Miss Blanshine, Mrs. Shetter, Mrs. Schnader and Mrs. Weaver
A letter to parents
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It's hard to believe that the 2nd Trimester is over and there's only a little over two weeks until spring. We are amazed at the progress this year but we still have a lot to cover in the 3rd Trimester. It seems like a busy time of year with gearing up for the PSSAs and the many other spring activities. Speaking of busy, if your child plays a spring sport, send in a schedule and maybe we can come to a game.
PSSA testing is approaching quickly! We will be spending some time in the next few weeks preparing and honing our testing skills. This year, the 6th graders will be taking their PSSA test online. Never fear! Our 6th graders are tech savvy and ready to take on this new way of doing the test! They will have an opportunity to see what the test looks like and practice.
Just a few reminders:
- As a district we are transitioning to using many online features to communicate with parents. If you do not already have an account, please register with the district. Contact Annette_Stewart@conestogavalley.org for assistance.
- All students MUST have ear buds or headphones (every day AT SCHOOL)
- All students must have their TEAM sheets signed on Thursday night
- Spelling tests are EVERY FRIDAY
- Journals are due EVERY Tuesday
Thanks, Miss Blanshine, Mrs. Shetter, Mrs. Schnader and Mrs. Weaver
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Reading with Miss Blanshine, Mrs. Shetter and Mrs. Weaver
This month we finished up our unit on ancient peoples. We read Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs to further our knowledge of the role of an archaeologist, while exploring the southwest region of the United States and the ancient civilization of the pueblo people. Next, we went back in time to learn about the culture and region of the ancient Egyptians while reading Egypt. The students learned about the importance of graphic features in expository non-fiction, and then put their knowledge to use by creating their own!
Next, we will be heading in to some fiction adventure! After this we will delve into book clubs for a short time leading up to PSSAs as well as working on some skill review to get ready for the tests in April. I have seen so much improvement in the students' essays and test-taking skills over the last month!
It's all GREEK to me!
Social Studies with Miss Blanshine
Throughout the month of March, we will continue our study of Latin America. We've been studying the ancient cultures of the Aztec, Maya and Inca. Next, the exploration and colonization of the region by the Spanish and Portuguese conquistadors will be our focus, as well as the struggle for independence, and more recent historical trends of the region. Later, we will study each region to get a taste of life in Latin America!
Miss Blanshine's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Math with Mrs. Schnader
I can't believe that we have one more trimester to go. This month we will focus on geometry. We will find the area of triangles, trapezoids, parallelograms, rectangles, and regular polygons. Then we will find the volume and surface area of 3-dimensional figures. Please review the formulas with your child. As a fun family activity, find the area of different rooms in the house. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Mrs. Schnader - email@example.com
Writing with Mrs. Shetter
Argument writing is one of the most difficult modes we tackle in 6th grade, and it is probably the most essential of all tasks for academic success. The good news is that students have been practicing this all year as they defend their positions and find textual evidence in reading class. Now we fine-tune the skill. We've been researching a fairly unpopular topic... chores... and have been gathering evidence to support an opinion statement regarding their efficacy as means of supporting maturing young people. We have taken a close look at academic power words for argument writing and the rubrics used to grade our efforts. We can now speak a common language when we work to improve our writing. You can challenge yourself by following this quizlet link!
As we move through March, we will rehearse writing timed 5 paragraph essays in preparation for the PSSA assessments.
Mrs. Shetter's E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Miss Blanshine and Mrs. Bair's class meet for buddies! We celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday by reading Dr. Seuss books together!
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