6th Grade ELA
​​See "Useful links" for important 6th grade information:
Monthly Book Due Dates, Book Report Procedures, Written Book Report Guidelines, and Newbery Author List to choose books from.

Website: arbookfind.com or arbookfinder.com - useful to check the reading level of a book a student may want to read.

DEAR Time = Drop Everything and Read -
last 15 minutes of each school day, as well as ELA class time on Fridays and whenever a child finishes his/her work.

Reminder: JANUARY books must be finished by Jan. 31. 

2/18-22 February break - enjoy!!!

2/15 Collected (HW) Valentine Crossword Puzzle
Listening skills: "Natural Protection"
Reading skills: Visualization worksheet
Vocabulary: Developing Precise Vocabulary
Finish both papers for HW.

2/14 Finished watching the cartoon version of the film of "The BFG" while paying attention to differences between the book and the movie.
Discussed the differences the children recalled.
Valentine Crossword Puzzle - finish for HW

2/13  Continued watching the cartoon version of the film of "The BFG" while paying attention to differences between the book and the movie.

2/12 Schedule Changes due to Faculty meetings:

No regular class today.

2/11 Editing/proofreading practice
Christopher answered questions for the oral part of his Dec. book report.
Corrected HW: using rhyme wheels to make at least 10 words for the sound ING (actually there were 20.)
We began watching the cartoon version of the film of "The BFG" paying attention to differences between the book and the movie.

2/8 Matthew B. presented his oral book report.
Listening Skills: "Old Stories with New Characters"
Rhyme wheel: finished up the sound we started yesterday - ING. There are at least 10 words that can be made.
Valentine Crossword Puzzle

2/7 January book reports due.
Finished reading "The BFG"
We took the 3 AR Tests on the book: Reading, Vocabulary and Literacy Skills
Corrected HW: using rhyme wheels to make 15 words for the sound IME.

2/6  Read aloud from "The BFG"
Used our rhyme wheels to make 15 words for the sound IME.
Proofread our essays on the article "Living at the Bottom of the World" 
Worked on Vocabulary Crossword: Finding Antonyms started yesterday. Finish for HW if not done.

2/5 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Used our rhyme wheels to make 15 words for the sound IGHT.
Finished up NYS ELA practice short essay started yesterday: "Living at the Bottom of the World" 
Complete above for HW.
Vocabulary Crossword: Finding Antonyms

2/4 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Corrected rhyme wheel HW: words that contain the sound ICE - the highest number found was 11.
NYS ELA Practice: "Living at the Bottom of the World" - read the article twice.
Started answering the short essay based on the article. We will finish it tomorrow.

2/1 We celebrated Matthew's B's birthday.
Listening skills: "How Skunk Got His Stripes"
Read aloud from "The BFG"
Corrected 2 vocab. papers from last week: Finding Synonyms and Developing Precise Vocabulary.
Rhyme wheels: Used our rhyme wheels to make as many words as we can for the sound ICE.
Finish for HW.

1/31 Children took AR tests on their January books.
The book reports are due on January 7th.
Read aloud from "The BFG"

1/30 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Used our rhyme wheels to make 8 words for the sound EEL.
Corrected HW from last week: Correcting run-on sentences by using conjunctions.
Corrected 2 vocabulary. assignments from last week: Finding Antonyms and Developing Precise Vocabulary

1/29 We played BINGO as part of our Catholic School's Week activities.
The winner was Hailey who will represent 6th grade in an UNO competition.
Read aloud from "The BFG"
Used our rhyme wheels to make 8 words for the sound EDGE.
We visited the Pre-K where we read them stories and shared number donuts.
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See other pictures in the Photo Gallery.

1/28 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Poem presentation by the 4th grade in the cafeteria for Catholic Schools' Week.

1/24 and 1/25 I will be absent due to a death in my family. I will leave class work, but sometimes it does not get done if the covering teacher has different plans. So I will not list it here.

