January 23rd, 2017"The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you're not willing to stay where you are."I hope you all had a great weekend! This week is our last week of trimester two, and I can't believe how quickly this trimester went by! This week we have library on Tuesday, so please make sure that your sixth grader brings their library book. This week we will also be having our second trimester District Benchmark Assessments. On Tuesday we will be testing in ELA and on Thursday we will be testing in Math. Just a reminder that if you received a notice about your sixth grader receiving an award or honor roll, the assembly will be this Thursday January 26th, at 2:05pm. I hope you all have a great and productive week, please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or just a great idea!Language Arts-Students we will be having Tier Two Vocabulary this week. This weeks story is "Scribes of Egypt." Students have done a great job working on perfecting their ACE response skill. We will continue to work on this, and take the time to really evaluate various answers in goal of being more aware of what the common mistakes are, so that we can prevent them in our responses.Social StudiesStudents will be finishing Ancient India this week. We will also be completing the two artifacts that go with this unit, they will enjoy them very much, so make sure to ask them all about it!Writing-Students will be editing their introduction paragraphs.January 16th, 2017"A journey of one thousand miles, must begin with one single step."I hope you all had a great three day weekend! This week is a short one, but a busy one! This Tuesday we have 100 mile club, so make sure that your sixth grader dresses appropriately. Signed progress reports are also due on Tuesday, please make sure that you took the time to go over your child's work, and that they will be taking the appropriate opportunities to ensure that they are successful as we end trimester two. I hope you all have a great and productive week, please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or just a great idea!Language Arts-Students have done a great job working on perfecting their ACE response skill. We will continue to work on this, and take the time to really evaluate various answers in goal of being more aware of what the common mistakes are, so that we can prevent them in our writing.Social Studies- This week we will be beginning our Ancient India unit. We will begin by reading a popular legend, "Rajah's Rice" and begin lesson one.Writing- Students have begun to write their introduction paragraphs. They will each meet with me about their introductions to ensure that they are meeting the expectation. We will move on to learning about what makes a strong body paragraph.January 9th, 2017"New year, new you."Happy New Year to all my wonderful families! I hope you all enjoyed your break and were able to transition smoothly back into school this week. We have library this week, and students will be encouraged to check out a classic novel. Students have been working hard on various projects, both in class, and at home, and I am very proud of all of their hard work. We will be sending home progress reports on Tuesday January 10th. Please make sure that you look over these with your child, and that they take advantage of the opportunities provided to them. Just a reminder that their writing for their Ancient Time Machine Essay: Journey to Egypt, is due on Monday January 9th. Their Wonder projects will be due on Tuesday January 17th. I hope you all have a great and productive week, please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or just a great idea.Language ArtsWe will be focusing on our ACE responses and close reading skills. It is something that I will continue to revisit, as it is a very valuable skill that will follow them as they go to Ramirez. This weeks Tier Two Vocabulary story is " Family Fridge."Social StudiesWe will be working on finishing Ancient Hebrews this week as they work on an in class closing project. My goal is to start Ancient India mid week.WritingWe will continue to work on our outlines and claims. Students will then move on to writing a rough draft of their introduction paragraphs.December 12th, 2016" If you quit once it becomes a habit. Don't Quit."I hope you all had a great weekend! As we go into this last week of school before our holiday break, we will be finishing off a couple of units and starting some new ones. This week we will be greatly focusing on our writing conventions. As I have been going through their writing I have noticed that many students need support in the area of writing conventions, this includes word usage, punctuation, sentence structure, capitalization, etc. Our class intervention will focus on these heavily as we continue to work on developing their writing skills. We have finished our Wonder unit; one that they all enjoyed greatly, and they were all assigned a culminating project. For this they have the choice of working in groups or on their own, and they have their choice between five activities. They will also continue to work on their Time Machine Essay for Egypt in class, but should also be working on their writing at home. I am looking forward to a great last week before our break, and can’t wait for our Sixth Grade Holiday Breakfast this Friday. Thank you to all who have donated already and for helping us make this a success for our sixth graders! Hope you all have great week, please email me if you have any questions or concerns!
Language ArtsWe will continue to work on our citing evidence standards and our close reading skill.
We will be finishing our Egypt unit and starting our Ancient Hebrews Unit.
