September 28th – October 2nd
Students and Parents:
All students who were present at school on Friday, September 25th joined my NEW classes in order to combine GROUP A & B Students. If any student was absent, then he/she will be able to join the new class on Monday, September 28th. I will leave access to the “Group A” or “Group B” class until all students have completed reading and English tests from last week. Resources from the former class will be moved to the new class.
I attach most of your resources in Google Classroom in case you are absent on a particular day or lost your paper and need to make a copy.
The READING (Out of the Dust) calendar should carry us through the remainder of the book. Please be aware that the pace may change due to unforseen circumstances, but we will follow it as closely as possible. This will show you what we will be doing during class each day. At the beginning of each week, I’ll make notes about any changes to the calender for the upcoming week.
Also, please be aware that when you are absent and miss a TEST, I will place a ZERO in the gradebook for the grade until you make up the test! This lets you and your parent know there is a test missing. The responsibility is yours to schedule the makeup test with me! Once the test is given, I can insert the current score and remove the zero.
Don’t forget to bring your mask and personal GermX bottle with you each week!
Calendar for the rest of the NOVEL beginning September 21st – October 30th
**Most of these activities are completed IN CLASS unless specifically stated in the agenda for HOMEWORK.
Group A Monday Wednesday Friday
Week of September 14-18
*A pdf of the Novel, Out of the Dust, has been added to Google Classroom.
Monday: DOL Week 2, Vocabulary Workshop Sections 2-3, New Noun Study Guide Nearpod (Singular, Plural, Possessives), Discuss Historical Fiction/Free Verse Poetry – Begin Reading the novel, Out of the Dust. Pages 3-33. Using split page notes in SRP on page 3-5. Annotating and Discussing.
Tuesday (Home): Read and annotate OOTD pages 37-51. (We will reread and discuss the chapters read.) Annotate and use split page notes pgs. 3-5 in SRP. Study Nouns and go to links for Kahoot and Quizlet. Nearpod if we don’t finish Monday. Finish DOL on paper and Complete Vocabulary Workshop.
Wednesday (School): Check DOL for 50 point grade, Finish reading and discuss 37-51 of OOTD. Instructions for a timeline for the setting of our story using articles from SRP. Review Vocabulary.
Thursday (Home): Work on a timeline for WWI – Dust Bowl, Great Depression, The New Deal use SRP for information. Study Vocab, DOL, Noun Study Guide, and annotations/novel.
Test DOL/NOUNS, Vocabulary Test Section 2-3, Novel Test for Section 1 online in Google Classroom. Complete all tests during your class periods in ELA points will be taken off your grades.
Week of September 7-11
Monday: Labor Day
Tuesday (Home): Complete Vocabulary Workshop, Noun Study Guide & Worksheets, Kahoot/Quizlet links on Google Classroom (GC), Complete DOL WEEK 1 sentence correction, Nearpod Dust Bowl – see Google Classroom.
Wednesday (School): Check Noun sheets, Check DOL for 50 point grade, Read “No Title” on page 11 and “Drought” page 29 in SRP discuss informational text features. Discuss and check Vocabulary Workshop.
Thursday (Home): Read “New Deal” and “The Great Depression” in SRP on page 35. Write down/highlight key points in text. Study Vocab, DOL, Noun Study Guide.
Friday (Home): *Test – Date is Subject to change due to kids not having technology.*
Test DOL/NOUNS & Vocabulary Test online in Google Classroom. Finish the reading material if not completed from Wed & Thursday.
Mrs. Barfield - ELA Room 112
Welcome to WEST RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL!
ELA Class expectations:
1 ½ inch binder Red Pens Highlighters
Mechanical Pencils Loose leaf Paper
1st 9 weeks: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
2nd 9 weeks: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
3rd 9 weeks: If Stones Could Speak by Marc Aronson and Mike Parker Pearson
*Students may listen to the audio book of each novel on Youtube.com. for auditory reinforcement. Ex…Search Out of the Dust Winter 1934.
*A PDF of the COMPLETE NOVEL will also be uploaded in GOOGLE CLASSROOM
Students may order books ONLINE from Scholastic for enjoyable reading throughout the year. Orders may be placed ANY TIME.
Books will be shipped free to my classroom for the student.
MY SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB ORDER CODE: GK6TD
**The following blog/website has a fantastic list of books by age range, genre, and interest!! I will give the information to all of my students, but please visit the site for yourself. It’s such a great resource!
*Reading grades will be earned from the following:
Novel tests, vocabulary, and other reading response activities.
Literary elements/skills: Ex… Plot, Main Idea, Theme, Figurative Language, etc…
*English grades will be earned from the following:
Weekly DOL test which includes a grammar skill
Any Writing Tasks from the required novel. Please be aware that extended time is needed when grading novel ESSAYS (A.K.A. – Culminating Writing Task)
*Additional important classroom information:
*NO CHEWING GUM in class. That is a SCHOOL RULE!
*Cell phones MUST be on silent or OFF at all times. If a phone rings during class, the phone will be sent to an administrator. *See OPSB policies/rules
*PLEASE bring a clear water bottle daily. Due to Covid, water fountains will NOT be available and you NEED to drink water throughout the day!
