All this week, we will be reviewing reading standards taught this year in preparation for the GA Milestones Testing that will begin on Monday, April 29. A testing schedule will be sent home from FCMS soon.
Side note from Mrs. H: I am so proud of all of my students this year! I've seen some amazing growth in terms of reading ability, comprehension, and overall confidence as both a reader and as a middle schooler. I want my students to know that I am fully aware of how capable each of you are and no test will EVER be able to measure your talents or abilities. All I ask is that you try your best, use the skills you have been taught this year, and just BE YOU! I'm proud of you. Thank you for being such a fantastic group this year!! <3
Monday, 4/1/19- Mood and Tone mini lesson. Students began working on their Reading Fair projects. The instructions and grading checklist can be found on Google Classroom. 4th period: Completed Unit 8 Lesson 5 of Read to Achieve and then read their library books.
Tuesday, 4/2/19- Mood and Tone Quizizz assignment (40 questions) for a daily grade. Work on reading fair projects. 4th period: Mood and tone mini lesson and begin working on reading fair projects.
Wednesday, 4/3/19- Work on reading fair projects.
Thursday, 4/4/19- Reading Inventory test. Read library books when finished
Friday, 4/5/19- NEWSELA article and read for Reading Counts.
Monday, 3/11/19: Read chapter 10 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham and complete the Quizizz assignment for a daily grade. Afterward, students worked on their digital notebooks. 4th period: Read chapters 7-8 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
Tuesday, 3/12/19: A constructed response lesson over how to respond to Milestones-type questions using a Langston Hughes' poem and a video clip from the film, The Help. Students worked with a partner of their choice to respond to constructed response questions. All PowerPoints and notes can be found on Google Classroom. 4th period: Read chapters 9-10 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
Wednesday, 3/13- Friday, 3/15/19: No school! Winter break!
Monday, 3-4-19: All classes went to the library today to check out books for the 4th nine weeks, finish reading and testing for 3rd nine weeks and receive MakerSpace time for those who already have their required points.
Tuesday, 3-5-19: We read pages 86-109 of TWGTB. 4th period completed Unit 4 Lesson 2 of Read to Achieve: The Scientific Revolution
Wednesday, 3-6-19: Finish reading chapter 8 and complete comprehension questions on Google Classroom and update digital notebook. Receive field trip permission slip letter and information during 1st period. The link to the field trip Google Slides presentation can be found on the homepage of this website. 4th period will play Kahoot to review for tomorrow's test over chapters 1-6 of TWGTB.
Thursday, 3-7-19: Read two of Langston Hughes' poems, "Merry Go Round" and "Dreams." Begin reading chapter 9 of TWGTB and update digital notebook. 4th period will take a 25-question multiple choice test over chapters 1-6 of TWGTB.
Friday, 3-8-19: Reward Day will be from 1-3 pm. We will be on an abbreviated schedule today. Reading Counts points for 3rd nine weeks are due today by 3:15! Students will watch 1960's cartoons that were discussed in the novel and compare them to today's cartoons. Those who need to earn last minute RC points will be given a final opportunity to do so.
*If you are absent on a day we are reading, it is your responsibility to catch up on what you missed. You can read the chapters online via Destiny using your Reading Counts login information. TWGTB is a free e-book on the website. Click here to login to Destiny!
Monday, February 25, 2019: 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th periods: We will read chapter 5 of TWGTB and answer comprehension questions and work on digital notebooks.
4th period: Complete "cold reads" and start the next unit of Read to Achieve.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019: Scoliosis screening for 6th graders during 1st period. Read chapter 6 of TWGTB. Literary discussion groups over what we have read thus far in the novel. *Test over chapters 1-6 on Thursday, 2/28/19*
4th period: Finish up Read to Achieve. Read chapters 3 and 4 of TWGTB and answer questions.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019: Kahoot review for Thursday's test. Kahoot will be posted online for students to play to review at home as well.
4th period: Read chapter 5 of TWGTB
Thursday, February 28, 2019: Test over chapters 1-6 of TWGTB. (25 multiple choice and 5 short answer). Students may use the novel for the short answer section. Read library books when finished and update digital notebook.
