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Roxane Phillips

Roxane Phillips

Embedded Image for:  (201689212945999_image.jpeg) My name is Roxane Phillips and this is my fourth year at Horizon! This year, I will be teaching 6th grade ELA, Science, and Social Studies.  My focus is the direct instruction classroom. I am certified in Special Education, Elementary Education (grades 1-8), Business and Technical Education, and English as a Second Language.

My husband, Steve, and I moved from Texas several years ago to be near our three amazing kids (Gia, Justin, Autumn) and their families. We love it here!

During my past three years at Horizon, I taught 6th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade ELA while providing special education support. Previous to that, I spent seven years teaching middle school math, reading, writing, computer applications, and special education. After 30 years in computer technology, banking, and management, I made a life choice to retire, so I could help young students explore and expand their minds and social skills. I love helping students realize they can do so much more than they thought they could!

When not spending time with my wonderful children, I can be found watching sports, reading, traveling, or decorating cool cakes (most recently were Harry Potter and Sonic the Hedgehog).

Let's have an incredible year, filled with fun learning!

6th Grade Direct Instruction ELA

Welcome to the second semester!  We began a new Reading Program called Wilson Just Words.  Each day students practice building their understanding of words and how to decode them while reading. We also focus on fluency in support of our ongoing curriculum (i.e. plot, conflict, tone, point of view, writing, organizaton, etc). We will add folk literature and poetry along with more writing this semester. Basically, we bring it all together to better read and understand what we are reading.

In addition, I have created a reading program to help focus on individual reading needs. It is outlined below:

Leveled Reading Program

This program is designed to focus instruction on the individual needs of students who are struggling with reading.  Groups are established based on reading levels (ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade) and partnering with other students who have similar reading challenges.

Groups are established based on STAR360 individual student data, San Diego Quick Assessment, Mirrors and Windows Fluency Assessment, and classroom observation

  • Groups consist of 3-5 students with similar needs (i.e. decoding, context, fluency, comprehension)
  • Approximately 20-25 minutes are set aside each day for these activities; four days a week
  • Student groups rotate each day through the stations (in order)
  • Note: Groups picked their own namesJ

        STATION 1: Guided Reading

  • Students in this group read the same leveled readers (at their level)
  • Students read quietly but loud enough for teacher to hear
  • If student is tapped, they read a bit louder for teacher to assess
  • Teacher monitors and assists where needed using “Prompts for Guided Reading”

STATION 2: Group Reading and Discussion

  • Student Close Read (second reading of book from Station 1) alternating sentences/paragraphs
  • Students read quietly but loud enough for the group to follow
  • Students discuss using questions outlined in the leveled reading teacher guide (i.e. Phonics and Word Work, Ways of Thinking)

STATION 3: Independent Comprehension and Writing Response

  • Students use the same story to respond to an open ended question from teacher guide
  • Students complete the Think About It questions based on the targeted skill

STATION 4: Independent Reading/Fluency Extension

  • Students will draw a scene, including characters from the book they read

6th Grade Direct Instruction Social Studies

In Geography, we will concentrate on the countries that make up the Western Hemisphere. 
 
In the second semester, we will apply knowledge gained from the first semester to help us focus on the countries in North America, Central America,South America and the Caribbean. 
 
1st 9 weeks: Foundations of Geography:  Tools of Geography, Mapping Skills, Elements of Physical & Human Geography
 
2nd 9 weeks: United States and Canada: Five Themes of Geography, Seven Essential Elements of Culture, Physical & Human Characteristics of United States & Canada, Diversity & Exchange, United States & Canada past & present. 
 
3rd 9 weeks: Mexico, Central America, and the Antilles: Physical & Human characteristics of Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean, Countries’ Past & Present, Diversity of these Countries. 
 
4th 9 weeks: South America: Physical & Human Characteristics of South America, Countries’ Past & Present. 
Curriculum Standards:  The standards taught can be found on the State Department of Education website.http://ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-academic-standards   

6th Grade Direct Instruction Science

 This year in Science, we will study:
Unit 1 Physical Science - Energy and Motion
Unit 2 Physical Science - Field Forces
Unit 3 Pysical Science - Thermal Energy
Unit 4 Life Science Part 1 - Cells
Unit 5 Life Science Part 2 - Human Body
Unit 6 Life Science Part 3 - Ecosystems
Unit  7 Earth & Space - Earth and  Human Activity

Contact Information

Email: phillipsr@mustangps.org
Conference time: 2:25 - 3:00pm
Phone: (405)256-6282 (leave message with Secretary)
 
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