Kelly, Tammy

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Welcome to Sixth Grade Reading! When I was in sixth grade, I received the award for reading the most books! So I am very pleased to be the reading teacher at NPA. I’ve enjoyed teaching in Northern Arizona since 1983. My experience includes teaching elementary-high school, community college and university students. I am also involved in the art community of Flagstaff and enjoy integrating the arts into my lessons. I appreciate establishing a personal relationship with my students and their families. My husband and I enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling and cooking. We love having our daughter, son-in-law, and grandcat in Flagstaff as well.

B.S. Elementary Education/Special Education, Eastern Michigan University, 1983.

M. Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Reading, Grand Canyon University, 2013.

Endorsements: Gifted, Library Science, Early Childhood, SEI, Reading Specialist

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moreSixth Grade Language Arts: Reading (All periods 1-6)


Sixth Grade Reading (Periods 1-5) 



Students are provided with periodic informal reading assessments to determine individual reading fluency and comprehension levels. Instruction will cover the components of a balanced reading program. Informational text, novels, biographies, reader’s theatre, and poetry will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and analytical reading. Literature studies, written expression, oral speaking and arts appreciation are integrated to broaden reading experiences. Some of the selected reading correlates with the 6th grade social studies program. The teaching of Common Core Standards is required in all lessons. A variety of approaches and multiple efforts are made to engage all learners.


Week of Nov. 26th

Our field trip to the movie, Wonder, is Wed., Nov. 29th. All students should eat a sack lunch.  We will leave the school at 11 a.m.  All parents must pick up their children at the theater by 1:30 p.m.

This week we will continue reading Homeless Bird and focusing on vocab and figurative language.  Homeless Bird Vocabulary NameStudents will also spend one day researching spices for their social studies project.

Reading Logs on a Newbery Award winning book are due Friday, Dec. 1st. Reading Log-Newbery Award

Week of Nov. 20th

Happy Thanksgiving to your families!

Week of Nov. 13th

Our unit on India is so exciting as we delve into new cultural studies. We are reading Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan. This week we are building background on the religions, culture, language and population. We listen to the book on audio and learn new vocab.

Reading logs with free choice reading are due Friday, Nov. 13th. Reading Log

Week of Oct. 30th

As we end our historical fiction Egypt books, students are accountable for Egyptian vocabulary and more literary terms. Study for the upcoming test. Egyptian Vocab Study Pg 2 2017  Egyptian Vocab Study 2017

Complete the story maps. Cleopatra VII Story Elements Page 1  Maia & Cleopatra Story Elements Pg 2  Maia of Thebes Story Elements pg 1

Week of Oct. 23rd

On Monday, we have a guest librarian from the Flagstaff Public Library. We will use laptops as Claudine leads students in searching credible databases. Students are learning how to research and document facts for their Egypt research in social studies. We will continue reading our historical fiction selections in literature circles, record info. on the story maps and write summaries of the beginning and middle of the stories. Cleopatra VII Story Elements Page 1  Maia of Thebes Story Elements pg 1  Maia & Cleopatra Story Elements Pg 2

Week of Oct. 16th

Hello Students and Parents, Hurray!  We have access to the teacher websites again!  I am so pleased to be able to keep you updated again on our weekly lessons.

The student-led parent/teacher conferences were truly a joy.  What a gift it is to teach students who want to be a NPA, enjoy school and desire to learn. Thank you for supportive parents!

Eight of our six graders entered the local VFW Patriot’s Pen “America’s Gift to My Generation” Writing Contest.  Aeka Joshi won first place for the Flagstaff area and we are so proud of all who entered. Congrats! Keep on writing.

