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Welcome to 6th Grade Language Arts!
About me... My name is Wendy Falcone. This is my 6th year teaching 6th grade Language Arts in Tomball ISD and I love it here! I graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in Elementary Education and I feel blessed that I have found my calling in life. When I'm not at school, I enjoy cooking, shopping, reading, traveling, and just hanging out with friends and family.
I have been married to my amazing husband for 25 years and we have three wonderful children. Nick attends Baylor University, Christian attends the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and Julianna is a freshman at Oklahoma State University. The years have flown by as we've watched our kids grow up in the wonderful community of Tomball.
I absolutely adore teaching 6th grade! My classroom is full of reading, writing, technology, small group activities, discussion, fun, and lots of laughing!  I strive to build a strong, positive relationship with every one of my students. I have high expectations for my students. I want students to be respectful, come to class prepared, take ownership of their learning, and do their BEST! I am looking forward to working with your child to help them reach their highest potential.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here to help!
 
 

Recent Posts

Notice and Note Bookmark for 3rd Nine Weeks

During the 3rd nine weeks students will be required to complete 2 more Notice & Note Signpost Bookmarks.  This time we are requiring each student to take the AR test as a part of the grade for the bookmark.  (If the book is not in AR or they are having difficulty logging in there is an alternate assignment of recreating the plot structure that will replace the AR test.)  70% of the grade will come from completion of the bookmark and conference with the teacher.  The other 30% will be based on the AR Test/Plot Structure Assignment. The first bookmark is due February 7. The second bookmark is due March 7. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 

Notice and Note Bookmark for 4thNine Weeks

During the 4th nine weeks, students will be required to complete 2 more Notice & Note Signpost Bookmarks. Again, we are requiring each student to take the AR test as a part of the grade for the bookmark.  (If the book is not in AR or they are having difficulty logging in there is an alternate assignment of recreating the plot structure that will replace the AR test.)  70% of the grade will come from completion of the bookmark and conference with the teacher.  The other 30% will be based on the AR Test/Plot Structure Assignment. The first bookmark is due April 24. The second bookmark due date TBA.

Six Signposts Presentation

Hello parents! I would like to give a big shout-out to all of the parents who were able to make it to the Parent Orientation on Tuesday! I really enjoyed meeting all of you, and I am excited about teaching your child this year! If you were unable to make it, I sent a pink brochure home with your child in their Wednesday folders highlighting some important dates and contact information. Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to partnering with you this year to ensure your child's success!
 
I have attached a file outlining the Notice and Note: Six Signposts reading strategies that I touched on at the Parent Orientation. Please use this as your road map for questioning your child about his/her reading. Remember to encourage your child to read every night! The only way to become a better reader is to read, read, read!

Notice and Note Bookmarks

For the second grading period, students will be required to read two novels and complete a Notice and Note bookmark for each. Upon completion of each novel, students will conference with me to discuss each signpost. The students are expected to recognize two examples of each of the six signposts, write the page number on the bookmark, and answer the guiding question on a sticky note. Each bookmark conference will be 50 % of a major grade. 
 
We are almost half way through the second grading period, so your child should be finished or almost finished with their first novel. Students are given over 100 minutes a week in class to silently read their independent novel. During this time, I am available to conference, answer questions, or reteach concepts as needed. 
 
Please check with your child on their progress. Completion of the first novel is due on November 17th. 
 
Please see attachment for an example of a completed product. 

Walk Two Moons Vocabulary Ch 1-11

Hello Parents, 
 
Our first vocabulary quiz will be this Tuesday, Oct. 10. The students must be able to choose the vocabulary word that best fits into an authentic sentence; therefore memorizing definitions will not be enough to achieve success. Students should practice using the words properly in sentences. We will be creating a study guide this week in class to help them learn the words however the students are responsible for studying the words at home. The quiz will be a daily grade this grading period. Thank you for your support at home!
 

Walk Two Moons vocabulary words Ch. 12-22 plus academic words

Hello Parents,
 
Your child has been working hard on their Vocabulary Google slides! The slides will serve as their study guide for the quiz which will be on Tuesday, Nov. 7th. Please check with your child to make sure all slides are completed and ready to be turned in on the 7th. The words are attached if they are needed but most kids are finished as they have had plenty of class time. The quiz will be in the same format as before. Both the slides and the quiz will be daily grades. 
 
Have a great weekend!