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GRADE 6A





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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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MONTH OF THE ROSARY

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Monday, October 1 - School Mass 9 A M
 Monday, October 8 - No School (Columbus Day)
Tuesday, October 9 - Mass , Bishop Libasci officiating
Friday, October 12 - Progress Reports
 Friday, October 19 - No school for students, parent conferences




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GRADE 6 SPECIALS SCHEDULE 
Monday- Computer 10:45 -11:25
Tuesday -Spanish 10:20 - 11:00
Tuesday - P E  1:30 - 2:10
Wednesday - Music 10:20 - 11:00
Thursday - Library 10:20 - 11:00
Friday - Art 10:20 - 11:00


             
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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
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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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
  








LANGUAGE ARTS MRS. ABRAMSON

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GRADE 6

READING Journeys Reading program, various class novels.
VOCABULARY WORKSHOP- This is an auxiliary program promoting a strong foundation in vocabulary. 
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. Writing mechanics involves the parts and types of sentences. We will be working  on writing descriptively, grammar skills include use of adjectives, adverbs, use of a variety of sentence types and exploring "voice" in their writing.
Students will also be learning to properly answer essay questions, and summarizing in conjunction with their reading story, the focus is on organizing details.

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.
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RELIGION 
Christ Our Life Program

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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. 
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GRADE 5
READING-  - Journeys Reading program, as well as several class read novels.

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.

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 writing, in response to the Journeys story, will be a personal narrative, sequencing  events, and focus on word choice in responding to the reading.


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GRADES 5 AND 6 SPELLING BEE


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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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