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I am so excited to teach sixth grade English Language Arts at Oakcrest Intermediate this year!


It is my goal to help your child grow as a reader and writer this year! We will engage in many reading and writing activities that will strengthen and increase their language arts skills and will enhance their love for learning. Also, being great citizens and classmates will be emphasized in our class through the eight expectations for living and the life principles in Great Expectations. Students will grow as scholars and in character during our class!


I want to partner with you in your child's educational journey! Please contact me anytime through email if you have any questions or concerns. I am always willing to help! To stay informed, please subscribe to my Edlio page (under my picture and name) for important announcements and assignments for our class. Communication is key in helping your student be most successful!


I am looking forward to getting to know you! We will have a great year!

 

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Week 9 of Digital Learning - Last Week for Grades

We are on week 9 of remote learning, and the last week for grades! Please click on your child's block period to see the ELA Weekly Update for this week (5/18 - 5/22):
 
 
Here is the optional weekly schedule that your student is welcome to follow this week. It organizes the ELA assignments throughout the week to help your students complete them on time.
 
 
For research last week, students asked questions and took notes about a real or mythical creature from reliable resources. This coming week, your student will create a Work Cited page and a final product from his or her research. Both are due by 4 pm this Friday, May 22.
 
This is the last week for required reading. Please encourage your student to finish reading his or her second fiction book as well as completing his or her notice and note responses in the Reading Log Assignment. The notice and note book #2 is due by THIS Friday, May 22.
 
Grades are due by Friday at 4 pm, so please make sure that all missing work is completed by then. Your student has been amazing during this digital learning process! Let's work hard - pushing through to the finish line. Please let me know if you need help or have any questions. Have a great day!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps

Week 8 of ELA Digital Learning!

Welcome to the eighth week of remote learning! Please click on your child's block period to see the ELA Weekly Update for this week (5/11 - 5/15):
 
 
Here is the optional weekly schedule that your student is welcome to follow this week. It organizes the ELA assignments throughout the week to help your students complete them on time.
 
 
This week, we will start a research project on a topic from last week's reading, "Monster of the Deep." Your student should have already chosen a topic, and he or she will be asking questions and taking notes about his or her topic from reliable resources. The following week, your student will create a final product from the research, and it will be due on Friday, May 22. 
 
Please encourage your student to be reading his or her second independent reading book for 100 minute each week and recording his or her reading in the Reading Log Assignment under the Weekly Reading Activities topic in the Google Classroom. Also, he or she should be starting the signpost responses in the notice and note book #2 tab. I have enjoyed discussing his or her reading each week through the reading conferences tab! The notice and note book #2 is due by Friday, May 22.
 
I am so proud of all the great work your student is doing! Let me know if you have any questions. Let's finish strong!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps

ELA Digital Learning - Week 7

It's the 7th week of remote learning! Please click on your child's block period to see the ELA Weekly Update for this week (5/4 - 5/8):
 
 
I created an optional weekly schedule that your student is welcome to follow this week. It organizes the ELA assignments throughout the week to help your students complete them on time.
 
 
This week, the grade will come from the "Controlling Idea, Inference & Summary of Nonfiction" assignment, specifically the graded independent assignment: “Monster of the Deep” Google Form in the Google Classroom. This assignment is due by Sunday, May 10. 
 
Your student should starting their second fiction book and putting his or her signpost responses in the notice and note book #2 tab in the reading assignment. Please encourage your student to be reading his or her independent reading book for 100 minute each week and recording his or her reading in the Reading Log Assignment under the Weekly Reading Activities topic in the Google Classroom. I have enjoyed discussing his or her reading each week through the reading conferences tab! The notice and note book #2 is due by Friday, May 22.
 
Thank you so much for the support you give your student each week! Reach out with any questions or concerns. Have a great week!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps

Week 6 of Digital Learning - ELA

It's already the 6th week of remote learning! Please click on your child's block period to see the ELA Weekly Update for this week (4/27 - 5/1):
 
 
This week, the grade will come from the "Controlling Idea, Inference & Summary of Nonfiction" assignment, specifically the graded independent assignment: “Frozen Dreams” Google Form in the Google Classroom. This assignment is due by Sunday, May 3. 
 
