25-29 May, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Wow- we have 14 days of sixth grade to go!!

You can still return your library and textbooks.

Also, start clearing those lockers out now!

ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES

It is the last full week of work in Grade 6! We will finish up our Future Forecast visuals, practice our speaking skills and have presentations on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. You will have time in class to prepare on Mon & Tues, but it is highly recommended that you practice at home for homework and in front of a small audience so you do your best in your presentation.

 

The Brain Pop that we review in class will help you remember the speaking skills we have discussed and will practice. The review handout is also attached.

Brain Pop on Public Speaking

Oral Reports (Nat Geo Almanac 2011)

Make sure you bring a book to read to every class.

Here’s the schedule for the presentations: FF Presentation Schedule

REMINDERS

Mon 25 Tues 26 Wed 27 Thurs 28 Fri 29
    FF Presentations FF Presentations FF Presentations
Lost & Found Viewing Lost & Found Viewing Lost & Found Viewing Lost & Found Viewing Lost & Found Viewing

 

 

 

 

18-22 May, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

 GENERAL

Well done to all the performers in Band, Strings, Choir and Dance that performed on stage last week. You all did a great job!

We are now on our final Eng/ SS project for the school year. It’s a busy time of year with many things going on, so takes things step by step; do some work each day, spend some time with friends each day, keep balanced, and end the year strong by doing your best!

You can start to return your library and textbooks. All library books are due no later than Wed 20 May.

Also, start clearing those lockers out now. You will be amazed at what you find!

ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES

This week we will work on the integrated Future Forecast project. Students will continue researching and drafting their FF speeches and audio/ visual presentation which will be presented 27-29 May. Take heed of the daily goals and schedule so you do not get behind.

Future Forecast Project

Future Forecast Rubric 2015

Future Forecast Calendar 2015

There will be one final quiz on grammar conventions and dialogue on Friday May 22. We will spend a little time reviewing in class, but you may want to check brain pops and review your notes at home as well.

 

Home Task:

  • Future Forecast Speech and audio/ visual.
  • Conventions and Dialogue Review

REMINDERS

Mon 18 Tues 19 Wed 20 Thurs 21 Fri 22
        Dialogue Quiz
FF research FF research FF Speech writing FF Speech writing FF visual
    Last day to return library books    Bearcat Idol

 

 

 

11-15 May, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Well done to all the cast and crew in the marvelous MS production of Window in the Willows, and especially our very own Zak and Isabelle on stage and Tanya working behind the scenes. If you haven’t seen the performance yet, make sure you go on Friday night at 6pm or Saturday at 2 pm or 6pm.

Thank you to all the people that contributed to our Vow of Silence. O’Regan & Arrieta Advisories raised 7, 045 pesos that they voted to contribute to the Nepalese Earthquake Relief Fund. Every little bit counts!

A reminder that books cannot be borrowed from the Media Centers this summer. Instead bring your device next Wed 13th May and we will show you an app that you can download for free, so you can borrow books electronically from our school library as well as other public libraries around the world

ENGLISH

We have many fabulous authors in Grade 6! It has been wonderful seeing students really develop their writing craft and put what they have learned into practice when writing their short story scenes. You will have the opportunity to review the comments made by your peers and Ms. O’Regan, revise and edit your scene this coming week, and prepare to turn in your final copy. Final (printed) copies of these scintillating scenes are due Friday 15th May.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will embark on our final SS/ Eng Performance Task of the school year called “Future Forecast.” Students will select a topic of interest, review and research current trends in that area, and make a prediction for the future. See the links below to review the task and rubric.

Future Forecast Project

Future Forecast Rubric 2015

Future Forecast Calendar 2015

Home Task:

  • Researching for the Future Forecast task.

REMINDERS

Mon 11

Tues 12

Wed 13

Thurs 14

Fri 15

Wellness

O’R HB

Wellness

V HB

Bring device for library borrowing app

Short Story Scene Final due

Free Dress Day- Nepal Earthquake fundraiser

 

 

 

 

 

4-8 May, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Wow, It’s May already and one month of school left in Grade 6!

 ENGLISH

The drafts of your short stories are coming along. You have been working hard at including all the tips we have studied at in class as well as integrating the key components of description, dialogue, introspection and action to help make your writing really powerful.