The Coconino County Attorney’s Office is sponsoring an art poster contest. Rough drafts are due to Mrs. Kelly by Oct. 30th and final drafts are due Nov. 1st. CONTEST GUIDELINES 2017

We are collaborating with the social studies unit on ancient Egypt. Students are reading Maia of Thebes or Cleopatra VII in literature circles.  They have learned to take on various roles in their groups: discussion leader, recorder and word watcher.  This week students participated in a fishbowl activity where the entire class watched other groups discuss their readings. Our Egyptian vocab words are attached. Egypt Vocab List We also reviewed figurative language, imagery, and similes in the texts. Figurative Language Handout-Egypt We are also reading an informational text article on the controversial holiday, Columbus Day. Students will learn to cite textual evidence in their written answers and paragraphs. Homework Due Friday:  Be prepared to discuss the comprehension questions for the article on Columbus. Submit the figurative language handout.

Week of September 11th

Mrs. Kelly is collecting Bookman’s credit to continue building the classroom library. Also, Michael’s gift cards are needed to purchase supplies for the Friday Fun Craft Club. We are collecting some donations of yarn scraps for woven baskets we will make.

This week we will continue reading Wonder and Auggie and Me. The students who have completed the reading have optional books on the same theme. We will review figurative language and figures of speech, define theme and discuss Parts 4 & 5 of the book. Our new vocab words are: retrospect, inclusion, stringent, virtues, and hypocrite. We will write modeled paragraphs on the beginning and middle of the book. On Friday, we will partner read an informational text article: “Stuttering: A Break in the Flow of Speech”.

Homework: No reading log this week.

Monday-locate, illustrate and explain the meaning of figure of speech (pgs. 176, 228 or 240) We did almost all of this in class two weeks ago. Now you need to finish the worksheet. FigurativeXLanguageXHandout-Wonder

Tuesday-Complete the handout “Auggie’s Relationship with the Family”. We started this a few weeks ago. Now you need to finish the worksheet. WonderXCharacterXRelationshipXtoXFamily

Wednesday-Define sarcastically (pg. 198) and spitefully (202) using context clues and dictionary definitions.

Thursday-Read up to Part 5 & 6 in Wonder. Study the vocab flashcards.

Week of September 4th

Thank you to all of the parents who attended Open House! It was wonderful to meet you. Feel free to email anytime with questions and concerns. I have completed the reading assessments with all 103 students. If you would like to meet with me 1:1 to review those results, feel free to contact me. This week there is not a reading log. We are working on reviewing vocab: anomaly, compassion, empathy, offensive, torment, intervene, sympathy, giddy, genetic, deformed, flabbergasted, birth defect, struggle, exasperate. We will read an informational text article on the topic of learning disabilities and participate in a survey about multiple intelligences. On Thursday we will write a paragraph with a topic sentence, body and concluding sentence. Homework Due on Thursday: Define empathy and sympathy. Give an example of each. What is the difference? Homework Due Friday: Write a paragraph describing how you can help someone with a learning disability. Use 3 pieces of evidence from the text (article).



Week of August 28th

Our most recent literary terms are: figurative language, figure of speech, imagery, and simile. We will play a vocab game on Fri. This week we will read an informational text article on cyberbullying. Students are actively engaged and enjoying the books, Wonder and Auggie & Me. Reading Logs are due on Friday. FigurativeXLanguageXHandout-Wonder ReadingXLog

Week of August 21st

We are enjoying the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. The themes are empathy and compassion. Each week we read informational text as well. The article “Cool to be Kind” introduced us to new vocabulary and the article “Big Dreams” about the cyclist, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. Reading Logs are due on Friday, August 25th. Parents are welcome to join us at Fox Glen Park on Wed. afternoon 1:40-3:15.

Week of August 7th

Welcome to 6th Grade at NPA! We will have an awesome year together!

This week we will do some getting to know you activities and illustrate an adjective to describe ourselves. Please return the signed syllabus by Friday.

Happy Reading, Mrs. Kelly

2017-2018 6th Grade Supply List

Please see the attached list. Thank you and I look forward to meeting all the new sixers in August. 6thXgradeXsuppliesX2017-2018




Click here to download the Sixth Grade Language Arts: Reading (All periods 1-6) syllabus (PDF)