West Ridge Patriots
You will see the attached calendar for ELA.
My SCHOLASTIC TEACHER CODE: 6K6TD
Some students have already ordered some great Scholastic books for reading... These orders will help me use bonus points earned to purchase chapter books for our classrooom! Thank you!
See the reading calendar for the first 9th weeks below!
**This letter below was given to all students on Wednesday, August 14th :
Mrs. Barfield - ELA Room 112
Welcome to WEST RIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL!
I hope all of you had a wonderful, restful summer. I’m looking to getting to know you and enjoying a fantastic year of learning in ELA with all of my new PATRIOTS!!
*The following information should help guide you and your child through the school year:
ELA Class expectations:
1st 9 weeks: Out of the Dust
2nd 9 weeks: Hatchet
3rd 9 weeks: If Stones Could Speak
*The SUPPLY LIST was handed out to students on Monday, August 12th. It will also be posted on my WR TEACHER page this week.
Students are REQUIRED to purchase a copy of the novels listed above. For now, I am opening a Scholastic Book Club order (Online only) to assist parents/students with a convenient way to purchase at a great price! Since we are beginning the novel on Monday, August 19th, the book orders must be placed by 6p.m. on Sunday, August 18th. I will close the ordering window after that time and place the order so the books will be shipped immediately. Until they arrive, students will use the CLASS SET of novels.
Go to: https://clubs.scholastic.com
MY SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB ORDER CODE: GK6TD
*Students may listen to the audio book of each novel on Youtube.com.for auditory reinforcement. Ex…Search Out of the Dust Winter 1934.
*Quizlet.com is a great resource for taking practice quizzes on the novel's vocabulary words and increasing comprehension. Once the student completes the quiz, it will grade it. You do NOT need to create an account. Type in the SEARCH bar: barfieldreading (all lower case – no spaces)
*We will visit the library next Wednesday, and Mrs. Burgess will give each student their Google email and password after orientation of computer and library use.
Students may visit the library before school in the mornings, at lunch, and assigned library times to check out a book. If they finish work early in class, reading their library book for enjoyment is expected. I will provide ONE open Scholastic Book Club order each 9 week period so students can have fun purchasing a book(s) for reading enjoyment!
**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, short- response tasks
Literary elements/skills: Ex… Plot, Main Idea, Theme, Figurative Language, etc…
*English grades will be earned from the following:
Weekly grammar quiz/tests and Writing Tasks from the required novel.
NO CHEWING GUM in class. That is a SCHOOL RULE!
Cell phones MUST be Silenced or OFF at all times. If a phone rings during class, the phone will be sent to an administrator. *See OPSB policies/rules
Students are allowed to bring a clear water bottle daily. Yetis or other colored bottles are not allowed unless they are kept in the lunch box or book bag at all times.
Please be aware that writing tasks and activities require more time to grade, so they may not be posted to the student progress center as quickly as other graded assignments.
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.
Bonus point opportunities will be announced throughout the school year. They will be posted on Teacher Pages - Agenda or Documents.
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 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 Progress Center. 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. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My planning period is 1st hour, so if you email me after that time, I will most likely not be able to respond until after school.
Thanks in advance for your support at home. I'm definitely excited and looking forward to a fantastic year with all of these wonderful 6th graders!
April 27th – May 1st
I enjoyed last Wednesday’s Zoom lesson!
All students did a great job participating and following the Zoom rules and procedures. I know there have been problems with lagging, so I’ll be typing in the chat box often and keeping Google Slides and/or the Reading Literature activity on the screen share page as that seems to help relieve a majority of the lagging issues.
Please EMAIL me and let me know if you have any technical difficulties with Zoom or the iReady lessons throughout the week.
I look forward to seeing you again for our next Zoom lessons this upcoming Monday and Wednesday at 12:00!
Please go to GOOGLE CLASSROOM to find the recurring ZOOM LINK for this week!
April 20th – 24th
I’m looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom beginning tomorrow at 12:00! A Zoom calendar has been posted on the West Ridge website and also in my Google Classroom.
ELA Zoom classes – Monday and Wednesday 12:00-12:45
**A full calendar has been posted in Google Classroom.
Please be sure to complete the two weekly iReady lessons that have been assigned for the BONUS POINT opportunity!
All of the information & instructions you need are located under the DISTANCE LEARNING tab on the WR Website and my Google Classroom for the Zoom information. I’ve posted a student tutorial as well!
Tomorrow, we will be reviewing guidelines/rules for our Zoom lessons, and I also look forward to seeing you and find out how everyone has been doing!
Don’t worry or stress about your Zoom lessons. We hope to use this opportunity for students and teachers to definitely discover a new way of learning and teaching and incorporate some enjoyable ELA lessons over the next 4 weeks!
Be sure to check back in the morning for your ZOOM LINK – It will ONLY be posted in GOOGLE CLASSROOM!
**This is just a reminder of student google account usernames and passwords.
First initial first three letters of last name@last four digits of ss#
Activities/Assignments for the upcoming week are posted in Google Classroom. Please see the following message from GC. Thanks!
I hope all families are healthy and doing well at home.
It's hard to believe it's April! If we were at school this upcoming week, we would be reviewing skills for the LEAP!
Since we are not able to be there, please see all of the posts here from the month of March. You will find two different novels you may read and a document for reading response which you can submit when you're finished with each book.
You may contact your friends and and set up a schedule to read specific chapters together and have a book discussion. I've also posted several graphic organizers that you may choose from and print and use as your reading the book.
To keep up with your grammar skills, parts of speech, etc... please continue to practice on either Kahoot or Quizizz as these are fun ways to practice. If you have specific friends/classmates that you'd like to see and interact with as you complete activities, ask your parents to set you up on ZOOM if possible!
I am attaching links for GRAMMAR practice from Quizizz today. Please practice with these links throughout the upcoming week, and I'll update it again next Sunday. Feel free to send me a message and let me know how you are doing and what book or activities you are working on this week.
I'll be reading the following book this week: Where the Crawdad's Sing.
Mrs. Perkins highly recommended it, so I'm really excited to get started!
I miss seeing you all very much!
Wishing everyone a HAPPY EASTER!
March 16th – April ?
Hello Parents and Students!
I have posted the message below in Google Classroom! Please check here on Teacher Pages for updates, but most important will be GOOGLE CLASSROOM!
I hope you all are doing well! I miss all of my students, and I know this is a unique situation, but we will use this time to continue learning!
**Remember, you can order books from SCHOLASTIC online, but you will need to be sure to change the delivery to your home address so they do not ship to WEST RIDGE!!
**Google Classroom –
Please use the following links to continue learning while we all must remain at home for a while! You'll see a variety of links ranging from the LPB learning at home, virtual museum tours, book sites, educational games for ELA, math, science, etc...
I'm going to miss seeing each and every one of you in the classroom, but let's all use this time at home to enjoy learning about a variety of interesting things we otherwise may not have time for in the class! I am in search of a great novel that we can all read and form our own "Book Club Discussion" site.
I’ve also added links for several printable graphic organizers and other reading comprehension sheets for skills and for use while reading novels or informational texts.
Now is the time for seeking out and learning about people, places, events, history, and new technology and ideas that interest and inspire you!
Keep checking back into Google Classroom for updates about the NOVEL and BOOK CLUB!
Stay safe and healthy, get outside and enjoy nature and a lot of exercise!!