Sixth Grade Newsletter

April 2018

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities;
on him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his stripes we are healed.”

-Isaiah 53:5

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break! It is difficult to believe that this year is coming to an end so quickly! Throughout the fourth quarter, the students will be working diligently in order to accomplish all of their goals before the end of their sixth grade year. Around this time effort and motivation can falter, so it is important that we continue to encourage each and every student to continue to take pride in their work. Please remind your child that it is a quick sprint to the finish line at this point, and that they should strive to end their sixth grade journey with a sense of accomplishment. Simple strategies, like coming to class prepared with all requisite materials seem to be a struggle these days. Please ensure that your child has enough supplies to last them until the end of June as we will be working in earnest until then.

Kristina Mosel

Curriculum . . .

Literature:

The students have started Unit 4 in their StudySync textbooks, which explores the question, “What are the qualities of a hero?” As the students challenge their preconceived notions of what it means to be a “hero”, they will read a variety of texts that celebrate real-life heroes. The unit begins with an excerpt from Rosa Parks: My Story, in which Parks narrates the courage it took for her to defy the laws of segregation at the time. Their exploration continues with Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson, a moving account of the friendship that developed between the two women during their plight for social justice. In our supplemental language arts magazine Scholastic Scope, the students have also read and analyzed several articles, including a compelling narrative about Kindertransport, which was a series of harrowing rescue efforts to save thousands of Jewish children from Nazi Germany before World War II.

In April, we also celebrate National Poetry Month by reading and writing various types of poetry. We started with a review of haiku, limerick, and concrete poems, and will continue our exploration with cinquain and narrative poems. Throughout this process, the students will study literary devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration, and personification in order to enrich their understanding and appreciation of such figurative language.    SLE: 5b, 5a, 2d, 2b

Book Report #4: Mystery Genre       • Due Date: May 25th

Language Arts/Writing:

In the fourth quarter, the students are required to demonstrate a command of standard English grammar through Daily Language Review exercises. Through these exercises, the students will practice important conventions in order to refine their writing skills. Thus far, they have learned how to improve their sentence structure through identifying and modifying essential and nonessential clauses, coordinating conjunctions, and possessive and vague pronouns. The students will continue to practice cohesive writing through informational text summaries, short essay responses, and an extended writing project that will compare two of the heroic figures from Unit 4 in their StudySync textbooks. SLE: 3d, 5a

Religion:

During Workshop, the students continue to examine quotes from Pope Francis in order to reflect on their roles as Catholics in their daily lives. Through these guided journal responses, they learn about current Catholic doctrine while sharing their insight as it pertains to their own faith and call to service. They have also written special spiritual intentions for the last quarter of the academic year as a way to challenge and nurture their current faith traditions. They will continue to sing during every religion class in preparation for our upcoming Grandparent’s Day celebration in May. They have been diligently practicing their song and are excited to perform in honor of these special members of their family. SLE: 1c, 1d, 3c

Math (with Mr. Woltz):

We are continuing our study of the number system. We have been learning to focus on the math concepts more in order to understand the underlying math. This will allow us to explore multi-digit division with both fractions and decimals. By the end of the month we will be investigating positive and negative numbers, rational numbers and the coordinate plane.

Social Studies (with Ms. Zoni):
Right before Spring break, the sixth grade students finalized and submitted their country magazines. Each one was so well done and creative! We spent a couple class periods reading each other’s magazines and completing the activities inside. The students enjoyed reviewing the magazines and learning about countries that we may not normally discuss in class. This week, we are studying Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism as a part of our Ancient China Unit. As a class, we have noted the differences between the three systems of beliefs and are in the process of writing an opinion paper about Confucius and his teachings. SLE: 1d, 2c

Science (with Ms. Zoni):
The sixth graders have been working hard in science class for the last few weeks! We are almost done with our climate change projects. Each group chose an animal, ecosystem, or plant that is being affected by climate change and conducted research on the chosen topic. Trifold boards and Slideshows were made in order to prepare for class visits from the fifth and fourth grades next week! Our goal is to educate fellow students in our community through the interactive visit.

SLE: 2f, 3d

 

 

 

 

 

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