Mr. Araoz's Class

ELA Grade 6 2016-2017

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6th Grade Finals Review Resources

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Summer Reading Assignment

Click this link for Summer Reading Assignment information

Genius Hour

Digital Brainstorming Tools

World Book Online Login

User ID: lawrencems

Password: library

Finish Reading Bud, Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy Chapter 18 Audiobook Read Aloud

Seesaw Book Review Audio/Video due Monday, March 20, 2017

All STEAM Project Work is due on March 17!!

STEAM Assignments in Google Classroom

Students must be logged into their Google accounts to access this.

ReadWorks Digital Login Instructions

1. Go to

2. Sign in with your Google account.

3. Enter class code MVOKBT

Homework Assignments and Projects Due

  1. Hero's Journey Story is due Tuesday, 2/14
  2. Ind. Reading Book Review is due Monday, 2/27
  3. STEAM project - continue working on it.
  4. Castle Learning is due every Friday.
  5. Writer's Notebook/Kidblog - 20 pages/posts due on Monday, 2/27.

The Lightning Thief Trading Card

  1. Click the link below.
  2. Topic = Type your character's name (from the book).
  3. Type = Select "Fictional Person"
  4. When done click "Finish Editing"
  5. Save your Final Card to your Google Drive
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Camp Half-Blood Tournament of Cabins

Zeus 360

Poseidon 323

Hermes 270

Hades 212

Ares 210

Athena 186

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Login with your Google account and join my class with this code:


Then select one example of something you wrote and/or created this school year and add it to your Seesaw portfolio blog.

Election Day Extra-Credit Assignment

Choose one question (or more) and answer it using the RAFT short response writing strategy.

  1. Which candidate do you support for President? Why?
  2. What are some of the benefits of living in a democracy? Are there any disadvantages?
  3. Do your political views align with your parents’ political views? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think our current voting system is fair? Why or why not?
  5. Should people be required to know a minimum amount about the issues before voting? Why or why not?
  6. Should there be any specific requirements people need to meet before voting? Why?
  7. Why is it important for people to vote?
  8. Do you think having elections every four years is fair, or should we have them more or less frequently? Why?

Breakout EDU Digital Games

Our Class Blog

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Tynker Class Code: 19425175

Extra-Credit Assignments

Columbus Day 10/10/16

Choose one (or more) of the writing prompts below and write a one-page story in your Writer's Notebook, KidBlog or a Google Doc.

1. If Christopher Columbus discovered America in 2492, what would he have found?

2. Imagine that you were the first to discover something either big or small. What would you discover and would people think your discovery was important? Why or why not?

3. In 1492, Columbus thought that he had landed in India and thought the people he spoke with were Indians. Who did he actually meet there? What do you think their reaction was to Columbus and his crew?

4. When Christopher Columbus first arrived at the Americas, he is believed to have thought he was in a completely different place on the other side of the world. Have you or your parents ever gotten lost like that? Where were you going and how did you find your way back?


Write about something fun you did this extended weekend. Describe the experience using vivid details. This may be done in your Writer's Notebook, a Google Doc or the Class blog. It's up to you!


Why do you think Sal doesn't want her father to tell her about Margaret? Why do you think Sal says she sounds like Phoebe when she says, "I don't want to hear it"?


Chapter 13 of Walk Two Moons ends with this line:

"For a while, we did not hear any more about the journals. We had absolutely no idea of all the trouble they were going to cause."

Make a prediction about all the trouble the summer journals will cause. Describe the incident with vivid details making sure to include which characters are involved.

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Tagul Autobiographical Word Clouds

Tagul Login Info

Username: mraraoz

Password: wordcloud

IXL Math Login Link

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All classwork and homework assignments have been posted on Google Classroom.