We will be working on our time machine essays for Egypt as well as our argument writing. We will be close reading some articles on a controversial topic, and students will be creating an outline for their writing, and we will begin working on our introductions.October 31st, 2016" The best way to predict the future is to create it."I hope everyone had a great weekend! It feels great to be back! Thank you all for your warm wishes! This week we will be beginning our "Wonder" unit. This will be a great unit that will hit various standards, and that I know they will enjoy greatly! Please be aware that they will have nightly reading, and it is very important that they stay on top of their reading so that they do not fall behind with in class activities and projects. On top of this they will also need to be working on their Bookapalooza projects! I hope you all have a fantastic week! Please email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just a great idea!Language ArtsThis week we will begin our Wonder Unit, due to this there will be no vocabulary this week! Make sure you ask your sixth grader about their nightly reading, and the activities that we do in class!Social StudiesThis week we will continue with our unit of Ancient Egypt. Please make sure that your sixth grader is working on their Nile Valley Map projects.WritingThis week we will continue to work with argument writing. We will be working on creating informal outline, and strong introductory paragraphs.September 6th, 2016"The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill, the willingness to learn is a choice."I hope everyone had a great three day weekend! We only have three weeks left in trimester one, time has flown by, but our learning is only getting better. We will have library this week, so please make sure your sixth grader brings their book. This week they will be presenting their Bookapalooza Flip Books, presentations will take place on Thursday and Friday of this week, I will be letting them know their presentation day on Wednesday! This week you will be receiving an email from Sign Up Genius, this is the method that we will be using to set up our parent conferences. You will be meeting with both of us to go over your sixth graders progress, please make sure you pick a time slot that best suits your schedule, we look forward to meeting with all of you! I am looking forward to a another week of learning! Please email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just a great idea!Language ArtsThis week in we will finish off our Elevator story. Our focus has been on the authors word choice, plot development, and imagery. This week we will end the story by having them write an ending to the story, since it ended in a suspenseful cliffhanger. They will be expected to keep the tone of the story and add their own twist to it. This week we will also begin our new story Amelia Earhart. This is another true story that they all enjoy! We will focus on our Reading Informational standards, and evaluate various sources through various engaging activities. Make sure you ask your sixth grader all about them!Social StudiesThis week we will continue with our unit of Mesopotamia, please make sure that your sixth grader is working on their Time Machine Essays at home.WritingThis week we will continue to work with argument writing. We will be working on creating informal outline, and strong introductory paragraphs.August 22nd, 2016"You have only failed if you have given up."I hope everyone had a great weekend! We have been very busy growing our minds these past couple of weeks. I am proud of all of them, and how well they have adjusted to sixth grade. This week there will be no library, Mrs. Nichols is out, so they will be holding on to their books. This Monday we will be sending home progress reports, please ensure that you review this with your sixth grade, and discuss any growth mindset steps that can be taken. I am looking forward to another great week of learning! Please email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just a great idea !Language ArtsThis week in we will finish off our Passage to Freedom story. Our focus has been on point of view, and they have participated in various activities that have allowed them to explore this standard. This week we will end the story with our exit ticket, as well as another fun activity called a Dinner Party. Students will have the opportunity to take on the role of a point of view of the story, and have a dinner conversation. This weeks vocabulary story is "An Unexpected Adventure." They have really been enjoying vocabulary, and I look forward for them to be using their words in their writing and conversations.Social StudiesThis week we will continue with our unit of Mesopotamia.WritingThis week we will continue to work with argument writing. We will be working on creating informal outline, and strong introductory paragraphs.August 8th, 2016"When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind."I hope everyone had a great weekend! This past week of learning was awesome and I am looking to another epic week! This week we will visit the Library on Tuesday, so please make sure that your sixth grader brings their book to school! I have also pushed back the starting date for the book "Wonder" being that some sixth graders are still waiting on their books to arrive! We will begin the unit next Monday August 15th. On Monday we will be sending home communication folders with assignments, and tests, it is important that you take the time to look over these with your sixth grader, and email us if you have any questions or concerns! In the folders you will also find information about our room moms this year! We are very thankful for every single one of you and for our two wonderful room moms Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Jensen. Wishing you all a blessed and productive week! Please email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just a great idea!Language ArtsThis week in language arts we will be reading the story "Passage to Freedom." This is an awesome story that will provide us with opportunities to look at the holocaust, which is always a favorite for students to learn about. With this story our goals will be to choose the best evidence to support our analysis of the story, as well as to be able to determine how the point of view impacts the development of a story. Students will also be assigned their first reading mini project, so please ensure that your sixth grader is reading nightly!Social StudiesThis week we will finish Early Man on Wednesday and begin Mesopotamia on Thursday! Students have really enjoyed social studies so far, and I look forward to teaching them about the next great civilization.WritingThis week we will continue our focus on Argument writing, with a fun story that will further enhance their understanding of the purpose and goal of argument