• This FB page has been created as a closed group for our classrooms. It is named "Pier 36". The only people that will see our posts are the people we allow in our group such as parents, guardians, students, teachers, and school administrators. 
         1. Go to Facebook
         2. Search for Pier 36@GSESgrade6
         3. Send a request to join
     
    The purpose of the page is to strengthen the connection between home and school. Our hope is that when you check the page it will create discussions at home about what is taking place at school.
     
    If you choose to comment on posts, please practice good digital citizenship modeling positive feedback. As always, should a question or concern arise, feel free to contact Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Graig or myself via email or phone.
     
    Regular communication will also be posted here, as well as through Remind. Please find Remind join information below to receive text messages or access through a computer:
     
     
    Week 36 May 6-10, 2019
     
    Mentor Sentence: She handed me something that looked like a tiny black paper bathrobe.
    Skill: relative clauses
    Graded assignments on Wednesday and Thursday
     
    Vocabulary Sentence: “What’s blacklisted?” “Jeeps, Francine. Where have you been? Blacklisted means he’s on a list of people supposedly suspicious or subversive, and no one will hire him anymore.” (p105)
    Vocabulary List: TLSoFG List 2
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Tuesday
    Vocabulary.com assignment due Thursday
    Vocabulary Test Thursday (Field Day Friday)
     
    Reading:
    Read Aloud: The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman
     
    I'm really excited about this book. It explores the concept of free speech in regards to the political climate of the US in the 1950s following WWII through the eyes (and mouths) of 8th graders. This should be a great catalyst for helping our students understand that history (and current events) are important in helping them understand their own futures. This novel will coincide with history standards as well as it is based on a true story. (Cold War, NATO, blacklists, communists, Warsaw Pact, etc)
     

    Welcome to May!!!

    There has been a lot going on and much information going out. Please ask questions if you are unclear about anything! Many things I can answer and many I may not know. However, it is an exciting time to think about all the changes coming for your child in the next couple of months!

    1. You should have received a yellow class selection paper for 7th grade. If you have not seen this, please ask your child for it! It has to be signed by you before they turn it in. They will not receive advanced letters until the night of the meeting, which has changed>>>>Middle School orientation for 5th and 6th grades going to M.S. next year will be May 8th at 5:30 P.M. (rising 6th graders) and 6:30 (rising 7th graders) in the M.S. Gym. 
    You may choose to bring your form and turn it in that night.

    2. This Friday is the last day for food orders for field day. Please send in powerades/gatorades.

    3. Congratulations to Coach Hawkins! She is retiring this year along with Vicki Borchart- a pre-K teacher you may not know.

    4. Student Led Conferences next Thursday.

    5. Field Day Friday, May 10th- wear athletic shorts and shoes with a teal t-shirt (or field day shirt if you ordered).

    6. 6th Grade Awards Day is Wednesday, May 22 at 9:00 in the middle school gym. Students should dress up this day, or at least wear their best uniform. We will change and go to Meyer Park at 11:30. The form will come home soon. YOU MAY NOT CHECK YOUR CHILD OUT FROM THE PARK!!! IF THEY DON’T WANT TO ATTEND, YOU MAY CHECK THEM OUT AFTER THE AWARDS, BUT NO LATER THAN 11:15. THANK YOU!!!

    7. From May 13th-May 21 the entire 6th grade will be working on a final health project called “Food for Thought”. They will work in a group, do research, create a project, present it, teach exercises to other classes, and have guest speakers. Please be sure your child is in school every day so they don’t let their group down and do their fair share of the work!!!

