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Provo City School District

Wasatch Elementary School

Last modified: August 28, 2020

Betsy Isom

Welcome back, students! 

We are so excited to have you back in our classrooms!  

 

Class Schedules:

Blue A – Monday Isom, Wednesday Ma

Blue B – Tuesday Isom, Thursday Ma

Red A – Monday Ma, Wednesday Isom

Red B – Tuesday Ma, Thursday Isom

How to access Canvas:

  1. Login to your “stu.provo.edu” google account.
  2. In the Google Apps tiles (top right corner of google screen) scroll down to find “Canvas LMS”
  3. You will be automatically logged into the Canvas (however it may ask you to choose your Google account).
  4. Choose “Language Arts 20-21 Isom” for Math, Writing, and Literacy (all the English taught subjects) or “Literacy 20-21 Ma” for Chinese, Science, and Social Studies (all the Chinese taught subjects.)
  5. The “Home” page will have helpful information, the assignment “to-do” list, and several important buttons (at the bottom of the page)
  6. “Modules” in the menu on the left of the Canvas page will be where you access all assignments.
  7. The ONLINE MATH link is ONLY found on the canvas home page, click on the “Assignments” button, and then click on the “Ed” link.  This is where all online math assignments will be accessed.

The online work week begins on the day students are in class with Mrs. Isom.  For example, if you come to Mrs. Isom on Tuesdays, then your week of online work begins that day and is DUE before you come back to English the next Tuesday.

Each week assignments will be posted for the whole week starting on Mondays.

Class Supply List –

We have adjusted the list a little to accommodate our unique situation this year.

Notice: The items on these lists are optional. No Elementary School students may be required to bring any of these supplies to school. This list is compiled solely to provide information to parents or guardians who wish to voluntarily furnish supplies for student use. Equivalent supplies will be furnished by the school to all students free of charge as necessary.

Individual Supplies

Classroom/Community Supplies

Math

This year we are using a new textbook called “Into Math.”  We are, of course, still following the Utah State Math Core Curriculum.  This program has a great online interface and fantastic resources to help us work through that curriculum.  We have also been directed by the state to focus on ESSENTIAL SKILLS and CORE KNOWLEDGE in the curriculum.  However, we will provide opportunities for students to push themselves and go “deeper” into the subjects that we learn about.  Below is a list of the “modules” or “units” of math this year:

Writing

What is a “Narrative Text”?  It is what we usually think of as a “Story.”  Our focus this term is to help our 6th grade writers improve their writing skills by focusing on key details and story structure.  We will also learn about editing and the importance of multiple drafts!

Story Structure:  In 6th grade, we sometimes call it the “story mountain.”  This is a visualization of how the pieces of a story fit together to help the action move along.  The focus is on including the most important details and editing out those that are not key to the story development.  The story mountain helps students visualize that stories have a beginning where the characters, setting, and “status quo” are introduced.  Then the problem is introduced and the “status quo” changes.  The characters must work through the rising action in attempts to “solve” the problem they are facing.  The climax is the “now or never” moment for the main character where the character must solve the problem.  And finally, the resolution explains the new “status quo” after the problem has been “solved.”

This Term we will have 2 writing assignments:

1.  Narrative Text/Story – Student chooses topic and genre.  Requirements – the story has a beginning, rising action, climax, and resolution.  2-5pages Rough Draft 

2.  Suspense Story – Students create a suspense story that focuses on using the rising action to create and maintain suspense.  Requirements – the story cannot be gory or violent.  Must contain story parts as well as specific suspense elements.  2-5 pages Final Draft 

Term 1 – Narrative Text Students will be able to write a multi-paragraph narrative text using real or imagined experiences or events.

Students will use well-chosen details and well-structured sequences.

Parent Curriculum Guide

Language Arts Core Guide

Math Core Guide