Posted by: aoifelove | October 18, 2013

ITBS Testing!

Dear Sixth Grade Parents and Students,

The ITBS Testing doesn’t appear to have caused much stress to our Sixth Graders, so far, or at least, they have not shown it in my classroom.  One more week of testing and we are finished for another year.

This coming week in literature, we will finish reading Skellig by David Almond.  Then, we will analyze the plot, themes, and characters etc.  This past week, we read another narrative poem “Remorse” by Truman P. Reitmeyer.  It is a poem based on a true story about a hunter, who shot down two geese for sport.  He soon realized that he had shot two mates.  His heart was so moved by the actions of the dying birds in front of him, that he threw away his hunting gun and vowed never to shoot again.  The narrative poems that we have read in class thus far, have all been sad tales.  The purpose of this sad but beautiful poetry is to ignite compassion in your children’s hearts.  The Sixth Graders are at the age when their hearts need to be touched from a bigger and more worldly viewpoint.  This week, we will read more narrative poetry in preparation for the next writing assignment, “Write a Narrative Poem.”

I am looking forward to being SPOOKED by the Sixth Graders’ “Spooky Stories.”  Seventy-percent of the class is scoring very high on both their weekly spelling/vocabulary test and the Wordly Wise homework.  Well done!

This past week in history, we finished reading Chapter 2 of Ancient Civilizations.  Then, we watched half of a video about the Maya, on the Smart Board. This coming week, we will finish the video about the Maya, and we will prepare for the History Test on Thursday, October 24.  Every night, your child should be studying the definitions and the answers to the important questions from Chapter 2.  I have asked my students to study four or five definitions each night, and the questions/answers from one section per night.  There are three sections in Chapter 2.  Cramming the night before a test is not learning, and it causes great stress in your children.  In addition to the preparation for the History Test, we will commence the reading of Chapter 3, which focuses on Ancient Mesopotamia.

We have started reading the script for A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  This week, the Sixth Graders will continue to read aloud for their parts.  They each have given me three choices of parts they would like to play, and I will do my best to accommodate them, if possible.

Reminder: Parent/Teacher conferences are on Monday, October 28, and on Friday, November 1.  I look forward to meeting with you.

The homework for this week is as follows:

  • Spelling/vocabulary test of Lesson 6 in Wordly Wise on Wednesday.
  • Complete all the exercises in Lesson 6 of Wordly Wise.
  • Write up all the answers to the questions in Chapter 2 of Ancient Civilizations.
  • Study the definitions and questions/answers for the History Test on Thursday, October 24.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.  ~ John Dewey

Enjoy your weekend and have a grand week ahead!


Miss Susan