    8. Report Cards will be issued the morning of May 23rd, no sooner. Please send your child to school this day.

    Again, please ask questions if you are confused about anything! Watch your child’s grades almost daily from here to the end! There is no time for redos and makeup time will be limited as well. Teach your child the value of finishing STRONG!!! :)

    It has been a great year!!! Your child is READY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL!!! :)

    Week 34 April 22-26

    Mentor Sentence: She waved her beamed foot about.
    Skill: verbals continued
    Graded assignments on Thursday and Friday

    Vocabulary Sentence: "Enough of your interruptions, your blasphemy, and your impertinence! Here," she said, pointing to the wastebasket in the corner, "stand here where everyone can see you. And think about your sins." 
    Vocabulary List: TLSoFG List 1
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Tuesday
    Vocabulary.com assignment due Thursday
    Vocabulary Test Friday

    Reading: 
    Read Aloud: The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

    I'm really excited about this book. It explores the concept of free speech in regards to the political climate of the US in the 1950s following WWII through the eyes (and mouths) of 8th graders. This should be a great catalyst for helping our students understand that history (and current events) are important in helping them understand their own futures. This novel will coincide with history standards as well as it is based on a true story.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE!
    Today 6th-grade students will bring home their 7th-grade-course selection form. Please look for this as it requires a parent signature. I'm certain many of you will have questions and/or concerns regarding classes and the impending separation. Plan to attend the Parent meeting on May 7 at 6:30 at GSMS. It is vital your correct home address appears on the form. If you are uncertain as to whether your child will attend the Gulf Shores Middle School or Orange Beach Middle School, please check your address on the link below provided by the City of Gulf Shores.
    https://cogs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html…
     
    Week 33 April 8-12
     
    Mentor Sentence: The days had folded one into another and mixed so that after two or three weeks he only knew time had passed in days because he had made a mark for each day in stone near the door to his shelter.
    Skill: verbals
    Graded assignments on Wednesday and Thursday
     
    Vocabulary Sentence: None this week
    As we read Hatchet together, students are responsible for collecting 8 unfamiliar words. These words must be added to the VGO which must be completed by Tuesday. Then students will make a Quizlet and Vocabulary.com list with the same words.
    Vocabulary List: self-created list
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Tuesday
    Vocabulary.com assignment due Thursday
    Vocabulary Test Thursday
     
    Reading:
    We will continue our novel study, Hatchet. This book is quite the departure from Grandma Dowdell's shenanigans. Gary Paulson writes with a serious tone, we have only one character in the book, and it's a story of survival. We will explore theme, character, and more figurative language along with descriptive writing.
     
    Testing went relatively well last week. I'm thankful everyone was present both days. This makes a tremendous difference when it comes to makeup testing. Thank you! The Perfect Attendance Har Work field trip is this Friday to Meyer Park.

    As we will quickly close in on the 4th quarter, especially after Spring Break, it is vitally important that students stay on top of makeup work. PLEASE check your child's grades frequently and encourage them to do the same. Most are great about this, however, a few missing assignments can wreck a nice grade.

    End of the Year Scantron testing is next week, April 3-5. Yes, this is early, however, it is out of our circle of control. We still have plenty of instruction for the weeks following. None the less, we want the students to perform well and truly give it their all. We'd like for you to write your child a personal note of encouragement. Shhh, mums the word. We want this to be a surprise on the first day of testing. Send it to me by this Friday, March 31st in a sealed envelope. That will give me a few days to write notes for those who may not receive one. Nothing will bare more importance than the power of their positive thinking and self-confidence. Let's help them reach their potential. They deserve it! 

     
    Week 31 Mar 25-31
     
    Mentor Sentence: continued from last week
    He stood, using the tree to pull himself up because there was still some pain and much stiffness, and looked down at the water.
    Skill: infinitive verbs
    Quizizz on Tuesday
    Assessment on Thursday
     
    Vocabulary Sentence: None this week
    Vocabulary List:
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Tuesday
    Vocabulary.com assignment due Thursday
    Vocabulary Test Friday
     
    Reading:
    We will continue our next novel study, Hatchet. This book is quite the departure from Grandma Dowdell's shenanigans. Gary Paulson writes with a serious tone, we have only one character in the book, and it's a story of survival. We will explore theme, character, and more figurative language along with descriptive writing.

