October 15-19, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

This week we have a 2pm dismissal on Monday, October 15th. This is also the final week of the combined 5th and 6th grade classes. Thank you parents for being so supportive during this time! I look forward to continuing to work with each of you!

The sixth graders have begun Snack Shack. Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Micah Austin and Danny Cox. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Monday, October 15th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing how to add and subject fractions and mixed numbers and how to simplify fractions. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions. The students will take the Science Test on Friday, October 19th.

English: We will be reviewing predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and objects of the preposition.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about primary and secondary resources. The students will complete an in class project to end the unit.

Religion: We will be discussing the history of Latin in the Church and the five sources every Catholic should know to understand the faith.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons will focus on the six traits of writing. The students will finish our novel and complete a writing assignment.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 19th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 3

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. Our lessons will focus on the six traits of writing. The students will finish our novel and complete a writing assignment.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 19th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary4

Reminders & Important Dates

October 15th     2pm dismissal

October 17th     School Mass (Mass Uniform)

October 25th     PTO Halloween Party in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30pm

October 26th       In-service Day/ No School for students

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/

October 8-12, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

We are now settling into our daily routine well and the students are excited for all the wonderful privileges that await them as fifth and sixth graders. The sixth graders have begun Snack Shack. Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. This week our Snack Shack managers are Joseph Hauk and Heyward Blakley. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Tuesday, October 9th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing how to add and subject fractions and mixed numbers and how to simplify fractions. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions.

English: We will be discussing predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and objects of the preposition.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about timelines.

Religion: We will be discussing the parts of the Bible and the 4 marks of the church.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons will include summarizing. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, October 11th and it will cover imagery and irony.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 12th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 2

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, October 11th and it will cover imagery and irony.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 19th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary4

Reminders & Important Dates

October 9th       PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

October 10th     School Mass (Mass Uniform)

October 15th     2pm dismissal

October 25th     PTO Halloween Party in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30pm

October 26th       In-service Day/ No School for students

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/

October 1-5, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

This week we will have our annual Pet Blessing on Thursday, October 4th on the soccer field at 2:30pm. If you are unable to bring your family pet at 2:30pm, the child is welcome to bring a picture of the animal to be blessed.

This week we will have our annual Grandparent’s Day on Friday, October 5th. This year we will have a schedule on when the different grades can visit the Book Fair and the Photo Booth in the Music room to decrease overcrowding. The 5th and 6th grades will be able to visit the Photo Book in the Music room from 9:30-10am and the Book Fair with their grandparents from 10:40-11am. I look forward to seeing everyone!

We are now settling into our daily routine well and the students are excited for all the wonderful privileges that await them as fifth and sixth graders. This week the sixth graders will begin Snack Shack. Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. Our first two students, Mercedes Rush and Jermaine Johnson, will begin bringing in snacks this week, October 1st-5th. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Monday, October 1st. Snack Shack officially opened on Friday, September 28th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing how to add and subject fractions and mixed numbers. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions.

English: We will be discussing predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and objects of the preposition.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about timelines.

Religion: We will be discussing the parts of the Bible and the 4 marks of the church.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons include imagery and irony. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, October 4th and it will cover imagery and irony.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 12th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 2

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, October 4th and it will cover imagery and irony.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 5th. The words are listed in the document below.

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Reminders & Important Dates

October 3rd      School Mass (Mass Uniform)

October 4th      Pet Blessing on the St. Peters Soccer Field at 2:30pm

October 5th       Grandparents Day 7:30am-12pm  (Please see the schedule in the above letter.)

October 8th       No School

October 9th        PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

October 15th      2pm dismissal

October 25th      PTO Halloween Party in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30pm

October 26th       In-service Day/ No School for students

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/

September 24-28, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

We are now settling into our daily routine well and the students are excited for all the wonderful privileges that await them as fifth and sixth graders. This week the sixth graders will begin Snack Shack. Please remember to check the list for your child’s week to be our Snack Shack managers. I will bring in the snacks for this week. Our first two students, Mercedes Rush and Jermaine Johnson, will begin bringing in snack next week, October 1st-5th. Snacks and the receipts must be brought in on Monday, October 1st. Snack Shack will officially open on Friday, September 28th. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor.

