A Sixth Grade Window

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." ~Sydney J. Harris

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Think of this image when we talk about vocabulary today!

Good Morning, Monday!

Dear 6th Grade Peeps, ;)
I decided to try posting some morning work here on the blog for easier access rather than a morning email. Check out these Vocabulary screens that you worked on earlier this year…Do you still remember the meanings of the italicized words? We are going to find relationships between previously studied words this week, so think how these words could relate to each other…similarities, usage, antonyms, etc. We’ll talk more this week.

Also, check out this LearnZillion video that reviews unit rates. We talked about this on Friday during the “Problem of the Day” when we discussed how much someone was paid per hour. Use your Qrafter app to follow this code.

Looking forward to seeing you in the morning! And we get to welcome our new teacher, Mr. Wright.


Looked up synonyms of “engrossed in our work” and found what we have been lately in the sixth grade…absorbed, “deep in thought”, enwrapped, intent = all of the above!
Just as we are in this video studying metaphors and similes. We are deep in thought with the help of student’s keynote presentations highlighted on the appleTV, music playing some of our favorite lines of songs that contain similes and metaphors…and students finding literally hundreds of examples of similes and metaphors in poems, cartoons, everyday language, etc. in their research on the iPad. Love it when we are engrossed in our own learning! Need to remind ourselves to take a breath and learn even more from sharing our work and collaborating with others. Click IMG_1191 to view:

Check Us Out!

Students are beginning to roll with setting up their blogs, and some have added posts with interesting photos and thoughtful memoirs.
Check back soon to take our surveys to help us in our next writing endeavor, the argument essay.

Wonderful work writing your memoirs:
Amber, Brianna, Cara, Carly,Devon, Marissa, Phillip, and Sayley. Thank you for sharing with us!
And…Reybekah, I love your photo!
Great job, sixth grade! I am proud of you…let’s take a few moments today to share our work and comment on the work of others. I hope you will find it as cool as I do to learn from other students and teachers in our own classroom and around the globe.

Experimenting with a QR Code Today…


A New View

Finally, a welcome to a new “sixth grade window”!  This is the class of 2012-2013.  You can check out their blogs on the blogroll to the right.  We are just getting rolling, learning about blogging and how we can collaborate with students all over the globe.  We are excited to improve our reading, writing, and creative thinking skills by starting up a new project that we call 180Project…check out where we got the idea at http://365project.org/.  We think this will have endless possibilities = “take a photo of something in the shape of a sphere”, “take a photo of something that represents the food chain”, “take a photo of something that represents an adjective”….then, “Write About It”!


I am including my first photo to share with the class today.

~My first camera with a lens, fresh out of the box, and my inspiration for taking photos and writing about them with my students.  Last year my students and I pulled a lot of graphics from the internet to help us express our thoughts, learn new information, and share our experiences.  This year I decided I would like to try seeing things through my own lens and hope the students will too!~

We’re Alive…

We have been on a little hiatus from our blogging efforts due to Spring Break and our end of year state tests!

But, now we’re done and moving on!! :)  Thank you students for your BEST efforts, I am proud of all of you!


Going Global…

We have been working really hard to prepare ourselves for our upcoming state test!  But, we have also been continuing to read, write, problem solve…and blog!  The connections we are making and the new learning is amazing, and so much fun!  I have just started to add blogs that we regularly visit to the left side blogroll.  Check them out…we are learning so much from them.  I was very excited following them tonight, because one of the first classroom blogs that I checked out and still one of my favorites is Huzzah.  I was scrolling through tonight and we are listed as one of their blogging friends, how cool!!!   The students loved the Huzzah surveys that the students made, we had to tear ourselves away. ;)  We are planning to make our own surveys soon.  The students have already come up with fantastic ideas and I can see such useful ways to use these surveys; writing, understanding bias, age groups, geography, reading.  Thank you!

Through taking part in the blogging challenge we also stumbled across this cool vocabulary blogging challenge creation.  Check out free rice…for every correct vocabulary answer, 10 grains of rice are donated through the World Food Programme…the discussion we had about this idea while we practiced vocabulary was outstanding.

We were also posed with this question –

Are you, your family and other members of your class, school, community going to take part in Earth Hour on Saturday 31st March at 8.30pm? Visit the Earth Hour website to find out what you could be doing.

We didn’t know about Earth Hour, so that was great learning too!

Congratulations to all students for finishing their Zoo Investigation in measurement.  The final products were wonderful!!  I am very proud of all of you.  I did promise a winner…and for their creativity, attention to measurement specifications, and hard work (even clocking recess time)….the winners of Starbuck’s on Friday are Cheyenne, Paige, Kassidy, and Meghan.  Again, great job to ALL of you!  Should we have a contest for the GeoCity? ;)




Beginning Construction

To investigate geometric concepts, we are building a city.  Each group builds a different section of a city and must incorporate many geometric concepts including lines, angles, polygons, polyhedrons, non-polyhedrons and more!  The city will look really cool when we are finished because parts of the city are 3-dimensional.

Please take a moment to answer our new poll on the right– we are going to add the data to our city project.

We also added a new book, “Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea to our Shelfari on the left…we latched on to this book after reading the first line.  The first sentence starts out “It’s our bad luck to have teachers in this world,…”  What?!?  The first chapter definitely has our attention.

Students – check out this video that Pierson and I made to help us review some basic geometric ideas that we talked about yesterday.  We are going to be adding these concepts to our city today! :)  You should have these mastered!

Learning to Write Quality Responses

We have been working on improving the quality in our writing, especially in the area of short responses.  We were having trouble writing quality responses to videos, test questions, emails, and blog comments.  We thank Mrs. Yollis’ class  for giving us a great lesson in writing quality comments to each other and other students.

Check out this video that we decided was surprising and inspiring!  Chris, Ethan, Kassidy, and Alexis shared their responses.

We were also excited to read about the new Mark Twain nominees for 2012-2013.  We used the internet and this booklist to compare and contrast fictional genres.  In order to classify each book by genre, students found great summaries and book trailers online.  Hopefully they will post some of these soon!

Thanks again to all of the students in the blogging challenge who are visiting our blogs and leaving comments…we are learning so much about you, ourselves, and our own writing!

Edited to add – Jessie received this awesome comment in response to one of her comments to a class in New Zealand.  Thank you!  I can’t wait to talk to the class about your comment tomorrow.

<<Jessie from Your class left us a comment so we would like to reply. We went on Senior Camp to Rotorua. Rotorua has an active geothermal area and if you look google for on ” Pink & White terraces or http://www.gns.cri.nz you can see the lake we went on and the underwater pictures of the terraces. Do you think we should drain the lake?
We like your blog with all the cool stuff. Our teacher remembers disecting an eye when she was 12, black stuff went everywhere.
Are you getting ready for exams, or big tests? Our year is different to you as we start in Jan and go until Dec because it us usually very hot in December & January.
Kereru Class>>