Wednesday and Thursday, September 30th and October 1st

In Language Arts today the students reviewed the elephant article we read earlier in the week. The students were then given a writing prompt to answer about the article they read. This is their writing pre-test and it is the last pre-test we have to take for Language Arts!

Students were given the remainder of class to work on the pre-test. They will be given fifteen minutes of their next Zoom session to review what they wrote and submit the assignment. As long as the plan for their essay was completed, they do not have to work on this during asynchronous time.

Learning Labs have officially begun! Check your student email EVERY DAY after lunch to see if you have been scheduled to be in a lab! If you were, you MUST attend with that teacher. These are not optional and are meant to support your learning.

Have a great evening!

Homework:

  1. Pass 5 Read Theory Quizzes due Friday
  2. Finish the plan for your writing pre-test

Monday and Tuesday, September 28th and 29th

During Language Arts the students continued to learn about close reading skills and strategies by reading an article about elephants with their classmates. We have done this before with NewsELA. Unfortunately, NewsELA is no longer available to us so we will be using a website called CommonLit for the remainder of the school year. It functions in the same way NewsELA does.

During asynchronous time, the students are expected to work on passing their five Read Theory quizzes. they must also answer the questions that correspond with the elephant article they read in class. This should be done by the end of the day on Tuesday.

Have a great evening!

Homework:

  1. Answer the Guided Questions for the elephants article on CommonLit due Tuesday
  2. Pass 5 Read Theory Quizzes due Friday

Monday-Friday, September 21-25, 2020

In Language Arts this week the students are NWEA Testing. Therefore, I will not be posting to the blog.

When they finish the test, they can work on their 5 Read Theory quizzes, their Summer Learning Assignment, and their IXL lesson about capitalization. These assignments should also be worked on during asynchronous time. They are all due Friday.

For IXL, students need to get a 90 or higher to pass. Students who get a 100 will get a point of extra credit!

Go to your email to find your username and password from Ms. Taha.

Have a great week!

Homework:

  1. Pass 5 Read Theory Quizzes by Friday
  2. IXL KK. 1 due Friday
  3. Summer Learning Assignment due Friday

Wednesday and Thursday, September 16-17, 2020

During Language Arts the students were introduced to NewsELA. This is a website we use to practice close reading and writing skills for non-fiction. During class time, they were given the opportunity to read an article and express their thoughts about the article while they read. They also took a quiz on what they read. Students who did not finish this are expected to do so during asynchronous time.

Have a great evening!

Homework:

  1. Read for 20 minutes
  2. Finish your NewsELA Quiz
  3. Pass 5 Read Theory Quizzes by Friday
  4. All About Me Virtual One-Pager due Friday
  5. Summer Learning Book Talk due NEXT Friday, September 25th

Monday and Tuesday, September 14-15, 2020

In Language Arts today the students reviewed how to check their assignments in Read Theory. Each week, the students will be expected to PASS five quizzes on Read Theory. Read Theory is a website we use to provide students with the opportunity to read non-fiction at their own level. Every Friday, I will be checking Read Theory to make sure the assignment is complete. When they pass quizzes, the students can earn Knowledge Points. I will be keeping track of which of my classes has the most points and at the end of the year, that class will win a prize!

In addition to Read Theory, the students are also expected to read a good fit book of their choosing for 100 minutes each week. This breaks down to 20 minutes, 5 time per week. This book should not be a graphic novel. It needs to be something that interests them and it needs to be a chapter book. By the end of the year, they are expected to have read a minimum of four chapter books. When they finish the book, they will complete a One-Pager which will be an analysis of what they read. To practice this assignment, the students have been asked to create a One-Pager about themselves. The details for this assignment can be found on Schoology. They should be working on this during their asynchronous time this week. It will be due on Friday.

With the remainder of class time, the students were given the opportunity to work on their Pre-Test for Language Arts. Students are expected to take this test independently. If they do not know something, they may guess or skip. This will not impact their grade if they do not know the answer. I am encouraging students to try their best so that I can see what they know and what we need to cover in class this year. If students did not finish this in class, they need to complete it as homework before their next Language Arts Zoom Meeting.

Have a great evening!

Homework:

  1. Finish your Language Arts Pre-Test if you didn’t finish in class. This needs to be done before our next Zoom Meeting!
  2. Read for 20 minutes
  3. Pass 5 Read Theory Quizzes by Friday at 3:15
  4. All About Me Virtual One-Pager due by Friday at 3:15
  5. Summer Learning Book Assignment due NEXT Friday, September 25th at 3:15

Friday, September 11, 2020

During Language Arts the students were given time to interact with one another and learn a little more about their classmates. They took turns sharing 1 item that represents them and then they were able to answer questions about themselves and their item.

