Instructional Insight

SISD Middle School Core Content Newsletter

Week of December 10th - 14th, 2018

Progress Reports will be distributed to students this week.

Instructional Insight Newsletter

The purpose of our "Instructional Insight Newsletter" is to keep parents, students, and all educators connected to the core subject area content that students are engaged in throughout our middle school classrooms here in Sheldon ISD. Resources will be provided to keep students connected to the subject matter discussed in class and gives parents clarity about the content students are learning in the various units of SISD curriculum. Our goal is to make sure students have access to a variety of resources that will help them achieve academic success.

TEA Parent Portal

Learn more about your student's academic progress based on their STAAR scores by accessing the TEA Parent Portal. This portal also gives specific resources to help your student improve based on their areas of need.

TEKS Standards

Every curriculum unit for our core content subject areas are based on our Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS that the State of Texas requires all schools to teach students. These standards outline the major focus of our lessons and activities. The link below will take you to the Lead4Ward website that has all of the content standards for each one of our core content classes by grade level.

http://www.lead4ward.com/resources
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6th Grade Math

6th Grade Math- Students will begin reviewing for their semester exams. The semester exam will be comprehensive and cover everything that students have learned since August. Be on the lookout for review sheets and be sure to have students study their interactive notebook. The following link shows the TEKS that will be on the exam. https://docs.google.com/document/d/18PuwugHPV4TcGwNQiyVzTFjyJUOry-KtOQDeB7SPgyg/edit?usp=sharing


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.math4texas.org/Page/540

6th Grade ELA

6th Grade ELA - Students will analyze and compare and contrast autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs. Students will also identify elements of plot within autobiographies, biographies, and memoirs.Students will review reading strategies and unit concepts to help them prepare for their semester exam, DCA #2.


TEKS - 6.6(A), 6.8(A), Fig. 19 DEF


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/explain-influence-setting-plot-development-literary-textfiction

6th Grade Science

6th Grade - Students will utilize various resources in class to review for their upcoming semester exam, DCA #2.


Parent and Student Resource - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1E05OTcRL8piLze4sfT3WOGkLz5kUd_Ai

6th Grade World Cultures

6th Grade - Students will be engaged in activities related to the government, economy, geography, and culture of Europe. Students will also review unit concepts for their upcoming semester exam, DCA #2.


Parent and Student Resource - https://bartonhistory.weebly.com/worldcultures-unit-4.html

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7th Grade Math

7th Grade Math- Students will begin reviewing for their semester exams. Students will receive review sheets to prepare and practice for the semester exam. The following link provides information about the final exam. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Wm5SEFbIqnBnUU70SQDw1hxfgoTTqW3yLsq735hiRNE/edit?usp=sharing


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.math4texas.org/Page/632

7th Grade ELA

7th Grade ELA - 7th Grade ELA Students will be preparing for their Mock Writing STAAR exam, Tuesday, December 11th. After the Mock Writing STAAR exam, students will review reading strategies and unit concepts in preparation for their semester exam, DCA #2.


TEKS - 7.14A,7.14B,7.14C,7.17A


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/revising-effective-introductions-and-conclusions-english-i-writing?binder_id=115971

7th Grade Science

7th Grade - Students will be working on the Integumentary System and Reproductive System. Students will also utilize various resources to review for the upcoming semester exam, DCA #2.


TEKS - 7.12B


Parent and Student Resource - https://sites.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/cevms7thscience/body-systems?authuser=0

7th Grade Texas History (U.S. History Unit)

7th Grade - Students will be engaged in activities that focus on the Early Republic of the United States of America and the Age of Jackson. Students will focus on George Washington's presidency and how it set the foundation for the country. Students will also focus on the first 7 presidents of the united states and the foreign and domestic issues that shaped the nation. Students will review in preparation for their semester exam, DCA #2.


Parent and Student Resource - https://bartonhistory.weebly.com/us-history-unit-5.html

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8th Grade Math

8th Grade Math- 8th Grade Students will begin reviewing for their final exams. Students will receive review sheets as a tool to study. The following link provides information about the final exam. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1De7Y2C4Paf6rdE8F7T83ZMhX8nYUFvMo93xDze6sprw/edit?usp=sharing


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.math4texas.org/Page/588


Algebra - Students will focus on representing real-world data using scatterplots and making predictions using equations of trend lines. Afterwards, students will begin their final exam review. Students will receive review sheets for the test. The following link provides information about the final exam. https://docs.google.com/document/d/19kf_BEGHzxQmXM0meCZQUJJLh4R5vG-Obpo4sQxWvH0/edit?usp=sharing


TEKS - A.4a, A.4b, A.4c


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.montereyinstitute.org/courses/Algebra1/COURSE_TEXT_RESOURCE/U06_L1_T1_text_final.html

8th Grade ELA

8th Grade ELA - Students will connect media study to expository texts and reflect their understanding in a literary response. Students will review reading strategies and unit concepts to help them prepare for their semester exam, DCA#2.


TEKS - 8.13B, 8.13D, 8.14C,8.14E, 8.17D. 8.19iii, 9.19v, 8.20ii; 8.FIG19A


Parent and Student Resource - https://www.texasgateway.org/resource/revise-your-writing?binder_id=92086

8th Grade ELA Extra Credit - Click Here

Pick an essay and analyze the persuasive elements, what audience was the target of the persuasion, and what specific issues are emphasized.

8th Grade Science

8th Grade - Students will continue working on unit concepts pertaining to Weather. Students will also utilize various resources to review for the upcoming semester exam, DCA #2.


TEKS - 8.10 A,B,C


Parent and Student Resource - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1A940dauABrJGPSC2F2me9N-5w4qZn2-q

8th Grade U.S. History

8th Grade - Students will be engaged in activities that focus on the Early Republic of the United States of America. Students will focus on George Washington's presidency and how it set the foundation for the country. Students will also focus on the first 6 presidents of the united states and the foreign and domestic issues that shaped the nation. Students will review and prepare for their semester exam, DCA #2.


Parent and Student Resource - https://bartonhistory.weebly.com/us-history-unit-5.html