Thank you so much for encouraging your student to complete his or her notice and note book #1 by last Friday! Your student should be reading his or her independent reading book for 100 minute each week and recording his or her reading in the Reading Log Assignment under the Weekly Reading Activities topic in the Google Classroom. I have enjoyed discussing his or her reading each week through the reading conferences tab! The notice and note book #2 is due by Friday, May 22.
 
Thank you so much for the support you give your student each week! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps

Week 5 of Digital Learning!

We are moving into week 5 of digital learning! Please click on your child's block period to see the ELA Weekly Update for this week (4/20 - 4/24):
 
Block 1: https://bit.ly/2wRXINT
Block 2: https://bit.ly/2wQaxrZ
 
This week, the grade will come from the "Controlling Idea & Summary" assignment, specifically the graded independent assignment: "Out of the Burning Darkness" Google Form in the Google Classroom. This assignment is due by Sunday, April 26. 
 
Also, please continue encouraging your student to read his or her independent reading book for 100 minute each week and to record his or her reading in the Reading Log Assignment under the Weekly Reading Activities topic in the Google Classroom. I would love to see what your student is reading and to interact with him or her through Notice and Note responses and a reading conference (both in the Reading Log Assignment). Your student's goal is to finish book 1 and his or her notice and note responses by this Friday, April 24.
 
I appreciate all the support you give to your student! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps

Weekly Update for Week 4 of Digital Learning!

Happy Week 4 of Digital Learning! Please click on your child's block period to see the ELA Weekly Update for this week (4/13 - 4/17):
 
Block 1: https://bit.ly/2VpdDvf
Block 2: https://bit.ly/2y5dyFb
 
This week, the grade will come from the "Understanding Author’s Purpose & Craft" assignment, specifically the Author's Craft and Purpose Independent Practice. This assignment is due by Sunday, April 18. 
 
Also, please continue encouraging your student to read their independent reading book for 100 minute each week and to record his or her reading in the Reading Log Assignment under the Weekly Reading Activities topic in the Google Classroom. I would love to see what their reading and to interact with them through their Notice and Note responses and a reading conference (both in the Reading Log Assignment). Your student's goal is to finish book 1 and his or her notice and note responses by Friday, April 24.
 
Thank you so much for your help and for encouraging your student to complete his or her ELA activities each week! Have a great week!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps
 
 

Digital Learning - Week 3

Hi! We are heading into week 3 of digital learning, and I hope each week gets easier and more enriched for your student(s)! I wanted to share some important announcements for this week!
 
1.) Grading begin this week! If you have not had a chance to look at the grading guidelines, I have attached the link to this post! We will be taking 1 main grade a week, and most weeks, it will come from the district focus learning activity! Digital Learning MP4 Guidelines: https://bit.ly/2wVILdW
2.) Each week, I provide a Weekly Update with all the activities and instructions due for the week. Please encourage your child to read this update before he or she starts on his or her assignments. The Weekly Update is the first assignment in the "classwork" tab in the Google Classroom each week! I have also provided one for you in the links below. Please click on the link next to your child's block period:
 
 
3.) I have had many questions this week about what is mandatory and what is added enrichment. I created this video to answer some of the questions you may be have about the activities being assigned in ELA. Click here for the video: https://bit.ly/2ULkhNC
 
Thank you so much for your help and partnership in your student's digital journey! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me anytime through email or during my Google Live conference period. Have a great day!
 
Mrs. Angie Phelps
 
 
 

TED Talk Point Recovery for Third Nine Weeks

The students can watch a TED Talk from a list in the Google Classroom. Then, they will complete the TED Talk form for up to 7 points added back to a major grade. Please encourage them to look at the teacher example to see answer expectations for full points. All TED Talk Forms must be submitted to the Google Classroom assignment by 4 pm on Wednesday, March 4. Thank you!

Upcoming Dates for Next Few Weeks

I hope you and your children had a great four-day weekend! I wanted to share some important upcoming dates for the next few weeks.
 
