Category Archives: 6th Grade

6th Grade – Religion

Happy Friday everyone!

6th graders finished the book of Joshua this week and had their test on Tuesday! Yesterday and today we are working on poetry. Each student is required to write one poem that consists of their own original work and ideas. We will be entering the National Student Poetry Contest! The students are very excited about this and they also are given the chance to share their work in front of the class. They are allowed to write about any subject or topic that they want. Students are encouraged to use different styles of poetry as well. They really are free to create whatever they want!

Next week, we will be continuing in our Sadlier books and talking about Lent. We also will be starting the book of Judges in our bibles.

As always, please feel free if you have any questions or concerns!

Thanks so much!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner: 6th Grade

Over the past few weeks, the 6th grade students have explored the sociological, political, theological and geographical elements of the world religions.  Specifically, they have discussed, inter alia, the origins, key figures and belief systems of followers of the five largest religions (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Sikhism) and Judaism.   In their study of Christianity, students explored the evolution of the faith starting with the beginnings of the Church, through the Great Schism and continuing through the Protestant Reformation.

Students also used world maps to locate concentrations of followers of each faith.  In addition, they learned about the manner in which people engage their faith through watching videos of religious celebrations throughout the world.   They compared the belief systems of these faiths with their own and addressed the fundamental purpose of each theology.  The exercise has provided students not only with a foundation for future studies of the culture and societies of India, China, Greece and Rome,  but the ability to understand the role of faith in the lives of people throughout the United States and the world.

The role of mindfulness and personal reflection has played a significant role in the studies.  Accordingly, each class day begins with one student leading a short meditation session in which students utilize the sound of a Tibetan singing bowl to focus their thoughts and prepare for a productive day of learning.  (To learn more about Tibetan singing bowls, click here.)

 

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6th Grade Literature

This week, we began our new classroom novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. The students will be focusing on the themes of racism, class, and our continued theme for this unit of courage. We will also be reading about Nelson Mandela and other African Americans who fought to overcome prejudice in their lives. We will wrap up this unit by watching the film Hidden Figures and transiting into our non-fiction unit.

 

Ms. Shupe

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6th Language Arts

The 6th graders are continuing their exploration of the English language. We just wrapped up adjectives and the students will be beginning a quote project this week. They will be required to find a quote that speaks to them and create a presentation around it. We will then continue with vocabulary and another narrative essay.

 

Ms. Shupe

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6th Grade Math

Hello,

Next week is Catholic School’s Week, so we will be having our test over Module 7 on Tuesday.  It is too difficult to do it later in the week, as the schedules are adjusted.  The students will be allowed to use a conversion chart to help them with the material in the final two sections of the unit.

Next up, the students will work with percents.  They will look at them as a ratio out of 100, they will convert them into fractions or decimals, and they will determine percents of totals.  A test for that will be at least two weeks from Tuesday, January 30.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Grade Religion

This week, 6th graders learned the general overview of the book of Leviticus. We read the bolded headers of the chapters and discussed the different rituals and laws that are set for the Israelites. We aren’t spending as much time on Leviticus as we did with Genesis or Exodus. We are now reading into the book of Numbers. Their next test will combine Leviticus and Numbers.

As always, let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to email me.

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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118 Letters from Spain have arrived!

118 is so excited to have received their letters from Cantimpalos, Spain!! Students were encouraged to try to read and decipher their letters written in Spanish first before reading the English letter. We are so excited to continue working and write our next letters!

-Miss Smith and Miss Ortiz

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6th Grade Literature

We are beginning our unit on everyday acts of courage.

We will start with the book The Journey to Save Curious George, and then watch the documentary on the same topic. The students will write a compare/contrast paper on the two different mediums.

Our next novel will be Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, which we will begin at the end of January.

Ms. Shupe

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6th Grade Language Arts

Hello!

We’re happy to be back at school after a two week break!

Language Arts is going to be focusing a lot on writing for the first half of the month. The students are currently working on a project to persuade their classmates by “selling” them on a book they should read. The will present their projects next week.

We will then conduct research on inspiring quotes from inspiring historical figures.

We will wrap up January by doing chapter 12 in our Writer’s Choice book on Adjectives.

Ms. Shupe

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6th Math

Hello,

the students are hard at work with ratios and rates.  They will conclude Module 6 early next week and test on Thursday, December 21.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Grade Literature

The students just completed their big unit on The Egypt Game and Ancient Egyptian stories. They created Google Slides presentations that they introduced to their classmates.

For this next portion, the students will be separated into reading groups where they will read together and complete daily graphic organizers.

We will continue our exploration of History and Literature by diving into the world of the Ancient Mayans and Machu Piccu. We will continue this unit a week after we return from break and then begin a new unit on courage in literature.

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6th Grade Language Arts

Happy December!!

As we gear up for these final three weeks of school in 2017, here’s up we’ll be doing in Language Arts class!

This week we will continue our Expository Writing assignment in which the students will write a paper informing on some sort of topic. We will conclude our week (and go into next week) with Unit 5 Vocabulary.

The final week and a half of class students will complete a fun research project in which they will learn about Christmas traditions around the world. They will also find the reasoning behind many of our Christmas traditions.

I look forward to a fun (but busy) December.

**Dates to remember: Expository paper will be due on Thursday, December 7; Unit 5 Vocabulary test will be on Wednesday, December 13**

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6th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

In 6th grade, we have been diving into Exodus. We started Exodus on November 13th and we are currently on chapter 17. Exodus is the second book of the Pentateuch and comes from the Greek word for “departure”. Its central event was understood to be the departure of the Israelites. We have been learning about the hard and bitter life of the Israelites in Egypt when a new pharaoh was present. We learned about Moses and the ten plagues. It took a lot of work to convince the pharaoh to let his slaves go. This week, we discussed the journey of the Israelites out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. There are 40 chapters in Exodus and our goal is to finish before we leave for winter break!

Today and tomorrow, we are reading chapter 8 in our Sadlier books. Students will complete the assessment in their ebook Friday, December 1st. Chapter 8 in Sadlier is entitled “The Enslaved People” and it goes hand in hand with what we are learning about in the Bible.

As always, please email me if you have any questions or concerns!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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6th Grade Math

Hello,

Currently, the 6th graders are working on a unit of Decimal Operations, and they covered addition, subtraction and multiplication this week.  I’m very excited for this upcoming Tuesday, because the students will choose from a menu and calculate the cost of their meal and a buddy’s meal, the tax of the meal, the tip, and the amount of change they will get from a certain budget.

When the students come back from break, they will work on division with decimals and application problems involving fractions and decimals.

Tentatively, a test will be Tuesday, December 5th.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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Pen Pals

Hello 118 families!

We are SO excited. Thanks to Ms. Ortiz and our 6th grade students’ hard work, we have finally sent out our letters! Thank you for all the hard work. We understand writing in a different language is no easy task. We are so proud of our students and I know my students in Spain are going to be thrilled to receive them. They were shipped yesterday and they will be arriving on Tuesday. Fingers crossed that they arrive safely!

Just wanted to share the good news and a couple pictures!

Sincerely,

Miss Smith

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