Room 1219 Newsletter

Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School

This week has been the time to get all our routines in place. As we start each subject, I am explaining how to organize, take care of materials, and complete assignments in sixth grade. We are also learning about our schedule. Ask your child to show you our weekly schedule.

Reading is an important daily activity. Reading increases a student's vocabulary, knowledge, and achievement in all subjects. I require all students to read 30 minutes daily, including weekends and holidays. I ask that students record their reading on a reading log. Ask your child to show you the August reading log.

One way to help with this requirement is to have many books available to read. I will send home book orders next Thursday, August 29. If you wish to order, please send your order form to me or order online by Thursday, September 5. When you order books from Scholastic, it helps me to buy books for our classroom.

Another way to have plenty of books available is to take a trip to the local library. We will begin to visit the Verdugo Woodlands library September 13.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: We are starting our Language of Literature book with a review of the elements of fiction. We will explore these elements in the story Eleven by Sandra Cisneros next week. Ask your child about this fun story. We have already started our daily language review to help review grammar skills. Our first Wordly Wise, an excellent vocabulary supplement, test was Thursday, August 22, and our first spelling test is Thursday, August 29. The first essay of the year was a speech to introduce a friend to the class. Students interviewed their friend to gather information to write the speech. The first speeches began August 21.
Mathematics: Our first unit is all about data. We will use data to create graphs and use graphs to answer questions about data. Ask you child about the graphs we have studies so far.
Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. Our first unit is about Earth's Energy.
Social Studies: Sixth Grade history is all about ancient civilizations. Ask your child what about their history class with Mrs. DeBellis.

To help your child keep up-to-date on his/her homework, please visit the class homework website.

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