6th Grade News

VAMS

QUARTERLY TESTING

Monday-Language Arts

Tuesday-Social Studies & Math

Wednesday-Reading & Science

Social Studies

Students finished up the nine weeks with culture. Students created a "culture wheel" that reflected his/her culture at home. Holidays, customs/traditions, and foods were just a few culture traits used on the wheel. Students will be taking their social studies nine week test on Tuesday, October 13th.

Math

Next week will be our first quarter assessment! This test will help us design our tutorial and advisory activities. The math test will begin on Tuesday. Please remember any student can come for extra math help any day before or after school!

We will also be hosting our first guest speaker! Coach Em from University of Gymnastics will speak to all 6th grade math classes about how she uses math every day to run her business and how math is involved in the sport!

Language Arts

The students have been busy learning a lot of conventions the last few days. We’ve covered the steps of the writing process, subordinate conjunctions (something new), coordinate conjunctions (a review), capitals in titles (we’ve done this all year), possessive nouns, and a bit of contractions. See if you can get your student to sing for you the subordinate conjunctions song (it sounds a lot like The Itsy Bitsy Spider)!

Coach Murray's Science Class

Last few weeks in Science have been exciting. Your kiddos have been involved in actively learning how to find volume using formula V=LxWxH, as well as Archimedes' Principle of Water Displacement. Also, we are developing a understand of finding density using the formula, D-M/V. The students were so surprised how much math is involved in Science. Also, chemical reactions are so fun with this age of students.


Nine Weeks tests are next week please have your kiddos get plenty of rest and study, study, study!!!!

Reading

We finished our inference unit which the students enjoyed being detectives! I had several stations they had to visit; solving a crime scene (someone stole our rocker), digging through my new neighbors trash, whodunnit crime puzzles, Wordmania app, what’s in my bag? and more. The students learned that you look for clues (text evidence) + schema (what you know/prior knowledge)= your inference.

This week we’ll be having our quarterly reading test on Wednesday and Thursday. We’ll debrief the test and students will get their test back on Friday.

Our book battles will be starting soon. I’m looking for some of the following books if you have them at home that you’d like to donate to our battle:

  1. 6th Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman

  2. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  3. Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

  4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

  5. Game Changers by Mike Lupica

  6. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  7. Ungifted by Gordon Korman

  8. I Survived the Joplin Tornado by Lauren Tarshis

  9. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

  10. Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse


Just a friendly reminder that I have tutoring on Tuesday and Thursday before and after school. Also, students will need to have 1 book read for their book project they will be doing in school by December 7th. HAPPY READING!