Pearl Harbor Mini Unit

Our students have been learning about that infamous day on December 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor).  I was fortunate enough to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial in 1993. With December 7 around the corner (“a date which will live infamy”), I decided to take my students on a virtual tour to the site of the sunken USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor.

Thank you, Billy Terry, for sharing the story of your grandpa with me so I could then share it with our kiddos. We learned what a brave man he was. I’m glad he got to go back to the site of Pearl Harbor and take his grandson. Your grandson is right, “He is the epitome” of the greatest generation.”

Our students also made Pearl Harbor Blackout Poetry and were involved in a Pearl Harbor Escape Room.

We honor all the men and women who so bravely served our nation during WWII.

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Living Tree of Memoirs

Our students all wrote 6-word memoirs and made them into ornaments.  These ornaments, however, are super special because they come alive when you scan your phone or iPad over them.  Make sure you stop by the bookfair and check them out!

Thank you, Mrs. Kelley, for making these special ornaments.

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Lesson Plans for the Week of December 2-6

This week, we are learning about Pearl Harbor, “a day that will live in infamy.”


  • Watch “How Pearl Harbor was Attacked” – The true story
  • Read National Geographic’s “Attack on Pearl Harbor”

HW: “Pearl Harbor” list (DUE FRIDAY)

Tuesday –

  • Let’s travel to Pearl Harbor National Memorial

HW: “Pearl Harbor” list (DUE FRIDAY)


  • Pearl Harbor Blackout Poetry
  • Write pen pal

HW: “Pearl Harbor” list (DUE FRIDAY)

Thursday- UIL DAY for kids doing UIL

  • Finish Pearl Harbor blackout poetry & pen pal if you haven’t
  • Trustworthiness Character Lesson
  • Vocab Jam (if already done with hw)

HW: “Pearl Harbor” list (DUE FRIDAY)

Friday – due!

  • Pearl Harbor Activity


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The Book Fair is Coming to WOMS

From Mrs. Kelley….

The Middle School Library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair December 9 through December 18! Be sure to join us for one of the following activities to encourage literacy in our community. All book fair profits go back to purchasing new books and equipment for the library to benefit WOMS students. Every student that shops the fair in person will be entered into a drawing. Prizes include a Moe’s Pizza and authentic Roughneck wear!

  • Lunch and Shop: Join your middle schooler for lunch in the library and shop the book fair from 11:00-11:30 December 9, 10, 11, 12, or 13. Visitors will check in at the office before being directed to the library.


  • Family Nights: While you are on campus for the Christmas band concert, bring the whole family to the library on December 17 between 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM. The first 150 shoppers will receive a complimentary cookie from Hard Bean! 


  • Student Shopping: Students can shop during the school day in enrichment or with permission from their reading teacher during reading class.


  • EWallet: Give your student a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. Simply create a free account, preauthorize a spending limit, and have funds immediately available at Scroll down to the “ewallet” section and click, “get started.”


  • Online Shopping: If you are unable to come to any of the open times, you have the opportunity to order your books online beginning December 4th by visiting

In addition, students have made ornaments for the library Christmas Tree. Follow the instructions below. When you visit the library, you can see the tree come to life.

  1. Get the app HP Reveal.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Search kelleyc
  4. Follow kelleyc’s Public Auras

Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have.  I look forward to seeing you all next week and thank you all in advance for your support!

Chesley Kelley

WOMS Library Media Specialist

[email protected]

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Walking in a Reading Wonderland

Yesterday, our children finished their personal narratives, writing about a place they traveled. They worked diligently on this to write a detailed 5-paragraph paper. All students finished at different times. Our early finishers had a task. They were to rewrite the first verse of the song “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.” The only requirement was to change the setting to a “Reading Wonderland.”

Tomorrow, we will vote on our favorite. We had so many creative verses. Here are a few. Enjoy!

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Continue personal narrative of a place we have traveled

  • Rough draft (use last week’s hamburger template for a guide)

HW: Work on rough draft of “Place I’ve Traveled”

Tuesday –

Continue personal narrative of a place we have traveled

  • Revise/Peer Edit our papers

HW: Make changes/suggestions given to your personal narrative

Wednesday- Personal Narrative Due!

Final touches on personal narratives – Submit Final Draft for a grade

HW: “Veteran’s Day” List – Due Friday


  • Write 6-word memoirs

HW: “Veteran’s Day” List – Due Friday


  • Sharpie 6-word memoirs – ornaments will hang in the library
  • Character lesson -Be Grateful for What You Have

Have a relaxing and safe Thanksgiving Break! We will be out of school for the week of 11/25-11/29. See you again on 12/2.

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Virtual Field Trip to Hawaii Volcano National Park

We are about to embark on writing a personal narrative about a place we’ve enjoyed and traveled. When contemplating what I should write about, Hawaii was definitely the winner.

Yesterday, I shared some pictures from my wedding in Maui and then shared pictures of the black sand beaches we visited while on the Big Isle, Hawaii. I decided to actually take my students to Hawaii through a virtual field trip. We had a blast!

Today, we brainstormed where we’ve been and how we can recreate that trip for our readers through description, vivid verbs, and sensory language.

Tomorrow, we will begin writing! I’m excited to learn about all the places our children have ventured.

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Lesson Plans for the Week of November 11-November 15


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TRUE heroes….Thank you!

We remember you this Veteran’s Day and every day!

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place–police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.” Sidney Sheldon


  • “Today We Honor Our Veteran’s” video
  • Character Lesson – Fairness
  • Grammar: Adjectives & Adverbs

HW: Watch “Adjectives” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).

Tuesday –

  • Virtual Tour – Let’s go to Hawaii’s Volcano National Park!

HWWatch “Adjectives” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).


  • Mini-lesson – Adding figurative language, adjectives, adverbs, vivid verbs, and sensory language to spruce up our writing
  • Begin planning/brainstorming about an enjoyable place you traveled/been to (recreate the experience for your reader)

HWWatch “Adjective” Flocabulary video and complete the QUIZ for a grade (due Friday).


  • Continue to work on personal narrative
  • Mini lesson-Rockin’ Beginnings (great ways to begin personal narratives)

Friday –“Adjectives” Flocabulary video and quiz due TODAY

  • Continue to work on personal narrative
  • Mini lesson-Million $ words (replace drab words with words that sparkle)
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