6P News

Week of September 14, 2015

Mark Your Calendars

Homecoming Spirit Days

  • 9/21 - America Day - wear red, white, and blue
  • 9/22 - Jersey/Sport Day
  • 9/23 - Character Day - wear clothes with or dress up like a favorite character
  • 9/24 - Crazy Hair/Crazy Hat/Crazy Sock Day
  • 9/25 - Maroon & Gold Day - show panther pride


Other Important Dates

  • 9/25 - Half Day of Student Attendance - Students will be released at 11:20
  • 10/12 - No School - Columbus Day
  • 10/15 - Grade 6 Curriculum Night 5:30-6:30pm

Exploratory

Last week all of the sixth grade students began exploratory. From 2:30-3:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the students have the opportunity to participate in an elective class. While not for a grade, students spend this time working to learn nontraditional school material with a focus on taking academic risks. Each of our cycles lasts approximately six weeks, and students have the chance to work with students from other classes as well as with the other sixth grade teachers and LES fine arts teachers. For this cycle the class options are as follows:


  • Math Help - Miss Pollock
  • Creative Writing - Mrs. Harris
  • LES Character Development - Mrs. Shivers
  • Advanced Painting & Art History - Mrs. Bataoel
  • Panther Radio - Mr. Scott


While the concept of exploratory was first implemented in sixth grade only two years ago, it has been a great success. If interested, the following video describes how past students have benefited from this unique experience.

6th Grade Exploratory - SOS 2014

Units of Study - Entrepreneur Research Project

We recently will kicked off our first social sciences project. Students each selected and entrepreneur from the 1900s to research. After finding information that corresponds with a specific set of questions about their chosen entrepreneur, students will create a poster and write a written summary of their findings that they will present to the class. Students will focus on identifying reputable sources as well as inferring character traits about their entrepreneurs based on the events that occurred in their lives and how they responded.


The students will be asked to research the following aspects of their entrepreneur's life:

  • personal information
  • creation of their business - How did it come to be?
  • obstacles they overcame
  • interesting facts


Next week students will be given class time to work on their posters displaying their information. Each student will need a white poster by Monday, 9/21. I am able to purchase posters in bulk with a teacher discount and have posters that I can give to students in exchange for $0.25 should that be easiest for your family.

Language Workshop

As part of our workshop model, the class participates in Language Workshop. This time is typically spent as a whole class and is used to model reading and writing strategies that we are focusing on. Currently I am reading aloud the book Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen to the class. Through this reading students are able to improve their discussions about texts and we are emphasizing character development and using evidence from a text to support thinking.


Alongside this reading students are working on a continuous assignment where they are compiling a collection of songs that directly correlate to events in the book. This particular assignment is helping students to make connections between different text types and requires them to provide textual evidence as support for their selections. To illustrate students watched and discussed the video below that tells the story of the Wizard of Oz through popular music.

The Wizard of Ahhhs by Todrick Hall

Parent Resources on Class Website

As we are all getting into the sixth grade routine, I want to make sure everyone is aware of various resources that are available to you and your students. The 'parent education' page of my class website currently focuses solely on math, but has videos, games, explanations, and copies of students notes that are taken in class. These resources can help students who are struggling on homework assignments or can provide additional practice at home. Additionally, the 'resources & links' page of my website is routinely updated to include spelling and vocabulary practice resources and games that can be played or studied at home.

Bonnie Pollock

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