writing. The story we will focus on is "The Day the Crayons Quit."July 25th, 2016"Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay were we are."I can't believe we are already starting week 4! The first three weeks have been so great that time is flying by! This week will be our first visit to the library! Sixth graders will not be able to check out books until our next visit, we will be going to the library every other week. There will be no 100 Mile Club this week, and depending on the weather we will keep you updated on PE! This week students will be introduced to our first trimester novel, that they will be asked to purchase. The book we will be analyzing this trimester is the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio, you can find it at any Barnes and Noble or on Amazon. All students will need to have their novels by Monday August 8th. I am looking to another fun week of learning! If you have any questions, comments, or just a great idea please email me!Language ArtsThis week we will continue with story "Hatchet." We will be further analyzing the stories main character Brian, and will be taking a look at the setting elements, and how they play into the plot. Students will also be introduced my classroom reading program "Bookapalooza." This program will ensure that students are staying on top of their reading, which is a great skill to have that will ensure that they are successful in all other subject areas. Please make sure to review the requirements and due dates of the program. Students will have to complete two mini projects a trimester, except for trimester one, they will only be completing one! Students will also have an opportunity to read more than they are being asked to and complete mini projects for extra credit or classroom incentives!Social StudiesThis week we will continue to examine the Early Man civilization and dig deeper into the ancient past! Students really enjoyed Social Studies this past week, and I look forward to this week!WritingThis week we will continue to examine the various elements of Argument Writing.July 18th, 2016"Writing is the painting of the voice!"- VoltaireWeek Two was absolutely awesome! I am amazed by the level of conversations your sixth graders are already having and I can't wait to watch them grow this year! As we finish our Growth Mindset Unit that we have been working on for the past two weeks, I am excited to see them using the language in the classroom, even more excited to hear them say how effective this has been for them, and even more excited to hear stories shared by some of you of how you have also heard them applying what they are learning in class at home. Thank you to all of you who have joined Class Dojo and Remind 101, we are still missing a few, so please make sure to join, it is a great tool for communication! This week we will have 100 Mile Club and PE, days have been hot so please make sure your sixth grader is staying hydrated! I look forward to another great week with this awesome bunch! Please email me if you have a question, concern, or a great idea! Thank you for all you do!Language ArtsThis week we will end our mini unit of Perseverance, and will begin our first,and one of my favorite stories, Hatchet. This is a story that they greatly enjoy and we will greatly focus on character traits, plot development, and setting. We will kick off the story by focusing on the four elements of setting, and how setting can impact the development of a plot.Social StudiesThis week in Social Studies we will actually begin our Early Man Unit. We were not able to start last week, as we were still settling in with beginning of the year activities. They are super excited to start, they were asking me every day last week, which makes me even more excited to begin our Ancient Civilization Unit.WritingThis week we will continue to focus on the very important elements of Argument Writing, opinion and claim. They will also be introduced to our Bell Ringers, so make sure to ask them all about it! I will also "Unleash the Power of Writing" to them through various activities.Taking Off!"Communication is key to success"Welcome to my weekly blog! I hope you and your sixth grader enjoyed the first week of school as much as I did! I am excited for a fantastic year and I can't wait to get to know all of your sixth graders! It was a pleasure meeting all of you who attended PIN night! If you were not able to join us we sent home information with your sixth grader on Friday! As mentioned at PIN night I will update my website every Sunday night and on here you will find any upcoming events, the latest and greatest in our learning journey, as well as homework, upcoming test, and projects for the week! It is my goal to ensure constant communication with you all, and this is one of the ways to stay connected with our classroom! This week is Picture Day on Thursday July 14th, and we will begin our first week of PE this Wednesday, so please make sure that your sixth grader is dressed appropriately! Thank you to all of you who signed up for Class Dojo and Remind 101, these are two tools that we will use to ensure communication! Please make sure to send back all signed information that was sent home the first week as soon as possible. I am looking forward to an awesome second week of school, please email me if you have any questions, concerns, or just a great idea! I know this will be an amazing year and I can't wait to work closely with you all!Language ArtsThis week I will continue to introduce your sixth grader to the GATE Icons and Thinking Maps using the timeless Hansel and Gretel fairy tale. These will be tools that we will be using all year long, so we spend a lot of time with them as we kick off the year. We will also be finishing up our second week of our Growth Mindset unit, they all really enjoyed the first week, and I know they are looking forward to all we have planned for the second week.Social StudiesThe first week of school we went ahead and set up our notebooks, and they were introduced to Cornell Notes. This is the note taking method that we will be using all year long, and is a great one that will get them ready for seventh grade. We will start our Ancient Civilization Journey with Early Man. This civilization will set the foundation for the rest of amazing civilizations we visit throughout the year. Social Studies is a subject they will really enjoy this year!WritingIn writing we will be working on opinions and claims as I set up a foundation for Argument Writing. We start with simple activities that will allow them to focus on various parts of Argument Writing, and then we will put them all together when we begin writing our first Argument essay. We kicked it off last week with "I Wanna Iguana" which will teach them the difference between an opinion and a claim! They are really enjoying this activity and I look forward to continuing it this week!