Category Archives: 6th Grade

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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6th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

This week, we finished the Book of Genesis! Monday we played Quizlet Live which is an online game where students are grouped into teams and they race to answer all of the questions correctly. Students have to collaborate and figure out which student has the correct answer. On the smart board, they can see the progress of each team so there’s a strong feel of competition! It is super fun and the kids LOVE it. Mrs. Fahey taught me this game and it has been a wonderful resource in the classroom.

We also are continuing Second Step and we did lesson 3 this week. We have been talking about the importance of empathy and communication. Adding to that are seeing different perspectives. Miscommunication happens a lot when we make assumptions about a situation and we don’t put ourselves in other people’s shoes. We watched a scenario between two students and we analyzed the different perspectives, needs/wants of each character, and emotions. Perspective talking is a critical skill for working in groups and successfully resolving interpersonal conflicts. Increasing students’ empathy may make them less likely to bully others because they can imagine how a victim feels. Students who are more empathic have better relationships with peers and fewer conflicts.

Next week, we will be reading Sadlier Chapter 7 which is about Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time is the longest of the six liturgical seasons, the Church celebrates the entire life and teaching of Jesus Christ. It is a two-part season that comes first between the Christmas season and Lent and then between Pentecost, which is the last Sunday of the Easter season, and Advent. Next week we will also be doing bible study and will start reading Exodus! 🙂

As always, let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner – 6th Grade

The St. Cletus sixth grade students have been busy over the past few weeks.  They completed their study of ancient Sumer and early Mesopotamia by preparing summaries of one of the four Mesopotamian Empires:  Akkadia, Babylonia, Assyria and Neo-Babylonia.  The students demonstrated an amazing level of proficiency and creativity as they performed their skits and songs (some in rap form) and shared their videos with the class.  Each student also prepared a poster in which they “sold” the superiority a characteristic of their chosen empire.  They should be pround of their accomplishments.

Students have begun work on a study of Egypt, Kush and Canaan.  The unit began with an analysis of the physical and environmental factors of these regions, as well as a study of the maps that illustrate these features.  The sixth graders will cap student of this chapter with a quiz this Tuesday, November 7.  Beginning on Wednesday, the students will commence additional study of early Egypt, starting with a discussion of the Egyptian Pharaohs.

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6th Grade Math

Hello,

The students are well on their way to completing a unit on fraction operations, and there is a test planned for Friday, November 10th.  The students will be told if that date changes, they will know by Wednesday if it does.

The next unit will be on decimal operations.  We will not be finished with the unit by Thanksgiving, but they will be assessed on what has been covered up to that point on the Friday before, November 17th.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Literature

We are in the middle of the mystery novel The Egypt Game. Once we are done with it, we will continue in Egypt with the students reading about King Tut and Cleopatra as well. We will wrap up the unit with the students doing a final project on Ancient Egypt and its link to our readings.

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6th Grade LA

We just finished our unit on verbs and their second personal narrative. This month, we will be working on vocabulary, expository writing, and hieroglyphics. A reminder, that all students who received a 70% or less can do test corrections.

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The Social Studies Corner — 6th Grade

Our sixth grade students are finishing up a unit in which they explored the origins of man and the rise of civilizations in the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia.  Over the past few weeks, the students have worked towards mastery of map-reading as they identified the geographic elements of the region and located early settlements.  They also learned about the connection between geographic elements and settlement as they explored early man’s move from the Paleolithic Age to the Neolithic Age, including the impact that the discovery of farmable land had on the ability of man to thrive and grow communities.  Finally, students learned about the elements of civilizations and applied them as they learned how the ancient Sumerians crafted the earliest known Mesopotamian civilization.

This week the students will cap their study of Mesopotamia as they explore its four major empires (Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian).  Students are working in groups to create skits, raps, news reports and songs in which their share their knowledge of their selected empire.  They also will create individual posters in which they advertise the merits of their empire.

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The Social Studies Corner – 6th Grade

Over the past few weeks, sixth grade students have explored the life of early humans as they worked to establish stable food supplies on their way toward the establishment of complex civilizations. Students explored the geographic and topical elements of early Mesopotamia (with a focus on the Sumerian peoples) as they sharpened their map-reading skills. They also investigated the connection between the problems faced by growing city-states and the solutions that were implemented to ensure the survival of the societies. In the coming weeks, students will further probe the religious, cultural and intellectual lives of these civilizations.

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The Social Studies Corner – Academic Bowl

Congratulations to the St. Cletus Academic Bowl team for a strong showing at the 2017 Brother Rice Academic Bowl competition. The team successfully answered a variety of questions on topics ranging from math, science and civics to sports and Brother Rice trivia.  The students participated in a team round, as well as an individual assessment of their academic prowess. Great job Kaj, Kamil, Zach and Tyler. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

 

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6th Grade Religion

Happy Friday everyone!

We are finishing up Sadlier Unit 1 Chapter 4: God Promises to Help People. Students have learned that the Gospel is the Good News about God at work in Jesus Christ. We talked about how the way we live shows that we share in God’s life and friendship. We reviewed stories from the Book of Genesis: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Great Flood, and the Tower of Babel. Students will have their chapter 4 quiz on Monday, October 2nd.

Every week, we will switch off between using the Sadlier book and the Bible. Next week, we will continue studying the Book of Genesis and start on chapter 22 on Monday. We also have started Second Step! Our first lesson was all about our hopes and plans we have for 6th grade and also the challenges we may face. We talked about how important empathy and communication is. We practiced active listening and communication in a team building challenge where students had to build the tallest 3D sculpture out of paper, paperclips, tape, and scissors. The students had so much fun!

-Miss Smith 🙂

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The Social Studies Corner: A Celebration of Peace

On Thursday, September 21, the children, faculty and staff of St. Cletus School gathered to celebrate the International Day of Peace.   The ceremony showcased the work of the junior high students that they completed as while studying the consequences of situations in which peace is lacking and the impact that efforts towards peace can have on their communities and the world.  Members of the 8th grade class hosted the event.  They introduced the Peace Crane Project, spearheaded by school 6th graders who spread the word of peace and the International Day of Peace through the creation and distribution of origami paper cranes throughout the school and the LaGrange and Chicago communities.  They then introduced members of the 7th grade class, who read poems that they wrote in furtherance of peace as part of the Poems for Peace Project.   Finally, they introduced the Peace Pole Project and unveiled the first peace pole, which has been designed and constructed by members of the 8th grade class.  For many years to come, this inaugural peace pole will stand as a reminder to St. Cletus students and the St. Cletus community of the need for peace in their days and in their world.

The ceremony was enhanced by musical selections chosen by the 7th grade class.  It closed with the formation of a peace sign by all ceremony participants.  Student work is documented in a website (www.peaceiseverydaybro.weebly.com) created and maintained by several 7th grade students.  A video of the activities is being prepared by members of the 8th grade class and will be posted on the site upon its completion.

Congratulations to all students on a job well done.  May Peace Prevail on Earth.

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