October 2014 Fifth and Sixth Grade Newsletter

Upcoming events

AR Goal is due by October 24th.

6th Grade Field Trip to Alley Park on October 8th

Homecoming Parade October 8th...Elementary invited to participate

Laker Pride Festival following the parade at the High School

Grandparent's Day October 23rd and 24th

Early dismissal Wednesday October 29th 2:40

PTO Fall Dance Friday October 31 from 6-8

Fall Classroom Parties Thursday October 30?

No School October 31st. Teacher Workday

6th Grade Language Arts

6th Grade Reading

6.RL.2 - Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

6.RL.3 - Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

6.RL.4 - Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone

6.RL.9 - Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.

The Sixth Graders have been up to their ears in figurative language :). They spent some time working with the denotation and connotation of words (6.RL.4). As the quarter continues we will be turning our attention to the studying theme (6.RL.2), Plot (6.RL.3) and the different genres (6.RL.9)

Please keep reminding your student to continue to read in the Accelerated Reading Book. The window for the end of the quarter is October 24th.

6th Grade Writing and Grammar

6th graders are becoming analogy experts. We have begun with identifying the missing piece to complete the analogy as well as identifying which type of analogy it is (6.L.5B). The students with continue with their in depth study of pronouns (6.L.1) as well as their narrative writing (6.W.3).

6.L.1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

6.L.1A - Ensure that pronouns are in the proper case (subjective, objective, possessive).

6.L.1B - Use intensive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).

6.L.1C - Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person.

6.L.1D - Recognize and correct vague pronouns (i.e., ones with unclear or ambiguous antecedents).

6.L.1E - Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others' writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.

6.L.5 - Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

6.L.5A - Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

6.L.5B - Use the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole, item/category) to better understand each of the words.

6.W.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Social Studies

6th Grade Social Studies

Social Studies has finally become underway! We started with latitude and longitude as well as reviewing some map skill. We will continue with learning about regions and how they are classified. We will finish up the month with a study of the major world religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism).



3. Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report

information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include and how it is displayed.

4. Latitude and longitude can be used to identify absolute location.


5. Regions can be determined, classified and compared using various criteria (e.g.,

landform, climate, population, cultural, or economic).


6. Variations among physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influence

human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

7. Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products

and ideas to move from place to place in the Eastern Hemisphere in the past and today.

8. Modern cultural practices and products show the influence of tradition and diffusion,

including the impact of major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism,

Islam and Judaism).

5th Grade Social Studies

The 5th Graders worked so hard the first part of the quarter. We are now into our Plan B rotation schedule and we will not have social studies for a little while. The students might receive some homework to keep concepts already covered fresh in their minds.

5th Grade Science

We are focusing on the life sciences in 5th grade science! We began by examining the components of a healthy ecosystem. The presence of a complex food web with many connections is one factor that we discovered. We have been taking a look at the different roles organisms can play in a food web such as producers, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and decomposers. In the days to come, we will examine many different types of food webs and will discuss the implications of removing an organism from or adding an organism to an ecosystem. Finally, we will investigate a variety of symbiotic relationships around the world, including ones in our own backyard.

5th Grade Math

5th graders continue to work on Module 1. We are on Topic D. The state standards that we are working on are:


Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.


Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.


Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

To reinforce our understanding of place value, we created a decimal number and expressed that decimal in art. Look outside our room for those mathematical creations!

6th Grade Math

We combined Art and Math this week. The students used color ratios to create the color wheel using the primary colors. These masterpieces will be displayed in the hallway soon!

Our current math standards include:

Topic B: Collections of Equivalent Ratios (6.RP.A.3a)

Topic C: Unit Rates (6.RP.A.2, 6.RP.A.3b, 6.RP.A.3d)

Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by

reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.


a. Make tables of equivalent ratios relating quantities with whole-number measurements, find missing values in the tables, and plot the pairs of values on the coordinate plane. Use tables to compare ratios.

b. Solve unit rate problems including those involving unit pricing and constant speed. For example, if it took 7 hours to mow 4 lawns, then at that rate, how many lawns could be

mowed in 35 hours? At what rate were lawns being mowed?

d. Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units

appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.

6.RP.A.2 Understand the concept of a unit rate a/b associated with a ratio a:b with b ≠ 0, and use rate language in the context of a ratio relationship. For example, “This recipe has a ratio of 3 cups of flour to 4 cups of sugar, so there is 3/4 cup of flour for each cup of sugar.” “We paid $75 for 15 hamburgers, which is a rate of $5 per hamburger.”


5th Grade Reading

Information on the Language Arts Common Core Standards--

5.RI.5 - We are finishing up our unit on Text Structure in Informational writing. Cause and Effect and Compare and Contrast. Students will be able to read a passage and identify the text structure used by the author.

5.L.5a-Students are reviewing figurative language learned from the 4th grade. New components of that will be introduced. Hyperbole ,Personification and Alliteration.

5.L.4b- Usage of common, grade appropriate Greek and Latin affixes such as (photo, bio, etc......)

Please keep reminding your student to continue to read in the Accelerated Reading Book. The window for the end of the quarter is October 24th.


Currently we are working on our Americanism essays. "What Does Freedom Mean to My Family?" Students will draft, write and submit their final copies to the local American Legion for review. Top entries will be chosen to read at the Veteran's Day assembly and then the Veteran's Day dinner at the United Methodist Church.

Writing and Grammar Goals for the rest of the this month include:

5.L.2a- Proper use of commas used in a series.

5.L. 2b- Using a comma to separate an introductory element.

5.W.3- Writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences.

5.W. 3 Using dialogue in Narrative writing

Fun Game to practice punctuation.

Root Words Game