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Hi! I am Ms. Wobensmith and I am thrilled to be your child's language arts teacher here at Rippon Middle! My desire is to instill a love for reading and writing in your child that they will carry with them throughout their life! I believe that reading is the key to everything, no matter what the subject or situation!
A little bit about me... I grew up in Columbia, Maryland. I went to college at Salisbury University, majoring in psychology. I received my masters degree in elementary education (K-6) while living in Okinawa with my family. I have taught 4th grade (all subject matter) in Stafford County for the past eight years. I made the decision to move north and up a few grade levels to teach this school year!
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends (including my fur babies!). I like to be active and do crafts when time permits. I have 2 children, a freshman at Virginia Tech and a junior at James Madison University. I have a dog (Sampson) and cat (Guss) that keep me busy!
I look forward to working with all of my students and their families! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or comments any time! I will return your email within 24 hours. 
wobenska@pwcs.edu

June 1,  2020

I emailed everyone the assignment and Records breakers sheet to complete.  I will post the Records breakers sheet in my files and documents page, but the lesson sheet has passwords.  If you need this sheet, email me and I will send to you.


May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day.  This week for assignments, some people are going to be happy.  We understand some people are just getting computers and access to the internet.  No problem.  We understand some people have been busy with others having to use the computer and you have not completed all of your assignments.  No problem.  This week, if you have not had time to complete assignments, now is your time.  If you have completed all assignments, relax and continue reading each night.   

May 18, 2020

This week I attached the link to the Library Breakout Activity in the Useful Links section.  I labeled the link as Library Breakout.  I will be available for any questions throughout today and during my office hours tomorrow.  You must complete all 6 sections to complete the activity.  Estimated completion time is 1 hour.  PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS AND READ THE DIRECTIONS.  Good luck, have fun, and stay safe.

May 11, 2020

Happy Monday! You will find this week's work in my "Files and Documents" section of this webpage (it's on page 2). I will upload the document with the videos, PowerPoints, and work embedded in the file. If you are having trouble opening the hyperlinks, go to your email or Teams assignments and I uploaded each file separately so that they are easier to open. 
This week, we are reviewing figurative language, verb tenses, and continuing working through the writing process (revising and editing this week( with the writing you started a few weeks ago, 
Have a great week--send me a message letting me know how you are and what you are up to!
I sure do miss you all!



May 4, 2020

Here is your work for the week (under the "files" tab). Let me know if you have any questions or problems with the files.
Have a great week, stay safe!


APRIL 27, 2020

Are you staying at home and binge watching movies or a TV series?  This week you can do the same thing with 
Main Idea and Supporting Details.  I was delighted to email with so many of you this past week!  You are missed!  Go to the left-hand side of the page to Files and Documents.  It is alphabetically arranged.  Look for Language Arts Instruction April 27-May 1.  Make sure you are on your PWCS Office 365.  When you're done email me at wobenska@pwcs.edu.  My virtual office hours are on Tuesdays from 12:00 pm-1:30 pm.  Keep reading, keep writing, keep creative, keep safe.  

Digital Reading Support

Immersive Readers is a reading support built into all Microsoft applications (Microsoft Edge, Word, OneNote, Office Lens, and Outlook) that offers decoding and fluency aid for those who may struggle reading. When using this tool, students are able to: 

1. Change the font size, text spacing, and background color 
2. Split words into syllables
3. Highlight verbs, nouns, adjectives, and clauses
4. Choose between fonts to help with reading
5. Have text read aloud to them at various speeds they choose
 

April 20, 2020
This week's Language Arts lesson is a review on Making Inferences, Grammar, and Writing. You can find it in Microsoft Teams, an email that came from the Hub, or on this class page in files (It is called "Lang Arts Instruction-Week of April 20"). It includes choices. You can watch a video, a power point, or both. Then complete the assignment and email it to me at wobenska@pwcs.edu.  Check out the fun Word Search Fairy Tale on page 2. My virtual office hours are on Tuesdays from Noon-1:30pm. Keep reading, keep writing, keep creative, keep safe.


April 13, 2020
I hope everyone had a good "Spring Break," and are ready to get back to distance learning. I am uploading the schedule provided by the county regarding instruction, office hours, and teacher meetings for your viewing under "files" link. As you can see, Language Arts instruction takes place each Monday, with 90 minutes of work/instructional time being offered. As before, it is a review of content already taught and no new grades will be taken (per county direction). We will have our office hours on Tuesdays from 12:00-1:30.
Since today is a teacher work day, no new files/instruction will happen. Be looking for it next Monday!