With the remainder of class time, the students signed up for Read Theory. This is a website we will be using to help support the students’ non-fiction reading skills. During asynchronous time, the students should be taking the pre-test for this website.

Have a great weekend!

Homework:

  1. Finish your Read Theory Pre-Test by Monday
  2. Work on your Summer Learning Assignment

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

In Language Arts the students spent time reviewing the digital learning expectations they created last week. We went over the rules and expectations while we are in a Zoom meeting. We also went over the Behavior Matrix for our school. In our building, this is posted in each classroom with the expectations of students. During asynchronous time, the students were asked to reflect on one of the questions from the matrix and post their reflection to Schoology. By Friday, each student needs to respond to another classmate. This is how I will be taking attendance for asynchronous time this week.

The students also spent time going over the syllabus for our class. Please make sure families view the syllabus in the purple resource folder on our Schoology page. The information within it will be helpful for making sure everyone is successful over the course of the school year!

The students were also given the opportunity to sign up for Remind. Remind 101 is an app. that can be used to send text message reminders about what is going on in class. The teacher does not have students’ or parents’ phone number and they do not have the teachers’. Directions for signing up for Remind can be found in the purple resource folder on my Schoology page. I would encourage each student and those who support the student’s education to sign up!

At the end of class, I went over the Summer Learning expectations. Over the course of the summer, the students were asked to read three books of their choosing. They are to select one of those books, create a Google Slides presentation, and submit it to Schoology. This assignment will not be due for a couple of weeks since it will take time for students to complete. Next week, I will show students how to submit the assignment.

Have a wonderful evening!

Homework:

  1. Answer one of the reflection questions about the Behavior Matrix on Schoology. Then, respond to another classmate by the end of the day on Friday.
  2. Bring 1 item that represents you to our next Zoom meeting
  3. Work on your Summer Learning Book Talk Assignment

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Welcome to Sixth Grade Language Arts! I am so excited to be working with all of you this year as we learn about reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and all of this new technology!

If you haven’t already, please log in to Schoology and select 6th Grade Language Arts S1. This is where I will be keeping all of the information for our class! I encourage you to take some time to look around and become familiar with how the page is set up.

Please email me if you have any questions! My email address can be found in the purple Resources folder on Schoology.

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing students on our first full day of school next week!

Homework:

  1. Go to the white Beginning of the Year materials folder on our Schoology page and add to the discussion post about what you did this summer. Due by Thursday, September 10th

Summer Learning at Bryant

This is for our new 6th graders and students moving on to 7th grade! Below is the link with the requirements for summer learning that ALL STUDENTS AT BRYANT MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE BEFORE THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR STARTS. (There is a link for free book resources too!)

Bryant ELA Summer Learning Requirements

The PTA will be selling Bryant Face masks until June 14th! You can buy them here: https://bryantmiddleschoolmasks.itemorder.com/sale

Parents: If you have not had the opportunity to fill out the parent survey asking for your opinion on how the district should open school in the Fall, please fill this out by tomorrow (June 12th) @ 4:30!

School Re-Open Committee Parent Survey #1: https://forms.gle/DNx3eN8hcRpXsfSs5

For my students moving on to 7th grade, I am SO sad that we didn’t get a proper good-bye this year. I enjoyed having you in my class and I hope you were able to learn and enjoy reading and writing more! Please stop and visit when we are able to return school. You know where to find me!

Nationnal Junior Honor Society 2020-2021

If you are interested in joining NJHS next year, here is the application you need to complete!

I hope all of our students and their families have a fun, safe summer! You all deserve it!

June 1st through June 5th

Hello! This will be the last week of NEW material for school. That means that if you have been doing all of your assignments and following all of the directions since March, you should be done with everything for Language Arts by this Friday. If you have assignments that have been marked as incomplete or missing, you will be given until next Wednesday, June 10th at 3:00 pm to complete any assignments you may need to make up. Remember, you MUST email me when you complete something late Otherwise I won’t know to go back and grade it. Please try to get your work made up to the best of your ability.

I have received MANY emails over the course of my maternity leave and it is taking me a while to respond to them all. Please be patient, I will be caught up by the end of the day today. I have posted your last assignments for the to iLearn and Google Classroom.

Don’t forget that you can pick up the items from your lockers this afternoon. There will be staff members outside of the building to go in and get your things. All you need to do is roll down your window, state your name, and your Advisory teacher. Then, your items will be brought out to your car for you.