This Tuesday Progress Reports will be going home in the Tuesday folder. Please review these with your student, sign, and return to school. If you have any questions, please email me.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing scientific notation and prime factorization. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

 Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions.

English: We will be discussing subjects and predicates, and indirect and direct objects.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about longitude and latitude, and the parts of a map.

Religion: We will be discussing the order of the Catholic Mass. The students will complete a quiz on this on Tuesday, September 25th. Then, we will discuss the parts of the Bible.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons include types of characters. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, September 27th and it will cover the types of characters.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, September 28th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 1

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot. The Reading quiz will be given on Thursday, September 27th and it will cover the types of characters.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, October 5th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary3

Reminders & Important Dates

September 25th      Progress Reports go home in the Tuesday folder

October 3rd      School Mass (Mass Uniform)

October 8th       No School

October 9th        PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

October 15th      2pm dismissal

October 25th      PTO Halloween Party in Neglia Hall from 5:30-7:30pm

October 26th       In-service Day/ No School for students

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/

September 17-21, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

I hope every family was able to stay safe this past weekend! Our class will continue to keep those who were affected by Hurricane Florence in our prayers.

This week fifth and sixth grade will be busy completing our last MAP test! Please make sure your child gets to school on time, receives plenty of rest and has a good breakfast each day so they can focus during the testing. I know each fifth and sixth grade student will do their very best! Our last test will be given on Tuesday, September 18th.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

Math: We will be discussing exponents and scientific notation. The fifth grade will take their Place Value test on Monday, September 17th. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

 Science: We will be discussing human impact on the earth by discussing the cause and effect of air, water, and land pollutions.

English: We will be discussing common, proper, collective, abstract, concrete, singular, and plural nouns.

Social Studies: We will be discussing the Tools of any Historian by talking about the five themes of geography, longitude and latitude, and the parts of a map.

Religion: We will be discussing the order of the Catholic Mass.

5th Grade Reading: This week we will continue our first novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The Reading quiz will be given on Wednesday, September 19th. Our lessons include symbolism and types of characters.

The Fifth Grade Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, September 28th. The words are listed below.

Commonly Misspelled Words list 1

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot. The Reading quiz will be given on Wednesday, September 19th and it will cover the elements of a science fiction novel and similes and metaphors.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, September 21st. The words are listed in the document below.

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Reminders & Important Dates

September 17th, 2018    2pm dismissal

September 18th, 2018    PTO meeting in Neglia Hall at 5:30pm

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0m89e9oZko

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtGRihw4G-c

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/longitude-and-latitude/

https://www.flocabulary.com/unit/possessive-nouns/

https://www.catholic.org/prayers/mass.php

September 10-14, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

The classroom was buzzing last week with excitement over writing our business plan for Snack Shack. Please check this week’s Tuesday folder as there will be a parent letter about Snack Shack. Thank you for supporting the sixth grade in their business endeavor. They are excited to begin Snack Shack on September 28th.

This week we will continue MAP testing. Please make sure your child gets to school on time, receives plenty of rest and has a good breakfast each day so they can focus during the testing. I know each sixth grade student will do their very best! Sixth grade will test on September 10th, September 14th, and September 19th. Each day the students will take one test in the morning.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

5th Grade Math: We will be ending our unit on place value, decimals, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals this week. The Test will be on Thursday, September 13th. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

5th Grade Science: We will continue to discuss cells and their purpose. We will talk about the parts of an animal and plant cell. Students can use the video below to help them study.

5th Grade Reading: The students will have a reading quiz on the elements of a fantasy story and pre-reading strategies on Tuesday, September 11th.  This week we will continue our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons include personification and symbolism.

