Thursday, May 2, 2019

Important May Dates 2019

May 2- Begin decade project
May 6-8- Camp Northridge/NOLA trip
May 10- Library books due
May 13- Chromebooks collected
May 14- Historical fiction speech due
May 15- Decade vocabulary game due
May 15- Last day to RSVP for Game Day
May 16- PBIS Celebration- Food Trucks
May 17- Game Day
May 17- Last Flipgrid Book Chat due
May 20- Social Studies Decade Project due
May 21- 6th Grade Honors Day
May 21- House Games
May 22- 1/2 Day of school
May 23- 1/2 Day of school

Please check back regularly as dates and events will be updated.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Important April Dates 2019

April 1- Ballad due  (Rubric)
April 4- Epic due (Rubric) 
April 8- Poetry Portfolio due (Rubric) 

April 8-10- Performance Series Testing
April 9- Wear clothes to go outside
April 10- Lunch & Learn
April 12- Fairy Tale book due

April 15- Published poem due
April 15- Lunch & Learn
April 16- Fairy house building project due
April 17- One- Sheet Due (Rubric)

April 18- Bring earbuds/headphones to class
April 18- Queen of Hearts Garden Party
April 19- No school

April 22- Earth Day Celebration
April 24- Flipgrid Book Chat due
April 24- Lunch & Learn
April 25- PBIS Celebration (Teacher/Student Basketball game)
April 26Bring earbuds/headphones to class
April 29- Lunch & Learn
Please check back regularly as these will be updated.
Updated 04/08/2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

March-April Important Dates 2019

Important March-April Dates

March 5- Lunch & Learn
March 6- Flipgrid Book Chats due
March 8- Bring earbuds/headphones to class
March 11-15- Spring Break
March 22- Report cards come home
March 22- Rocket Day
March 25- Lunch & Learn
March 27- Flipgrid Book Chats due
March 27- Ode due (Rubric)
March 29- Bring earbuds/headphones to class
March 29- Figurative Language Foldable due
March 29-April 5- NMS Scholastic Book Fair
April 1- Ballad due  (Rubric)
April 4- Epic due (Rubric) 
April 8- Poetry Portfolio due (Rubric) 
April 12- Fairy Tale book due
April 17- Flipgrid Book Chat due
April 18- Bring earbuds/headphones to class
April 18- Queen of Hearts Garden Party
April 19- No school

Please check back regularly as these will be updated.
Updated 3//25

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Our Next Adventure: Makerspaces and Literacy Standards


We are about to begin a very exciting adventure into a world of creativity in order to strengthen and master our content standards! We will be focusing on reading/writing informational texts, researching a specific topic, organizing and producing clear and coherent writing, communication skills, and using technology to produce and publish informational texts ([W.6.2], [W.6.4], [W.6.5], [W.6.6],  [W.6.7], [W.6.8], [L.6.2]).

Research has proven allowing students to explore their interests in the classroom helps to strengthen creativity, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, collaboration, and engagement. Many classrooms are fostering these ideas by creating a Makerspace for students. Makerspaces allow students to become “makers” by researching their interests in order to create an actual product. These spaces allow students to implement creativity as a problem-solving strategy while also applying academic standards. I have included links to research and examples of Makerspaces.

As you know, our 6th grade class is centered around the needs and interests of each student. Each day our lessons are based upon best practices in order to promote success in every student. I have been fortunate enough to learn from my students everyday. In order to continue the creative and intellectual environment that has been created in our classroom, we have chosen to  transform our classroom into a Makerspace! In order for this unit to be successful, we will need a variety of items donated for student use. I am eager to begin this amazing adventure with your students, and I plan to foster their creativity and imagination, while also mastering academic standards, through this unit.

Thank you so much!

Makerspace Resources:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Flipgrid Book Chats 2019

Flipgrid Book Chats
For our Free Reading Fri-Yay book chats, we are going to begin using Flipgrid, a student-friendly curation tool. Every three weeks, students will shoot a short 90 second video using his/her Chromebook. In the video, learners will select a favorite book that he/she has completed in the last month. In the video, he/she will create a book teaser where he/she gives a brief (and exciting) overview of the book. They need to be sure to "sell" it to their classmates.

This should also include a recommendation of  who would enjoy reading this recommended book. You may not create book chat videos of the books that have been part of our literature groups or that we have read as an entire class. (See list below)

Books that may not be included in the Flipgrid Book Chats

Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by  James Patterson
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Foltz Jones