1/23 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Used rhyme wheels to make 20 words for the sound ANK.
Grammar: Reviewed fragments and run-ons. 
We learned to correct run-ons using commas and conjunctions. Finish worksheet for HW.

1/22 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "The BFG"
Used rhyme wheels to make 12 words for the sound AME.
Continued work on snowman crossword puzzle - finish for HW.

1/21 No school 

1/18 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Listening Skills: "Leaving the Herd"
Proofread our "Ten Most Lists"
Corrected the list of AKE words we made with our rhyme wheels
Spelling/vocabulary: Snowman Crossword

1/17 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Collected writers' notebooks
Finished constructing rhyme wheels and learned how to use them.
We found 6 words for the sound ABLE.
Then we worked on the sound AKE and tried to make as many words as we could.
There are about 20. Finish for HW.

1/16 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Finished copying our "Ten Most" lists in our writers' notebooks.
Made rhyme wheels which we will use for the next few weeks to create lists of rhyming words.

1/15 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Continued adding artwork to our acrostic poems - if not done, finish for HW.
Began copying our "Ten Most" lists in our writers' notebooks.

1/14 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "The BFG"
We added small drawings to the acrostic poems we typed awhile back.
DER Time

1/11 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Went over Correcting Sentence Fragments assignment.
Listening skills: Discussed what myths are and how people used them to explain things like the change of season or fire.
Read aloud "Making Morning" and quizzed children about what they heard.
Children took turns reading aloud their "Ten Most Lists"
Jan. book - see above.

1/10 Read aloud from "The BFG"
HW: Finish Correcting Sentence Fragments  from Tuesday. Many children skipped half the directions because they did not read them.
We corrected the 2 HW papers from yesterday: Classifying Ideas and Inferring from Context
We exchanged our "Ten Most Lists" with a partner and peer-edited them.

1/9 I was at a meeting. Mrs. Monahan covered class.
Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas and Inferring from Context - finish both sides for HW if not done.

Read aloud from "The BFG"
"Ten Most Lists" - read the class a sample list to demonstrate well developed answers.
Allowed the class to redo their answers making them more interesting.
Grammar: "Correcting Sentences and Fragments" - finish for HW.

1/7 Editing/proofreading practice
Corrected Synonym and Antonym papers from Friday. 
Creative writing: "10 Most List" - children chose one of the topics provided and created their lists. Example: "10 Strangest Items to Find Under Your Bed"
Finish for HW.

1/4 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Listening skills: "Dr. Seuss"
Review ways words are connected: example/class, object/function and location.
Added synonyms and antonyms to our list.
2 sided worksheet: Synonyms and Antonyms - finish for HW.
DEAR Time.
Jan. book must be finished by Jan. 31.

1/3 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Corrected Identifying Sentences and Fragments. 
Returned and reviewed the NYS ELA Test practice essays based on the article "Home Afloat" - went over common mistakes and read aloud exemplary papers.
Collected HW: Holiday Crossword Puzzle

1/2 Read aloud from "The BFG"
We took the AR Tests for our December books which were due today.
Worked on Holiday Crossword Puzzle and Identifying Sentences and Fragments. 
We started these before vacation. Finish for HW.

12/22-1/1 Vacation - Merry Christmas


12/21 No class - Christmas breakfast and then gym

12/20 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Collected HW: NYS ELA practice essays on the freedoms and responsibilities that come with life on a boat.
Clock Partners: each child had a clock and had to fill in the names of 12 classmates - one for each hour - who will be their partners for all future activities when a partner is needed.

12/19 Read aloud from "The BFG"
We finished up work on the NYS ELA practice essay on the freedoms and responsibilities that come with life on a boat. It must be completed for HW if not done in class.
Children who did finish worked on Holiday Crossword Puzzle and Identifying Sentences and Fragments.

