January 17

January 17, 2019

Happy New Year!

The class is off to a great start after winter break! This can be a busy time of year when applying to middle schools. Mrs. McCord and I completed all of the recommendation forms that we have received.  The websites for the various recommendations stated that it could be up to 72 hours before our recommendations are processed. If a recommendation has not been processed by Monday (1/21), please let me know.  

In Language Arts, we are reading currently reading The Giver. We will finish the novel in a few weeks, then write a persuasive paper related to the novel and have a novel test.

Also, following up with our last novel Wilkweed,  Ms. Stoke and I are excited to be having an education team from The Butterfly Project coming to talk to the 5th and 6th graders on February 4th.  The Butterfly project uses lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world—one for each child who perished in the Holocaust, and to honor the survivors. Please check out the link to their organization.

https://thebutterflyprojectnow.org/ 

In social studies, we started our unit on ancient India and ancient China. There will be no projects that will need to be completed at home for these two units unless there is carry over from the classroom.  The class will have tests on both civilizations in the coming months. The main school calendar has a field trip to the Chinese Historical Society listed for January 30. It has been canceled. Hopefully, there will be an in-class presentation in February instead. Please make sure to reorder Ki’s lunch for January 30th if you canceled it.

In science, we have been focused on physics- the physics of rollercoasters! The class did some extensive research on rollercoasters and the physics behind keeping them safe and we will now begin designing roller coasters for our next hands-on-science project.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Erica Polson

 

 

 

December 4

Upcoming projects and dates

We are in the home stretch before winter break and the 6th grade class is very busy!  I want to give a rundown on what is to come in the next few weeks and the expectations for homework effort at home.

Language Arts- The first draft of their Milkweed research paper was due today. In class, each student will individually edit their own paper using an editing checklist, have a peer edit their paper and offer suggestions through Google Drive comments before turning their paper in for Ms. Polson to edit. Thursday the class will edit their second draft and turn in a final draft for a grade on Friday, December 7. 

Math- Both math groups will have one more math test. Ms. Polson’s group has a test tomorrow and Mrs. Bhave’s group has a test next week. It is important that the sixth graders go beyond completing the review guides for the tests, but also study the guide after it is corrected in class and practices any IXL or Khan Academy concepts related to the unit. I typically suggest spending 20-30 minutes reviewing the nights leading up to the test.

Social Studies- Egypt projects are due on Friday, December 14th. They will present their projects to each grade from 1-2:30. Hopefully many parents can come to see the presentations from 2;30-3:00! Your child should be spending time each night working on the project. It is important that they practice their presentation multiple times next week before Friday so they are comfortable with the material and to be sure that their presentation is between 2-3 minutes.

In addition, the class will have two more weekly spelling tests and spelling packets, and two more weekly Teen Biz articles to complete.

Please let me know if you have any questions! We look forward to meeting with you at conferences on Tuesday, December 18th!

 

November 5

Happy November!

The 6th grade school year is in full swing!

November is a busy month as the trimester begins to wind down. 6th graders will be working on a social studies project and have a few tests between now and winter break. This week they will be starting their Mesopotamia timeline project. Each student will create a timeline of 4 of the civilizations that lived in Mesopotamia. They will focus on the beginning and end of the civilization, and advances that were made in technology, government, and culture.  It will be due on Friday, November 16th. They will be working on this project in school and at home.  There will not be an exam for this unit. The class will have an  Earth science exam on Wednesday, November 14th. This exam will cover the layers of the earth, plate tectonics, and earthquakes. They will receive a study guide for the test this week.  We will finish reading the novel Milkweed before we leave for Thanksgiving breakThe class will take a test on the novel when we return and we will begin working on a research paper related to the novel. Both math groups will have at least one more test or quiz in math as, well. Also, don’t forget that this Wednesday, November 7th is Picture Day. 6th graders do not need to wear their uniform for pictures. Typically, students dress in something more formal for their 6th-grade picture- something similar to what would be worn at graduation, but this is not required. If you would like your child to wear their uniform, it is completely acceptable. The kids should come to school in the clothing they are wearing for the picture and bring their uniform. 6th grade takes their pictures first and then the kids will change into their uniforms for the remainder of the day. Please email me if you have any questions. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, November 7th- Picture Day

Wednesday, November 14th- Earth Science test

Friday,  November 16th- Mesopotamia Timeline due

October 2

Social Studies Test October 10th

Your first test is right around the corner!

Your first social studies test is on Wednesday, October 10th. You received a review guide today that summarizes the important information we covered in the textbook. Don’t forget to also study your notes and the vocabulary from the chapter. If you look in the classroom resources section of the website I have added links to videos we have watched and a link to a Quizlet I created for the vocabulary. You can also make your own Quizlet! Make sure you spread out your studying. Don’t try to cram the night before. I suggest you begin tonight by studying for about 20 minutes. Test yourself and see how much of the vocabulary you already know. Then add a little more every night.  Example study schedule:

Tuesday- vocabulary

Wednesday- vocabulary

Thursday- Vocabulary and notes

Weekend- Vocabulary, notes and review key concepts in the book

Tuesday- Review any areas you found challenging. Then review everything once more!

 

August 23

Welcome to 6th Grade!

Your first test is right around the corner!

Your first social studies test is on Wednesday, October 10th. You received a review guide today that summarizes the important information we covered in the textbook. Don’t forget to also study your notes and the vocabulary from the chapter. If you look in the classroom resources section of the website I have added links to videos we have watched and a link to a Quizlet I created for the vocabulary. You can also make your own Quizlet! Make sure you spread out your studying. Don’t try to cram the night before. I suggest you begin tonight by studying for about 20 minutes. Test yourself and see how much of the vocabulary you already know. Then add a little more every night.  Example study schedule:

Tuesday- vocabulary

Wednesday- vocabulary

Thursday- Vocabulary and notes

Weekend- Vocabulary, notes and review key concepts in the book

Tuesday- Review any areas you found challenging. Then review everything once more!