Back to work…

After a relaxing Christmas break, the 6th grade is back to working hard and learning lots of new things. We are wrapping up our drama study of The Phantom Tollbooth, a comedy about a young man who learns how to “beat boredom.”  We learned alongside, Milo, the main character that it is important to use your time wisely. The students wrote hilarous personal narratives about how they “beat boredom”  on Christmas break. We are also finishing up our Grammar unit about verbs. Ask your sixth grader to sing you the “Helping Verbs Song!”

In Religion, we are finishing up our study of the Mass and we are working on Saint presentations.

In other news, the kids are already anxiously awaiting their first snow day. As for me, I  can stand to wait a few more weeks!

Stay tuned!

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Update, Finally!

 

We have been so busy in 6th grade that I have barely had anytime to post! Here is what has been going on since:

– We are using our laptops for the whole class period now, using an online classroom site called Edmodo. On this site students can take assessments online and get immediate feedback, post writing assignments for editing and publishing, and chat about what they are reading, among other things! We are proud to be a completely paperless class!  The students are able to collaborate and learn more efficiently! WE LOVE IT!

– To celebrate Halloween, we studied the works of Edgar Allan Poe and enjoyed writing some scary stories. We were also able to complete some really cool webquests.

– We have read a historical fiction novel, A Break With Charity, and wrote a short story of the book from a different point of view than the book was narrated in. This book was about the Salem Witch Trials and the students learned a lot about how gossiping and lies can hurt others.

– We are also very proud of a stewardship project we just completed. We collected foods, perishable and non-perishable items from the whole school to make 22 Thanksgiving baskets for families at Russell Cave Elementary. We actually collected too much food for the baskets and were able to donate it to the Winburn Community Center to give out during the holiday season.  We assembled all of the baskets at our retreat the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and delivered the baskets to Russell Cave. We also made blessing bags for all 318 students at Russell Cave, filled with candy and pretzels and a Thanksgiving Blessing, so that the children who did not receive the baskets did not feel left out. This was a wonderful way to spend the retreat together!

– In Religion class we have been studying the Biblical background of the Mass. This has included discussion and preparation for the Roman Missal changes. We have all felt and deeper understanding of the Mass. The students feel that they can participate better now that they understand why they are saying the responses and doing the actions we do in the Mass.

– We are currently reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and discussing his service project. The students are working on some INSPIRING persuasive essays on why to become a better steward. I can’t wait to read them!

Classroom Update

Last night we had our first round of student led conferences. It was so cool to meet with the students and their parents.  The students did a great job taking responsibility for their work and talking about their gifts! It was a long day but seeing parents proud of their child makes it worth it! I am really for round two tonight!

In Language Arts, we are wrapping up our first book club unit. Today students are turning in an individual final writing piece. In class they will be working with their book club to write a script including all the elements of plot for a skit they will perform for the class tomorrow. They will also make a poster on recycled poster paper to advertise their book. We will be taking our big pronoun quiz today too. Hopefully all the singing has paid off! 🙂

We are all looking forward to having Fr. Gino come in this afternoon to talk about confession! I am sure we will learn a lot.

Finally, I am sure you could guess what we are all counting down for, FALL BREAK! Two more days!!