This week we will refine our drafts and do some PEER EDITING. Your drafts will be turned in for feedback on than Friday 8th May.

We will have a little more dialogue practice and there will be a Conventions & Dialogue Quiz the week after next. If you want some extra practice to prepare for this, see Ms O’R for some activities.

Home Task:

  • You can continue your short story scenes draft if you wish. Draft due date: Friday 8th May.
  • Below are a couple of sites you may find useful to help you review.

Brain Pop- Dialogue– https://www.brainpop.com/english/writing/dialogue/

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week will be spent on reviewing Hominid Evolution and the Agricultural Revolution for a Quiz on Friday 8th.

Home task:

  • Hominid and Agricultural Revolution Review.

 Please check out the details below to help you review.

HELPFUL TIPS TO REVIEW FOR OUR SS DISCOVERING OURSELVES

This is what you need to know:

  • What is the Theory of Human Evolution?
  • What is the Common Ancestor?
  • What evidence supports this theory (fossils, artifacts, rock art etc)?
  • How did climate change affect early hominids?
  • How to explain the hominid family tree.
  • Why did the Neolithic Revolution come about?
  • What were the positive & negative effects of the Neolithic Revolution?

Basic hominid info on:

  1. Australopithecus
  2. Homo Habilis
  3. Homo Ergaster
  4. Homo Erectus
  5. Homo Sapiens

Resources/ materials in your SS folder that should help you review include:

  • C Notes for “Walking With Cavemen”
  • Wordsplash
  • Notes from class
  • C Notes from the Agricultural/ Neolithic Revolution

Brainpops  

  1. Human Evolution-https://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/humanevolution/
  2. Charles Darwin-  https://www.brainpop.com/science/famousscientists/charlesdarwin/
  3. Natural Selection-  https://www.brainpop.com/science/ecologyandbehavior/naturalselection/
  4. Agricultural/ Neolithic Revolution-https://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/worldhistory/agriculturalrevolution/

Vocabulary/ Terms (make sure you know the definitions and can use these words appropriately in a sentence):

  1. artifact
  2. archeology
  3. archeologist
  4. paleoanthropologist
  5. excavate
  6. fossil
  7. discovery
  8. bipedal
  9. Charles Darwin
  10. genetic
  11. evolve
  12. natural selection
  13. adaptation
  14. nomad
  15. hunters and gatherers
  16. settle/ settlement
  17. food surplus
  18. society
  19. climate change

Additional:

View and explore:

 Advanced:

Good luck!

REMINDERS

Mon 4 Tues 5 Wed 6 Thurs 7 Fri 8
Wellness (O’R HB) Wellness (VHB) Human Evolution Quiz
Short Story Draft finished

 

27 April – 1 May, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

It is the last week in April already! Where did the month go? I think we had better put on our running shoes for the end of the school year!

We also have MS Activity Day on Thursday and a holiday on Friday.

ENGLISH

We have done the hard work- planning and prewriting components of our short story. Now it is finally time to embark on our drafts. As we draft, we will focus on incorporating action and description.

Creating Your Own Short Story

Narrative Rubric 2015

Home Task:

  1. Read.
  2. You can continue your short story scenes draft if you wish. Due date: Friday 8th May.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies we will review the theory of Human Evolution and look at the Agricultural Revolution and its impact on humankind.

http://history-world.org/agriculture.jpg

REMINDERS

Mon 27

Tues 28

Wed 29

Thurs 30

Fri 1

 

Current Events:

Joseph

Project Awesome Vow of Silence (O’R HB) 

ACTIVITY DAY

Wear your House shirt

 

HOLIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20-24 April, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

A week has whizzed by and we have another busy one ahead.

 ENGLISH

We did not get to plot last week, so we will work on that in our short story prewriting preparation. We will then move on to “the mix” and hopefully start our drafts by the end of the week.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Last week, we spent a lot of time on the Fossils are Missing assignment. In Social Studies your placard should be complete for the start of class on Monday. You will then have time to create your fossil. You will only have one class period for this. If you want to make your fossils out of play dough, follow the recipe below. These will need to be ready for a Fossil Museum display (on Wed O’R HB & Fri for V HB).

