6P News

Week of September 28, 2015

Mark Your Calendars

10/2 Filed Trip

10/12 No School

10/15 6th Grade Curriculum Night

10/16 End of Quarter 1

Field Trip Friday

Please remember we have our Youth Escape field trip this Friday morning. We will be leaving the elementary school at 8:30 and will be returning around 11:30. We will be back at school in time for our regularly scheduled lunch. Students do NOT need to pack a sack lunch for this trip. The document below was sent home and returned by all, but includes specific information about the trip should you be curious.

Quarterly Book Talk

Every quarter we ask the sixth grade students to complete a book talk about one of the books that he or she read during that quarter. The book talk will be used to assess the students writing, comprehension, and speaking skills. Students will prepare a short one to three minute 'speech' about the book he or she read. In place of giving the live speech in class, students can select to record themselves giving the talk at home and show the video in class. If students decide to video record their talk, I ask that they double check to make sure that the audio and video portions of the recording work before bringing it to school. Part of the book talk will be based on a written explanation of each student's book. Completing the written portion of the assignment should help to prepare students to give the talk in front of the class.

The written explanation will include:

  • Explanation of the theme of the book
  • Succinct and objective summary
  • Personal reaction
  • Recommendation to other readers

Students will given this assignment information late this week and both the written and oral portions of the quarterly book talk will be due this Tuesday, October 13. Students should have plenty of time to complete this assignment in class, but will likely need to practice their speeches at home before the due date.

Entrepreneur Research Project

Having completed their research, students will spend time in class Monday and Tuesday to put together their entrepreneur posters. Posters will be due this Wednesday, September 30.

Upon completing their posters, students will begin working to write a five paragraph paper about their entrepreneurs. Using their posters as an outline, students we will be dedicating much of this week's writing workshop to the writing and revision process. The due date for the paper will be Wednesday, October 7. The paper's paragraphs will be structured as follows:

  1. Paragraph 1 - Introduction
  2. Paragraph 2 - Personal Background & Personal Challenges
  3. Paragraph 3 - Business Information & Business Challenges
  4. Paragraph 4 - Character Traits (traits that can be inferred and evidence)
  5. Paragraph 5 - Conclusion & Overall Impact on Society/Industry/Culture

Spirit Bear Adoption

During Language Workshop we have been reading the book Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. In addition to discussing the characters in the book and working to make connections between the book and other texts, we have been spending a great deal of time talking about the bear featured in the book and the Alaskan setting. Students have learned quite a lot of information about the Kermode Bear, or Spirit Bear, through nonfiction readings that relate to our fiction book.

One of the things that has impacted the students is that the Spirit Bear is actually an endangered species. The WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) works to protect endangered and threatened species and allows the symbolic adoption of the animals. The class has decided it would like to symbolic adopt a Spirit Bear through this organization. In making a $40 donation to the WWF we can do this. The donation really goes towards protecting the Kermode Bear's natural habitat. In return we will receive a certificate of adoption and a stuffed spirit bear.

This is by no means a required activity for the class. Should your child choose to participate, they would need to bring in about $2 each before Monday. I think this is a great opportunity for students to learn about the importance of protecting the environment and giving back to the world around them.

Scholastic Book Order

I will be placing our October book order next Friday, October 9. Students can turn in paper order forms or you can order online from the following link. https://orders.scholastic.com/L3RJB

Bonnie Pollock

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, and/or concerns.