ELA CC Vocabulary Terms

Reading Like a Sleuth: Understanding CLOSE Reading

Always Learning Extra-Credit Activities

Are you bored with all the time off? Do you miss school as much as I do? Are you up for a learning challenge? If so, why not try one (or more) of the activities listed below:

  1. Write a blog post describing something interesting you did over the break.
  2. Create a How-To Video with your phone/tablet/computer describing how to do something you really love to do.
  3. Write a blog post reviewing a book, a movie or a TV show you like.
  4. Create a Google MyMaps of a trip you took this week. Include a brief description and a picture of each place you visited.
  5. Interview a family member and video it with your phone/tablet/camera. Try to come up with at least five interesting questions.

Back-to-School Digital Breakout

Room Recess Reading Game Review

Choose a reading game from the website below and play it. Write a blog post reviewing the game. Describe how to play it. What are its best features? Explain why you like/dislike it. Would you recommend this game to other students? What grade level would you suggest? Include a picture/screenshot of the game.

Creative Writing Prompt

Observe the image below and write a story based on it. Then post this story on Kidblog so your classmates can read and comment on it.
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Snow Day? Hurray! But Let's Learn Anyway!!

Choose at least one activity from the list below and keep the learning going when you are not in school.

Blog Post Suggestions

Each post should be at least 500 words and include at least one image. These writing pieces may be handwritten in your Writer's Notebook, posted on Kidblog or typed in a Google Doc.
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Describe your group of friends.

It’s fun to have friends. Friends can be people you meet at school, in a sport, in a church group, or in another activity. Your cousins and siblings and pets can be your friends.

Explain what your group of friends is like. Pretend that you are writing this for someone who has never met them. What do you like to do for fun? Who is the funniest? Who is the most daring? Who always has the best snacks?

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Valentine's Gift: A Stapler?

Write an essay convincing people that a stapler is the most romantic Valentine's gift you could ever give to someone.
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Live Inside A Movie

You get the chance to live inside of one movie in real life. Here's the catch: you have to stay there forever. Tell the story.
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Describe dinner with your family.

Think of a time when the people in your house or family ate dinner together. Carefully describe the setting, the people, the food, the mood, and the typical conversations.
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My Life in 20 Years

Write an essay describing what your ideal life looks like 20 years from now. Are you married? Do you have children? What is your job? Where do you live? Give specific and vivid details!

Digital Citizen Superhero Illustration

Make an illustration of the digital citizen superhero you created in class today. Be sure to include its name and a list of his/her special powers. This assignment is due on Thursday.
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Visit these Social Studies, Math and Science Smores for Links to Additional Learning Activities

Graphic Organizers in Google Docs

Growth Mindset Blogging: Q1 Reflection/ Q2 Goal-Setting

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Click the link to access the Padlet. Your response should be at least five sentences. Be sure to include a picture that enhances your response.
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RAFT Short Response Exemplar

Explain why the theme, “Be careful what you wish for” applies to this story. Use evidence from the story to support your answer.

The theme, “Be careful what you wish for,” applies to the story, “The Monkey’s Paw” because the characters end up regretting the wishes they make.

For example, when Mr. and Mrs. White wish for five hundred dollars their son Herbert is killed in an accident at work. The money was given to them as a death benefit check. If they hadn’t wished for the money, their son would have still been alive.

Therefore, you can see that the theme, “Be careful what you wish for” applies to the “The Monkey’s Paw” story because Mr. and Mrs. White end up regretting the wish they make.

When Done Activities: Brain Break Apps

Social Studies Games

Choose an entry from your Writer's Notebook and begin developing it into a full length writing piece. You may choose to do this on paper, Kidblog or StoryBoard That.

Write a Blog Post

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Create a Story Board Comic

Important Information For Students and Parents

Writing Workshop

Mandatory Posts

  1. Free Choice
  2. WTM Quest Reflection
  3. What's Inside My Heart
  4. Growth Mindset

Extra-Help Class

Mr. Araoz - Thursdays 2:40 PM

A special session will be added the afternoon before any test.