Mrs. Drudy's L.A. News 08/31/2015
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What We're Learning in 6th Grade Language Arts
Students just finished reading Viva New Jersey with a focus on characterization. This week they will read a nonfiction text, Saving the Rain Forests, and the focus will shift to using the text features (titles, subtitles, headings, pictures, charts, graphs, etc.) of books to aid in our understanding of what we read. This week's story also lends itself quite nicely to cause and effect relationships. We will also be searching this text for both facts and opinions. The spelling list this week has earned the unfortunate title of "Difficult Spellings". This list will require lots of at-home practice in order for students to do well. This week's study guide may be retrieved here.
Additionally, students have be introduced to QR codes as a quick and easy way to get to a particular website. Since our time together flies by so quickly each day, these have been real lifesavers to us. Ask your child to give you a brief summary for how they work.
Partner Reading Leveled Readers
In addition to the weekly reading story, students partner read books at their tailored reading level that correspond with the content/theme.
Once again, we're in www.spellingcity.com practicing those "bossy r" words from last week's list.
Most vocabulary words can be figured out in context, or by the way they're used in a sentence, but when they can't, we have strategies in place to find the meaning(s).