Home Task:

  1. Fossil placard & making .(Should already be done).
  2. Fossil creation

See last week’s post for your options.

Uncooked Play Dough

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons of ‘cream of tartar’
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • Just pop it all in a mixing bowl and mix!
  • It looks as though it is not going to mix well at firstbut hang in there and throw it onto the bench to knead, and it will come together really nicely.
  • We put different things in ours also such as sand. Just be careful you don’t put things in like rice as they tend to go moldy.
  • Hope this helps everyone.
  • Happy modeling! (Get into it, it is really relaxing to knead)

Also, we will take a quick look at timelines this week, then learn more about the theory of evolution and adaptation through a brain pop task.

Next week we will review Hominids and the Neolithic Revolution. There will be a quiz on that soon after.

REMINDERS

MON 20 TUES 21 WED 22 THURS 23 FRI 24
O’R HB Wellness V HB Wellness EARTH DAY   Current Events: Isabelle, Abby
Fossil placard should be finished. Fossil should be made.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30-31 March 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

It is a short two day week this week before the mid semester holiday begins. On Tuesday 31st we celebrate International Day at ISM. Classes will go with their regular F block class and go down to the flag ceremony in the ES Courtyard to begin the day. All students are encouraged to wear their national costume, or the colors of their country, to support our diverse international community.

Please note there is a revised schedule on Monday or Tuesday to balance out the days other classes have missed Wellness. Please check the notices in the hallway for this revised schedule.

ENGLISH

In English we continue with our short story unit reviewing the elements of fiction. Last we focused on character and the character posters students created show we have all kinds of interesting characters being developed! This week we will focus on SETTING. We will read “The Dog of Pompeii” short story to discuss setting. You are encouraged to read other short stories to compare the settings. If you have any books on Pompeii, bring them along. One that I highly recommend is “The Secrets of Vesuvius” by Sara C. Bisel. It is a picture book with archeological accounts and fictional short stories based on the evidence archaeologists have uncovered. You can make plenty of wonderful connections with what we are studying in both Social Studies and English if you get the opportunity to read this book.

You will have a setting task to work on in class.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies we will continue to discover our world and ourselves.

Last week you viewed the video “Walking with Cavemen.” Think about the different theories on how humans evolved. What do you believe? What does your family believe? Spend some time at home discussing these ideas. Remember we are “digging deep” with our thinking!

Following on from the video, we will  begin a mini research task called “The Fossils Are Missing” which we will continue after the break.

http://i.usatoday.net/tech/_photos/2011/09/08/Fossils-new-front-runner-as-missing-link-TNC7ULC-x-large.jpg

Just incase you have some spare time over the holiday, below is a website “Becoming Human.” Explore the time line and the documentary section at your leisure. View the info and videos on Evidence, Anatomy, Lineage and Culture so you have really good background information and understanding on what makes us human.

http://www.becominghuman.org/

Other interesting documentaries:Ted Talks- Louise Leaky

Pompeii: The Last Day BBC Documentary

Home Task:

Eng: setting task.

Holiday: Continue with GW reading.

REMINDERS

Mon 30 Tues 31 Wed 1 Thurs 2 Fri 3
Character Poster due International Day. HOLIDAY HOLIDAY HOLIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23- 27 March 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ENGLISH AND SOCIAL STUDIES THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Well done for sharing your third quarter work at Student Led Conferences last Thursday. Your Visitor Guide should now be finished and all Quarter 3 work completed.  We are now preparing for the final leg of the school year and starting the fourth quarter unit with the concept of Discovery.

Ms O’R will be at the EARCOS Teacher Conference from Wed- Friday. The wonderful Ms Santillan will be her substitute.

ENGLISH

The new unit in English is focused on discovering ourselves as writers and what makes a good story. We will read short stories together in class from a book collated by Avi, called “Best Shorts.”

All students are encouraged to read selections in this book and any other short stories they may come across. Students will be analyzing and looking at techniques and strategies authors use to write an effective short story in order to prepare and guide them through the process of writing their own short story.

We will also begin our story-writing unit reviewing the elements of fiction with a specific focus on characterization. Students will create their own characters for their own short story. Time to develop a character poster will be given in class and for homework. This will be due on Friday 27th March.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies we will be discovering our world and ourselves. This week we will introduce the unit, look at the essential questions and think about “digging deeper” (literally and figuratively). We will view a Ted Talk about archaeology and begin viewing a video that shows hominid history.