Friday, February 21 - Artrageous from 5:30 - 8:30 at Oakcrest Intermediate
Tuesday, February 25 - Drama Test (last major grade of this nine weeks
Friday, February 28 - Notice and Note Book #2 is due (minor grade)
 
Also, we have had many sick or absent students over the past few weeks. For those students, I have been posting missing assignments on the Google Classroom, so no one will fall behind! Please let me know if you have any questions about the assignments.
 
With all the sickness, we are in dire need of more Kleenex. If anyone would like to donate Kleenex, we would greatly appreciate it!
 
Thank you for your awesome partnership in your student's education! I feel so blessed to work with your children! 

Announcements for Next Week - February 3 - 7

Mock Reading STAAR is next Monday, February 3. We know they will do awesome; we are excited to see what the students have learned this year!
 
Students have been writing an expository/informational essay on a topic based on interest. If your student did not finish typing his or her essay in class today, he or she must have it completed by Tuesday, February 4. Also, students must print out a copy of their essay and bring it to class on Tuesday, February 4, so we can begin the editing and revising process next week. The essay's instruction are in their Google Classroom.
 
Also, remember the notice and note book #1 assignment (12 sticky notes for 6 signposts and bookmark) is due on Wednesday, February 5
 
Thank you so much for your help and support from home! Have a great weekend!

Read-A-Thon and Test Change

Our school is doing a Read-A-Thon starting next week (January 27 - February 7), and we would love for your support and participation in the fundraiser! Students will be reading at least 20 minutes everyday in class (which they already do) to meet the Read-A-Thon requirements. The students are bringing home a handout today explaining how to register and participate in the Read-A-Thon. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Also, we have moved back the Paired Passages (Fiction and Non-fiction) Test; it will be next Tuesday, February 28! We needed a few more days to finish reviewing and practicing skills! Thank you so much for your understanding!
Have a great Thursday!

Upcoming ELA Dates for Third Nine Weeks

Welcome back from a great break! I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable time with family and friends! As we move into the third nine weeks, I wanted to share some important upcoming dates for January and beginning of February!

Tuesday, January 14 - OIS Spirit Night at Willie’s from 4 - 10pm

Monday, January 20 - No School for Holiday

Friday, January 24 - Paired Fiction and Non-fiction Test

Monday, February 3 - Mock STAAR Reading Benchmark

Notice and Note Due Dates:

Book #1 is due on Wednesday, February 5.

Book #2 is due on Friday, February 28.

Students will read a fiction book and complete 12 sticky notes (2 over each signpost) and a bookmark. We will continue using the same expectations we have used all year!

Thank you so much for your awesome partnership! As always, let me know if you have any questions!

Phelps's Homeroom - Holiday Party Tomorrow!

Thank you so much for signing up for the awesome items to create gingerbread houses! Please remember to bring the items you signed up for to the party tomorrow! We are excited for an festive party! See you tomorrow!

Poetry Test and Notice and Note Book 2 Due Tomorrow!

We have 2 important grades for tomorrow:
 
1.) Poetry Test - Students should be fully prepared for the poetry test from the activities we completed in class. They can review their poetry notes in their INB or study important poetry vocabulary/figurative language in the Google Classroom. (https://quizlet.com/457688026/poetry-termsfigurative-language-flash-cards/?x=1qqt)
 
2.) Notice and Note Book #2 - Students will turn in their 12 sticky notes with both parts (what it is and the ask yourself question) and their bookmark with page numbers for their second book for this nine weeks. The Google Classroom has a slide show with instructions for completing the sticky notes and bookmark and a orange stem bookmark for helping students write their sticky notes.
 
Thank you so much for encouraging your child to prepare for the test and to complete their notice and note assignment! Have a great night!

Extra Credit - TED Talk Viewing Worksheet

In the Google Classroom, students can watch the provided Ted Talk on the Student Viewing Sheet and then, can complete the 12 questions. I have provided a teacher model with another TED Talk, so the students can see the expectations for completing the questions. All answers should be correct and in complete sentences.
Students can earn back up to 8 points on a major grade for completing the Student Viewing Sheet. The Student Viewing Sheet must be completed by 7am on Wednesday, December 18 for credit.