As mentioned on this week's Bobcat Blast: GMAS test scores will be available in the media center on Friday, September 2 at 7:30 - 8:30, 12:00 - 1:00. and again from 2:30 - 3:00. Scores will not be discussed until conferences and families who are unable to pick them up on Friday will receive them at those conferences.
UPDATE: Because of the tropical storm, GMAS pickup has been cancelled. More information rescheduling will be made available through the Bobcat Blast.
This week's studies in geology involve the rock cycle. In addition to actual metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rock specimens we have on our science shelf we created a model of the rock cycle. This rock cycle model consisted of a series of dice that allowed us to travel millions of years in just a couple of minutes to see the endless ways a rock can change throughout the centuries. Some students have even been inspired to create narrative writings all about their experience changing from one rock to another!
August is coming to a close, and September is within sight! Let's finish out this month together on a hight note by focusing on being kind to one another.
In math, we will use our knowledge of greatest common factor to help us better understand the distributive property. Check out this video from www.khanacademy.org for a little introduction to the process.
Feel free to use the following sheet for extra practice with the distributive property. The answer are found at the bottom of the page.
Please complete your classwork posted assignments on TenMarks and Google Classroom by Friday. This practice will help you prepare for your quiz on the distributive property Thursday.
We will spend this week finishing up our research about the rock cycle. Please complete the following choice sheet. Your three choices are due due Friday.
Your final test on the rock cycle is this Friday. Use the vocabulary list and study guide below to help you prepare.
Finally, we will begin using our new student planners Monday! Please refer to the planner procedures found HERE. Remember that you planner must be signed by a parent each evening for the remainder of the term.
An important aspect of 6th grade is learning the practical life skills that are necessary to be successful in middle and high school. Starting Monday the 29th, all 6th graders will be given a planner. This planner will be kept in their travel folder so it will be available to them in each class as well as at home. Each day they will write their lessons, homework, and other important information. Ms. Susan and myself will show them exactly what to write at the beginning of each class, but it is the students' responsibility to follow directions and fill it in correctly. We ask that you review and sign the planner each night for the remainder of term 1 to support their efforts.
Today we started our studies about types of rocks and the rock cycle. In addition to all the resources you have on the Montessori shelf (rock samples, diagrams, books, posters, three-part cards, etc) consider checking out the following website from www.learner.org that has a number of interactive activities you can use to learn more about the topic.
Types of Rocks and The Rock Cycle Interactive Website
It's hard to believe that we have arrived at the last full week of August! Let's work together to make this the best week ever!
In math, we will continue our investigation of Greatest Common Factor. I will show you how to use prime factorization to find GCF. This will come in handy when working with large numbers. I'll also share with you a few division rules that will be a life-saver when trying to find factors of numbers. You will have homework Monday and Tuesday evening, and a quiz Thursday. Please complete your Google Classroom Math Journal classwork by Friday. Check out this video all about prime factorization for an introduction to the skill.
Prime Factorization Video
I'm excited to introduce you to another tool you can use to practice your math skills: TenMarks! TenMarks is an online program where you can hone your skills, track your progress, and even play some fun games! Both you and your parents will get a username and log in, so you can show off what you know to them! Please complete your posted assignments on TenMarks sometime this week.
Our science studies will take us on a trip around the rock cycle! We will investigate how rocks are formed and change over time. Over the next two weeks, please complete the following choice sheet to help guide your research.
You will have two assessments associated with the rock cycle. First, this Friday will be a vocabulary quiz. Next Friday, you will have a test on the rock cycle. Use the vocabulary list and study guide below to help you prepare.
Your first progress report of the year will be sent home this week! Please review it with your family, sign it, and return it to your homeroom teacher. You can find more detailed information about the grades on the report by logging into the PowerSchool program.
Everyone loves a brand new book! You can get some great deals by ordering from our Scholastic Book order catalog. In addition, our classroom will receive free books with each order! Only online order will be taken this year. The books will be conveniently delivered to our classroom. You can order online at http://www.scholastic.com/readingclub. Use the following teacher code when signing up: HBZB3.