12/18 Read aloud the holiday story "Petunia's Christmas"
With their partners, the children continued to work on their NYS ELA practice essay on the freedoms and responsibilities that come with life on a boat.

12/17 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud the Christmas story "Ramona and the Three Wise Persons" by Beverly Cleary.
Reviewed the disadvantages of living on a boat from "Home Afloat" and then listed them in the graphic organizer. 
Working with a partner, we began to answer the short essay describing some of the freedoms and responsibilities that come with life on a boat.

12/14 Read aloud from "The BFG"
NYS ELA Test practice - We reviewed the advantages of life on a boat from the article "Home Afloat" and then chose 2 examples to complete the first half of the graphic organizer. 
Then we highlighted the disadvantages of living on a boat and added those to the graphic organizer.
Listening Skills: "Plant Art"

12/13 Proofreading/editing practice.
Annabelle shared the story of a movie she saw last night about a dog who paints and one of the dog's actual paintings.
Read aloud the Christmas tale "The Mole Family's Christmas" and made several connections to the story we read about "Herkimer, the Magic Christmas Bird."

12/12 Read aloud the rhyming story "The Year Santa Forgot He Was He" and the children called out the rhymes if they knew them.
Finished the sentence/fragment paper started yesterday and then corrected it.

12/11 Short class - music practice for school mass next Tuesday
Read aloud the Christmas story: "Herkimer: The Magic Christmas Bird" and tried to figure out the moral of the story.
Began working on sentences/fragments until we were called down to practice.
We will finish it tomorrow.

12/10 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud a rhyming poem/story: "How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas".
I paused at each rhyme and let the children call out the word we needed.
NYS ELA practice: "Home Afloat" about a 15 year old girl and her family who lived on a boat.
We read the story twice - once alone and once out loud together.
We read the task: to identify the advantages and disadvantages of living on a boat. We then highlighted all the advantages we could locate in pink. To be continued.

12/7 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Reviewed sentence fragments - corrected sentence/fragment  assignment from Wed.
Corrected vocabulary HW from yesterday.
Listening Skills: "Champion for Freedom: The Story of Harriet Tubman"
November book report was due today.
December book must be finished by January 2.

12/6 We took the STAR computer test to determine our latest reading levels.
Worked on the Acrostic Poems based on our names.
Vocabulary: Inferring the Identity of a Speaker from the Context - finish for HW.

Read aloud from "The BFG"
Proofread essays about a favorite holiday.
Grammar: Sentences and fragments - finish for HW.

12/4 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Copied our essays on "My Favorite Holiday" into our writers' notebooks.
Finish for HW.

12/3 Editing/proofreading practice
We celebrated Owen's birthday.
Computer room: We typed our Acrostic Poems using our names.

1/30 Corrected HW - Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas 
Corrected Simile/Metaphor paper from yesterday.
Cleaned out our lockers to try and find the bottoms!
Took the AR Tests for our November books.
The book reports are due December. 7th.

11/29 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Introduced Metaphors - definition, examples, posters illustrating the concept.
Assignment: "Simile-Metaphor" - we will correct it tomorrow
Continued work on Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas 
Finish for HW.

11/28 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Corrected HW: turning fragments into sentences
Peer-edited essays on "My Favorite Holiday"
Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas - to be finished tomorrow.

Read aloud from "The BFG"
Children read aloud their essays "My Favorite Holiday"
Reviewed sentences and fragments.
Worksheet: Identify each word group as a sentence or fragment.
Rewrite 4 of the fragments on the back as complete sentences.
Finish for HW.

11/26 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Writing: "My Favorite Holiday" - brainstormed ideas with child's table.
Began writing 3 paragraph personal essay.
Finish for HW. 

11/22 -11/23


11/21 Read aloud from "The BFG"
Collected Thanksgiving crossword HW.
Read aloud poem "The Rhyming King" and the children called out the rhymes at the end of each line.
They had to figure out the "lesson" of the poem: there is no word that rhymes with orange.

