6th Grade Scoop

Melissa Middle School

Reading

During the next two weeks, we will be in the beginning stages of our novel study of Becoming Naomi Leon. For this study, students will analyze the elements of fiction using the Fiction Signposts, notice symbolism and explain how it connects to the story, use context clues to understand new vocabulary, and discuss the author's style. Students will receive grades for:
  • weekly warm-ups covering material in the story
  • Quiz on Friday, October 27 over chapters read
  • Quiz on Friday, November 3 over chapters read
  • Signpost Tracker

As a reminder, students should be reading 20 minutes each night. By reading outside of school, students have a greater chance of reaching the 40 book challenge goal. The more they read; the more they grow! Check with your student to see his/her progress towards our class goal.


Lyssa Broach: lbroach@melissaisd.org

Reading Honors

We have just finished our study of Fiction Signposts. As we begin our novel at the end of the week, students will be analyzing the book for the various elements of fiction we have been studying. They will identify signposts, identify and analyze symbolism, and make connections between these elements and the author's message to gain a deeper understanding of the material.


Students will be receiving grades for:

* warm ups (which include vocabulary and other notable items from the novel)

*quizzes over chapters covered

* and a weekly signpost tracker.



Taylor Durham: taylordurham@melissaisd.org

Writing

October 19, 2017


As we reach to the end of the quarter, students will prepare for their Unit Assessment on Monday, October 23. Afterwards, they will practice expository and creative writing.


At the start of Quarter 2, the question, "What makes a sentence a sentence?" will be introduced- Grammar/Prepositional Phrases and the SAM Sheet (Sentence Analysis Map). Students will apply the content to their writing and begin to identify the Parts of Speech within a sentence. In regards to Phonics, students will continue their coding skills, learn more phonetic concepts, and identify new spelling rules.





Jennifer Eckert: jennifereckert@melissaisd.org

Sydney Melvin: sydneymelvin@melissaisd.org

Math

October 19 2017

The end of the 1st Nine Weeks is approaching. Our nine weeks test will cover Units 1-4. We will review in class but students should also be studying at home. There will be no retest for the nine weeks test but the scores will be curved based on STAAR standards for meeting expectations to pass.


Here are the upcoming events in math:


Oct. 16-20

Monday - Mixed Practice with Integer Operations

Tuesday - Mixed Practice with Integer Operations

Wednesday - Review

Thursday - Unit 3-4 Assessment

Friday - Unit 3-4 Assessment; Weekly Warm-up Due Daily Grade


Oct. 23-27 (Dead Week)

Monday - Review for Nine Weeks Assessment

Tuesday - Review for Nine Weeks Assessment

Wednesday - 1st Nine Weeks Assessment

Thursday - 1st Nine Weeks Assessment

Friday - Review Nine Weeks Assessment Results and begin corrections


Oct. 30- Nov. 3

Monday - No School-Staff Development

Tuesday - Representing Ratios

Wednesday - Representing Ratios

Thursday - Representing Rates and Ratios to solve real world problems; Daily Grade

Friday - Unit 3-4 Assessment; Weekly Warm-up Due Daily Grade



Tutoring is offered Monday-Friday in the morning (8:10-8:40) and Monday-Thursday after school (4:10-5:00). All your student has to do is show up with the paper they are needing to work on completing and a teacher will be there to help. The tutorial schedule is posted outside every math teacher's door.


Please contact your student's teacher at any time if you have any questions or concerns and we will get back to at our earliest convenience.

Math Honors

The week of October 23rd is Dead Week. During this week students will be reviewing for their 9 weeks tests. The math test will cover all material from Unit 1, Unit 2, and some of Unit 3.


Tutorials are offered Monday-Friday before school from 8:10-8:40am and after school Monday-Thursday from 4:10-5:00pm. If you have any questions or concerns please email your child's teacher and we will get back with you quickly. Be sure to check out the 6th grade honors math website. The notes we take in class will be linked there.

Debbie Duguid- dduguid@melissaisd.org

6th Grade Math Website

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Science

October 20, 2017

Minerals, Elements, and Compounds - oh my! We will be exploring minerals and the physical properties that are used to identify them. What I love about this unit.....it is hands on! This unit will be followed by Elements and Compounds. Students will engage in interactive activities to become familiar with these concepts - including how matter is classified. We will continue to add important information to our science notebooks. Look for a quizlet in the coming weeks to prepare for the next test over these two units.


We will take our 9 weeks test on October 24. We will review in class on Monday, October 23 the concepts we have covered so far. I have suggested to students to review their science notebooks as well as all notes and assignments that have been completed over the first nine weeks to prepare for the test.




Kisha Maurer - kishamaurer@melissaisd.org

Paden Whetzel - padenwhetzel@melissaisd.org

Social Studies

6th grade Social Studies is in the process of finishing up our unit on Thematic Mapping with our physical features wanted posters. On Tuesday, Oct. 10th we will take our quiz on thematic mapping vocabulary and physical features. Next week, following our quiz, students will begin looking at government. We will analyze 6 different types of government and the characteristics that define those governments.