Welcome to the Sixth Grade Website!

Sing to the Lord a new song.  Sing to the Lord all the Earth.   Psalm 96:1

It's great to see a week without snow in the forecast! :)  All the students will be looking forward to February Vacation.  Once we return from vacation, we'll be preparing for Lent. During the 40 days of Lent, we think about what it means to "give up, take up and lift up."  Throughout the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, our relationship with Christ is deepened and discern where God is working in our lives.  We will be taking part in Operation Rice Bowl as we do annually with some of the other classes.  Through Catholic Relief Services, we hear stories from our brothers and sisters in need worldwide, and devote our Lenten prayers, fasting and gifts to change the lives of the poor.

The Sixth and Third grade classes would like to say "Thank You" to our community for assisting us in our Annual Coat Drive.
We have been blessed with one of our former St. Benedict Academy Alumni, Miss Lauren, who is our new weekly Art Student from NHIA who will be working with us on Thursdays throughout the next six weeks.  We have a great deal to look forward to.

In Religion, the Second Unit of our series, "We Believe," will focus on an enslaved people, a free people, a conquering people to a royal people who become quite prosperous as well as the importance of Advent and how the church prepares us for the celebration of Christmas. As a supplement to our series, we will be discussing Apologetics with the students to enhance their overall capacity to confront and respond to major intellectual and cultural challenges they face today.  Each Friday we will be engaging in discussions questions and reflections based on the Sunday Mass and Holy Day liturgy.

In Reading, we will be reading varied types of genre throughout "Scholastic Scope" and supplemental group books where we are integrating knowledge and ideas, using close-reading and critical thinking questions, vocabulary and implementation of the writing process.  Throughout the year we will be reading the novels "Shooting Kabul," "A Long Walk to Water," "Out of My Mind," and "Number the Stars"/"Klipfish Code."  Once we return from vacation, we will be starting the novel "A Long Walk to Water."

 "Shooting Kabul" takes place in the summer of 2001 when a twelve-year old boy and his family make the difficult decision to illegally leave Afghanistan and move their family to the United States.  Adjusting to life in the United States isn't easy for this boy's family as the events of September 11th unfold.  When a photography competition with a grand prize trip to India is announced, the boy sees his chance to return home to find a lost family member.  But, can one photo really bring them home? This is a story of love, hope and perseverance based on real events experienced by the author's husband.

 The New York Times bestseller, "A Long Walk to Water" is a story about one of the "lost boys" of Sudan  and a girl who fetches water from a pond by making a two-hour walk twice a day.  Both characters are survivors and their stories go on to intersect with each other's in an astonishing and moving way. 

 "Out of My Mind" is the story of a brilliant girl who cannot speak or write.  She has an amazing photographic memory and refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy.  Her brave spirit and brilliant mind will change forever how anyone looks at someone with a disability.

Lastly, we will be reading the novel "Number the Stars" and/or "The Klipfish Code.  Both novels are middle school novels filled with excitement and suspense.  The twelve-year-old characters throughout both books experience the Nazi occupation in various areas throughout the Holocaust.  They learn about responsibility, secrecy and loyalty as they take risks to uphold their beliefs.  Both novels incorporate a deep respect for freedom held by their people and their careful attempts to thwart the power of the Nazis in their homelands.  The heart of the characters and the spirit of the young patriots make these both truly enjoyable and informative novels. 
In Writing, we will be working in our "Grammar for Writing" textbook along with other supplemental lessons throughout "Scholastic Scope" and other texts where we are learning various parts of speech and are able to incorporate it throughout frequent diagramming of sentence structure.  Throughout using these as well as our Reading series, we will incorporate what we are currently learning in Reading and apply this to varied types of writing and the writing process. 

In Math, the students are learning about number theory and fractions which includes prime & composite numbers, greatest common factor, prime factorization, mixed numbers and improper fractions, renaming fractions as decimals and comparing and ordering rational numbers.

In Spelling the students learn words at the beginning of the week and the patterns the words follow such as Latin and Greek Roots as well as the students choosing supplemental words.  The students will be responsible for completing the packets for homework.  Packets will be handed in on Friday and they should be prepared for a weekly test on Friday as well.
I am responsible for teaching both the 5th and 6th Grade Science Classes while Mrs. Timpe teaches both grades for Social Studies.  This is an excellent opportunity for the students to experience switching classes as well as being prepared for class with the appropriate materials and assignments. 

Each Friday the 5th and 6th Grade Classes will be meeting to take part in a Lego Robotics Program sponsored by Dan Hughes (also known as "Dan the Lego Man") who works at numerous public schools throughout the area as part of the New Hampshire Lego League.  We will be learning a great deal from him-not only Robotics, but also team collaboration, problem solving, critical and analytical thinking and applying the Scientific Method.  The kids love working with Dan and look forward to every Friday and what he has in store for them!

The Fifth Grade Class did a wonderful job presenting their Simple Machines Projects this week and is continuing to learn about ecosystems, the organisms that inhabit them, and the relationships they share.

The Sixth Grade Class is beginning to investigate physical and chemical changes, atomic structure, elements, compounds and mixtures and the differences between them in addition to acids and bases and the pH scale.

*Please refer to the Fifth Grade Website to see what your children will be learning in Social Studies.
If you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me or write me a note.  I am also happy to meet with you at a time which would be convenient for both of us.  Thank you once again for sharing with me the opportunity to teach your children and the blessings each and every one of them brings with them to share.
God Bless,
Mrs. LaPalme

Additional Information:

All students need BOOTS and winter gear every day.  Be sure to check www.wmur.com for school closings or delays as well as Facebook and an email sent out from the school to notify you.  
Important Dates:

Monday, February 20- No School, Presidents Day

February 27-March 3- February Vacation

Monday, March 13-Friday, March 17-Terra Nova Testing, grades 2-6