11/20 Started a new read-aloud book "The BFG" by Roald Dahl.
Returned AR Tests on "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Thanksgiving crossword puzzle. Finish for HW.

11/19 Editing/proofreading practice
Corrected vocabulary from Friday: Using the Context to Identify Objects
Corrected Simile Review from Thursday.
Completed the bottom of that paper: writing original similes.

11/16 Computer room: We took the 2 AR tests on "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Vocabulary: Using the Context to Identify Objects - finish for HW.

11/15 We cleaned out the insides of our desks.
Finished "George's Marvelous Medicine"
We will take the AR tests tomorrow.
Reviewed Similes and why they are used by writers.
Looked at two posters where a photographer took pictures to illustrate two similes.
Assignment: Simile Review

11/14 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Read aloud one "Getting Lost" essay with the class to serve as a model paper.
Read NYS ELA article "Penguins Are Funny Birds" aloud.
Children had to locate and underline the answers to #16, 17, 18, 20 and 21 in the article. Finish for HW.
DEAR Time.
Reminder: November books must be finished by Nov. 30. 

11/13 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Proofread essays: "Getting Lost"
NYS ELA Test Prep: "Penguins Are Funny Birds" - read article twice.
Answer multiple choice questions. 
Finish for HW.

11/12 No school - Veterans' Day

11/9 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Listening Skills: "An Amusing Story"
Corrected sentence/fragment homework.
Finished copying stories "Getting Lost" in our writers' notebooks.
HW if still not done.

11/8 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine" 
Continued work on sentences and fragments. Finish the worksheet for HW if not done.
We began to copy our stories "Getting Lost" into our writers' notebooks.
We will finish this tomorrow.

11/7 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine" 
Corrected sentence/fragment worksheet we did yesterday.
Children peer-edited each other's stories about "Getting Lost"
DEAR Time for those who finished.

11/6 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine" 
Several children read aloud their personal essays on "Getting Lost"
Introduced the definitions of sentences and sentence fragments.
Worksheet: Identifying sentences and sentence fragments
Finish for HW.

11/5 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine" 
Collected HW: Acrostic Poems
Writing: at least 3 paragraphs about a time you or someone you knew got lost.
Finish for HW.

11/2 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Listening skills: "What's in a Name?" about a class writing acrostic poetry using their first names.
Children began an acrostic poem using their own first name. Finish for HW.
Words chosen must be true and important.

11/1 No school: Feast of All Saints

10/31 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Returned AR quizzes on "The Twits"
Discussed the Latin prefix SUB and its meaning.
Assignment: "Sub Power" - finish for HW.
AR Tests on October books had to be taken by today.
Book reports are due November 7th.

10/30 Read aloud from "George's Marvelous Medicine"
Corrected reading packet "Song of the Sea"
Vocabulary: Pumpkin crossword puzzle. Finish for HW.

10/29 Proofreading/editing practice
Started new read-aloud book, "George's Marvelous Medicine" by Roald Dahl.
Corrected vocab. HW: words that indicate location.
NYS ELA practice for the test in April: reading comprehension. We read the article "Songs of the Sea" and the children had to look for the answers to the multiple choice questions and answer them. They also had to locate the answers to #6,7 and 11 in the article and underline them and label them.

10/26 No school - Diocesan Teachers' Conference Day for staff

10/25 Computer room - we took the 3 AR tests on the book we just finished listening to, "The Twits" by Roald Dahl.
Vocabulary: words that identify the location of an object. Finish for HW.

10/24 IOWA Tests - Computation - THE LAST TEST!!!

10/23 IOWA Tests - Punctuation
Read aloud from "The Twits"
Proofread "All About Me" and turned in notebooks.
Corrected Object/Function worksheets

10/22 Proofreading/editing practice
IOWA Tests - no regular class

10/19 Read aloud from "The Twits"
Listening skills practice: "Teamwork Is Key" about dogsled races in Alaska.
Handwriting practice.
Vocabulary: Object/Function - finish for HW.

