Welcome to Ms. Higgins' 6th Grade Block Class!!

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Fourth Quarter is here!
Important DUE Dates:
Monday, June 2: Inquiry Project DUE
Friday, June 6: ALL book talks

Working Smarter?


Did I pre-write/brainstorm my answers before I responded?


Did I restate the question in my response?


Do I have a strong topic sentence?


Did I support my answer with detailed evidence from my sources?


Did I edit my answers to ensure proper grammar/conventions?


Did I read my answers aloud to check for clarity and fluency?


Did I find 10 or more changes for quality?


Working Smarter!

The Notice and Note Strategies we are using in class..Notice-and-Note-Signposts-Sheet.pdf
Inquiry Paper: Inquiry-Flow-Chart.doc

Tuesday, June 3:
*Inquiry Presentations
*Book Talks
Complete Table of Contents

Monday, June 2:
*Inquiry Presentations
Ch. 37
*Turn in Portfolio Cover!

Thursday, May 29:
*Book Talks
*Social Studies:
Ch. 36 The Birth of Christianity
*Work on Portfolio
HOMEWORK: AM Block, please return parent form

Wednesday, May 28:
*Book Talks
*Social Studies:
Continue with Inquiries

Tuesday, May 27:
*Book Talks
*Social Studies:
Continue with Inquiries

Friday, May 23:
*Writing/Inquiry: Research Inquiry topic
*Writing: Type "STudent Spotlight" article

Thursday, May 22:
*SOcial STudies: Ch. 34
*Writing: Type My Room poem

Wednesday, May 21:
*Social Studies: Ch. 33
*Writing: Poetry: My Room

Tuesday, May 20:
*AM: MSP Reading
new seating arrangement, illustration of poetry, reading, inquiry time

Monday, May 19:
*Inquiry: Introduce project, sign up for topics
*Social Studies: Ch. 32
*Language: "Head of the Class" review of terms

Friday, May 16:
The Ducks, discussion sheet with group
*Book talks

Thursday, May 15:
*Social Studies: Ch. 31 prepare and present info
*Reading/Poetry: Poetry discussion questions "The Duck"

Wednesday, May 14:
*AM Block: Ch. 30 HA!, illustrate poetry, Ch. 31
*PM Block: Ch. 31

Tuesday, May 13:
*PM Block: Ch. 30 HA!, illustrate poetry

Monday, May 12:
*Social Studies: Share a component from Ch. 27
*Grammar/Language: Share a component from Parts of Speech collage
*Reading: example text and questions....practice!
HOMEWORK: keep reading! All book talks and genre requirements DUE June 6th!

Friday, May 9:
*Social Studies: Ch. 29
*Reading: Example text with questions
HOMEWORK: Parts of Speech Collage DUE MONDAY!
Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 8:
*Writing: finish "Where I'm From" poem; type
*Language: review all terms/parts of speech
*Reading: read narrative text; answer comprehension questions; pull evidence to support claim
HOMEWORK: continue working on Parts of Speech collage....due Monday!

Wednesday, May 7:
*Social Studies: Perform Ch. 28 skits...Persian Wars
*Language: Interjection/Conjunction review
*Writing: Poetry...write "Where I'm From" poem based on parent interview
HOMEWORK: Work on parts of speech collage

Tuesday, May 6:
*Language: Adjective/preposition review
                    Parts of Speech collage homework overview
*Social Studies: Ch. 28
HOMEWORK: "Where I'm From" interview due TOMORROW!
Parts of Speech collage....due date to be determined.

Monday, May 5:
*Computers: Practice MSP online tools
*Language: Verb/Adverb review
HOMEWORK: Interview parent(s) for "Where I'm From" poem...DUE Wednesday!

Friday, May 2:
*Library....time to READ!
Synonym/Antonym practice and game
                    Noun/Pronoun review/practice
CH. 27 IS DUE! Congratulations on finishing a challenging project. I cannot wait to see your work!

Thursday, May 1:
*Lanuage: Figurative Language
*Vocab: share illustrations...WalkAbout
*Grammar: Parts of Speech review
                    Synonym/Antonym practice
HOMEWORK: Ch. 27 is DUE tomorrow!!!!!

Wednesday, April 30:
*Social Studies: Ch. 27 time..last day of class time to work on project!
*Reading/Writing: Score AM/PM Baseball papers...find the top notch submission!
HOMEWORK: Ch. 27...make sure A,B and C are done this evening so you can focus on the cover, table of contents and grade defense tomorrow.  ALL are DUE on FRIDAY!!!

Tuesday, April 29:
*Entry task: Idioms...fill in the blank
*Language: common vocabulary terms used throughout the school year. Each student will have a word he/she is responsible for.  Must create a definition, example and illustration showing the use of that word. We will share these tomorrow!
*Writing/reading: "Baseball" practice MSP write
HOMEWORK: Continue working on Ch. 27...due on Friday! Do not forget: cover page, table of contents, grade defense.
**Finish Vocab. Word half sheet IF you did not finish in class...

Monday, April 28:
*Entry task: Figurative Language review
*Social Studies: Ch. 27 time...we have the COW so you can begin typing!
*Language: review Fig. Language/share foldables
HOMEWORK: work on Ch. 27, book talk and read!!
Friday, April 25:
*Language: Figurative language foldable...homework for parents!!
*Writing: score "Great Wall" paper

Thursday, April 24:
*Last day of Literature Circles!!