*Updated BATHROOM procedure: Students will NOT be allowed to go to the bathroom BETWEEN class periods (unless an emergency or a special note from a physician) – Special bathroom passes will be given to one student at a time, and they will be allowed to go quickly during class time to reduce the number of students in the hallway and bathrooms.
*Remind your child of proper hygiene. It's a good idea for students to keep an extra deodorant spray or stick in their P.E. locker or book bag in case they need to reapply after exercise.
TWO VERY IMPORTANT PLACES!
*Always go to “Teacher Pages” to see your agenda for the week.
*Login to Google Classroom for assignments, resources, activities, videos, tutorial, websites, etc…
Q: Where do I find my child’s agenda for the week?
A: Go to the West Ridge Website. Above the large image in the center, you’ll see tabs. Search for TEACHER PAGES. Once you click here, you’ll see ALL teachers at West Ridge. Click on any teacher's name to see their weekly assignments.
Q: How do I see my child’s grades?
A: If your child is coming from an elementary school in Ouachita Parish, login to Student Grades should be the same as last year. Scroll down on the West Ridge website until you see QUICK LINKS to the right of the screen. Click on Student Grades. If your child is new to the parish, please contact Mrs. Burgess, our school librarian for assistance.
The best way to reach me is through email if you have any questions. (email@example.com)
My planning period is 1st hour, so if you email me after 8:30, I will most likely not be able to respond until after 3:00.
Thanks in advance for your support at home. This school year will definitely a challenge for all of us as parents, teachers, and students, but I assure you that all WEST RIDGE Middle School teachers and staff will do our utmost to provide the safest and most rigorous learning environment possible for each and every PATRIOT!
I'm definitely looking forward to meeting all of our unique and wonderful 6th grade students!
September 28th – October 2nd
Monday – (Homework) – Week 4 DOL sentences – *Due Wednesday
*Study guide given out in class today. *Resource in Google Classroom
Tuesday – In class work on Prepositions – Homework: Practice pages 149-152 *Odd Numbers only – We will write specific instructions as a class at the top of the worksheets.
Wednesday – Check HW DOL Week 4 and continue practice with prepositions and check pages 149-150...
Thursday – Continue preposition practice and w/ Kahoot if we have computers in class – check pages 151-152
Friday – Test on Prepositions and DOL Week 4
September 21st – 25th
Monday: (Homework) DOL Week 3 Due for 50 point grade on Wednesday – A copy will be given to you.
Study Guide for Subjects and Predicates – (Handout)
Practice Pages for HW – Discuss and complete a few for practice, then complete the rest at home.
Google Classroom: Look for practice links for Quizizz
Tuesday: Complete DOL for HW, Study Guide
In class working on subjects and predicates
Wednesday: Check DOL; Continue Subjects and Predicates
Thursday:DOL/English (Subjects/Predicates) Test
Friday: ELA Benchmark Test – ALL 6th grade students
September 14th – September 18th
**A pdf of the novel, Out of the Dust, has been added to Google Classroom.
Monday: (Home) Noun Nearpod on singular, plural, and possessive nouns, kahoot, quizlet, Vocabulary Workshop. *See Google Classroom for vocabulary words. Hard copy will be given out on Tuesday if you did not receive one last Friday.
Tuesday (School): Nouns (sing, plural, possessive). Begin Reading the novel, Out of the Dust. Pages 3-33. Using split page notes in SRP on page 3-5. Annotating and Discussing
Wednesday (Home): Read and annotate OOTD pages 37-51. (We will reread and discuss the chapters read.) Annotate and use split page notes pgs. 3-5 in SRP. Study Nouns and go to links for Kahoot and Quizlet. Nearpod if you didn’t finish Monday in GC. Finish DOL on paper and Complete Vocabulary Workshop.
Thursday (School): Check DOL for 50 point grade, Finish reading and discuss 37-51 of OOTD. Instructions for a timeline for the setting of our story using articles from SRP. Review Vocabulary. Work on a timeline for WWI – Dust Bowl, Great Depression, The New Deal use SRP for information. Study Vocab, DOL, Noun Study Guide, and annotations/novel.
Tests TODAY: DOL/NOUNS, Vocabulary Test Sections 2-3, and Novel test Section 1 in Google Classroom at HOME. Complete all tests during your class periods in ELA points will be taken off your grades.
GROUP B September 7th - 11th
TUESDAY – THURSDAY – FRIDAY
Monday – Labor Day
Tuesday/School : Distribute materials needed for binders, (SRP – Out of the Dust packet, Vocabulary Words, DOL week 1 , Noun study guide and practice worksheets (2), Grammar Guide, Proofreading Marks, etc…)
Wednesday/Home: Complete noun practice, vocabulary workshop, DOL sentence correction, Dust Bowl (Nearpod activity) See Google Classroom
Thursday/ School: Review/check all work from Tuesday – Read articles “No Title” and “Drought” (SRP) Highlight key ideas and information.
Discuss information, text features and structures. Review nouns with your study guide, vocabulary section 1, and DOL sentences
Friday/School : TESTS – Vocabulary Section 1 and DOL/Noun test.
Begin the NOVEL on TUESDAY!