10/18 IOWA Tests - no regular class

10/17 Read aloud from "The Twits"
Corrected vocabulary HW: Classifying Ideas
Continued our work on rhymes: "Rhyming Rainbow" crossword puzzle.
Finish for HW.

10/16 Shorter class due to Math IOWAS running over.
Children finished copying their "All About Me" into their writers' notebooks. 
If not done, finish for HW.
Vocabulary crossword: Classifying Ideas - finish for HW.

10/15 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "The Twits"
Reviewed "Example and Class" (see 10/12) and then corrected the HW reinforcing the concept.
Began to copy our "All About Me" into our writers' notebooks.

10/12 We celebrated Morgan's birthday.
Read aloud from "The Twits"
Listening Skills: "Special Eyes" about the training of guide dogs
Example and class - discussed and then worked on an activity to reinforce the concepts.
Finish for HW.

10/11 Read aloud from "The Twits"
Handwriting practice
Following Directions - Visualization worksheet
Finish all above work for HW.

10/10 Read aloud from "The Twits"
Returned the 3 AR tests from the book "Fantastic Mr. Fox": Reading, Vocabulary and Literacy Skills.
We finally finished our "Senseless Sentences" worksheets.
Peer-edited our writing assignments: "All About Me"

10/9 Editing/proofreading practice
Read aloud from "The Twits"
Did a practice Literacy Skills test from the book "Fantastic Mr. Fox" to practice the kinds of question that are included in those tests.
Worked on our "Senseless Sentences" worksheet.

10/8 No School

10/5 Read aloud from "The Twits" by Roald Dahl.
Celebrated Mia's birthday.
Listening skills: "Deep Sleep"
Collected all book reports.
October book must be finished by Oct. 31

0/4 Started a new read-aloud book "The Twits" by Roald Dahl.
Read some our "All About Me" writing assignments aloud to the class.
Corrected vocab. HW - Classifying Ideas

10/3 Computer Room - we took the 3 AR Tests on "Fantastic Mr. Fox": Reading, Vocabulary, Literacy Skills.
Vocabulary: Classifying Ideas crossword - finish for HW.

10/2 Reviewed the rules for written book reports.
Began our first writing assignment: "All About Me" - a list of 10 facts about you.
Finish for HW.
Tomorrow we will take the AR Tests on "Fantastic Mr. Fox."

10/1 Proofreading/editing practice
Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Short class - we went to the funeral of Sister Susan's mother.

9/28 Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Listening skills: "Antlers"
We tooth AR Tests on our Sept. books. These had to be taken by today.
Book reports are due October 5th.
Practiced handwriting. Finish for HW.
DEAR Time.

9/27 We went over the guidelines for written book reports and filed a copy in our reading folders. There is also a copy on this website under "Useful Links and Forms."
These guidelines must be checked CAREFULLY before and after writing each book report.
Sept. books must be finished by tomorrow and the book report is due on or before October 5.
Worked on vocab. worksheet started yesterday. Finish for HW.

9/26 Computer room: the children used the website ARbookfind.com to look up 10 novels listed and find the author, reading level, interest level and points for passing the test.
Reading skills: Developing Precise Vocabulary

9/25 Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Corrected vocab. HW - Forming Compound Words
Grammar: writing complete sentences by unscrambling groups of mixed up words.

9/24 Proofreading/editing practice
We celebrated Johnathan's birthday.
Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Reviewed book report procedures because first book must be finished by Friday.
Vocabulary: Compound words - finish crossword for HW.

9/21 We changed seats today.
Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Listening skills: "A New Home"
Corrected simile HW.
STAR Reading scores will be sent home Monday.

9/20 Collected writers' notebooks due today.
Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Continued work on assignment "Figuratively Speaking" started last week: creating original similes. Finish for HW.