6th Math: We will begin discussing how to evaluate and translate numerical and algebraic expressions.

6th Grade Science: We will continue discussing the geologic time scale and fossils. The Geologic Time Scale Test will be on Wednesday, September 19th. Students can use the videos below to help study.

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will continue reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot. The Reading quiz will be given on Wednesday, September 13th and it will cover the elements of a science fiction novel and similes and metaphors.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, September 21st. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary 2

Reminders & Important Dates

September 11th, 2018    PTO meeting in the St. Peter’s library at 5:30pm

September 17th, 2018    2pm dismissal

Please share the videos below with your student.

5th Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDt1I0R3cdI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IlzKri08kk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69A6xyXGC-M

6th Grade:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY3MZ_wNFW8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KjqHfemon8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wissIOikrqc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVwPLWOo9TE

September 3-7, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

This week we will begin MAP testing. Please make sure your child gets to school on time, receives plenty of rest and has a good breakfast each day so they can focus during the testing. I know each sixth grade student will do their very best! Sixth grade will test on September 7th, September 10th, September 14th, and September 19th. Each day the students will take one test in the morning.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

5th Grade Math: We will be reviewing place value, decimals, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals this week. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

5th Grade Science: We will be discussing how a scientist conducts research using the scientific method and the engineering design process. There will be a quiz on Friday, September 7th.

5th Grade Reading: The students will have a plot quiz on Tuesday, September 4th.  This week we will begin our novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Our lessons include pre-reading strategies, characteristics of a fantasy novel, and characteristics of a good writer.

6th Math: We will finish up our unit on financial literacy and write our business plan for our school business. Look for a parent letter to go home soon about our school business.

6th Grade Science: We will begin discussing the geologic time scale and fossils.

6th Grade Reading:  This week we will begin reading our first novel, The City of Ember. The students will discuss the figurative language the author uses to determine author purpose and comprehend the plot.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, September 7th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary1

Reminders & Important Dates

September 3rd, 2018     No School

September 7th, 2018      First PE Class. Please make sure to wear your PE uniform.

September 11th, 2018    PTO meeting in the St. Peter’s library at 5:30pm

September 17th, 2018    2pm dismissal

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY3MZ_wNFW8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnpF0ndXk-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffAOkGg2Lr4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv-b2I2MNDg

August 27-31, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

Sixth Grade had a wonderful first week of school! Please look for information from the school in this week’s Tuesday folder. I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 28th. We will have our first school Mass on Wednesday, August 29th.

Below is a list of the students who are on Honor Guard this week. If your student is participating, they must stay until the end. Please do not pick them up during car line unless I have been given a note. Thank you for your support!

Honor Guard Schedule

This Week in Class

5th Grade Math: We will be reviewing place value, decimals, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals this week. There will be a math quiz on Friday, August 31st. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

5th Grade Science: We will be discussing how a scientist conducts research using the scientific method and the engineering design process.

5th Grade Reading: We will be discussing the elements of plot and story arcs. Please use the videos below to study. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis will be our first novel. The students must bring it in by Tuesday, September 4th.

6th Math: We will be reviewing place value, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals. We will also begin to talk about financial literacy to prepare for starting their class business.

6th Grade Science: We will begin discussing the geologic time scale.

6th Grade Reading:  We will be discussing the elements of plot and the characteristics of nonfiction. Then, we will read and compare two historical fiction short stories about the first people to climb Mt. Everest and the Statue of Liberty. Then, the students will use nonfiction articles about the first people to climb Mt. Everest and the Statue of Liberty. The City of Ember  by Jeanne Duprau will be our first novel. The students must bring it in by Tuesday, September 4th.

