Appling Middle School

6th Grade Language Arts and Math

Hello Parents and Students!
Welcome to Appling Middle School. I am ecstatic to be teaching 6th grade this year. This is my second year teaching 6th grade ELA and Math at Appling. I grew up in Bartlett and attended Bartlett Schools. I love the fact that I get to give back to the community. I have an English Bulldog, Duke, whom I talk about all of the time :) I love to travel, cook, read, and craft. I graduated from the University of Memphis with a dual license of Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12.  I am dedicated to the success of all my students! 
 
I will be updating weekly with an overview of the topics we will be learning along with homework assignments and any important notices/deadlines. 
 
My schedule is the following:
1st: Learning Lab
2nd: Planning
3rd: ELA with Nesbit
4th: ELA with Metz 
5th: Math with Vanzant
6th: Math with Cummins 

If you need to contact me, PLEASE feel free to email me anytime.
tunderhill@bartlettschools.org 
 
 
 

Recent Posts

Aug 21-25 ELA (Nesbit, Metz, Underhill)

 Monday: Activity Schedule due to Solar Eclipse. We will analyze an Informational article on the 2017 North American eclipse. We will also watch a short clip. Students will answer text based questions focusing on citing evidence and inferencing. 
 
Tues: Library Day for Nesbit - Metz class will practice Claim Cite Clarify
 
Wed: Library Day for Metz - Nesbit class will practice Claim Cite Clarify
 
Thurs: Test Day on Claim Cite Clarify and making Inferences
 
Fri: Plan for students to receive laptops. -- Students will take quiz on their vocabulary words! Vocabulary homework due this day!!
 

August 14-18 Math (Vanzant, Cummins, Underhill)

 Vanzant-
Mon we will continue practicing add/subtract decimals.  Homework: Complete add/subtract decimal worksheet if needed.
Tues: We will complete the AimsWeb benchmark testing.  Homework: Review adding and subtracting decimals. 
Wed: Compose and Decompose numeric expressions to create equivalent representations. No homework. 
Thurs: Students will apply distributive property to solve real world problems. No homework. 
Fri: Students will review expression vs equation, parts of expressions, and properties by working in station rotations. No homework.
 
Underhill will be working with small groups throughout the week. 
 

Aug 14-18 ELA (Nesbit, Metz, Underhill)

 Mon:  DGP, Begin Claim Cite Clarify - students will take notes and practice as a class
Tues: DGP, Drawing Inferences - in class practice with the use of graphic organizers
Wed: DGP, Stations on Claim Cite Clarify - Underhill will rotate through the stations with small group 
Thurs: DGP, students will review characters from The Westing Game 
Fri: Students will complete Test on The Westing Game
 
Homework: Vocabulary & Study for The Westing Game Test 
 
Parents- Please remember that your child will receive 15 vocabulary words every other Friday. They must complete the graphic organizer for each word. These are not due for TWO weeks. Our first set of words were given on Friday August 11 and will be due on Friday August 25th. Students will take a quiz over these words! 

August 7-11 Math (Vanzant &Cummins)

Monday we will stay in homeroom.
 
This week we will set up our Interactive notebooks, practice example foldable, take a pre-test to assess math skills, and begin adding and subtracting with decimals. 

August 7-11 ELA (Nesbit & Metz)

 First week of school!
 
Monday will be spent in homeroom.
Tuesday-Friday we will spend time on getting to know each other by going over class procedures, participating in group activities, etc.
 
We will begin learning about Claim Cite Clarify the following week! 

May 15-19th ELA (Atieh, Nesbit, Underhill)

Nesbit: We will finish our Elements of Plot mini projects. They are due on Friday the 19th. 
Atieh: We will continue reviewing Scope articles, practicing daily oral grammar, and CHOMPS. 
 
Tuesday is Field Day. Bring sunscreen and water!!
 
We will begin cleaning out lockers this week. There will be no further locker usage after Friday May 19th. Laptops will also be taken up on Friday the 19th. Students will also begin returning text books this week. All text books must be returned to homeroom teacher by Friday the 19th. 

May 15-19 Math (Turnage, Cummins, Underhill)

We will be finishing up our integers unit this week. We will continue with adding/subtracting integers and move into multiply/dividing integers (positive and negative numbers) We will spend the remainder of the week reviewing.
 
Tuesday is Field Day. Bring sunscreen and water!!
 
We will begin cleaning out lockers this week. There will be no further locker usage after Friday May 19th. Laptops will also be taken up on Friday the 19th. Students will also begin returning text books this week. All text books must be returned to homeroom teacher by Friday the 19th. 

