Room 1219 Newsletter

September 2012

Thank you for supporting your child as we add more work and activities to our schedule. Completing the first month of school is an accomplishment worth celebrating!

We have completed units in math, spelling, and vocabulary. We are still in the middle of our first science chapter, but we have taken a quiz. And, our next reading comprehension test is soon. 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 September 27, 2012.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: We are continuing our study of literature with a review of the elements of plot. I hope you saw your child's poster. We will review character traits with the story "Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros. Ask your child about this fun story. We will continue to practice spelling and vocabulary with tests on alternate weeks. Our next Wordly Wise test is next week. Also, we took our reading and writing benchmarks last week. We will go through the entire writing process with a persuasive essay writing prompt starting this week.
Mathematics: We are finishing unit 1 this week. The test is schedule for Friday, September 21. Unit 2 is about operations with very large and very small numbers. It will include multiplication, division, scientific notation, and exponential notation.
Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. Our first unit is about Earth's ecosystems. We are in the middle of this unit. I hope to finish by the beginning of October.
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.

California Landmarks Poster for Senator Boxer's Poster Contest

This is a Visual/Performing Arts Actvity