The Spelling and Vocabulary test will be given on Friday, September 7th. The words are listed in the document below.

vocabulary1

Reminders & Important Dates

August 28, 2018        Back to School Night 6:30 in Neglia Hall and school

August 29, 2018        First school Mass hosted by the sixth grade! (Dress Uniforms)

September 3rd, 2018     No School

September 11th, 2018    PTO meeting in the St. Peter’s library at 5:30pm

September 17th, 2018    2pm dismissal

Please share the videos below with your student.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY3MZ_wNFW8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnpF0ndXk-8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffAOkGg2Lr4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv-b2I2MNDg

August 20-24, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

Welcome to a new school year! I hope you all had a blessed time during the summer with your families! I feel so blessed to be back at St. Peter’s and I know we will have a wonderful year. I look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 28th.

This year I will be teaching only fifth and sixth grades. If you are looking for what your child will be doing in sixth grade English, Social Studies, and Religion, please check Mr. Coller’s fifth grade page. Let’s have a wonderful first week back!

This Week in Class

5th Grade Math: We will be reviewing place value, decimals, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals this week. Students can use the review games and math videos below to practice math skills by playing fun math games and watching short lessons on math skills.

Math Practice Games

5th Grade Science: We will be discussing how a scientist conducts research using the scientific method and the engineering design process.

5th Grade Reading: We will be discussing the qualities of good readers and evaluating ourselves as readers. We will also discuss the procedures of Readers Workshop.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis will be our first novel. The students must bring it in by Tuesday, September 4th.

6th Math: We will be reviewing place value, and comparing and ordering whole numbers and decimals. We will also begin to talk about financial literacy to prepare for starting their class business.

6th Grade Science: We will be discussing how a scientist conducts research using the scientific method and the engineering design process. Then, we will begin discussing energy.

6th Grade Reading:  We will be discussing the qualities of good readers and evaluating ourselves as readers. Then, we will read nonfiction articles about the first people to climb Mt. Everest.

The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau will be our first novel. The students must bring it in by Tuesday, September 4th.

Reminders & Important Dates

August 23, 2018        Full day of school /after school care program available

August 28, 2018        Back to School Night 6:30 in Neglia Hall and school

August 29, 2018        First school Mass hosted by the sixth grade! (Dress Uniforms)

May 29-June 1, 2018

A Note from Miss Geene

I can’t believe the sixth grade has graduated?! I feel like it was only yesterday I was seeing their bright smiling faces enter my class in August. I can’t thank each of you enough for sharing your child with me this year and for supporting our class. It has truly been a blessing to spend each day with your wonderful children. Thank you again for all your support throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to keep in touch and come visit. I hope each and every one of you have a safe and blessed summer.

 

Summer Reading for Future Sixth Graders

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to your son or daughter for successfully completing 5th grade.  I am certain that each of them will be successful next year as well.

The summer reading list is enclosed with your child’s report card. I have chosen four possible novels for the students. They are to choose two of them to read this summer. All students are required to read at least two novels this summer. Attached is a list of the novels from which they may make their selections.  In addition to the choice of books, students have a choice of activities for follow up. They are listed with the summaries of each book. The completed project will be due by the end of the first FULL week of school (Friday, August 24th). These activities will be graded and averaged into the first quarter reading grade.

This year students are again being asked to work on The Summer Bridge: 5th to 6th Grade this summer.  The books may be purchased at bookstores such as Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million. They can also be purchased on-line.

The book is divided into three 20-day sections.  Each 20-day section covers a wide range of subject areas, including math, science, and grammar.  I am requiring each rising 6th grade student to complete a minimum of one 20-day section.  An answer key is provided in the back of the book.  To receive full credit, students must correct their own work.  The work is due on the first day back to school. Parents, there is a certificate for you to sign verifying that your child did complete the work.

I would like to point out one more feature of The Summer Bridge.  Each math section comes with important directions.  For example, if it is a lesson that is related to fractions, important information about reciprocals or common denominators may be included in the directions. Therefore, it is very important that students read the directions very carefully before beginning a lesson.