9/19 Computer room: We took the STAR Reading placement test to determine our reading range for Trimester 1. The scores will be sent home by Monday. Please keep them in a safe place so your children can refer to them and send in the tear off on the top sheet. Thank you.
COVERED NOTEBOOKS ARE DUE TOMORROW. See printout of directions I gave the children.

9/18 Read aloud from "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl.
Corrected vocabulary HW: Classifying Ideas
Reviewed Book Report Guidelines and filed this copy in our TAKE HOME folders. 
Writing skills: Unscrambling seemingly random groups of words to form grammatical sentences.

9/17 Editing/proofreading practice
Started our first read-aloud book: "Fantastic Mr. Fox" by Roald Dahl.
Went over the Book Report Procedures step by step. We filed a copy in our blue reading folders and they are also available in the Useful Links and Forms section of this page. We will also put a copy in our "Take Home" folder.

9/14 Listening Skills: the children were read a short essay and had to pay attention to the details. I asked them a series of factual questions so they can practice remembering what they hear. 
We will practice Listening Skills most Fridays.
Vocabulary: "Classifying Ideas" crossword puzzle. Finish for HW.
DEAR Time.

9/13 Introduced Figurative Language/Figures of Speech - devices used by writers to make their writing interesting, alive and colorful. The first example we will study is Simile. Gave the children a definition and several examples, such as red as a rose. We did the top half of a worksheet, Figuratively Speaking, where we completed well known similes.
Please return the bottom section of the handout from Open House last night. If you were not here, I gave your child a copy today. Please keep it and refer to it all year. Thank you.

9/12 Returned the summer reading AR tests and filed them in our reading folders.
Discussed RHYME and how some words that look almost the same don't rhyme (home and come) and some words that have no letters in common do rhyme (flew and through)
Completed assignment "Rhyming Words" together.
"Rhyming Crossword" - finish for HW.

9/11 Short class due to Band Assembly.
Signed up the rest of the September books.
Explained to the children about the extra credit star cards and how they can earn stars: finding written mistakes and solving Pundles (word puzzles.)
Gave them lots of examples of Pundles we have used last year and they tried to guess the answers.
DEAR Time.

9/10 We signed up the children's September books which were due in school today. The children must bring them every day until they are finished. They must be finished by September 28th.******
We corrected the reading skills homework from Friday.
DEAR Time - see above.

9/7 Discussed the writers' notebooks we will create by covering a marble notebook with pictures. I gave the children directions for covering them. They are due September 20th. 
Continued work on the reading skills assignments from yesterday. Finish for HW if not done.

9/6 Computer Room: We took the AR tests on the Summer Reading books. Those grades will be sent home next week.

Reading skills paper: Using the Context to determine the location of the speaker and the identity of the speaker.
Finish for HW.

9/5 Gave out "Reading" folders that will remain in school unless the children are working on a book report. 
Put a list of book due dates (the last school day of each month) in the folders.
Gave the children 2 lists of Newbery authors: one for the Reading folder and one for the HOME folder.
Showed the children how to access my website and quizzed them on what was on the website last night. About 5 children had checked. It was HW to look.
By Monday, each child must have his/her Sept. book to sign up. See yesterday for more specifics.

Welcome to the first day of school!
Gave out name plates.
Gave out schedules and reviewed.
Gave out lunch order forms.
Reviewed supply lists and collected supplies.
Discussed procedures for when a class is missed due to band, illness, etc:
1. Check my website
2. Check with a buddy
3. Check with the teacher as soon as you return to class
Discussed the summer reading; forms will be collected tomorrow.
AR tests on the summer books will be taken this week.
Discussed book report schedule. First book must be finished by September 28th.
It must be by a Newbery winning author or a classic. Children may continue to read the "Series of Unfortunate Events" or Harry Potter books.
Children must have a note for any incomplete homework.