Welcome to World Discoveries!

Mrs. McMaster World Discoveries History

Kay.McMaster@gcisd.net

World Discoveries History is an exciting, challenging, and fast paced 6th grade course designed to give identified gifted and talented students the opportunity to explore contemporary countries and societies. Students learn about the impact of people on historical and present day events in a variety of societies and identify locations and geographic characteristics. Throughout, students learn to examine institutions common to all societies by applying the seven strands of Social Studies. Individual and group assignments, critical thinking skills, class and group discussions, contemporary issues and enrichment activities will be emphasized.


Welcome!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2013-14 school year at Heritage Middle School! My name is Kay McMaster and it is my pleasure to have your child in my sixth grade social studies class. Prior to the first day of school, I wanted to provide you with some helpful information.


First, I would encourage you and your child to visit my school web page. You can access this website at http://worldwind.wikispaces.com/ or you can link to it by going to the HMS web under Directory, then clicking on my name: http://www.gcisd-k12.org/Domain/1138.

This web page will give you information about me, my classroom, class expectations, supply list, etc.


As a mother and experienced teacher, I want to assure you that the sixth grade teachers care about your child. Many of us have years of experience with this age group and love our work. Your child will be in good hands. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns about my class.


I am looking forward to welcoming back families of children I have taught in past years, and welcoming families new to Heritage Middle School or just new to my classroom. I am excited about the coming school year!


Sincerely,

Kay McMaster

World Discoveries History

Accelerated Academics Chair

Heritage Middle School



Mrs. McMaster's web page: http://worldwind.wikispaces.com/

Our Digital Classroom

This is my second year as a GCISD Digital Classroom Pilot teacher. What this means is that my students will have the digital tools necessary to approach learning in a whole new way in my classroom. It also means that I, along with my fellow pilot teachers, will have the opportunity to chart the course for developing the digital classroom in GCISD.

While the content of my course(s) will not change, the manner in which my students access information and construct meaning from it will look different. Each of my students will have an iPad to use in class every day. In addition, my classroom will have a set of eight laptops for student use.


You may be thinking, “Well this is what my child does at home every day!” We certainly acknowledge that fact, and now we will have the ability to match the level of technology use many of our students enjoy every day outside of school. In my class we will rely less on print resources such as textbooks and worksheets, so what your child brings home every night including homework assignments will certainly look different.


My commitment to you and your child is that I will utilize these digital tools to enhance the education of our students to the greatest extent possible while equipping them with the skills needed for success in the 21stCentury.


Supplies

  • One subject plain front spiral notebook - any color cover, and preferably without perforated pages. Students usually need one spiral per semester.

  • Set aside one section of your binder for Social Studies with an index divider that contains a pocket (vinyl pockets holds up the best)

  • Several #2 leaded pencils with erasers, fine point black or dark blue pens, colored pencils, individual pencil sharpener, a planner that can be kept in the rings of your binder, (this planner will be used for all classes), scissors, several glue sticks or rolls of scotch tape, notebook paper and roll-on correction tape (If you can find correction tape with the little wheel on the outside, sometimes the tape can be rewound if it is pulled out too far). Please - No Liquid Paper [These supplies will be carried with the student and brought to class daily.]

  • *Ear buds or ear phones for use with the iPad /computer [To be carried with the student daily.]

  • *One travel drive for the computer and one package of white, 3x5 lined index cards