News from Mrs. Drudy 11/16/2015

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What We're Learning in 6th Grade Language Arts

Learning to Swim

In keeping with our theme of determination, we are reading Learning to Swim. In this autobiography, Kyoko doubts her swimming ability. Eventually, with her mother’s help, she learns to swim two strokes. Later Kyoko and her mother enjoy jumping in the waves of the Sea of Japan. They realize that they have drifted far from shore. Kyoko’s mother tells her to swim strongly to some rocks, and they make it safely there. Kyoko no longer doubts herself.


Spelling: Using Just Enough Letters

• Generalization:

Pronouncing a word correctly and picturing how it looks can help you avoid writing too many letters. Don't forget the usefulness of www.spellingcity.com/tdrudy for those students that have Internet access at home.


1. nuclear

2. helicopter

3. anxious

4. appreciate

5. plastic

6. familiar

7. athletic

8. escape

9. apologize

10. Washington

11. pastime

12. exquisite

13. lantern

14. fulfill

15. souvenir

16. tragedy

17. sherbet

18. algebra

19. icicles

20. escort

Challenge Words

21. judgmental

22. argumentative

23. excursion

24. consumable

25. pavilion


Figurative Language

Our study of figurative language has moved beyond similes, metaphors, and idioms and now includes hyperbole. Be sure to ask your child why the phrase "talking a mile a minute" can be considered hyperbole.

Notes from the Teacher

Coming Up:

November 16-20 National Education Week

Tuesday: Superhero Day- Dress up as your favorite superhero

Wednesday: Dress Disney!- Dress up as your favorite Disney character

Thursday: College Day- Wear your favorite college gear

Friday: Hats Off to Education- Wear hats to school with MCS spirit gear