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6th Grade Math

Hello,

Next week, from Tuesday to Friday, is Aspire testing.  If the testing order goes per usual, it means that the Math portion will be given on Wednesday, Day 2.

During class time next week, the students will be making structures that incorporate prisms and pyramids.  They will be calculating the surface area and volume of these structures as well.  It would be appreciated if the students had their own scissors, tape, and a container to put them in.  A shoe box would be a good size.

Thank you,

Mr. Malnar

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6th Grade Religion

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful spring break and a happy Easter. In 6th grade, we finished reading the book of Judges. Students created their own multiple choice questions and I put them together to form a test. They had their test on Wednesday, April 4th. Thursday and Friday, we are completing the second step lessons 8 and 9. Students learn about how to deal with strong emotions. We have a poster in our classroom to remind us of the ‘staying in control’ steps: notice, pause, think twice, calm down, and reflect. Middle school can be a stressful time and we want our students to learn how to manage their emotions so it doesn’t affect their school work and relationships with their peers/teachers/families.

Next week, we will begin the book of Ruth which is very short. We will finish it in one week! April 10-13 will be the Aspire testing. Students will be given no homework next week so they can focus their attention on the Aspire tests and do their best! Friday, we will be attending the musical at Nazareth Academy and they will complete the final Aspire test in the afternoon when they arrive back to St. Cletus.

Service hours are due May 4th. I sent out a reminder via email. Please make sure students have 16 hours by the deadline. If you don’t know how many they have, please reach out to me because I have a binder and am keeping track.

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

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

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The Social Studies Corner — 6th Grade

The 6th grade students are finishing up the study of ancient and modern India.   Their exploration of India has included:

  • an analysis of the geography of the Indian subcontinent,
  • a review of the First Unification of the Indian kingdoms by the Chandragupta Maurya,
  • examination of the spread of Buddhism by Anoka,
  • evaluation of the seven cultural contributions of the Gupta Empire, and
  • the place of these events on the current Indian state.

The class is preparing for their final quiz and test for the unit, both of which will take place next week.  They will then begin preparation for a study of ancient and modern China, which will culminate with a field trip to Chicago’s Chinatown in mid-April.

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6th Grade – Religion

Happy Thursday (because it’s like a Friday)!

This week, the 6th graders completed two lesson in second step. We have been discussing a lot about bullying: recognizing bullying and what to do if it happens. We learned what it means to be a bystander. The bystander can be very powerful in stopping bullying. They can offer support and take action. They can be there for the victim and help guide them. We talked about complimenting each other and saying positive things to each other can turn someone’s day around. Today, we even wrote an advice column Next week, students will learn how to stop strong emotions from creating problems for themselves and others. We will learn techniques to calm down and use critical thinking and reasoning processes.

The 6th graders were in charge of the mass on Wednesday so Monday and Tuesday we were rehearsing in the church. The participants did a fabulous job as always and we are very proud of them!

We will continue next week working on the book of Judges. We will finish that book and test right before we leave for spring break! (great timing).

Just another reminder, please remember to bring in the change boxes. Wednesday, the 21st is the deadline and I don’t want anyone to forget to turn their money in. I’d say bring them on Monday or Tuesday so we can aim early!

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Sincerely,
Miss Smith

 

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Junior High — Praying for Peace

Yesterday, the St. Cletus Junior High students joined students nationwide as they prayed for peace.  Lead by 8th grade student Caroline Hart, the students gathered around the St. Cletus Peace Pole and recited St. Francis’ Prayer for Peace and participated in a minute of silence in support of peace.

”  If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”  ~ Ghandi

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6th Grade – Religion

Good morning!

This week, we are back in our Sadlier books. We are reading chapter 10: A Conquering People. This chapter summarizes the Book of Joshua and what happened after the Israelites settled into Canaan. We will be finishing this chapter and completing the chapter 10 assessment.

Students are also working on digital comic strips using google drawings. I went to a technology workshop last Thursday and am super inspired from all the new things I learned. Students can choose any story from the bible we have learned about and make a comic strip. They can use 4-8 pictures and put dialogue bubbles to spark their creativity and add a voice to the characters! I will be printing them and putting them in the hallway! 🙂

Next week, we will continue reading the Book of Judges.

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions/comments/concerns!

Can’t believe we are already in the third trimester. Time is flying!!

-Miss Smith

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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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