News from Mrs. Drudy 11/30/2015

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What We're Learning in 6th Grade Language Arts

Juan Verdades: The Man Who Couldn’t Tell a Lie

Interestingly enough, this week's story ties right in with the MCS character trait of the month, trustworthiness. Juan Verdades, the foreman on don Ignacio’s ranch, has never told a lie. One day don Arturo bets don Ignacio his ranch that he can make Juan tell a lie. Don Arturo’s daughter, Araceli, tempts Juan to give her don Ignacio’s greatest possession—the apples from his apple tree. Juan loves Araceli and so he does it. In the end, Juan confesses to his boss and don Arturo loses the bet. Don Ignacio gives Juan the ranch he won. Juan proposes to Araceli, so don Arturo’s ranch stays in the family after all.


Spelling: Compound Words

• Generalization:

Some compound words are written as one word: sometimes. Other compound words are written as two words: field trips. Don't forget the usefulness of www.spellingcity.com/tdrudy for those students that have Internet access at home.


1. field trip

2. someone

3. snowflakes

4. polka dot

5. roller coaster

6. solar system

7. thunderstorm

8. leftovers

9. cell phone

10. whitewash

11. lightning rod

12. myself

13. life jacket

14. bulldozer

15. masterpiece

16. area code

17. cliffhanger

18. wheelchair

19. hour hand

20. rain forest

Challenge Words

21. graham cracker

22. rhinestone

23. chain reaction

24. racquetball

25. thoroughbred


Close Reads

In addition to the stories in our reading text, we are spending time with close reads. As the name implies, we are reading, annotating important words and thoughts, and rereading for meaning.

Notes from the Teacher

Coming Up:

Tuesday, December 1: Author S. A. Bodeen Visit

Wednesday, December 2: Early Dismissal

December 18th: 2nd Nine Weeks A.R. points due