     

    Week 30 Mar 18-22

    Mentor Sentence: 
    He stood, using the tree to pull himself up because there was still some pain and much stiffness, and looked down at the water.
    Skill: infinitive verbs
    Quizizz on Thursday
    Assessment on Friday

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    Along the edge, there were thick grasses and the water looked a little murky and...
    Vocabulary List: asset, convulse, flue, murky, pulverized, receded, ruefully, welled.
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Tuesday
    Vocabulary.com assignment due Thursday
    Vocabulary Test Friday

    Reading: 
    We will continue our next novel study, Hatchet. This book is quite the departure from Grandma Dowdell's shenanigans. Gary Paulson writes with a serious tone, we have only one character in the book, and it's a story of survival. We will explore theme, character, and more figurative language along with descriptive writing.

    I've decided to change my plan for free The Factory passes. Once a month I will reward 5 lucky kids who haven't lost a ticket with the new discipline plan we have put into practice. I've noticed a marked improvement in behavior and attention. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

     
    Week 27 Feb 25 - Mar 1
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Brian Roberson stared out the window of the small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below.
    Skill: preposition phrases
    Quizizz on Thursday
    Assessment on Friday
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    ...and the drone of the engine had been all that was left. The drone and the sea of green trees that lay before...
    Vocabulary List: abating, drone, slewed, stout, wallow, wincing, gratitude, wrenching
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Wednesday
    Vocabulary.com assignment due Thursday
    Vocabulary Test Friday
     
    Reading:
    Today we begin our next novel study, Hatchet. This book is quite the departure from Grandma Dowdell's shenanigans. Gary Paulson write with a serious tone, we have only one character in the book, and it's a story of survival. We will explore theme, character, and more figurative language along with descriptive writing.
     
    I've decided to change my plan for free The Factory passes. Once a month I will reward 5 lucky kids who haven't lost a ticket with the new discipline plan we have put into practice. I've noticed a marked improvement in behavior and attention. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

     

    Week 27 Feb 25 - Mar 1

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    The bubble of American prosperity burst when the New York stock market collapsed in October 1929.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    No vocabulary this week. We will spend some class time on a program called Scholastic W.O.R.D. that will attend to individual needs based on a learning path set by an assessment.

    Reading: 
    We have finished reading our novel, A Year Down Yonder. However, we will continue to discuss its content as we work on making inferences and using context clues.

    I've decided to change my plan for free The Factory passes. Once a month I will reward 5 lucky kids who haven't lost a ticket with the new discipline plan we have put into practice. I've noticed a marked improvement in behavior and attention. Let me know if you have questions or concerns.

     

    Week 26 Feb 18-22

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    "She's courting pneumonia going around naked to the knee. She wasn't wearing enough to pad a crutch"
    Skill: context clues continued, using context clues to infer to understand unfamiliar words and phrase

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    (Royce) "We have something in common, you and me."
    (Mary Alice) "We do?" Oh, how close I was to simpering I was. In another minute you wouldn't know me from Carleen.
    Vocabulary Words: Root: pet (attack, seek, go for)
    compete
    dubious
    incompetent
    lurked
    petulant
    simpering
    annihilating
    capitulated
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Wednesday, 2/20
    Vocabulary.com assignment Thursday, 2/21
    Vocabulary Test Friday, 2/22

    Reading: 
    Our novel study, A Year Down Yonder, will continue. Throughout our readings we will focus on the following literary elements:
    theme, character and conflict, tone and mood, point of view, and inferencing. 
    Students earn a participation grade for their involvement in the daily readings. We also will be keeping a notebook of assignments from our readings that will count as a grade.

    This week marks the beginning of a new plan for behavior. See the information below for an explanation. Please understand our number one goal is to protect the integrity of instructional time and prepare your child for next year through the instruction of 6th grade standards. Don't hesitate to contact Pier 36 teacher if you have questions. 
     

    Ticket Time

    • Everyone receives 3 tickets at the beginning of each week.
    • You are responsible for keeping up with your tickets.
    • Tickets are revoked one at a time as a consequence for inappropriate behaviors.
    • The loss of all 3 tickets will result in the consequences outlined below.

     Behaviors include

    1. Arguing with or talking back to an adult.
    1. Horseplay, strange and unusual nonsense, or off-task. 
    1. Not responding immediately, the first time when given a directive.

    (lining up, taking the hood off, putting away computers, etc.)

