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WELCOME  TO 6A 2017 - 2018
LIVE LIKE YOU ARE LOVED!


SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA MISSION STATEMENT
Saint Catherine of Siena, Deeply rooted in its Catholic Faith, fosters spiritual development, academic excellence, and a commitment to serve others.


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I am looking forward to seeing my former fifth graders in sixth grade. Let's have a fabulous year!
TUESDAY,AUGUST 29 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (FULL DAY)
WEDNESDAY,AUGUST 30 - Full Day
THURSDAY,AUGUST 31 - Full Day
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 -MONDAY SEPTEMBER 4 LONG LABOR DAY WEEKEND
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11- Opening School Mass
9:00 A M
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 - Back to School Night for parents 6:00 P M
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 - GRANDPARENTS DAY!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 - Diocesan Formation Day

GRADE  6 SPECIALS
Monday - Computers
Tuesday - Spanish
Wednesday -Music
Thursday - Physical Education
Friday - Art

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Incoming fifth and sixth graders
1container of Clorox wipes
2 highlighters
2 large boxes of tissues
small calculator
1 roll paper towels (2 for sixth graders)
3 LARGE cloth book covers for textbooks
5 folders with pockets
scissors
4 one subject notebooks
1  1 inch binder/ sixth grade only
20 plastic sheet protector
colored pencils
12 # 2 pencils with erasers
3 glue sticks
zipper pencil case
4 black or blue erasable pens
2 red pens for corrections
markers or sharpies
1  12 inch ruler
2 composition books
1  package of  5 black dry erase markers





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LANGUAGE ARTS MRS. ABRAMSON

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GRADE 6

READING- We begin the year with Our Journeys Reading Program. The first Story is entitled "The School Story", a realistic fiction by Andrew Clements, a popular children's author. We will examine character traits, and how they affect a story plot. We will also review some of his other books, several of which I have in my vast classroom library. We will continue through the Journeys stories through September, and will begin a unit study on our first classroom novel in October(to be voted on by class).
As the "leaders" of the school, I also hope to generate a bond with the younger grades by visiting their classrooms and reading to them. Therefore, we are exploring my large collection of picture books, and choosing some to practice the skill of reading aloud expressively.
I have given the sixth graders a yearlong reading challenge to read at least 30 books by the end of the year. I have an extensive library in my classroom, and students are welcome to borrow from it, provided they  care for, and return the books.  A list of good books to read can be found at the bottom of this page!

VOCABULARY WORKSHOP-  This is an auxiliary program  with challenging vocabulary, and stories designed to build the student's vocabulary. We will be doing a unit every other week. We have begun the first unit, a short first personal narrative by a young boy traveling to trade in the city of gold,(Timbuktu) in the 1400's.

WRITING-Students will be regularly writing, learning the writing process.  They will be working on book reports, research writing, persuasive writing, narratives and poetry. Their first assignment in response to our reading story will entail the use of writing dialogue.
We will be incorporating the proper use of grammar in their writing. Our first look at writing mechanics involves the parts and types of sentences.
SOCIAL STUDIES
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Our study this year will entail an investigation of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, China, and India. We are beginning our exploration of Social Studies with a look at the 8 strands of Social Studies, and the study of different types of maps, visuals and graphics to enhance their understanding of the landforms, natural features, and resources that helped in the development of the great  ancient civilizations.

RELIGION
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Grade 6 will be exploring the books of the Old Testament this year. We begin by exploring the bible, its contents, and how to find books and passages. The first unit explains God's plan for salvation for his chosen people, and how he revealed Himself . His Revelation is handed down through the Bible, and Tradition. The events and recollections that people had of God were passed down from one generation to the next, and their experiences would shape what would eventually be written down.
GRADE 5
READING- We initiate our fifth grade reading program with the first story in the Journeys Reading program. The title of the story is "A package For Miss Jewels", by the award winning author Louis Sachar. This is a fictional humor writing. Our focus skill is on story structure, examining details about characters, setting, and plot. Students will learn to summarize a story. We will also investigate some of the award winning books by Louis Sachar, hopefully to spark student interest in reading. We will continue through September on stories from our Journeys Program. In October, we will begin a class novel unit study,(novel to be voted on by class).
I have offered a reading challenge this year to the fifth graders to read 30 books. If they are interested in taking the challenge, they have been given reading logs to keep track of their progress.  I have many, many selections in my class library, and a list of "GOOD READS"
can be found at the bottom of this page!


VOCABULARY WORKSHOP- This is an auxiliary program of stories and skills to enhance the student's vocabulary. We will be doing a unit every 2 weeks. We have begun the first unit with a folk tale of  "Why Bears Hibernate."

WRITING - The fifth graders will be writing on a regular basis. They will be learning the writing process, learning to construct proper sentences, and appropriate paragraph structure. They will be writing book reports, personal narratives, research,"How To" pieces of writing, opinions, descriptive stories, and poetry. 
We will incorporate proper use of grammar mechanics. 
Their first writing, in response to the Journeys story will be a fictional narrative paragraph. Our first unit of grammar will entail study of sentence structure; writing in complete sentences, parts of sentences, and sentence types.

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GRADES 5 AND 6 SPELLING BEE
Students from grades 5 and 6 have received the preliminary list of spelling bee words for their respective classes. They have been given a booklet as a study aid, in which, each night, Monday through Thursday, they will define 5 words from the designated list, and write a sentence for each word. These lists will comprise their spelling test words through the month of October.  The spelling bee for St. Catherine School will be scheduled the last part of January, and the winner will go the NH State Spelling Bee on the Saturday at the beginning of February vacation.

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HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS ARE POSTED EVERY DAY ON THE HOMEWORK BOARDS FOUND IN EACH OF THE FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE CLASSROOMS. EACH STUDENT HAS BEEN GIVEN AN ASSIGNMENT BOOK, AND TIME AT THE END OF EACH CLASS TO WRITE ASSIGNMENTS AT THE END OF THE DAY. DON'T  LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT IT!


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GOOD BOOKS FOR GRADES 5 and 6
Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
Shilo by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt
Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
A Gathering of days by Joan W Blos
The War that saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
The True Adventures of Homer P. Fig by Rodman Philbrook
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K Rowling
Hoot by Carl Hiassen
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznic
The iron Ringby Lloyd Alexander
Holes by Louis Sachar
Sideways Stories b Louis Sachar
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
Crispin by Avi
A Long Way to Chicago by Richard Peck
The Giver by Lois Lawry
SAVVY by ingrid Law
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
The View From Saturday by E.L. Konisburg
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Good Masters, Sweet Ladies: Voices From a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
Johnny tremain by Esther Hoskin Forbes
Abel's Island by William Steig
Alabama Moon by Watt Key
All the way home by Patricia Reilly Giff
Midnight Fox by Betsy Byers
The Upstairs room by Joanna Weiss
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'dell
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Charlie Bone by Jenn Nimmo
The silent Boy by Lois Lawry
 SERIES
Among the Hidden (shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The City of Ember by Jeanne Dupreau
The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
The Chronicles of Narnia C S Lewis
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Dear America Series

AUTHORS
Gary Paulsen
Gerry Spinnelli
Kate DiCammillo
Katherine Patterson
Rick Riordan
Lois Lowry
Richard Peck
Avi
Sharon Creech
Natalie Babbit
Paula Fox



Brian Jaques
Betsy Byers
Andrew Clements
Louis Sachar