6th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School


Over the next two weeks, we will continue our persuasive study. Students will compare and contrast the viewpoints of different authors on the same topic and analyze the structure of the text. Topics will vary from pit bulls to video games. Students will also examine the persuasive techniques and use of faulty reasoning that authors use to support their claim.

Important Dates:

Thursday, March 15: Reading Benchmark

Lyssa Broach- lbroach@melissaisd.org

Reading Honors

As we continue in our persuasive unit, students will be tasked with comparing and contrasting the viewpoints of two authors on the same topic. They will continue to analyze the structure of texts. During this study, they will explore engaging topics, including pit bulls and video games. Students will continue examining types of supporting details, expanding their knowledge from facts, examples, statistics, and expert opinions to logical vs. faulty reasoning.

Our next reading benchmark is on Thursday, March 15th.

Taylor Durham


Social Studies

In Social Studies students will be finishing up their Rainforest projects next week. Following our return from Spring Break, students will take a unit exam on South America before transitioning to our unit on the geography of Europe. Students will map 15 of Europe’s physical features and countries.


February 23, 2018

Math Workshop tutorials are in full swing and Spring Break is rapidly approaching. It will be summer before you know it! Please encourage your student to push through these remaining weeks so that we will have a strong finish in June.

As always, please encourage your student to attend tutorials before or after school if they need extra help or to retake a test. If you have any questions or concerns, please email your student’s teacher and we will respond at our earliest convenience.

Here are the upcoming events in math:

February 26 - March 2

Monday – Measures of Center (mean, median and mode)

Tuesday – Dot Plots and Distribution

Wednesday – Box Plots

Thursday - Stem and Leaf Plots

Friday - Categorical Data ; Daily Grade (Weekly Warm-up)

March 5 - 9


March 12 - 16

Monday – Benchmark Review

Tuesday – Math Benchmark Test

Wednesday – Reading Benchmark Test

Thursday - Review Benchmark Results and make corrections

Friday - Measurement Olympics ; Daily Grade (Weekly Warm-up)

Math Honors

The week before spring break we will begin Unit 8 which covers surface area and volume. Students will need to be able to access their STAAR Charts as we continue working with geometry. When we return from Spring break students will be taking their math benchmark and reviewing surface area and volume.

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 7th grade math website. The notes we take in class will be linked there.

Debbie Duguid- dduguid@melissaisd.org

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As we move through this quarter, we will focus on informational and expository content. Using non-fiction texts based on current events (Mars!), students will learn how to analyze articles, practice applying texts to the Expository Planner, and implement P.I.R.A.T.E. to the articles as well. We will practice identifying organizational patterns like compare/contrast, cause & effect, chronological, and more! Phonics will focus on types of syllables, prefixes, and suffixes.


Friday, February 23, 2018

We are practicing our skills this week on how to interpret motion graphs. Students will use these skills to write a story about the motion of an object based on the data of a graph. A quiz will be given sometime next week over this topic.

Earth science will be the next topic of study. This will include the layers of the Earth and Plate Tectonics. Students will be adding important information to their science notebooks - this is an excellent resource when studying for test or quizzes.

Kisha Maurer kishamaurer@melissaisd.org

Paden Whetzel padenwhetzel@melissaisd.org