Welcome to Quarter 2

Quarter 2 News

Welcome back from Fall Break! I hope your break gave you rest, relaxation, and family time. Now it’s back to the grindstone! Let’s go! Quarter 2 brings changes with it in Mrs. Ray’s classroom–all to benefit your child’s learning.  Here is what you need to know:

  • As always, you can see events, due dates, and class work on my planbook online at http://mrsray.me/daily-schedule/. (All listings are subject to change!)
  • Our study focus is perspective for quarter 2. Learn about the articles and books we’ll be reading on the Quarter 2 page (click here).
  • IR TESTS – the first book is FICTION for all students, and it is due Nov. 3rd. This time around, let’s dig deeper into our reading skills, so no comic-type books are allowed (i.e., Dork Diaries, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Amulet, etc.).  Students should have a book selected by Friday and reported to me. I will send home a packet with IR Test information on Wednesday, including a calendar for success, sentence stems to help students with prompts, the grading rubric, and checklists.  You may also view all you need at http://mrsray.me/ir/
  • Daily warm-ups will no longer be a worksheet format (with the exception of this week). This means that there won’t be “extra credit” to go along with it. Instead, the first 10-15 minutes of each class period (M-Th) will focus on the 6th Grade Language Standards through whole-class activities, responses around the room, voting, individual work in journals, and more.
  • Even though our focus in Quarter 2 is non-fiction works, I will provide one activity per week to keep learning and reviewing the fiction reading standards. Some of these will be quite exciting, such as our “story knives” unit — taken from an Alaskan Yupik storytelling tradition.  I will also keep the literature standards alive by reading Book 2 in “The Breadwinner” series, called “Parvana’s Journey,” aloud on Fridays.
  • We will be visiting the library every Friday instead of every other Friday, except when there are conflicts with the library schedule.
  • Student seating will change regularly, based upon my purpose for grouping. Some activities will pair students with like abilities, while other activities will pair students with mixed abilities.

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