Table of Contents
Activities & Quizzes
Alternative Energy Persuasive Essay
Ancient Civilizations Thematic
Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
"Charles" by Shirley Jackson Short Story
History of the English Language
NYS English Language Arts Exams Review
Painting Pictures with Poetry
SHEroes Memorable Women in History
Supplies] [English Notebook] [Homework
Policy] [Discipline Policy] [Team
Spirit] [Technology] [Contact
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Are You a Gamer?
Have fun while you study!
The new Mrs. Blow's QUIA web page
offers games that will help you study and learn. Try it out! I
guarantee it is lots of fun. After playing the games, you can take a quiz
to earn extra credit. Currently, you can play "Rags-to-Riches," "Challenge
Board" (Jeopardy), and "Jumbo". Soon there will be many more activities.
At the beginning of the year, we
organize all our school supplies for all content area subjects. Organization is important to a student's success. Coming to class prepared
with materials and completed homework is a sign of a good student.
Lockers are personal space so it is important that the locker, too,
is organized so materials can be found easily.
If students color code materials
by subject, it is easier to maintain organization and to get to class on
time. For example, if all science materials are green, it is
easier for the student to grab the green notebooks and pocket folders
without having to search through the entire locker. Below are
the subject areas and the school supplies required for each:
notebook, pocket folder, composition notebook, index cards packs
(4), index card box, brown paper grocery bag (book cover)
notebook, #2 pencils
3-subject notebook, folder, *jumbo book sock
binder (1.5-inches), 5-tab subject divider, filler paper, pocket
folder, black/blue pen, red pen, #2 pencils
binder (1.5-inches), 5-tab subject divider, filler paper,
black/blue pen, red pen, #2 pencils, used bounce dryer sheets,
Extra pocket folders may be
needed for homework folder, art, music, computer, etc.
Planner: provided by
the Parent of Middle School (POM)
General items used in all
classes: glue sticks, colored pencils, scissors, crayons
*Book socks are optional.
Brown paper bags are free and work just as well when covering the student
step-by-step illustrated guide is available in a PowerPoint
presentation to help students label and organize the supplies in a
manner that is best for them.
The English Notebook
English Notebook: the binder will be divided into the
collection of all story starters, brainstorming, editing
spelling, vocabulary, Greek & Latin roots, etc.
notes taken in class and teacher handouts
Quizzes & Tests:
quizzes and tests used to study for the unit tests and the final
collection of best work, which is organized into an electronic
portfolio at the end of the year (optional to store these in
classroom file cabinet).
pocket folder (without prongs) hole-punched and put in the back of the binder.
pouch for storage: black/blue pens, colored pens/pencils, highlighters, etc.
Often students are absent or excused from class. If a
student is absent or excused from class, the assignments can be
obtained from a homework buddy. It is the student's
responsibility to get these assignments. Those students who
miss class for instrument lessons or other extra curricular reasons
are still responsible for handing in assignments on time.
Late Assignments: Students who hand in assignments late
will lose 10 points off their grade. After 5 late days,
students will get a zero for that assignment.
Redo Assignments: Because most grade levels have over 100
students it is physically impossible to allow students to redo every
homework assignment. As a result, homework assignments cannot
be redone. Students are expected to do their best the first
time they do homework. However, I do feel that students can
learn from their mistakes; therefore, they are allowed to redo a
failed test or essay. The improved score and the original
score will be averaged (see ELA packet for details).
Discipline is not usually a
problem. Most sixth graders are genuinely kind to others and want to
succeed. However, our class has come up with a class set of rules
that the students feel are necessary for to establish a safe and
productive learning environment.
Class 2006-2007 Rules:
Respect selves and others.
Come to class prepared and
Complete homework on time.
Stay on task in the
Use appropriate language and
classroom voices in the classroom.
We will have a discussion
about our beliefs and goals.
Discussion and immediate
consequence such as losing 5 points off participation grade for
the month and/or assigned seat, etc.
A call home to the parent
and/or a discipline referral.
TEAM SPIRIT: Team
spirit is important in the classroom, however, in the English
Language Arts classroom it is essential to establish a risk-taking
environment for everyone to succeed.
Reading a piece of writing aloud helps us to hear the
music in a writer's words. As we progress through the writing
process, students must learn to give and receive positive criticism, the "Wows" and "I Wonder..."
First, all writer's celebrate the "wows" of their writing, point out
the good points. Still, all writers,
even published writers, must be able to look at his or her work with
a critical eye and be willing to improve, so an "I wonder..."
statement brings attention to areas that may need more work in a
kind, friendly manner.
Technology is integrated into
the classroom on a daily basis. Students are encouraged to
utilize word processing programs (Microsoft Word, Word Perfect) when
writing essays. Other projects require other types of
programs such as Publisher or PowerPoint. Students may want to bring a floppy disk, so they
can take their work back and forth between school and home.