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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.

Christmas Wishes…

“But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom” (Isaiah 11:1)

We have kicked off our Advent season with a focus on the Jesse Tree.  The Jesse Tree is a pictorial representation of the genealogy of Jesus’ family.  It begins with Jesse, King David’s father, and continues to Jesus.  The sixth graders are creating their own Jesse Trees and they will be on display outside of 6E.

We will hear the words:  Peace, Waiting, Hope, “The Coming”, Preparing, Anticipating, and Joyful Expectation throughout this Advent season.  We are waiting for the arrival of the Prince of Peace, Jesus.

Literature has us preparing for Christmas with “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens.  We read a six scene condensed version of his very famous play.  The children focus on peace, kindness, and goodwill.  For our December book report we will practice reading aloud a children’s storybook.  Students will work on reading aloud clearly, loudly, and with expression.  Their actual book report will be to read their story to their buddies in 1M.

In Spelling we will test on Lessons 11, 12, 13, and 14.  All lessons except 12 can be found on www.spellingcity.com.  Lesson 12 is a review of Lessons 8, 9, 10, and 11.

Our student teacher, Miss Anna Cooper from Rivier College, will be teaching all four math classes.  The fifth grade students are working on a recipe project involving adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions and mixed fractions.  Miss Cooper is teaching fractions using notes, practice, and interactive games.  Step-by-step, as they learn a new skill, they will add a piece to their project.  The sixth grade is finishing the integers unit with a “Connect-the-dots” project in which they graph their own design of an animal on the coordinate plane and list the coordinates to recreate the animal.  The sixth grade will begin a fraction unit with divisibility rules, prime numbers, greatest common factors, and least common multiples.  These skills will help them add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions and mixed fractions into simplest form.

Please continue to drill your children daily on their mathematical facts.  They are an essential part of every lesson we do.  Without having them memorized, they will find it difficult to perform more complicated tasks.

Don’t miss the sixth grade prayer service on December 23rd at 9:15 AM.  6E will be preparing this event.  Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas holiday!

 


 

Gobble, Gobble

           Well, it looks like Mother Nature started this month off with her own “Trick” or perhaps for some it was a “Treat”.  With the four missed school days, I can say that I truly relieved my childhood with all the crafts and board games.  It does make you realize how much we rely on electronics.  I must admit, I very much enjoyed the time my family spent playing together. 

            With that said, we are back in business.  For about the next 8 weeks, we will have a student teacher, Miss Anna Cooper, teaching with us.  She will eventually teach all four math classes.   Miss Cooper has been with us for about a week and a half observing how I teach the math class and creating her own lesson plans using our text book.  She has jumped right into preparing lessons for the fifth grade.  We are starting our very long fractions unit.  We begin by using divisibility rules to identify prime and composite numbers.  Then we work on factors and finding prime factorization using factor trees.  Miss Cooper will be bringing in different math games that deal with finding the greatest common factor.  I can’t wait to see what she has come up with.  Next we will be simplifying fractions, so keep up the great work with maintaining knowledge of the multiplication table. You will need it. 

            In sixth grade we are finishing the unit on order of operations.  We have worked hard using PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponent, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction) to make sure we solve multi-step math problems correctly.  We also use the mnemonic Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.  Then we will begin a unit on positive and negative integers.  We will have to add, subtract, multiply and divide integers.

            In Religion we created a Liturgical Year Journey Staff.  We studied the Catholic calendar and illustrated pictures to depict each season.  Using a stick, we attached our illustrations to remind us of the order of the Liturgical Year.  It came out beautifully.  We have also created cinquain and haiku poems about the patriarchs from the Bible and Ordinary Time.  We continue to study people, places and events from the Old Testament.  We will be studying about Moses and God’s plan for him and the Israelites for the next few weeks.

            Our adopted sister is Sr. Marilyn, and she will be visiting on Wednesday the 9th.  She is a wonderful adopted sister, and we enjoyed her visits last year. 

            We are creating book covers for our October Book Report.  For the month of November, your child should be reading a book from the biography genre.  The book needs to be read by November 30th.   Remember, every Friday we have a Literature test on the weekly story. 

            Your child has a Spelling chapter every week.  We do not skip around in the book; we go in order.  We will have chapters 10 – 12 this month.  Spelling words can be found in www.spellingcity.com, if the book is forgotten.  The spelling test is every Friday.  Monday they write their spelling list 3 times each.  Tuesday they complete an activity, and Wednesday they complete the three pages found in the text.  All Spelling work is due on Thursday for a grade.

            Don’t forget that Parent Teacher Conferences are held on November 22nd.  November 23rd is a half day.  Students need to be picked up by 12:30, and there is no afterschool care.  November 24 – 27th is our Thanksgiving break.  I hope everyone has an enjoyable, relaxing time.    

 

We are off to a great start!

317429_10150799483585720_449151905719_20490174_1536678176_n If you haven’t already seen it, you have to check out the sixth grade mural.  6E painted and put together the beautiful 9-11 Remembrance mural.  6E, 6W, 5C, and 5M traced and cut out their hands to complete the stripes of the flag that drapes the globe.  They did a fantastic job!

The sixth and fifth grades are finishing up a math chapter on place value, expanded form, addition, and subtraction.  We will be multiplying and dividing next.

Our “free choice” book report book needs to be read by the 30th of September.  The Book Report is completed in class.

Don’t forget to utilize www.spellingcity.com in preparation for the spelling tests.  It is a great website to help study for the tests.

 
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