4th period: Read chapter 6 of TWGTB. Multiple choice test over the first 6 chapters will be next week on Wednesday.
Friday, March 1, 2019: Today is an early release day for parent-teacher conferences! School will release at 1:00 pm. Students will read library books and watch a documentary about famous African Americans.
4th period: Complete TWGTB digital breakout and read RC books
Monday, 2/11/19: Today in class, 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th periods viewed presentations created by some advanced students about the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and the Birmingham Church Bombing of 1963. Afterward, we read chapter 3 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
4th period: Viewed the poem and song, "The Ballad of Birmingham" and then read chapter 1 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
Tuesday, 2/12/19: Today in all classes, students will make sure their STEM portfolio (Book Creator) is up to date and that it contains all required information. These portfolios are due on Wednesday,
Wednesday, 2/13/19: Students in 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th periods will begin researching a famous African American of their choice and creating a Google slides presentation about the person to share with classmates. This will count as one daily grade and will be due on Wednesday, 2/20/19.
4th period: Will do "cold reads" and complete the next lesson in Read to Achieve.
Thursday, 2/14/19: All of Mrs. Hulsey's classes will go to the library for independent reading time and to take RC tests. Students who have all of their points will be rewarded with game time on their Chromebooks since MakerSpace is not opened back up yet. RC points are due Friday, March 8, 2019.
Friday, 2/15/19: All classes will read chapter 4 of The Watsons Go to Birmingham and complete comprehension questions for a daily grade. Students may read and listen to music since it is Friday and finish up their famous African Americans presentation. 4th period will complete "Hot reads"
Monday, 1/28/19: Mrs. Hulsey was absent today. Students were given class time to finish their haiku poems (test grade) and their STEM project poems over tsunamis. Students who were finished watched a documentary about Martin Luther King, Jr. and answered 10 questions for a daily grade as a pre-reading activity before we read The Watsons Go to Birmingham.
Tuesday, 1/29/19: No school today due to inclement weather!
Wednesday, 1/30/19: Today we had a 2 hour delay. All reading classes went to the library for Chromebook and Destiny Online orientation.
Thursday, 1/31/19: Mrs. Summers will be doing a guidance lesson in Mrs. Hulsey's classes. *Bring Chromebooks to class for Friday, 2/1*
Friday, 2/1/19: Newsela article of the week. Finish any missing assignments; students will do some augmented reality lessons using their Chromebooks. :)
Monday, January 21- No school in honor or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 22- Today students completed a 20 question poetry review (daily grade) on Google. Afterward, students began working on a 5 haiku project (alone or with a partner) for a test grade.
Wednesday, January 23- Students who have their agenda and have brought back their signed (green) Chromebook agreement, will receive their Chromebook during 1st period. We reviewed the rules for using the Chromebook in reading class. Afterward, students completed their haiku poem and those who wish to present theirs to the class will do so.
Thursday, January 24- Students will write their tsunami haiku and acrostic poems that will be featured in the reading section of their STEM book. Afterward, they will read the NEWSELA article "The Story of Tsunamis" and take the quiz.
Friday, January 25- We will review poetry elements using popular songs. Afterward, students will finish up any missing work and read for Reading Counts and take tests if needed. Points are due by Friday, March 8, 2019.
Today in class, we began an assignment in which students will come up with and write three of their own acrostic poems. Each student received a set of instructions and a grading checklist that they were advised to follow. This assignment will count as two daily grades. The directions and grading checklist can be found below.
4th period: We resumed lessons in Read to Achieve today. We read Unit 1 Lesson 3: Studying History and completed the comprehension questions for it. Students also did their one minute fluency read.
Today in class students presented their acrostic name poems to the class. Afterward, students were given class time to complete any missing assignments and read for Reading Counts. Points are due March 8, 2019.
Hi! I'm Mrs. Kelly Hulsey. I am a graduate of FCHS. I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from KSU in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Georgia in 2013. I teach reading on 6B at FCMS and am also the 6B team leader. I live in Blue Ridge with my husband, Chris, and our precious, son, Harrison. Please don't hesitate to contact me any time.