    1. Inappropriate computer use or leaving it behind.
    2. Creating drama and/or bringing it back to class when returning from anywhere. (PE, recess, bathroom, library, lunch, etc.)

    Consequences

    • Break detention during recess the remainder of the week.
    • No “Friday Fun Day” during PE.
    • Isolated lunch.
    • Wednesday detention: Write a behavior essay.
    • No Field Day participation for students who lose tickets 3 times between now and then.
     
    Week 25 Feb 11-15
     
    In light of a needed focus on grammar instruction, we are not having vocabulary words this week. All that we practice in class will be centered around using context clues and making inferences. Students will also be allowed to retake subordinating conjunctions and clauses quiz this week. The subject matter has been retaught and we have notes in our binder for reference. These notes can be utilized during the quiz.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    "Why, the DAR, of course. The Daughters of the American Revolution, of which I have the honor to be president." The DAR was a club of only the best ladies in town. They all traced their families back to the Revolutionary War (our side).
    Skill: context clues
     
    Vocabulary Sentence: none this week so we can focus on Language instruction.
     
    Reading:
    Our novel study, A Year Down Yonder, will continue. Throughout our readings we will focus on the following literary elements:
    theme, character and conflict, tone and mood, point of view, and inferencing.
    Students earn a participation grade for their involvement in the daily readings. We also will be keeping a notebook of assignments from our readings that will count as a grade.
     

    Week 24 Feb 4-8

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    "Why, the DAR, of course. The Daughters of the American Revolution, of which I have the honor to be president." The DAR was a club of only the best ladies in town. They all traced their families back to the Revolutionary War (our side).
    Skill: direct context clues

    Vocabulary Sentence: AYDY, root: trans (across, through)
    She hung the tire from its radiator cap. I was transfixed. I couldn't think a moment ahead.
    transfixed, transient, dumbfounded, jaunty, lolled, meandering, repertoire, traverse
    Test Friday, 2/8/19

    Reading: 
    Our novel study, A Year Down Yonder, will continue. Throughout our readings we will focus on the following literary elements:
    theme, character and conflict, tone and mood, point of view, and inferencing. 
    Students earn a participation grade for their involvement in the daily readings. We also will be keeping a notebook of assignments from our readings that will count as a grade.

     
    Week 23 Jan 28 - Feb 1
     
    Scantron Winter Benchmark Testing this week. Attendance is vital, as always.
    Monday 1/28: Reading test
    Tuesday 1/29: Math
    Wednesday 1/30: Math continued if necessary
    Thursday 1/31: Reading continued if necessary
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence: Continued from previous weeks
    Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good?
    Skill: subordinate clauses and conjunctions
    Assessment: 2/1 Write an original sentence using a subordinate clause.
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    none this week due to Scantron Winter Benchmark testing
     
    Reading:
    Our new novel study, A Year Down Yonder, will continue. Throughout our readings we will focus on the following literary elements:
    theme, character and conflict, tone and mood, point of view, and inferencing.
    Students earn a participation grade for their involvement in the daily readings. We also will be keeping a notebook of assignments from our readings that will count as a grade.
     
    Week 22 Jan 22-25
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good?
    Skill: thesis/claim, argumentative writing, subordinate clauses and conjunctions
    Assessment:1/25 Write an original sentence using a subordinate clause.
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Aquire and use accurately...words, gather vocabulary important to comprehension.
    Self-Created word list: Students will gather words from their research readings when preparing for their argument essays.
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer due Friday, 1/18,
    Quizlet due Friday, 1/18
    Vocabulary.com practice activity due 1/24
    Vocabulary Test, Friday 1/25
     
    Reading:
    We are back in the saddle with a good book. Our new novel study is the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago. A Year Down Yonder is another adventure with Grandma Dowdel. This tie, Mary Alice must spend a year living with her grandma in rural Illinois. Throughout our readings we will focus on the following literary elements:
    theme, character and conflict, tone and mood, point of view, and inferencing.
    Students earn a participation grade for their involvement in the daily readings. We also will be keeping a notebook of assignments from our readings that will count as a grade.
     