April 1, 2020

Although PWCS is unable to provide instruction or class assignments to students while schools remain closed, our School Division hopes that the suggestions for optional learning activities posted here will help parents support student learning until schools re-open. Please remember that use of these materials and participation in these activities are optional and neither grades nor course credit will be awarded.


***In the next few days I will be uploading some lessons/PowerPoints of standards we have already learned for students who would like to review.
Also, I will be adding more links for extra practice of the skills.

Most importantly, please be reading, discussing the reading, and writing as much as possible. 

Readworks  https://www.readworks.org/

Study Island( Use through Clever) 
https://clever.com/

BrainPop(Use through Clever) https://clever.com/

Flocabulary (Use through Clever) https://clever.com/

This site links to Junior Scholastic  and they have many different articles and activities for each day of the week.  Presently they only have the first 2-weeks are  listed, but promise more are coming soon.  This week there are articles and activities on K-Pop, Life on Planet Doom, Girl Hero of the American Revolution, Video Gaming, and Extreme Candy, along with many others.
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

This next site is linked to our library.  The site has links to different activities including Puzzles and Games, Reading, Science, Computer and Coding Skills and Art and Creativity.  It also has the link to the PWCS Home Learning Resources site.  Explore it, there are many exciting activities to explore.
https://ripponms.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=414739&pageId=41723380




March 25,2020

SOLs Covered as of 3/13. Q1 and Q2 calendar is located in the files, all skills highlighted have been taught.

Reading

6.1 The student will use effective oral communication skills in a variety of settings.

a)   Listen actively and speak using appropriate discussion rules with awareness of verbal and nonverbal cues.

b)   Participate as a facilitator and a contributor in a group.

c)   Participate in collaborative discussions with partners building on others’ ideas.

d)   Ask questions to clarify the speaker’s purpose and perspective.

e)   Summarize the main points a speaker makes.

f)   Summarize and evaluate group activities.

g)   Analyze the effectiveness of participant interactions.

h)   Evaluate own contributions to discussions.

i)   Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with diverse teams.

j)   Work respectfully with others and show value for individual contributions.

6.2. The student will create multimodal presentations that effectively communicate ideas.

a)   Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to deliver multimodal presentations.

b)   Use language and vocabulary appropriate to audience, topic, and purpose.

c)   Give collaborative and individual formal and informal interactive presentations.  

d)   Paraphrase and summarize key ideas of a presentation.

6.3 The student will determine the purpose of media messages and examine how they are constructed.

a)   Compare and contrast techniques used in a variety of media messages.

b)   Identify the characteristics and effectiveness of a variety of media messages.

c)   Interpret information presented in diverse media formats and explain how it contributes to the topic.

d)   Craft and publish audience-specific media messages.

6.4 The student will read and determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and phrases within authentic texts.

a)   Identify word origins and derivations.

b)   Use roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms to expand vocabulary.

c)   Use context and sentence structure to determine meanings and differentiate among multiple meanings of words.

d)   Identify and analyze the construction and impact of figurative language.

e)   Use word-reference materials.

f)   Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

6.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, literary nonfiction, and poetry.

a)   Identify the elements of narrative structure, including setting, character, plot, conflict, and theme.

b)   Describe cause and effect relationships and their impact on plot.

c)   Explain how an author uses character development to drive conflict and resolution.

d)   Differentiate between first and third person point-of-view.

e)   Describe how word choice and imagery contribute to the meaning of a text.

f)   Draw conclusions and make inferences using the text for support.

g)   Identify the characteristics of a variety of genres.

h)   Identify and analyze the author’s use of figurative language.

i)   Compare/contrast details in literary and informational nonfiction texts.

j)   Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.

k)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

6.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of nonfiction texts.

a)   Skim materials using text features such as type, headings, and graphics to predict and categorize information.

b)   Identify main idea.

c)   Summarize supporting details.

d)   Create an objective summary including main idea and supporting details.

e)   Draw conclusions and make inferences based on explicit and implied information.        

f)   Identify the author’s organizational pattern(s).

g)   Identify transitional words and phrases that signal an author’s organizational pattern.

h)   Differentiate between fact and opinion.

i)   Identify cause and effect relationships.

j)   Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.

k)   Use reading strategies to monitor comprehension throughout the reading process.

