Miss Iovino

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

One Book One School…

As some of you may know our school started our kick off to One Book One School last Friday.

The book is titled, “The World According to Humphrey’s”

It’s a Family Read Aloud where students can get engaged with a book at home!

Our 6th graders have detective work to do while reading. They are to find evidence from the text to support the “Tips” that are given at the end of every chapter.

Students not only each got their very own copy of the book, but also got some great tools to use while reading. If students complete the book in time and fill out their “paw print” chart, they can come out and participate on our big event outside! Some students may get the opportunity to crawl into a GIANT hamster ball!

Detectives start reading and finding your clues…

Check out this great video to see more made my Mrs. Moore and her 3rd graders!

 

 

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AIMS parent meeting…

As you know, AIMS is fast approaching us!

Students will be taking the AIMS test April 14 – 17.  For 6th grade the test will consist of writing, math, and reading.

As teachers, we are doing everything in our power to prep students to be ready, comfortable, and confident for this week!

Parents can help too! Make sure students are working on their homework every night, reading, and practicing test strategy skills they are learning in class. 

Students will be bringing home a flier this week regarding a parent meeting.  We will be hosting a night that we encourage parents to come into their child’s classroom and receive more information on the AIMS test and what parents can do to help.  We will also discuss the goals that we set with your children back in October.

Hope to see you soon!

 

 

 

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Letter to myself…

 

 

What will I be like at sixteen?

 

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Students wrote a letter to themselves…..but to themselves when they are sixteen! They wrote advice to themselves and where they thought they may be. For example, some talked about what friends they want to have, what sports they think they might play, how they do in school academically, what electives they should take, getting their drivers license, getting their first job, having a later curfew, and having more responsibility! Students wrote these letters privately and did not show them to anyone. When they were finished they put them in an envelope and addressed them to themselves.

As the teacher, I put them in a safe spot to hold on to. On the last day of school, students will get their letters back.  Their task is to take them home and put them somewhere safe in their room. They must remember that they cannot open them UNTIL they are indeed sixteen!

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Project Based Learning leads into the importance of Presenting!

Last week, students got into groups and worked hard researching about a beautiful place in the world such as: Parts of Asia, Greece, The Middle East, Egypt, or Rome!

Students had to find facts to fill up their graphic organizer and then in an organized fashion, work together in their group to create a poster.  Students drew pictures, drew maps, summarized, wrote their facts, and much more to create an unique poster than the rest.

Last Friday, they had to present their poster to the class.  They were graded on a rubric and had to explain their part in the group.  Students did an awesome job!

Some were nervous, but once they saw that all their peers had to do it they started to feel more comfortable.  Students in the audience were also given a rubric to follow and grade their peers.

At the end of the day, students got back into their groups to read the critiques about themselves. Some realized habits that they do and were unaware of! Such as: never making eye contact, mumbling, or speaking too fast.

Students were able to reflect and see what they could work on so next time they could be better presenters. We discussed the importance of being able to speak in front of a crowd and how the job they get when they are older may have a big part in presenting!

All in all, the projects came out great and the students enjoyed the week with collaborating with their team.

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What does it take to build something Grand?

We finished our unit this week on learning about man made monuments such as: The International Space Station, The Hoover Dam, The Golden Gate Bridge, Massive Statues in the world, and the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt.

We investigated what it took to build these extraordinary parts of the world and the connections between them.

We talked about the money involved, effort, hard work, struggles, materials, time frame, and more!

We also got to watch some amazing videos after each reading.

With our close reading skills, we were able to delve deeper on the authors purpose and citing evidence!

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Gallery Walk on the 7 traits!

Students have been doing a lot of “sharing” their work already this quarter.

We have tried it out in many different ways, but we decided we are really enjoying the activity called a “Gallery Walk.”

Students first have to write a creative story to participate.

They are focusing on the 7 traits and usually a couple in particularly to have it become their strong suit!

The traits are: Voice, Organization, Ideas, Word Choice, Conventions, Sentence Fluency, and Presentation.

Students get to critique their peers work by giving them a “Glow” and a “Grow.“  Our 6th grade scholars do a great job of being respectful of one another work.

After we are done walking around the room and giving valuable feedback, we travel back to our seats and reflect on what advice/compliments we got!

We then go into a discussion and talk about our instant feedback :)

Students always end this activity with sharing out loud what trait they feel they need to focus on extra hard next week- This could be a “grow” that someone gave them.”

Check out our pictures to see us action!

Adios, till the next Gallery Walk!

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Connected with Australia~

We have been collaborating with a class in Camberwell, Australia. Ms. Bakers 5/6 class, sent us some impressive presentations on fabulous places to visit in Australia.  We got the opportunity to explore this whole continent thanks to her class! We now all have the urge to go visit some day :) 

Now it is our turn!  Our class is creating a presentation for them. They are researching and explaining their top places in the United States, Arizona, and even zooming way in on Apache Junction!  We cannot wait to share them with our Australian pen pals.

Here is some pictures of our 6th graders working hard on their projects

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Winter Break is fast approaching…

Hello everyone,

Wanted to let parents and families know that report cards will be handed out to students the week after we return from Winter Break.

ALL work must be turned in to the students teacher no later than Wednesday December 18th. 

Also, students have a story collage/book report due on December 19th.  This is worth 100 points.  Students have had over a month to work on it.  We are looking forward to students presenting their work on that Thursday.

Wishing all families a safe and merry two weeks off! Happy Holidays!! :)

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Speech and Debate!

Students worked very hard for almost 2 weeks preparing for a persuasive speech!  They were telling American citizens what they would do to help make the world a better place and why it needs to be done.  On presentation day, we had students who debated against each other.  We even handed out ballots to vote for a top candidate! We have some fiery 6th graders that know how to handle a heated argument.  It was exciting to watch these scholars in action! Way to go 6th grade! :)

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Letters to our Veterans

Students wrote letters to our Veterans this past week showing their gratitude for all their hard work.  They did a great job writing final draft letters and illustrating a decoration to brighten up a soldiers day.  We also wanted to let them know that we appreciate them fighting for America’s freedom everyday instead of just this past holiday.  Below is a couple picture of students letters.

We are mailing these letters to the troops and have already contacted a soldier! He emailed us back saying that they would love to receive them and respond back! We are so excited to hear back from them soon :)

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