Wednesday, April 23:
*Reading: "The Great Wall" text: fluency, comprehension questions
*Grammar/vocab: astro/astra; graph/gram
*Synonym/antonym review...prepare a memory game
HOMEWORK: Make sure all Literature Circle jobs/tasks are DONE

Tuesday, April 22:
*Social Studies: Time to work on CH. 27 Independent Project
*Reading: Time to work on Lit. Circle jobs/tasks
*Writing: Score "The Moon" text responses

Monday, April 21:
*Reading: "The Moon" text: fluency, comprehension questions
*Social Studies: Ch. 27 Research Assignment (due in two weeks)
HOMEWORK: Keep reading! Work on your Literature Circle tasks, too. :)

Friday, April 18:
*Grammar/Vocab: Prefix review "ex" and "in"
*Present/Communication: Individual presentations of your Greek God/Goddess and myth!

Thursday, April 17:
*Literature Circles!

Wednesday, April 16:
*Entry Task: prefix "ex" practice
*Social Studies/Writing: Finish your myth; prepare your presentation for Friday
*If time: Lit. Circle time....
HOMEWORK: Don't forget! Literature Circles are tomorrow. You must have your reading completed along with 2 vocab words, your Reading Reflection and job.

Tuesday, April 15:
*Social Studies Enrichment/Writing: Create your own Greek God/Goddess

Monday, April 14:
*Free Write: illustrate, diagram, write about your break....we will share shortly!
*Entry task: Describe the geography of Greece
*Social Studies:
Ch. 26: The Rise of Democracy; discussion of four forms of government
HOMEWORK: Continue reading, working on Lit. Circle jobs!
For those of you that need to, finish Ch. 25

Friday, March 28:
*Finish root/affix game!
*Social Studies: Research of Greek God/Goddess

Thursday, March 27:
Book talks
*Grammar Vocabulary:
Finish affix/root word review

*Social Studies: Research of Greek God/Goddess

Wednesday, March 26:
*Writing: finish cinquains, haikus
*Book Talks
Affix/root word review

Tuesday, March 25:
*Writing/Poetry: finish your Haikus, begin cinquains
*Odds/Ends: Literature Circle time, glue Sumi-E painting, affix/root work

Monday, March 24:
Writing/Poetry: Haikus!
*Social Studies: CNN Student News...note taking
*Reading: Book Talks
HOMEWORK: Book talks are due Thursday, at the latest!

Friday, March 21:
*Writing: Describe an experience where you showed bravery.
*Reading: Read an article about a teen who climbed the One World Trade Center illegally.  Using explicit evidence, make inferences about the boy and the situation.
*Share: your plot stories from Wednesday...eek!

Thursday, March 20:
Literature Circles!

Wednesday, March 19:
*Preview: What do you know about Greece?
*Writing: Creative write...picture snapshot to prompt your story. Must have a plot: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
*Reflection: discuss yesterday's performance of "The Odyssey".  What traits of a hero did Odysseus represent?

Tuesday, March 18:
*AM Block: finish painting!
Lit. Circle time
Redesign seating arrangement
*All 6th grade: OJP at Washington Center for Performing Arts
"The Odyssey"

Monday, March 17:
*Socratic Seminar: complete reflection on process
*Ancient China: Sumi-E painting...overview and paint!

Friday, March 14:
Socratic Seminar: Facebook article
Sum-E painting!

Thursday, March 13:
*Literature Circles!
HOMEWORK: make sure you bring your Facebook article and corresponding handout!

Wednesday, March 12:
*Reading/communication: Article on Social Media...annotate, respond to prompts, generate questions....Discuss!
*Grammar/Vocab: Root/prefix/suffix practice!
Context Clue practice/review

Tuesday, March 11:
Sub in AM
*Social Studies/Communication: present Prezi; provide Rose/Thorn for each student
*Lit. Circle: Time for reading/jobs
*Grammar/Vocab: Root/prefix/suffix practice!

Monday, March 10:
*Social Studies: Finish Prezi presentation re: Ancient China Inquiry
*Reading: Time for Lit. Circle reading/jobs

Friday, March 7:
*Computers: Continue working on Inquiry!

Thursday, March 6:
*Literature Circles: Our first meeting!
HOMEWORK: AM Research questions are due Monday
                          PM Research questions are due Friday...tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 5:
*Social Studies: Continue working on Inquiry research
*Library: Discuss/agree upon a Lit. Circle book!

Tuesday, March 4:
*Social Studies: Get your computer and start working on your inquiry! Ancient-China-Inquiry.doc

Monday, March 3:
*Social Studies: Ancient China research questions...a bit of time to work on these!
*Ancient China: A film on the Forbidden City
                           Chinese Writing bookmarks
*Discuss/Decide Lit Book: With your group, decide on what book you will read for our first round of Lit. Circle meetings
HOMEWORK: AM block--China questions due Monday, March 10; PM block--China questions do Friday, March 7

Friday, February 28:
*Social Studies: continue Ancient China questions
*Vocabulary: root/prefix/suffix practice
*Library: browse Lit Circle books; check out personal books

Thursday, February 27:
*Writing: free creative write based on two images...make sure you include exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution!!
*Social Studies: Work on Ancient China questions