A week into school and we are off to a TERRIFIC start.
Student’s have all taken their STAR Reading test and will be getting their results later this week.
All students this year have been assigned their own chrome laptop to use in class, so we will be on our blog a lot.
Students will start to have Spelling Homework next week.
We have had an awesome first start to the school year and feeling extremely positive
Hello students and family members of 6th grade!
Thank you to those who came to our “Back to School Fair” on Saturday morning. We had a great turn out!
If you could not make it, students will receive their forms on the first day. Please send the forms completed and signed if needed as soon as possible.
Students will also receive a yellow agenda that they will be filling out daily in each class. We will go over with the student how to utilize this tool most efficiently and help them stay organized throughout the school year. Students will have a new agenda per quarter.
This quarter students are trying to keep their pizza slices to earn a pizza party at the end of the quarter! Ask your child what they need to do in order to attend.
This is our classroom blog and we will be updating it often throughout the year. You will see pictures of what is going on in our classroom as well as students own personal comments and ideas posted. We also will be connecting with various classrooms. We are fortunate enough to connect with a school in Australia!
Please do not hesitate to contact me when ever you have questions or concerns. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org and I can respond back to you within a day
Looking forward to an AWESOME school year!
Next week, your child will be writing a personal narrative about “their world.” They will put themselves as the main character and tell about a personal experience just like Humphrey! They will have the chance to put some of their favorite things into their story that they liked from the book.
This is a reminder to make sure your child is reading the book at home and staying on track. They need to finish reading the book by May 12th to get into the big event!
On May 12, students who have completed the story will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, look at the different grade level galleries, and even go inside the gigantic moving hamster ball!
Time is ticking…so make sure you are reading, “The World According to Humphrey.”
Ms. Iovino had the chance to crawl into the GIANT ball and loved it!
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!
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!
What will I be like at sixteen?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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