    Week 21 Jan 14-18
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good?
    Skill: thesis/claim, argumentative writing, subordinate clauses and conjunctions
    Quizizz quiz: 1/13
    Assessment:1/14
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Aquire and use accurately...words, gather vocabulary important to comprehension.
    Self-Created word list: Students will gather words from their research readings when preparing for their argument essays.
    Vocabulary Graphic Organizer and Quizlet Due Friday: 1/18
    Vocabulary Test: Next week, Friday: 1/25
     
    Reading:
    Argumentative Writing Unit: We will explore mentor essays as we analyze arguments and the validity of claims to prepare to write our own argument essay. Gather research for supporting our reasons for argument essays.

    Week 20 Jan 7-11

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    Zoos, water parks, and circuses are places that people like to visit because they provide entertainment and a chance to see various animals up close. However, there are groups that are against establishments that place animals in captivity because they believe that the only place animals should be is in their natural habitat. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good? 
    Skill: thesis/claim, argumentative writing
    Quizizz quiz: 1/10
    Assessment:1/11

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
    Argument Writing terms:
    argument, bandwagon, claim, distinguish, emotional, reason, relevant, clarify, cohesion, conclusion, establish, evidence, formal, generalization, testimonial

    Reading: 
    Argumentative Writing Unit: We will explore many mentor essays as we analyze arguments and the validity of claims as we prepare to write our own argument essay.

     

    Week 19 January 3-4, 2019

    I hope all enjoyed a peaceful break. I was happy to see nearly everyone back at school today. This week are doing some fun stuff to ease back into a routine. On Monday we will get back to a regular routine of vocabulary and unit of study in ELA.

     

    Week 17 Dec 10-14

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 

    “If I could pop all the corns on my toes,” she said, “I could feed a famine.” p.76
    Skill: Figurative Language-similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, assonance
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 12/10-13
    Assessment on 12/13.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 

    “You done paid her before she worked out her day?” Miz Eubanks was confounded. “A fool and her money is soon parted.”
    Dialect-author's word choice  & characterization
    There is no words list this week. We will be finding text evidence of dialect for characterization.

    Reading: 
    We are beginning one of my FAVORITE novel studies; A Long Way From Chicago. This book is historical fiction and is a great catalyst for The Great Depression studies coming in history. Grandma Dowdel is busting with personality, so she's quite the character to get to know. The nuance of figurative language is at its best in this book. We will analyze how Grandma's character is revealed through figurative language. This will also lead to an informative writing research activity on elements of the era.

    Week 16 Dec 3-7

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: (Continued from last week.)
    In our first visits we were still just kids, so we could hardly see her town because of Grandma. She was so big, and her town was so small.
    Skill: Figurative Language-idioms and hyperboles
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 12/3-5
    Assessment on 12/7.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    I'm taking my grandkids to visit my cousin Leota Shrewsbury.
    Grandma off on a jaunt and us with her?
    Vivid Words-author's word choice 
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. 
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 12/7

    Reading: 
    We are beginning one of my FAVORITE novel studies; A Long Way From Chicago. This book is historical fiction and is a great catalyst for The Great Depression studies coming in history. Grandma Dowdel is busting with personality, so she's quite the character to get to know. The nuance of figurative language is at its best in this book. We will analyze how Grandma's character is revealed through figurative language. This will also lead to an informative writing research activity on elements of the era.

     
    Week 15 Nov 26-30
     
    I trust you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving Holiday! I sure did. My apologies for not posting Week 14 activities. Time simply escaped me. Hopefully I am back on track now, at least for the remainder of the semester.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    In our first visits we were still just kids, so we could hardly see her town because of Grandma. She was so big, and her town was so small.
    Skill: Figurative Language-idioms and hyperboles
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 11/27-28
    Assessment on 11/29.
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    When she heard the town was apt to fill up with newspaper reporters, her jaw clenched.
    Prohibition was on in those days, which meant that selling liquor was against the law.
    Roots: hibit (hold) habit (have)
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 11/30
     