 

Writing

6.7 The student will write in a variety of forms to include narrative, expository, persuasive, and reflective with an emphasis on narrative and reflective writing.

a)   Engage in writing as a recursive process.

b)   Choose audience and purpose.  

c)   Use a variety of prewriting strategies to generate and organize ideas.

d)   Organize writing to fit mode or topic.

e)   Write narratives to include characters, plot, setting, and point of view.

f)   Establish a central idea incorporating evidence and maintaining an organized structure. 

g)   Compose a thesis statement for expository and persuasive writing.

h)   Write multiparagraph compositions with elaboration and unity.

i)   Use transition words and phrases. 

j)   Select vocabulary and information to enhance the central idea, tone, and voice.

k)   Expand and embed ideas by using modifiers, standard coordination, and subordination in complete sentences.

l)   Revise writing for clarity of content including specific vocabulary and information.


 

6.8 The student will self- and peer-edit writing for capitalization, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, paragraphing, and Standard English.

a)   Use subject-verb agreement with intervening phrases and clauses.

b)   Use pronoun-antecedent agreement to include indefinite pronouns.

c)   Maintain consistent verb tense across paragraphs.

d)   Eliminate double negatives.

e)   Use quotation marks with dialogue.

f)   Choose adverbs to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.

g)   Use correct spelling for frequently used words.

h)   Use subordinating and coordinating conjunctions.

 

Research

6.9 The student will find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to create a research product.

a)   Formulate and revise questions about a research topic.

b)   Collect and organize information from multiple sources.

c)   Evaluate and analyze the validity and credibility of sources. 

d)   Cite primary and secondary sources.

e)   Avoid plagiarism by using own words and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.

f)   Demonstrate ethical use of the Internet.



March 18, 2020

Dear Students and Families,
I know it is a scary and uncertain time right now with the Corona Virus (COVID19) information inundating social media and the television networks!
For right now (until March 27), PWCS has directed the teachers not to assign any new material or work to students. That doesn't mean that you should stop practicing reading and writing daily!

Here's some ideas of things you can do or websites to go to...
1) Read a book...one at your reading level or a little higher! You can do this the old fashioned way (a paper book) or on a device, electronically! OR an audio book (there are many apps that do this, Audible being one).
**Why not ask a friend or some friends to read the same book and Facetime or chat about each chapter! This way you are still socializing while practicing "social distancing."

2) Write... write about anything! Write some "snail mail" letters to friends or family members. Write some emails. Write a story (personal narrative). Do some research and write a research paper on anything you are interested in. Write a comic. Write a daily memoir/journal about what it's like to be forced to stay home during this pandemic. 
**You could go to your Microsoft Teams and write any of the Weekly Journal prompts online. Share it with a friend and discuss it! 

3) Go to Clever through the school webpage. There are many links there that you can go to to practice "school stuff." Some good options:
-Study Island--choose VA standards, grade 6, english/language arts, reading. Choose any skill from the list and practice!! Some good ones are main idea, inference, and context clues.
-SOL Pass
-VDOE webpage--practice doing some SOLs and TEI item tests
-STAAR (Texas state testing website)--it has some good reading test practice, I have been using questions for our warmups.
-Read Theory---do some practice on this website if you remember your username/password.

Enjoy the time off with your family, play some board games and have some fun "couch time" together watching movies! (email me a picture or note about what you are up to!)

I do miss seeing and teaching you every day!
Please contact me with any questions or concerns (wobenska@pwcs.edu). Continue to check the PWCS website for any updates on when school will resume.



December 13, 2019




November 8, 2019


Important Upcoming Dates:
*Monday, November 11--Veterans Day--NO SCHOOL
*Wednesday, November 13--Pajama Day--grade level with most participation earns a 
     pep rally! (remember, school appropriate)
*November 27-December 1--Thanksgiving Break

Classroom Notes:
*We will be having our benchmark exam on Thursday/Friday (Nov 14/15). Please have your children study their interactive journal and read! The more practice they get actively reading and practicing the skills we've learned, the better they will do. This is a summative grade, so has more weight.
*Topics covered--nonfiction text features, main idea/details, plot, inference, word analysis, and context clues.
*Please continue to encourage your children to come to class prepared with 2 journals, a folder, and "school items"-pencils, pens, highlighters, glue, scissors, and dry-erase markers. We use these items daily.
*Also, check to see that your child is reading a level-appropriate book. They should be reading some sort of novel and then if they want, they can have their "dessert" book of a graphic novel/manga. We have this discussion daily in class. Thank you for reinforcing this at home!

**Check out the "files and links" sections of my webpage for extra things to study for upcoming quizzes and tests.

October 28, 2019
***Don't forget--picture days tomorrow and Wednesday. Whichever day your child has P.E. will be their picture day***