Room 1219 Newsletter

October 2012

We have been so busy in Room 1219. As you know, we are learning and assessing our learning, and learning and assessing. The concepts continue to build on one another throughout the year.

We have completed our second unit of math. We have written three types of essays, and we continue to practice spelling and vocabulary every other week. Please see below for more information about our curriculum updates.

Daily reading practice is an extremely important daily homework assignment. Your sixth grader should be reading 30 minutes per night. Having access to books is an important part of this homework. Your child can find great books for free at the public library, and we visit the Verdugo Woodlands library on Fridays. Another great resource for reading books is the Scholastic book orders.

Today I am sending home a set of book orders. Please feel free to order from the paper book orders or use the website to order online. More titles are available online! Directions to order online are in the Thursday folder and on the homework website. All book orders, paper and online, are due October 25. I will not send book orders in November or December.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: We are continuing our study of literature with a story called Scout's Honor by Avi. This story has multiple lessons, and we will be looking at how the setting affects the story. We will continue to practice spelling and vocabulary with tests on alternate weeks. Our next spelling test is tomorrow. We just went through the writing process to write a persuasive essay about getting a class pet. Ask your child to show you their essay. Most of it is typed on google docs. We will write a narrative essay next. I am looking forward to reading stories written by this creative group.
Mathematics: We are finishing unit 2 this week. The test is schedule for Wednesday, October 24. Unit 3 is about variables, formulas, and graphs.
Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. Our first unit test about Earth's ecosystems is tomorrow, Friday, October 19. The next chapter is about Earth's Land and Water, land biomes, water ecosystems and California ecosystems.
Social Studies: Sixth Grade history is all about ancient civilizations. Ask your child what civilization they are learning about their history class with Mrs. Barnes.

Dates to Remember

October 18-31 Fall Fundraiser
October 20 Family Photo Day
October 22 Red Ribbon Week
October 29 No School Teacher Training
October 31 Halloween, Flag Ceremony, Wear you costume to school.
November 1 Yes, there is school.
November 3 Fall Festival
November 12 No School Veteran's Day
November 14 1st Trimester ends
November 16 No School Report Card Prep
November 21-22 No School
November 29 Report Cards go home
November 30 Minimum Day