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Grade 6 - Mrs. Emond

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I have been teaching at St. Christopher School for over 10 years. I started teaching as a 5th grade homeroom teacher, where I taught science to 5th and 6th grade. Then I became a 6th grade homeroom teacher, where I currently teach math to the 5th and 6th grade.

I grew up in various cities throughout the US and Germany, until my father was stationed in Massachusetts, settling in Nashua, NH. This was a fortunate turn of events, because it brought me to St. Christopher’s, first as a member of the parish and second as a teacher. I graduated from Keene State College, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.

Visions of Sugar Plums...

Tis the Season!  There aren’t many weeks left in December.   I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break.  REST and RELAX!

The Jesse Tree is our main focus in religion.  The Jesse Tree is a pictorial representation of Jesus’ family tree.  The students made ornaments for the bulletin board, our mini class tree, and designed their own Jesse Tree.  We are also studying Advent and Christmas.    We will end December with a Christmas prayer service.  It takes place on Thursday, December 21st at 11:30.  The 21st is also a half day with no aftercare.  Please pick your children up at 12:30.

Please continue to use www.spellingcity.com to assist in weekly spelling practice.  The lessons for this month are 13 to 16.  The more you practice, the better your grade will be.  Don’t forget that all weekly spelling homework is due on Thursdays.

Our genre for the December book report is Christmas.  Each child picked out their favorite Christmas picture book.  They will read the story to their buddies using as much excitement and expressions as they can muster. For the month of November, our biographical character ran for president, and we made posters and speeches for their race.

In both 5th and 6th grade classes I have noticed a need to spend more time reinforcing the basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) at home.  A strong knowledge of the facts is necessary to do the more complicated math problems in our chapters.

In 6th grade math we finished our algebra unit.  We will start our integer unit.  Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide integers.  They need to have strong fact recall to succeed!  Extra help is Wednesday morning at 8 AM.  Please focus on M for www.ixl.com/signin/stchris.

The 5th grade is about to finish their first fraction chapter.  They will start adding and subtracting fractions next.  We will finish off the fractions unit shortly after Christmas break.  Extra help is Monday mornings at 8 AM.  Please focus on L for www.ixl.com/signin/stchris.

See you next year!  Mrs. Emond

 

November News

I can hardly believe that November is upon us.  We are closing the first quarter and report cards will be coming home on Wednesday, November 9th.  They are due back on Wednesday, November 15th.  As a reminder, conferences are Thursday, November 16th.  If you need another morning date, please let me know, so we can schedule a meeting.

In Religion we are studying the Old Testament.  We are currently focusing on Moses, the Exodus from Egypt, and the Ten Commandments.

In Literature we have just started our October Book Report.  The students picked a mystery book and will make a movie trailer out of their choice.  The book report genre for the month of November is Biography.  Their book needs to be approved by Friday, November 3rd.

The lessons in Spelling are 9, 10, 11 and 12.  Continue to use www.spellingcity.com, as many of the tests are on the iPads.  Lesson 12 is a review chapter and will be multiple choice.

Sixth grade math is currently working on Order of Operations and Pre-Algebra.  Students will be given multi-step problems that require a knowledge of the proper order to solve equations.  Students will solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division algebraic equations and expressions.  They are also completing the Tricky 24 project in class.  Extra Math Help is on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM, unless a change is announced in class.  The sections for www.ixl.com/signin/stchris are Z and AA.

Fifth grade is finishing up their division unit.  They will start their fraction unit.  We will study fractions for the next two months.  We will focus on greatest common factors, least common multiples, primes, composite numbers, and reducing fractions during the month of November.  Extra Help is on Monday mornings at 8 AM, unless a change is announced in class.  The sections for www.ixl.com/signin/stchris are D, F, and K.

Thank you,

Mrs. Emond

 

October News

We have hit the ground running and are off to a fabulous school year.  September was a very busy month filled with new things for everyone.

For the month of October, we will read Chapters 4 through 7 in our Religion text.  We continue our journey through the Old Testament, while being introduced to the Patriarchs.   Please note, all Religion Tests are take-home tests, but they are still TESTS.  Tardy and unfinished tests are unacceptable.   Chapters 6 and 7 do not have a test, as they are short lessons.  October is also the month of the Rosary.  We will focus on studying the Mysteries.

Continue to use www.spellingcity.com for practice spelling tests.  Spelling tests are taken on the iPads, and the more practice your child has during the week, the better he/she will do on Friday.  This month’s lessons are 5 through 9.  The only lesson not found on spelling city is 6.  It is a review of lessons 1 through 5.

In Literature, we have been using our class stories to focus on plot. In small groups, students wrote a poem summarizing their summer reading.  They are fantastic!  We have a very talented group. Our second book report genre is Mystery.  The book must be approved by October 6th.

In fifth grade math, the students are working on the multiplication unit.  The www.ixl.com/signin/stchris focus is letter C.  As a reminder, extra help for the fifth grade takes place on Monday mornings at 8 AM.

In sixth grade math, the students are also working on the multiplication unit, but they also have exponents and scientific notation within their chapter.  Math vocabulary is important.  All students have a composition notebook filled with vocabulary they need to know and study. The www.ixl.com/signin/stchris focus is letters B and H.  6th grade math help takes place on Wednesday mornings at 8 AM.

 
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