Room 1219 Newsletter

August 2012

This week has been the time to get all our routines in place. As we start each subject, I am explaining how to organize, take care of materials, and complete assignments in sixth grade. We are also learning about our schedule. Ask your child to show you our weekly schedule.
Reading is an important daily activity. Reading increases a student's vocabulary, knowledge, and achievement in all subjects. I require all students to read 30 minutes daily, including weekends and holidays. I ask that students record their reading on a reading log. Ask your child to show you the August reading log.

For more information about our class, come to the Back-to-School Night Thursday, August 30.

To help your child keep up-to-date on his/her homework, please visit the class homework website.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: We are starting our Language of Literature book with a review of the reading strategies. We will use these strategies as we read the story "The All-American Slurp" by Lensey Namioka. Ask your child about this fun story. We have already started our daily language review to help review grammar skills. Our first spelling test is Thursday, August 30. We will start Wordly Wise, an excellent vocabulary supplement, soon. Also, our first writing activity was a speech to introduce a friend. Students interviewed their friend to gather information to write the speech. We will start the speeches August 27.
Mathematics: Our first unit is all about data. We already had our preview/review. Ask your child about unit 1 vocabulary. We will use data to create graphs and use graphs to answer questions about data.
Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. Our first unit is about Earth's ecosystems. Ask your child to show you notes from lesson 1. Our first quiz for science should be at the beginning of September.
Social Studies: Sixth Grade history is all about ancient civilizations. Ask your child what about their history class with Mrs. Barnes.