Miss Iovino

6th grade- English Language Arts (Apache Junction Unified School District Edublogs site)

“The One and Only Ivan”

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National Park Projects in 6th grade…

Students in the 6th grade read about different National Parks located in the United States.  After reading and discussing these beautiful places, students got into groups to research their own. They had to pick a different park to research. Students in the group divided up what to delve into such as: attractions, animals, plants, hiking, camping, safety precautions, weather, and other tips from their park for tourists to know about.  They worked hard to put all their findings on a poster, which we called a giant “brochure.”  We saw some awesome presentations. Great job 6th grade!

Now hear straight from them! Students are going to go onto the blog and type some of their information about the park they researched.  Great job explorers 🙂 



Fish in a Tree- The Global Read Aloud

6th grade is reading a wonderful book titled, “Fish in a Tree.”  It is about a young girl who struggles in school and her finding herself and expressing who she is.  

6th graders, this is your spot to post about the book! You will be clicking the “comment” button throughout the next month and responding to questions, summarizing, rating the book, giving your opinion, and much more.  

Go ahead and start typing! Soon we will be connecting with another class about the book 🙂 

Happy Blogging! 



Fall Break is just around the corner!

Hello students, parents, and families 🙂 

A friendly reminder that NEXT week we will be on Fall Break.  While this is an exciting time to have a week off school, it also means that our 1st Quarter has come to an end and grades are due.  Students will receive their report card when they return from Fall Break.  I give my students grades for the following: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  Students Mesopotamia projects were worth the most points this quarter since they worked on it for an entire month.  That project falls into most categories for grading.  

Parent/ Teacher conferences are also right around the corner! Parents, look for a schedule coming home soon for you to sign up which day and time you would like to come in. I will do my best to accommodate for you.  Thanks again and looking forward to seeing you!

Have a great and restful Fall Break. 

-Ms. Iovino 


Mesopotamia Ancient Civilizations Project

Every quarter our 6th graders work very hard on a Project based learning assignment.  They are given the Social Studies Topic and then get to pick which sub-topic they would like to research for. First Quarter in Social Studies involved Ancient Mesopotamia and the times during the 4th Dynasty! Students had a chance to research: agriculture and farming, religion, architecture and inventions, culture, or Military.  They had over a month to research, take notes, organize their notes, write a rough draft, edit their paper, write or type a final draft, and create the visual!

The visuals were very unique in our class. I let students choose what type of visuals they wanted to present to the class on Presentation Day (September 30th).  Students made some awesome poster boards, built pyramids, made a power point, or a Powtoon video!

Here are just some of the posters!

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International Dot DAY~

Today we celebrated International Dot Day in the 6th grade.  Our two classes participated and showed our creativity…to the max! We first read the book, “The Dot” by: Peter H. Reynolds and discussed the meaning behind the story.  Then we got to surf the web to see what other classes across the U.S. have created in previous school years! We saw some awesome ideas and got our minds racing on what to start our “dot” as (but that was just the beginning).

Students then each received an index card to write down the steps for their project.  They had to FIRST draw their picture which represented their dot or dot(s).  After they added color and detail to their drawing and art work it was time to create a story to match their picture! This was definitely the fun part in 6th grade, since we have so many creative writers!

Students wrote fiction and non-fiction writing pieces and made sure their work was presentable. It was then time for the best part…to present! We love to get up in front of our peers and share our stories that we wrote.  Students are respectful to others as they present their work to the class.  We had a great day expressing ourselves!!

6C won the contest for wearing the most dots in class! Congrats~ Check out the pictures below from our “polka-dotted” day 🙂

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Happy Holidays!

I wanted to wish all of my 6th grade students and their families a wonderful Holiday season.  I hope everyone gets rest and celebrates with their loved ones.  Looking forward to coming back from the break recharged and ready for an amazing new semester! Happy new year! imagesmerry

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Turkey Writing! Step by Step Process

Before Thanksgiving break, students had a fun writing contest to participate in on How to cook a Turkey! They had 20 minutes to write as many detailed steps as they could.  The focus wasn’t exactly on the directions on how to cook a turkey, but more about great word choice and variety of transition words. I was quite impressed with how well their writing was and how much they know about cooking turkeys! Students had great details and were precise even down to pre-heating the oven or taking the wrapper off the turkey.  There was a winner from each class:  Roxanne Turner, Jaden Skinner, and Madalynn Servant.  Excellent writing 6th graders 🙂 Gobble-Gobble!

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We love play-genre reading

Students had a blast reading a play out of our Storytown textbook “The Case of the Missing Thanksgiving feast money.”  We also use our lap tops to go on a great reading website to practice our comprehension.  www.readingeggspress.com  Students have their own log in and are able to practice the site at home!


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Building Stamina…counting our minutes!

Between my three classes (6A, 6B, 6C) students are competing during silent reading.  Every day we silent read a book of our choice in class.  Students have the potential to read up to 25 minutes, but as the teacher I can cut time short if students are off task.  At the end of class, we graph the number of minutes we were able to read for that class.  Classes are competing against each other in order to win the Reading Stamina Graphing Contest! We are exactly half way through the contest and it is neck and neck!  Before winter break, we will add up the minutes once more to find out our winning class.  That class can decide together on what type of party they would like to have to celebrate! Students can practice their reading stamina by reading at home each night.  Also keeping up to date with their reading fluency each night helps too!

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