A typical 3rd & 4th period looks like this:
10:07-10:17 Independent Reading, RN letter writing and book talk presentations
10:18-10:25 Homework review...
10:26-10:55 Reading or Writing Units
10:57-11:00 bReAk TiMe!
11:00-11:10 Root Words (vocabulary)
11:11-11:50 Social Studies + Language Arts
*Homework part one: Students are expected to read 25-30 minutes, 5 days a week for homework. Reading is essential because every week students have to write a letter predicting, connecting or evaluating the book they are reading (they are given time in class). The letters are worth 12 points each and add up quickly! You will see them in Power School like this:
WK 1 RN Letter.
*Students are required to read 9 books from differing genres throughout the year:
Poetry, Award winner, realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, informational, and a biography/autobiography/memoir. Student are expected to give a 30 sec to 1 minute presentation on each of these required books to the class.
****However, as an entire 6th grade, we are also working on a 40 book challenge. (It’s just a goal, not a requirement) students can count all books that they read in class, books they read at home, books they listen to, books we read as a class... BOOKS! A little trick---Every 150 pages count as a book after the first 300 pages of any novel.
* Weekly Vocabulary Tests: Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the students are given a new Greek or Latin root word, along with derivatives that we make into a flash card, written on an index card. Then every Thursday we play a game and review the roots and derivatives. I remind the students to take their index cards home to study and to be prepared for our test on Friday. The cards and test are all given online. The students access them through Schoology. Please ask about the roots they are working on and have them study! Every 3 weeks, the students will take a root review quiz. They will receive effort points for their flash cards and the test is worth 20 points.
*Homework part two includes a Grammar/reading practice sheet. The students are expected to do a few problems a night, Monday-Thursday (or do it all in one night and have it ready for the whole week). Students bring them back EVERYDAY to go over assigned questions as a class.
Common Sites We Use:
The Home Page:
Mrs. Richins' Classroom Website!