May 8-12 Math (Turnage, Cummins, Underhill)

Turnage: Monday we will begin learning about integers. We will make a foldable over adding integers. We practice with a puzzle worksheet.
Tuesday we will continue working with adding integers with unlike signs. We will play BINGO for practice. Homework will be a coloring sheet practicing adding integers.
Wednesday we will begin subtracting integers. We will make a foldable and complete a practice puzzle worksheet. Homework will be to finish the worksheet.
Thursday we will practice subtracting integers with unlike signs. We will have another coloring activity and finish for homework.
Friday we will take a quiz over integers. 
 
Cummins: 
Monday and Tuesday we will give an in-class project. Students will be designing their own movie theatre. They will be able to choose which movies to play. They will need to figure out how much the movies cost, how much for food, how much to buy movie posters, etc. Students will be given a guide and calculate their numbers based on what numbers the project provides. We will work on this for two days. 
Wednesday-Friday we will begin working with integers. 
 

May 8-12 ELA (Atieh, Nesbit, Underhill)

Atieh: Monday and Tuesday will be spent making any finalizations to our stories we have written for our civilization project. Wednesday we will read a SCOPE article and complete activities that align with the article. Thursday students will choose a side and find evidence from the article to back their claims. Teams will challenge each other with claims and evidence (debate). Friday students will rotate with different groups of writes to complete an argumentative paragraph. 
 
Nesbit: We will be assigning a new in-class project. Students will be given a sheet that has 9 options in order to complete their project. Students will need to choose 3 items to do. The items are as follows: 
1. Write a song/rap about the elements of plot
2. Write a summary describing each of the elements of plot.
3. Pick a book that you are familiar with and out line each element of plot for it.
4. Create an instruction manual or brochure about the elements of plot.
5. Student choice: Must be approved
6. Create a print advertisement to promote the elements of plot
7. Draw pictures to represent each element of plot
8. Create a comic strip that relates to each of the 5 elements of plot
9. Write a poem or story about the elements of plot
 
Students will be given the mini project on Monday May 8th and it will be due Friday May 19. 
 
I will work one on one with struggling students - giving strategies, graphic organizers, and guidance. 

May 1-5 Math (Turnage, Cummins, Underhill)

Turnage: We will spend Monday-Wednesday working on our Math Measurement Civilization Project. Students will work in class and any work that is not completed in class MUST be done at home. The project is due on Friday.
If time permits- we will begin working with integers on Thursday and Friday. Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing with positive and negative integers. 
 
Cummins: Monday we learned about finding the area, circumference, diameter, and radius of a circle. We will spend the rest of the week working on our Math Measurement Civilization Project. The project is due on Friday. 

May 1-5 ELA (Atieh, Nesbit, Underhill)

Final two days of TCAP testing this week!!!
 
We will be working on our in-class civilization projects this week!
Students will first write a ciquain poem based on their civilization by using the graphic organizer included in the project packet. Then they will type the poem on a shared Pages form.  Once they have completed their poem, they will begin writing a story about their civilization. The story must be at least 250 words. Students should fill out the Plot Diagram as this is included in their grade. After their story is approved by the teacher, students can type their assignment on the shared Pages document. The final project will be due on Friday. 
 
I will work with small groups who are struggling. 

April 24-28 ELA (Atieh, Nesbit, Underhill)

We will watch the movie Inkheart. 
 
It is library week. 
 
AE assignments will be due on Thursday! Don't forget!!! 
 
No homework this week :) 

April 24-28 Math (Turnage, Cummins, Underhill)

Turnage: Monday we will take our TCAP review quiz. The rest of the week will be spent reviewing skills to prepare for TNREADY tests. We will also start our math portion of the in class cross-cuticular civilization project. 
 
Cummins: We will spend the week reviewing skills for TNREADY. We will begin our in class, cross-curricular civilization project towards the end of the week. 

Math April 17-21 (Turnage, Cummins, Underhill)

We will spend the entire week reviewing testing questions and taking practice quizzes. Friday we will take a quiz over what we reviewed throughout the week. 
 
Make sure to complete IXL homework in preparation for the test on Friday. 

ELA April 17-21 (Atieh, Nesbit, Underhill)

This week we will be wrapping up the final chapters of Inkheart. We will finish writing our essays on Monday. The rest of the week we will work on projects over Inkheart and Friday we will take our final test.
 
*Testing Week* Shortened Class Times