Middle School Matters

November Curriculum Updates and Resources

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On a monthly basis your MS Academic Coaches will share updates and resources by content area in this newsletter. The newsletter will be filled with the most recent information and resources they have received from NCDPI professional development, local conferences and professional development.

Social Studies

Greetings Social Studies teachers! I hope you are all having a great year so far.

There are some updates and things happening around our area for our content of which I would like to make you all aware. Middle and high school teachers in social studies and language arts have been invited to attend the NC Council on the Holocaust Teacher Workshop in Winston-Salem on Wednesday, December 4, from 8:30 – 3:30. The survivor that will be speaking is Morris Glass. He is a survivor of Polish ghettos, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, and work camps of the Dachau system. Please feel free to contact Lynda Moss with any questions or concerns.

Tar Heel Junior Historian Association

Heard of the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, but not sure what it’s about? A new short video explains how THJHA fits in with primary sources, nonfiction reading, other key elements of the new Essential Standards--and fun discovery. Sponsored by the NC Museum of History since 1953, THJHA is a statewide network of clubs (of all shapes and sizes). It offers your students semiannual magazines, annual project contests that cross curriculum areas, an annual convention, and more. Registration is easy, free, and ongoing. Visit www.ncdcr.gov/ncmoh/Learn/TarHeelJuniorHistorianAssociation. Continue to check your Edmodo site for activities, resources, lessons, etc!


As our county-wide benchmark for math approaches, please be aware of the changes in the Pre-Algebra pacing guide if you teach 7th grade Pre-Algebra. Also, do not forget to check your Edmodo account for activities that are being posted for you to use. If you need anything, please reach out to your Academic Coach or pose questions in the Math Edmodo Group. Feel free to contact us directly if you have questions or resources you would like to share.

NCDPI Math Wiki

If you have not visited the NCDPI Math Wiki recently, please bookmark this site so that you can find the most up-to-date resources from DPI.

L e a r n z i l l i o n

An excellent site to visit if you are struggling with teaching math concepts that are unfamiliar to you or you would like an alternative approach to teach a familiar concept. They have resources for teachers and students.

English/Language Arts

Hello fellow English teachers!

One of my favorite things over the past five years has been visiting the schools and having the opportunity to listen to teachers' ideas and create new lessons together. As you all know, the structure of our collaboration sessions have changed so our meeting times have been cut in half. In order to continue to serve your needs, please email me with any questions or visit the RCS MS English Teachers Group on Edmodo for lesson ideas, pacing guide information, reading strategies, or Thinking Maps. Also, brag a little about your classroom success stories and help spread the wealth of knowledge and talent we have in our county. I recently visited Western Rockingham Middle School and witnessed amazing plans come to life! Even though we are not meeting to collaborate as in the past, we can still work together to share our best practices virtually.

NCDPI English/Language Arts Listserv Drive

If you are not receiving updates from the DPI English Support Team please join this listserv.

NC Wise Owl

If you have not visited http://www.ncwiseowl.org/ recently, it is a must see! Check out the middle school sections for ebook collections and resources for teaching Points of View. Also, read the Social Studies section of this newsletter which includes an ELA cross curricular opportunity. Please contact me at scridge@rock.k12.nc.us if you would like me to collaborate at your school. We seriously have some shining ROCK STARS in our county!

RCS Pacing Guides

Access this site for the 2013-2014 Revised Pacing Guides. State Assessment information and district assessment information from TE21/Case21.

Curriculum Support Contacts

Whitney Fliehman - Social Studies Academic Coach

Shelly Cridge - English Academic Coach

Jennifer Adams & Chrystal Thomas- Math Academic Coaches

Holly Crider - Instructional Coach RMS & HMS

Amy Morris - Literacy Coach RMS

Leigh Hopkins - Instructional Technology Specialist

Mary Doggett - 6-12 Math/Science Lead Teacher

Tonisha Walden - Professional Development Coordinator

Photos used from:

Linear Algebra Photo - Ewan Cross http://www.flickr.com/photos/ewancross/3022651569/

Read Photo - Starzyia http://www.flickr.com/photos/easygiving/8508313605/