All About Us!
Welcome Back Wolves! This is my third year at Canyon Springs, but my fourth year teaching. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I have endorsements in both Math and Language Arts, but love teaching Math! I have lived in Michigan all my life, and recently moved to Glendale to continue my adventure in education.
Sandra Thomas- Science/Social Studies
Hello and welcome to 6th grade! I have been at Canyon Springs School since its inception. I have been teaching for twenty-24 years. I have previously taught special education, fourth grade and this is my 7th year in sixth grade. I graduated from the University of Arizona (GO Wildcats!) with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences. I also received my MA in Special Education. I am highly qualified to teach in the state of Arizona in both general and special education.
Together, with your support, we’ll have a phenomenal 6th grade year!
What Will We Learn This Year?
Curriculum: Our curriculum is based on the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards as well as the Arizona State Social Studies and Science Standards.
Units of Study
Collection 1: Facing Fear-inference, compare and contrast, cite evidence, analyze point of view, and summarize plot and main idea.
Collection 2: Animal Intelligence-Character motivation, character analysis, public speaking, analyze author’s purpose.
Collection 3: Dealing with Disaster- poetry, figurative language, analyze cause and effect, and analyze elements of tone.
Collection 4: Making Your Voice Heard- interpret theme, identify internal and external conflict, trace and evaluate and argument, analyze author’s style and tone, analyze persuasive techniques
Collection 5: Decisions that Matter – Identify memoirs and biography, analyze primary and secondary sources, compare and contrast two genres, analyze structure of a poem, describe how poets use symbols and structure to convey a theme
Collection 6: What Tales Tell – Identify and understand the elements of parody and folk tales, theme, analyze and cite textual evidence
Novels: The Lightning Thief, The Giver, Bud, Not Buddy
Modules 1. Ratios and Unit Rates, 2. Arithmetic Operations including Dividing by a Fraction, 3. Rational Numbers, 4. Expressions and Equations, 5. Area, Surface Area and Volume, 6. Statistics
Weather and Water, Diversity of Life, Inquiry Process
1st Semester: Geography Timelines, First Civilizations, Ancient Egypt, India and China.
2nd Semester: Ancient Greece and Rome, Middle Ages/Renaissance/Reformation and Enlightenment, and Ancient Americas, Ancient Arabia, African Medieval Kingdoms.
As a STEM Academy, Canyon Springs’ students will be engaging in group projects that will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Projects will be completed on a monthly basis during early release days.
** UNDER CONSTRUCTION:-)***
August: Engineering: Egg Bungee
September: Engineering and Technology: Penny Boat Challenge
October: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: EIE-Solar Ovens
November: All Day Write-Response to STEM article
December: Engineering, Math and Art: Tessellations
January: Math: Candy Math
February: No STEM—Full Day Professional Development for Teachers
March: Engineering, Technology: Martian Descriptive Writing and Habitat
April: Engineering, Math and Art: Ducktivities
May: Science, Math, Engineering, Technology-Frozen Treat in a Bag
**STEM activities subject to changeCollege and Career Readiness State Standards
“The College and Career Readiness State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” (CCRSS Initiative, 2012)
The following websites will provide more information.
o Shifts for students and parents http://www.engageny.org/resource/shifts-for-students-and-parents/
o Resources for parents and community: http://achievethecore.org/common-core-intro-for-parentsFamily Tool Box http://www.azed.gov/azccrs/families/familiestoolbox/
School Contact Details
· Principal e-mails and call-outs
· Samantha Devriendt, Math-Room 408 Samantha.Devriendt@dvusd.org www.dvusd.org/cs-devriendt
· Sandra Thomas, Science/Social Studies-Room 505 Sandra.Thomas@dvusd.org
· Laurie Warner, ELA-Room 506 Laurie.firstname.lastname@example.org www.dvusd.org/cs-lwarner
Please schedule specific times to meet with us, as we need time to communicate effectively. We often have professional duties directly before and after school hours. Please understand that we will not be able to meet or discuss issues while we are teaching or supervising students. However, we will contact you as soon as we can.