The essential questions for this unit are:

  • How do discoveries happen?
  • How do new discoveries affect the truth?
  • Why would a discovery not be accepted?
  • What makes things true?

Specific Social Studies Essential Questions are:

  • What makes us human?
  • How can we use questioning techniques to dig deeper?
http://www.archaeology.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Students-excavating-in-the-Medieval-graveyard-credit-Alan-Wilmshurstsmall.jpg

REMINDERS

Home Task: Continue Genre Wheel reading. Think about the elements of fiction as your read.

Mon 23 Tues 24 Wed 25 Thurs 26 Fri 27
Last day for VG Bibliography to be turned in.   G6 Gallery Walk to share Q3 work    Character Poster due.
        Current Events: Reva, Danielle, Hee Seo & Hadar (rescheduled to Mon 30th)
O’R HB Wellness Block 3. V HB Wellness Block 1.      

 

 

 

2-5 June

What is happening this week?

It is June, and it is our final week of sixth grade for the year 2012-13. Let’s make it a good one! There are only 3 ½ days of school to go…

We have regular classes on Monday and Tuesday.

There is no homework.

 Please make sure you have returned all your library and textbooks.

Also, start clearing those lockers out now! Bring a plastic bag or extra bag to carry belongings home.

On Wednesday there is a special program.

  • You go to your regular E  & F block class.
  • You will go to your HB for Assembly. Time to clear out your lockers.
  • 12.15- 2pm 6th grade movie time in designated classrooms
  • 2pm- 2.45 Year Book signing in Covered Court.

Thursday is a half-day and the final day for students. There is a shortened schedule.

  • 7.30- 8.15 Period 1
  • 8.20- 9.05 Period 2
  • 9.05- 9.20 BREAK
  • 9.25- 11.20 G6 PARTY in LT
  • 11.30 Final MS ASSEMBLY in Gym
  • 12.00 Dismissal and SUMMER HOLIDAYS BEGIN!

Power school will be open on Thursday 6th June. Hard copies of report cards will be sent home the following week.

If you want some good books to read, go to the Scholastic website and search for the Summer Reading Challenge.

http://www.scholastic.com/summer/

Strong Readers use the Young Adult List.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/sites/default/files/asset/file/sc2013-booklist-ya.pdf

G6 Readers use the Ages 10-12 list.

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/sites/default/files/asset/file/sc2013-booklist-1012.pdf

Have fun reading & have a fabulous summer!

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/1/9/1326108641720/A-woman-reading-a-book-007.jpg

 

Mon 2 Tues 3 Wed 4 Thurs 5 Fri 6
Lost & Found Viewing 

Regular Day

Lost & Found Viewing 

Regular Day

Lost & Found Viewing

C & D G6 movies

2pm Year Book signing

9.30 G6 Assembly LT

11.30 MS Assembly

School finished for students 12pm 

Teacher Work Day

PowerSchool opens 

 

 

26-30 May, 2014

What is happening this week?

 

Wow- we have 14 days of sixth grade to go!!

You can still return your library and textbooks.

Also, start clearing those lockers out now!

 

English & Social Studies

It is the last full week of work in Grade 6! We will finish up our Future Forecast visuals, practice our speaking skills and have presentations on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. You will have time in class to prepare on Mon & Tues, but it is highly recommended that you practice at home for homework and in front of a small audience so you do your best in your presentation. The speech is worth 45 points for English & 45 points for SS.

The Brain Pop that we review in class will help you remember the speaking skills we have discussed and will practice. The review handout is also attached.

Brain Pop on Public Speaking

Oral Reports (Nat Geo Almanac 2011)

Make sure you bring a book to read to every class.

Reminders

Mon 26 Tues 27 Wed 28 Thurs 29 Fri 30
Lost & Found Viewing  Tutorial

 

Lost & Found Viewing

Future Forecast Presentations

 

Lost & Found Viewing

Future Forecast Presentations 

 

Tutorial 

 

Lost & Found Viewing

Future Forecast Presentations 

 

Current Events: Ivan

 

Last day of ASA

 

Lost & Found Viewing