Welcome to the Sixth Grade Website!

"Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God."

We are having a wonderful year so far planning our mission throughout the Sixth Grade Crusader Club and planning a Sixth Grade sponsored Harvest Dance, all of which display that we are the light that comes from God, his true disciples.  In addition, beginning October 9th, the fifth and sixth grade students will be beginning a 30-week program as an introduction to Robotics through a partnership between the NH Lego League and St. Benedict Academy.  We have so much to look forward to this year!
In Religion we are learning and reviewing the topic God's self-Revelation through his creation, the Bible and in his son, Jesus Christ, that God is the source of all life and that we are made in his image and likeness as well as through humanity how sin entered the world.
 As a supplement our "We Believe" series, we will also be incorporating many discussions based on Apologetics which may assist the students in dealing with challenges which make us wonder about God's plan for us and how he expects us to respond.
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.  The first novel we will begin with is called "Shooting Kabul," which is an excellent book about a twelve-year old boy whose family escapes Afghanistan, realizing they have left someone behind.  Adjusting to life in the United States is not easy for this twelve-year old boy and the prospects of locating a lost sibling in a war torn Afghanistan seem slim. When a photography competition with a grand prize of a trip to India is announced, this young man sees his chance to return to Afghanistan and find his sibling.  But can one photo really bring his sibling home?  Overall, it is a powerful story of hope, love and perseverance based in part by the author's husband's own experience fleeting Soviet-controlled Afghanistan in 1979.  The students will be doing daily vocabulary and comprehension as well as independent supplemental activities to enhance the overall theme of the novel as well as an appreciation for a different lifestyle and culture.
In Writing, we 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.  Initially, each student will be creating and designing brochures about themselves where they will be graded on grammar, editing, overall composition, presentation, and timeliness.
In Math, the students will be reading and writing whole numbers through the trillionths place and decimals through the millionths place in standard and expanded form, estimating, adding and subtracting whole numbers, decimals, and money amounts, writing word and mathematical expressions, evaluating addition and subtraction expressions, and writing equations to solve problems.

In Spelling,  each week we will review the 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. 

Throughout both classes, students will be given the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning throughout use of microscopes and conducting experiments as well as providing their own pictures and vocabulary to assist them throughout chapter outlines.  In addition to chapters throughout our Science books, we are keeping up to date with current science by reading issues of "Science World."  This allows the students to apply literacy in Science, reading informational text where they must determine central ideas and summarize key supporting details, graphing, vocabulary enrichment, writing and hands-on activities to supplement the text as well.
Throughout the first unit the Fifth Grade Class will be investigating parts of flowering plants, plant cells, plant processes, classifying plants, and structural adaptations. 
Throughout the first unit the Sixth Grade Class will be studying the structure and life processes of cells, including mitosis, protists and fungi, and bacteria and viruses.

*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:

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Important Dates:

October 6-Picture Day-smile!!!

No School-Columbus Day

October 23-Sixth Grade Harvest Dance, 6:30-8:00

December 8-Art Show