    Reading:
    We are beginning one of my FAVORITE novel studies; A Long Way From Chicago. This book is historical fiction and is a great catalyst for The Great Depression studies coming in history. Grandma Dowdel is busting with personality, so she's quite the character to get to know. The nuance of figurative language is at it's best in this book as well. We will analyze how Grandma's character is revealed through figurative language. This will also lead to an informative writing research activity on elements of the era.
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
     
    Week 13 Nov 5-9
     
    Boosterthon Fun Run is Thursday on the GSMS field at 11:15. Students should wear their Friday shirt for the fun run, or a blue shirt, and athletic shorts with tennis shoes. Please join us and cheer on the runners. The pledge drive continues through Wednesday, 11/7.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Over the years, I have seen the remains of many...animals,...emerge from the permafrost--a deep layer of soil that has been frozen for thousands of years.
    Skill: nonrestrictive clauses using a dash
    Text Evidence scavenger hunt on 11/6 and Assessment on 11/9.
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Like many archaeologist, they are interested in learning more about the earliest people to reach North America.
    Suffixes: -ian, -ist, -ant/-ent
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Wednesday 11/7 (Rescheduled due to Halloween, pep rally, and field trip.)
     
    Reading:
    Nonfiction Surface Text Features Unit: Using nonfiction books that correlate with the current Science standards, we will exam these books to identify and read these features to determine how they support the central idea of the text.
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
     
    Week 12 October 29-Nov 2
     
    Boosterthon Fun Run FUNdraiser Kick-off! Student Pep-Rally on Tuesday, Pledge drive begins Wednesday.
     
    With Halloween being smack dab in the middle of the week, PLEASE police your child's consumption of candy and confiscate any they attempt to smuggle into school via snacks and lunches on Thursday and Friday. My soapbox is making healthy choices and seriously y'all, sugar is the devil!
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    Over the years, I have seen the remains of many...animals,...emerge from the permafrost--a deep layer of soil that has been frozen for thousands of years.
    Skill: nonrestrictive clauses using a dash
    Quiz on Thursday 11/1
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Like many archaeologist, they are interested in learning more about the earliest people to reach North America.
    Suffixes: -ian, -ist, -ant/-ent
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Thursday 11/1
     
    Reading: Complete "How Big is a Norway Rat?" Activity to culminate novel study for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
    Nonfiction Surface Text Features Unit: Using nonfiction books that correlate with the current Science standards, we will exam these books to identify and read these features to determine how they support the central idea of the text.
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
     
    Friday is our 5 Rivers Field Trip. Students should wear uniform bottoms or jeans with their Friday shirt. No need to send extra money as we will have a need.

     

    Week 11 October 22-26

    Red Ribbon Week: see the previous post and handout sent home for daily dress.

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    none this week

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    none this week

    Reading: This is our FOCUS this week!
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    We MUST finish reading the book early in the week. Then, we will read a few nonfiction articles on rats and compare and contrast the text to the novel. We relate the article central ideas to the theme of the book.
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Thursday 10/25
    Character quiz on Friday 10/26

     
    Week 10 October 16-19
     
    Yes, this is a repeat of last week's post aside from a few tweaks. After a weather day and an already short week, we didn't complete these activities.
     
    This week does begin the 2nd 9 weeks of school. So all grades from 10/16 through December will count towards the second grading period.
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes. 5 lucky students will receive a free pass to The Factory for completing their nightly reading responsibilities. That's a $20 per student value. Make sure your kiddo is reading to qualify for that drawing.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 1 Mrs. Frisby and her family were especially lucky in the house itself.
    Quizizz Wednesday 10/17 on Reflexive Pronouns
    Quizizz Thursday 10/18 on Intensive Pronouns
    Assessment using Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns Friday 10/19
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    Language Standard 6.6 Acquire and use accurately...appropriate...words; gather vocabulary knowledge...important to comprehension.
     
    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Students will compile a list of 6 unfamiliar words from the novel readings, complete a graphic organizer, and make a Quizlet list for their new words.
     
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 10/19
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Character quiz on Wednesday 10/17
     

    Week 9 October 8-11

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence: 
    P. 1 Mrs. Frisby and her family were especially lucky in the house itself.
    Quizizz Thursday 10/10 on Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
    Assessment using Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns Friday 10/11

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    Language Standard 6.6 Acquire and use accurately...appropriate...words; gather vocabulary knowledge...important to comprehension.

