sticks

Have a wonderful week everyone, and lets make this second half of the year the best half of the year.

Week of December 10

Students need to finish the Walk Two Moons figurative language worksheet.  They should also review the Walk Two Moons study guide to prepare for the test.  Homework week 13 due tomorrow. 

Students are finishing up with the novel Walk Two Moons.  If they have not finished the double entry journals and commentary for each chapter, they still have time to turn it in.

Use the study guide to study for the test.  Refer to the front of the study guide for Thursday and back for Friday.  Today in class we went over EVERY answer.

Week of November 26

Welcome back!

Monday – Today students recorded text evidence about characters in a novel and added commentary to the text evidence.
Homework- Week 11 passed out- due Friday 11/30 

Tuesday- Students wrote an explanatory paragraph that compares and contrasts the two main characters in Walk Two Moons.
Wednesday- Students will identify the noun agreement mistakes and revise writing to create noun agreement. 

Thursday- I will follow the steps of PRIDE to mark the text by circling unknown words, numbering the paragraphs, and answering the questions citing where I found my answer. 

Friday- I will use the steps of RACES to mark the text to enable me to answer a constructed response question.

Homework- Week 11 due today. 

 

Week of November 12

Homework posted in homework section. Remember to continue to read Walk Two Moons and complete the double entry journal packet chapters 16-35 due November 26.
Whooo’s Reading due on or before November 29.

Monday– I am going to learn how I can restate and interpret the quote in the prompt in order to introduce my thesis.  I will write my introductory paragraph to my essay explaining how people can improve their lives through observing and interacting with animals.

TuesdayI am going to determine what elements of effective support paragraphs I will use to organize my response.  I will write my support, or body, paragraphs explaining how people can improve their lives through observing and interacting with animals.

Wednesday- I will learn how I can conclude my essay in a way that answers the question “So what?” I will write a concluding paragraph explaining how people can improve their lives through observing and interacting with animals. 

Thursday– I will learn how I can use strategies such as adding and replacing to revise my draft. I will copy and paste my essay into Turn It In Revision Assistant and use the suggestions it gives to revise my essay.

Friday-I will learn how the Scoring Guide can help me evaluate how well my draft meets the requirements of the assignment.  I will complete my revision of my essay and turn it in. 

 

Week of November 5

Monday – Students took test over Walk Two Moons chapters 1-15.

Homework- continue reading Walk Two Moons chapters 16-35 due November 26.
Whooo’s Reading due November 29

Tuesday – No school Election Day.

Wednesday-I will apply reading strategies to an autobiography and use textual evidence to respond to a writing prompt.

Homework- continue reading Walk Two Moons chapters 16-35 due November 26.
Whooo’s Reading due November 29

Thursday-I will complete a double entry journal detailing information collected in my research and my commentary about each note.  

Homework- continue reading Walk Two Moons chapters 16-35 due November 26.
Whooo’s Reading due November 29

Friday–I will complete a double entry journal detailing information collected in my research and my commentary about each note.

Homework- continue reading Walk Two Moons chapters 16-35 due November 26.
Whooo’s Reading due November 29

 

Week of October 29

Monday-Tuesday Students read a memoir and wrote a response to a writing prompt using textual evidence. “Saying Farewell to a Faithful Pal” pages 149-152. Questions 2,3,6 and Writing to Sources.

HOMEWORK- Whoo’s Reading due 10/30.  Use Clever to log in.
Read Walk Two Moons chapters 1-15 by Friday November 2 and complete packet.
Homework sheet due Friday.

Wednesday- Read and analyze an autobiographical text about how animals can help people, citing text evidence to support analysis and inferences.  

HOMEWORK- Read Walk Two Moons chapters 1-15 by Friday November 2 and complete packet.
Homework sheet due Friday.

Thursday and Friday – Watch a film and read excerpts from an autobiography and biography. Apply reading strategies and use textual evidence to respond to a writing prompt.  

HOMEWORK- Read Walk Two Moons chapters 1-15 by Friday November 2 and complete packet.
Homework sheet due Friday.

Week of October 22

Students should be reading Walk Two Moons at home and filling out the vocabulary and double entry journals for chapters 1-15.  This assignment is due on November 2.  There will be a quiz over chapters 1-15 on November 5.

Friday-Apply PRIDE strategy to a passage with selected response answers.

Thursday– Learning to analyze the genre of literary nonfiction and summarize key ideas. Springboard 144-148. Questions 1-5 and Writing to Sources

Wednesday– Learning how to draft an explanatory paragraph about a change. Springboard 139.

Tuesday- Learning how to record textual evidence in a double entry journal while reading the class novel and analyze the textual evidence in order to add commentary and inferences about the text to the double-entry journal.  

A pdf of Walk Two Moons is in the homework section.

Monday– I am learning how to construct an explanatory paragraph explaining how internal forces cause change using detail and examples from the movie Up.

 

Week of October 15

It is Conference Week!  The book fair is in the building. Please stop by and check out all of the new titles.

We are going to begin reading the novel Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.  You can purchase this book at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.

Monday-Students took notes on conflict, internal conflict and external conflict and previewed the book fair (Kinsella)

Haskins- Students viewed a film clip and analyzed the effect of internal and external forces on a character

HOMEWORK- Whooo’s Reading quiz due on or before October 30.