6th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School


During the next two weeks, we will wrap up our novel study of Becoming Naomi Leon. The new setting for our story is in Oaxaca City, Mexico. In addition to reading, students are learning about the culture of Mexico and some of its annual traditions. They are loving it! Students will receive grades for:
  • weekly warm-ups covering material in the story
  • Quiz on Friday, December 1 over chapters 12-17
  • Test over chapters 12-21 once reading is complete
  • weekly Signpost Tracker
  • Soap Carving Project & Presentation (done in class)

Students will receive a review sheet for the final test and a rubric for the soap carving project and presentation. Both will be test grades in the grade book. The soap carving project will take place in class and all materials will be provided.

Lyssa Broach: lbroach@melissaisd.org

Reading Honors

Right before the break, we completed our first test for our novel, The Giver, over Chapters 1-15. This means we are more than halfway done! We should complete our novel study in about 2-3 weeks after we get back from Fall Break. We are sad it is almost over, but proud of the deep thinking and analysis the kids have been doing.

After the break:

  • We will have one more quiz over Chapters 16-20 and
  • We will have a final test that covers the whole novel.

Taylor Durham: taylordurham@melissaisd.org


November 3, 2017

This quarter, students can look forward to Sentences Structure, Grammar, and Expository and Creative Writing.

We start off Quarter 2 by asking students "What makes a sentence a sentence?" They will be introduced- Grammar/Prepositional Phrases and the SAM Sheet (Sentence Analysis Map). Students will apply the content to their writing and begin to identify the Parts of Speech within a sentence. In regards to Phonics, students will continue their coding skills, learn more phonetic concepts, and identify new spelling rules.

Quiz 2.0- P.O.S. and Phonics on Friday, 11/10

Prepositional Phrase TEST on Wednesday, 11/15

Jennifer Eckert: jennifereckert@melissaisd.org

Sydney Melvin: sydneymelvin@melissaisd.org


November 16, 2017

Can you believe that Thanksgiving Break is already here?!?! We are well into the 2nd Quarter. Sixth graders are starting to figure this whole middle school thing out by now. Some still are not sure if they like it or not, but all are making their way.

We just finished up our unit on Proportions with a test just before the break. We will be using the skills from this unit from now until the end of the year and will continue to build on these skills for years to come.

We have benchmark testing coming up the first full week of December (see schedule below). Please make every effort to have your student at school on those days so that they do not have miss a class day making up the test. The benchmark will cover only the TEKS that we have covered so far this school year.

Here are the upcoming events in math:
Nov. 20-24

Nov. 27- Dec. 1
Monday – Exponents
Tuesday – Equivalent Expressions using Prime Fractorization
Wednesday - Equivalent Expressions using Order of Operations
Thursday - Equivalent Expressions using Order of Operations; Daily Grade
Friday - Equivalent Expressions using Order of Operations; Daily Grade (Weekly Warm-up)

Dec. 4-8
Monday - Writing Benchmark; Modeling Equivalent Expressions
Tuesday – Reading Benchmark
Thursday - Evaluating Expressions
Friday - Identifying Equivalent Expressions; Daily Grade (Weekly Warm-up)


All your student has to do is show up with the paper they are needing to work on completing and a teacher will be there to help. The tutorial schedule is posted outside every math teacher's door.

Please contact your student's teacher at any time if you have any questions or concerns and we will get back to at our earliest convenience.

The tutorial schedule has changed for the math department. The following is the schedule for 6th grade math:

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Math Honors

When we come back from Thanksgiving break we will wrap up Unit 4 and begin studying for our Benchmark. The Benchmark will cover only TEKS we have gone over so far this year.

Our tutorial schedule has changed. The new schedule will allow us more time with our own students. I have provided a picture of the schedule below.

If you have any questions or concerns please email your child's teacher and we will get back with you quickly. Be sure to check out the 6th grade honors math website. The notes we take in class will be linked there.

Debbie Duguid- dduguid@melissaisd.org

6th Grade Math Website

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Social Studies

6th grade Social Studies is in the process of finishing up our unit on Thematic Mapping with our physical features wanted posters. On Tuesday, Oct. 10th we will take our quiz on thematic mapping vocabulary and physical features. Next week, following our quiz, students will begin looking at government. We will analyze 6 different types of government and the characteristics that define those governments.


November 27

Students will be wrapping up their study of physical and chemical changes this week. We have enjoyed seeing the production of gas as well as mixing items together to see what kind of reaction can be observed. Ask your student what signs indicate a chemical change.

Our next focus of study will be energy resources. Students will explore and discover the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources, as well as determing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Students will participate in an activity to understand the importance of conserving energy.

Thermal Energy will take us into the first full week of December. This unit will include vocabulary such as conduction, convection, and radiation. Student will be adding information about this topic in their science notebooks. Our science notebooks are an excellent source for finding information related to in-class assignments, as well as preparing for upcoming quizzes or tests.

Kisha Maurer - kishamaurer@melissaisd.org

Paden Whetzel - padenwhetzel@melissaisd.org