** Your student is hard at work refining his/her writing skills in preparation for the AZ Merit Writing test scheduled for April 3rd. In class we are learning how to read for information from several sources, and take notes that will later be formed into an informative/explanatory essay. Your student is practicing how to write an essay with an opening paragraph that grabs the readers attention, explains what information they are presenting, gives good details, and wraps-up with a strong conclusion. Ask your student what topic they chose, and how the research and writing process is going.
6th Grade Honor Students teach about Johnny Appleseed  at Johnston Elementary www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WWnW1sW4SY
** What do apricots, peaches, pears, plums, and pomegranates have in common? They have all been planted in our new fruit orchard. 
Click the following link to see the News Report from the Commander's Access channel featuring our Mark Kelly Project:
    Link to my Google Classroom page:    https://sites.google.com/a/fhasd.net.in/mrs-weigle-s-language-arts/home 

 Andrea Weigle
6th Grade Language Arts Teacher
Colonel Smith Middle School
 I am a graduate of William Patterson University in the state of New Jersey, where I was born and raised. I am an army spouse, and I raised two boys while moving around the country and around the world. I have been a teacher for many years and have had the opportunity to work for DODEA twice. I enjoy reading, crocheting, baking, and gardening.
My Language Arts class includes lessons, experiences, and activities in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and spelling. This year your student will have opportunities to sharpen their public speaking skills through a wide range of project-based learning activities. I follow the 6+1 Traits of Writing model and grading rubric for essays and projects. Spelling word lists come from the reading textbook and relevant vocabulary from other core classes.
Please look on the left side of my home page for the link to weekly spelling and vocabulary word lists, and other projects or assignments.