6th Grade Newsletter

November 2015

Fun Times at 1st Quarter Reward Trip to Alpha & Omega Corn Maze

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General Announcements

  • November 4 - COGAT Test
  • November 6 - Veteran's Day Assembly
  • November 9 - Party on the Patio
  • November 11 - No School: Veteran's Day
  • November 25-27 - No School: Thanksgiving Break

Language Arts

Mr. Brooks

In Mr. Brooks class students have been challenged with reading a Newbery award winning book. Students were responsible for reading at lease 1 Newbery book, writing a summary, and completing a high quality review on the BiblioNasium website. Along with silent sustained reading everyday, students are working to build reading fluency and vocabulary on a daily basis. We continue to focus on writing quality narratives during Friday Writer's Workshop. In our spare time we are making good progress on Touching Spirit Bear, a novel by Ben Mikaelsen.


Mrs. Dyson

In Mrs. Dyson's Language Arts class we are finishing our Touching Spirit Bear novel studies. Students have been studying the theme of growing and changing with characters in a story and various points of view. Students continue using online non-fiction articles through NewsELA. We've also added BiblioNasium and ReadNQuiz to Google Classroom assignments.


Mrs. Kerr

Mrs. Kerr's language arts class culminated the reading of Touching Spirit Bear by creating personal totem poles. The creativity shown in these was amazing. Students have reviewed parts of speech, and are now using that information to complete a class alphabet book based on the pattern in Animalia by Graeme Base.

Math

Mrs. Lowery

Math classes have wrapped up fractions and moved on to exploring the number line, integers, and rational/irrational numbers. We will begin to learn more about the Coordinate Plane and how to relate it to real situations. Students will work on a Robotic Activity in a few weeks to help the maneuver around all four quadrants.


Mr. Strickland

Mr. Strickland's Math class recently investigated the cholera outbreak in Haiti through plotting highly infected areas on a map using a coordinate plane. Plotting coordinates and exploring integers allows students to apply their knowledge of Haiti's struggle in a real-word format.

Science

Mrs. Baldwin

Ms. Baldwin's science classes wrapped up their study of the Universe with a planetary alien project and a look at the everyday lives of the team on the International Space Station. We are now "headed back to Earth" to look at the different structures and systems on our home planet!


Mr. Strickland

Mr. Strickland's Science class has been using the scientific method to answer big questions and take on STEM challenges. Our current challenge is inspired by the video "Caine's Arcade" and requires students to create a game out of cardboard and household items. Our goal is to share our arcade games with rest of the 6th graders through a "Day of Play."

Social Studies

Mr. Brooks

Our in depth discovery of Ancient Mesopotamia continued this week as we learned about ancient professions. Students also learned about the importance of rivers and how the invention of irrigation was a "game changer". Future activities include reading parts of The Epic of Gilgamesh and writing letters using cuneiform.


Mrs. Smith

In Mrs. Smith's Social Studies classes we are studying Ancient Egypt. Students are busy learning about the Ancient Egyptian religious practices, daily life, written language and much more. Students really enjoy learning about the mummification process and of course learning about everyone's favorite Pharaoh, King Tut. We also enjoy keeping up to date on current news around the world by watching CNN student news everyday.