After a week of high temperatures, I hope you find something cool to do this weekend! I'm so glad we have a working air
conditioner in our classroom to keep us chilled and comfortable. Although, I
know many of you are so busy that you haven't even noticed the room
temperature! I'm seeing some very interesting work happening, and I'm
excited to see what new creations you come up with this week!
Our math lessons this week will be about finding the greatest common factor (GCF) of a set of numbers.
Be careful not to get GCF mixed up with LCM that we studied last week;
this is the most common mistake students make when working with the two.
First, I will show you how to use our handy-dandy Montessori peg board to
find the GCF of numbers. Then, we will move onto some other strategies you
can use. You will have homework Monday and Tuesday evening.Your classwork will include a written journal
on Google Classroom that will be due Friday. ou will have a quiz on GCF
Thursday. As you work through the
week, check out this sheet if you'd like some extra practice finding GCF.
The answers are found at the bottom of the page.
You can also visit this fun game called "Sketch'sWorld" where you must help a pencil-drawn person escape some evil
erasers...while answering some GCF problems along the way! Click the
picture below to play!
We will continue investigating minerals this week. We will
spend some time discussing mining of minerals just like the ones you've been
using in class. I know you will enjoy the lab I have planned for you!
Remember that you must complete three choices on your Tic Tac Toe sheet by Friday. You will also have a test on
minerals Friday. You can use your notes and study guide to help you prepare.
This week will also be the first administration of the MAP
assessment. We will use the results of this test to show growth throughout the
year.You will take this test at least
one more time this year, so try your best.The score will also be used for promotion decisions.Promotion requirements for 6th
grade can be found by clicking on the “Standards and Assessment” tab above.
This week students are becoming detectives to discover the identities of mystery minerals! With the help of some simple tools, we are able to gather important data that can help us discover important physical properties of minerals: color, luster, breakage, hardness, and streak. There are many more minerals to be examined on our Montessori science shelf. Check them out!
Welcome to your first FULL week of school! I'm trusting
you to follow the procedures
we talked about last week to ensure that everyone has the ability to learn in a
peaceful and smoothly-running environment. Let's get started!
Your math lessons this week will include finding the least common
multiple of a set of numbers. We will use the peg board
material to help us understand the concept. You will have homework to
complete Monday and Tuesday night. Your first math quiz of the year will
take place Thursday! If you need some extra practice finding LCM, feel free to
refer to this sheet (the answers are found at the bottom of the page):
In science, we will start our earth studies lessons by
After a lesson on Monday, I will set you free to explore all you can
about minerals for the next two weeks! To help guide your studies, please
complete the following choice sheet. Your three choices will be due next
You will have two assessment grades associated with our work
with minerals. This Friday, you will have a vocabulary quiz on the
mineral- a naturally formed, inorganic solid that has a definite
streak- the color of the powder of a mineral
luster- the way in which a mineral reflects light
cleavage- the splitting of a mineral along smooth, flat surfaces
fracture- the manner in which a mineral breaks along either curved or
Your second test grade will be about what you've learned during
your minerals studies. I will teach you some note taking skills to help
you organize your thoughts. I will also provide you with the following
study guide .
You will also have the opportunity to do a lab where you will
identify unknown minerals based upon their characteristics. You will
perform a number of tests that will give you the data necessary to name the
I know this seems like A LOT to remember! To help you keep
it all organized, please keep the following in mind:
1. The daily and weekly schedule is written on the board.
2. Please copy
your daily "I can" statement and homework into your planner for each
class. Your planner is kept in your travel folder and will be taken home
with you nightly.
3. I keep the calendar updated on this blog. It
includes all important tests and assignment due dates. You can find the
classroom calendar by clicking on the "Calendar" button at the top of
4. All upcoming graded items are shown on PowerSchool (the
online shared grade book). If you have not created your account, please
see Ms. Jade' in the office for your username and password.
Finally, please remember to sign and return all of the
"Back to School" paperwork by this Friday.