Also, there will be some sections in The Summer Bridge that may be challenging to your son or daughter.  However, I am asking each student to try his or her best.  This book is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to maintain basic skills over the summer months.  If your child struggles with a particular section, please encourage your child to do his or her best work, and I will accept this.

Feel free to email me at rgeene@stpeterscatholicschool.org, if you have questions. I will be checking my email over the summer months from time to time. Have a great summer and happy reading!

Sincerely,

Ms. Geene

 

Summer Reading for Rising Sixth Graders

 

Read TWO of these books and do ONE of the listed activities for ONE book. Work is due the first full week of school.

 

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The story begins in Berlin 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches alongside as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides he must explore his new home. While exploring, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different than his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

 

The Clone Codes by The McKissacks

In the year 2170 an underground abolitionist movement fights for the freedom of cyborgs and clones, who are treated no better than slaves. The Cyborg Wars are over and Earth has peacefully prospered for more than one hundred years. Yet sometimes history must repeat itself until humanity learns from its mistakes. Thirteen-year-old Leanna’s entire life is thrown into chaos when The World Federation of Nations discovers her mom is part of the radical Liberty Bell Movement.

 

Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez

Apolonia “Lina” Flores is a sock enthusiast, a volleyball player, a science lover, and a girl who’s just looking for answers. Even though her house is crammed full of books, she’s having trouble figuring out some very big questions, like why her dad seems to care about books more than her, why her best friend’s divorced mom is obsessed with making cascarones (hollowed eggshells filled with colorful confetti), and, most of all, why her mom died last year. Like colors in cascarones, Lina’s life is a rainbow of people, interests, and unexpected changes.

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

Projects (Chose ONE for ONE book you read)

  • Book Timeline: Use complete sentences and pictures to illustrate 10 important events from the novel. Each event should include a paragraph, with correct spelling and grammar, describing what happened and how it affected the characters in the story. Dates should be written, if known. Remember to include the title and author on the top of your timeline.

 

 

  • Book as a Movie Project: Write a 3-5 page script as if you were producing the movie for the book. Include all characters and who you would use to play each character. Use complete sentences and at least 15 important events from the book. Accompanying your script, you must have an illustrated (must be drawn and not a copy of the cover of the book) movie poster that promotes your movie.

 

 

  • Letter Exchange Project: Write a series letters between you and a character from the story, or between two characters of the story. You will need to write six letters altogether: three from you to the character in your book and three from the character back to you. Include a cover page with the title, author and an illustration. Each letter should be about a page long. In your letters, ask the character questions that have to do with the character’s life and the story. Have the character answer the questions in his or her letters back to you. Write about things that you find interesting, things that you and the character have in common, or events from the novel.
  • Graphic Novel Project: Write a graphic novel (comic strip style) of the book by using 10 important events. The front cover should include the title of the book, name of the author (your name), and a large picture of an important scene. The pages should tell the story in frames with pictures (which are drawn and colored), captions and thought and speech bubbles. Use correct spelling and grammar.

 

Student Supply List for Rising Sixth Graders 2018-2019

 

  • Loose leaf paper (on going necessity)
  • 1 ream of copy paper
  • 4 very large “stretchable” book covers
  • 6 spiral or composition notebooks for Math, Reading, Religion, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies
  • 1 pencil pouch (preferably the soft kind)
  • 1 foot-long ruler with inches on one side and centimeters on the other
  • #2 pencils (on going necessity)
  • eraser tops (on going necessity)
  • blue pens and red pens
  • 1 box of crayons or colored pencils (16 or 24)
  • 2 yellow highlighters (one for homeroom and one for your travel bag)
  • 1 memory stick (flash drive) for the computer. (This does not need to be expensive.)
  • 2 boxes of tissues (we may need more depending on cold/flu season and allergies)
  • 1 Clorox or Lysol wet wipe dispenser
  • 1 pack of EXPO markers (these can be different colors)
  • 1 sturdy cloth bag to carry books in from class to class
  • 7 folders for Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Science, Reading, Religion, and Spanish.

 

 

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