Week of 1/13
On Monday and Tuesday, we are completing our winter reading MAP assessment. So far (after finishing our Monday testing session), about half of the students are finished.
Wednesday we are starting a new program called Just Words, which is a new program that our district will be providing for the resource and intervention classes. We are fortunate to be one of the first classrooms to have access to this program, and I am so excited to start working through it! Students who do not need the level of support in this program will be working on an individualized learning path through Edgenuity, an online program that provides instruction in reading and writing. If you have any questions about either of these programs, please let me know!
Week of 1/6
Welcome back! This week we're focusing on getting back in the routines we established in the first two quarters of the school year. We're also reading three articles in our Action magazine - "Meet Pigcasso", "In a Galaxy Far, Far Away", and "Searching for Wakanda". We'll be writing cohesive paragraphs, analyzing text features, and synthesizing information between two texts.
Sixth grade is also starting our new novel study, which is the book The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket.
Week of 11/18
This week, students will be continuing to write their novels. We are approaching the end of National Novel Writing Month, and many students have finished or are close to finishing their novels!
In our Scholastic Action magazine, students read last week about a food stylist. After reading the article, we are going to work on writing persuasive essays. Students need to have the November issue of Action with them each day, but they may recycle October's issue (the one with the pizza on the cover).
We are continuing to listen to The Lightning Thief as well.
Week of 10/28
This week, we'll be reading "Is Your Phone Spying on You?" in the October issue of Scholastic Action. We'll be discussing new vocabulary words, answering comprehension questions, and writing an objective summary.
Students will begin working on their National Novel Writing Month story this Friday! Before we begin our rough drafts on November 1st, we'll be doing pre-writing activities to get us prepped and ready to go. Students will all have the chance to choose their own word count goal, and there will be prizes along the way as students challenge themselves to write the first draft of a novel in just 30 days.
We are continuing to listen to The Lightning Thief as well.
Week of 10/21
Welcome back from Fall Break!
Students are currently reading from the October issue of Scholastic Action. This week, we're reading about a team who lived in Hawaii, on a mock Mars mission! Then, we'll read a story titled "Is Your Phone Spying On You". The skills we're working on this week are using "they're, there, their" correctly, answering comprehension questions, and writing an objective summary.
Students are also continuing to listen to Percy Jackson: The Lightning Theif.
Week of 10/7
Students are working on projects about the Olympian (Greek/Roman) gods and goddesses this week as we dive into The Lightning Theif as our class read aloud. Students chose a god or goddess to research, and are making a trading card about them, which will be hung around the classroom. All trading cards are due Friday, October 11th. Rubric and directions are posted in Parent/Student portal.
Week of 9/16
Our focus at the start of this week is writing an objective summary, which we will do on Monday after rereading the article "My Life as a Refugee". There will be a quiz on Tuesday- just like the last one, it will be open book, but it will be by themselves instead of in a group. This week, we will also focus on reading A Long Walk to Water, then compare the article and the novel.
After finishing these two reading activities, students will dive into another nonfiction article about the triangle shirtwaist factory fire titled "Out of the Flames". With this article, students will focus on answering questions about the text and learning new vocabulary.
I will be out at a district training on Thursday and Friday, but the students will be in the capable hands of a guest teacher, who will work with them on reading "Out of the Flames" and completing questions that go along with it.
Week of 9/9
This week, we are reading a nonfiction article titled "My Life as a Refugee" about a girl named Bilan who lives in an Ethiopian refugee camp. Students are working on finding the central idea and writing an objective summary. We'll also be discussing nonfiction text features and taking a quiz next week on the article.
6th grade also began our next read aloud, the novel A Long Walk to Water, a narrative nonfiction account of a child's journey from Sudan to Ethiopia, Kenya, and the United States after his village is attacked by South Sudan rebels during the start of their civil war. It is an intense and challenging book, but one that many sixth graders have enjoyed. Students have a choice to listen as the story is read aloud, or if they would like to get their own copy of the novel they can follow along as I read.
Week of 9/3
This week, students are writing argument paragraphs, taking a side in a debate on whether or not they should quit social media (don't worry, I'm not making anyone actually quit social media!). We're also reading "Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Magic" as a class read aloud to practice listening comprehension. Next week, we'll be starting a new series of lessons using Scholastic Action and Scholastic Scope.
We also read the play "Poison Sky" about DDT and Rachel Carson. Students practiced reading out loud, then took an open script quiz with a partner.
Week of 8/26
This week, students will finish up their theme unit with a group activity on Monday where they will read picture books in a small group and analyze the theme. On Tuesday, a new activity will be introduced. Students will read a nonfiction article about two students debating whether or not social media is necessary. Students will spend the rest of the week creating an argument for or against using social media. On Friday, students will work in groups to create persuasive posters arguing for or against the use of social media.
Week of 8/19
The first week of school went well! Students did a great job sequencing events using a plot diagram, we got Google Classroom setup, and we took a beginning of the year comprehension assessment. Grades have been updated to include several assignments from this week.
This week, students will have a pop quiz on plot elements (open note, no studying required) on Monday. We will be then switching gears to learn about theme, using different picture books and movie clips to practice. On Wednesday, students will go to the library to hear a lesson from Mrs. Juric, our librarian, and will then have a chance to choose a book for silent reading time. This week, we will also be reviewing nouns.
Week of 8/12
Students are reading short stories ("Library Lion" and "Little Polar Bear") and sequencing events using a plot diagram.
On Thursday and Friday, we will be in the computer lab to set up Google Classroom and complete a beginning of the year comprehension activity.
2019-2020 6th Grade Supply List:
Keep these for yourself (must have by Monday, August 12th):
- One large zippered binder (for all classes) OR one 2 inch 3-ring binder for each teacher – think carefully about your style of organization when making this decision
- One pack dividers with pockets
- One pencil box/zipper pencil bag containing items you like to use regularly in class (pencils, a red pen for grading, blue or black pen for final drafts, pencil sharpener, eraser, scissors, highlighter, glue sticks)
- A working flash drive for school projects
- Earbuds or headphones for weekly computer use
Donate to class:
- One 12 pack #2 pencils
- One pack low odor dry erase markers (must be low odor!)
- One box markers and/or one box of colored pencils
- Two packs lined paper
- Composition notebooks – college ruled (100 sheets)
- One pack graph paper (4 squares per inch)
- One ream of copy paper
- One box of tissues
- One roll of paper towels
- One container of disinfectant wipes or hand sanitizer
- One roll of scotch or masking tape
- Glue sticks