    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Students will compile a list of 6 unfamiliar words from the novel readings, complete a graphic organizer, and make a Quizlet list for their new words.

    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. 
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 10/11

    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Tuesday 10/9
    Character quiz on Wednesday 10/10

     
    Week 8 October 1-5
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence: continued from last week
    P. 39 This mild breeze...caused a dead leaf to flutter here and there, and across the garden ...it moved something that sparkled in the sunlight.
    Quizizz Thursday 10/4 on Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns
    Assessment using Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns Friday 10/05
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P. 82 When she looked at the blackboard and, rather laboriously, read what was written on it, she saw that it was not.
     
    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    laboriously (in a _ way), writhing, elaborate, tension, wielded, anticipated, yield, solitude
     
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 10/05
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Chapters 14-23
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Friday 10/5

    October Events and Information:

    Oct. 9 (Tues.)- Chic-fil-A Sprit Night- attend and receive an out-of-uniform pass the next day
    Oct 12 (Fri.) and 15 (Mon.)- Fall break- No school for students. Return on Oct. 16
    Oct. 17 (Wed.)- PTO Meeting at 8:15 in the cafeteria. Everyone invited!
    Oct. 18 (Thurs.)- Fall Pictures. Students may be out of uniform for pictures.
    Oct. 19 (Fri.)- REPORT CARDS GO HOME.
    Oct. 19 (Fri.)- Pizza Day. You may send money Oct. 18 for a slice of pizza during snack.
    Oct. 23 (Tues.)- K-Kids Installation Ceremony
    Oct. 25 (Thurs.)- Zaxby’s Spirit Night- attend and receive an out-of-uniform pass the next day
    Oct. 26 (Fri.)- Leader in Me Student-Led Parent Conferences. Please come so your child can share his/her LIM Notebooks with goals for the year. Look for information from your child’s teacher regarding the time for your child’s class.
    Oct. 31 (Wed.)- Kindergarten will hold their pumpkin parade.

    Save the Date

    What: Student Led Conferences/GSES Parent Visitation Day 

    When: Friday, October 26, 2018 at grade level time

    Why: Students will share their beginning of the year leadership binder, how they will monitor their goals, track their progress and learn more about the classroom. 

    Week 7 September 24-28

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 39 This mild breeze...caused a dead leaf to flutter here and there, and across the garden ...it moved something that sparkled in the sunlight.
    Quizizz Thursday 9/27 on Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns
    Assessment using Demonstrative and Indefinite Pronouns Friday 9/28

    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P.158 The common rat is highly valued for its...toughness, intelligence, versatility...and similarity to man.

    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    versatility (turn), glumly, futile, baffled, puny, scarcely, manipulated, confer

    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class no later than Tuesday to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 9/28

    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Chapters 7-16
    Literary Elements: theme and character
    Theme quiz on Friday 9/28

     
    Announcement: 9/19/18
    Weekly Vocabulary Graphic Organizers in Reading
     
    The students are aware that I expect them to complete the weekly graphic organizer in class no later than Tuesday each week. I allow adequate time in class, and they have "enrichment" time from 9:40-10:15 to work as well, unless they are in band.
     
    If the VGO is not complete by end of the day Tuesday, they must complete it for homework. This is the tool I expect them to use to study nightly in order to prepare for Friday's tests.
     
    I also assign an online vocabulary assignment on Wednesdays. The completed VGO helps them prepare for this activity as well.
     
    I take up the VGO on Friday just before testing. I wait until then because, again, they should have used it nightly to study. This is a 5 point completion grade each week, so there is no reason it should be turned in on Friday incomplete. If it is not turned in on Friday, I will take it late, but for a late grade.
     
    Please ask your kiddo to see their vocabulary graphic organizer regularly. This way you will know just how prepared they are for the weekly tests.
     