Here are a few reminders as we finish up the year:

ALL ASSIGNMENTS ARE POSTED ON ILEARN!! I am only allowing makeups of assignments assigned after April 13th. Anything before then was considered “enrichment” and students that completed those assignments on time earned a score. If you hear from your advisory teacher you have missing work in my class, you need to check student connect for your missing assignments and then email me to let me know you finished your work! You also need to tell me which assignment you completed and be specific. If you are talking about IXL, you need to tell me which lesson you worked on. Otherwise, I cannot grade your assignment. The same goes for your Guided Questions, Family Friday Activity, and Discussion Posts. If you don’t tell me the week you made up, I won’t know what to grade.

This Week’s Assignments:

  1. Go to iLearn & review the checklist created for the week under the “June 1st-June 5th Assignments (weeks 7 and 8)”
  2. View the recorded vi-deo lesson posted on iLearn (there is 1 this week reviewing chapters 18-20 with announcements)
  3. Go through the Theme, Story Device, and Conflict Review Lesson (I can see your progress on this and whether you did it or not. It will help you prepare for your Weeks 7 and 8 Discussion.
  4. Read Chapters 21-23 of The Giver – if you don’t have the book it is posted under “The Giver Resources” on iLearn
  5. Complete The Giver Chapter 21-23 questions
  6. Post in the “Weeks 7 and 8 Discussion” by Wednesday @ 3:00 pm
  7. Return to respond to another student in the “Weeks 7 and 8 Discussion” by Friday @ 3:00 pm
  8. Family Fun Friday due by Friday 3:00 pm
  9. ReadTheory – 5 passed this week (40 from April 13th-June 5th for full points – You should be done with Read Theory this week!)
  10. IXL – EE#5 (video support on iLearn) – all previous IXL skills are still starred if you are missing them

All assignments are due by 3:00 pm Friday.

Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, this means you can reach me by email quickly.

Quiz #3 Friday, June 5th and Make-Up Day Monday, June 8th

The final quiz is on The Giver Chapters 16-23. The quiz opens at 12:01 am and close at 11:59 pm. The retake is built into the quiz because you have 3 chances to get all questions correct (except true/false). You may also use The Giver book during the quiz to help you. I recommend looking the answers up to confirm them!!

Many students did not take the first two quizzes on The Giver during the scheduled time. For this reason, I am allowing students to make-up this work on Monday, June 8th. The quizzes open at 12:01 am and close at 11:59 pm. The retake is built into the quiz because you have 3 chances to get all questions correct (except true/false). You may also use The Giver book during the quiz to help you. I recommend looking the answers up to confirm them!! If you do not make-up your quiz during this time, NO ALTERNATE DATE WILL BE SCHEDULED since this is your second opportunity to do this. You DO NOT need to email me when you complete this assignment because I will be able to login on Tuesday and see who made up their work.

One-Pager Information

  1. You should be done reading your novel for One-Pager #7 (can NOT be The Giver) 
  2. One-Pager Eight has been posted. The directions are on iLearn and Google Classroom. It is called The Giver End of Novel Project and you have been given a couple of options for how to complete it.
  3. One-Pagers Five, Six, Seven, and Eight are all due NEXT Friday, June 5th. They are 20 points each! Make sure you submit them ON TIME to ensure they get graded! If you turn your assignments in late, I WILL NOT grade them until all of the ones that have been turned in on time have been graded and I have spare time to grade the late ones. The turn ins have been posted on Google Classroom and were moved to the top of the page for your convenience.

Read Theory Make Up

We will continue to use Read Theory in the way we normally would for the remainder of the school year. You must pass 5 Read Theory quizzes each week through THIS FRIDAY, June 5th. That means you should be using April 13th as your start date and June 5th as your end date to check how many quizzes you have passed. If you have passed 5 quizzes each week, then on Friday, the amount of quizzes you will have needed to pass for full credit will be 40.

I know some of you are behind on Read Theory for the year and need to make up quizzes for late work. This is the last week I am giving you to make up those late assignments and improve your grade for the end of the year. For those of you who fall into this category, if you use September 23rd as your start date and June 5th as your end date and the amount of quizzes you have passed is 200, I will go back and give you full credit for all of your missing Read Theory from the year. This will not go back and change the grades on your report cards but it will help improve your year-long average at the end of the year. You must have both components to receive full credit for the entire school year. If you do not have late Read Theory, don’t worry, this will not apply to you. Should you decide to make these up, it is your responsibility to email me that you have passed 200 Read Theory from September 23rd-June 5th and you MUST email me by THIS FRIDAY, June 5th at 3:00 pm to receive credit for these late assignments.

Enjoy your week and email me if you have any questions or complete late work. Remember to be specific! Congratulations to those of you who have been on task for the past 8 weeks! you are done with 6th Grade Language Arts this week!