    Week 6 September 17-21
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Sign the planner nightly to validate your child is reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 5 ...there was a wide sward of shrubs and grass, some of it grown up quite tall. Cat territory.
    Complete Sentence vs. Fragments
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P.32 What the shrew said was meant to be sympathetic, but it was not helpful.
     
    Vocabulary List: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    sympathetic (together/same), abruptly, crude, loped, protruded, rancid, subdued, timidly
     
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 9/21
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Novel Study: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    Chapters 1-8
    Literary Elements: theme and character
     
    Scantron Beginning of the Year Reading and Math Assessments are complete. Walk to Intervention begins this week. Students with reading and math needs will meet in small groups during this time for skill specific instruction. Other students will complete online guided activities, novel studies, etc.
     
    Week 5 September 10-14
     
    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Nightly reading homework has begun. You are asked to sign their planner nightly to validate they are reading independently for at least 20 minutes.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 123 But today, during vocabulary, Mr. Daniels brings up two words: alone and lonely.
    Coordinating Conjunctions
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P.__ When Mr. Daniels talks about books, it reminds me of Max or Oliver. Like he's ready to launch a giant party.
     
    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 10-16
    launch, delirious, pathetic, contrary, severe, squelch, dangle, flail
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Wednesday 9/12
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue. This week's assessments will be individualized as I will pull many students to complete readings to determine their current reading level.
    We will begin exploring Literary Elements, specifically theme.
     
    Scantron Beginning of the Year Reading and Math Assessments will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. These assessments are important as they give us a good picture of each child's strengths and weaknesses in these subjects.
     
    Week 4 Sept 4-7

    Be sure your child is bringing home their planner. Nightly reading homework will begin this week. You are asked to sign their planner nightly to validate they are reading independently for at least 20 minutes.

    Mentor Sentence:
    Due to the short week, we will not have a new sentence. If time allows we will continue practice activities for 
    Subject/Object Pronouns.

    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    P.__ When Mr. Daniels talks about books, it reminds me of Max or Oliver. Like he's ready to launch a giant party.

    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 10-16
    launch, delirious, pathetic, contrary, severe, squelch, dangle, flail
    Students should bring home their vocabulary graphic organizer completed in class to use as a nightly study guide. Words, definitions, and example sentences can be found on Quizlet. Synonyms and antonyms are looked up on Synonym.com.
    Completed graphic organizers count as a reading grade weekly as do vocabulary.com assignments completed in class.
    Test Friday 9/7

    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue. This week's assessments will be individualized as I will pull many students to complete readings to determine their current reading level.

     
    Week 3 August 27-31
     
    Welcome to week 3 of school. Weekly ELA lesson information will be updated here. Students will also be recording homework and announcements in their student planners, so be sure you ask to see it.
     
    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 36 I'm hoping he'll spend a lot of time straightening his bow tie and telling us about the good ol' days and not giving us much work.
    Subject/Object Pronouns
     
    Vocabulary Sentence:
    P. 8 Everyone is all riled up and I don’t even know how this all happened.
    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 1-9
    stall, rile, deploy, deflate, churn, trudge
    Test Friday 8/31
     
    Reading:
    Read aloud: Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will continue. This week's assessments will be individualized as I will pull many students to complete readings to determine their current reading level.
     
    This week's homework will be to study vocabulary nightly using the graphic organizer we will be working on in class. Next week, after Labor Day, we will begin nightly reading with a signature from the parent in the planner to validate. The signatures will be checked on Fridays.

    Week 2 August 20-24

    Welcome to week 2 of school. Weekly ELA lesson information will be updated here. Students will also be recording homework and announcements in their student planners, so be sure you ask to see it.

    Mentor Sentence:
    P. 20 I think back to one of our apartments where the landlord kept llamas in a field.
    Review parts of speech.
    Vocabulary Sentence: 
    P. 8 Everyone is all riled up and I don’t even know how this all happened.
    Vocabulary List: Fish in a Tree Chp 1-9
    stall, rile, deploy, deflate, churn, trudge
    Test Friday 8/24
    Reading:
    Read aloud Fish in a Tree
    Guided Reading Assessments will be administered throughout the week. These assessments will help me determine strengths and weaknesses in order to plan small group and whole instruction.