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WELCOME  TO 6A 2017 - 2018

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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Wednesday,November 1- All Saints Day
School Mass - 9:00 A M
Thursday,November 2- All Souls Day St. Joe's Visit to Grades 5 & 6(at St. Catherine's) 8:00 A M
Thursday, November 9 -Veteran's Day Assembly
Friday, November 10- No School Veteran's Day
Tuesday, November 14 - Sixth Graders Go to St. Joes's
Thursday, November 16 -Holy Family Visit to St. Catherine's
Friday, November 17 - Grades 5&6 Field Trip to Strawbery Banke
Saturday & Sunday, November 18 and 19 -St. Catherine Holiday Fair
Monday, November 20-Thanksgiving Mass 9:00 A M
Tuesday, November 21- Thanksgiving Feast

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
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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 Bella Skoglund- November 9
Ben Furey - November 24

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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
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

Gary Paulsen
Gerry Spinnelli
Kate DiCammillo
Katherine Patterson
Rick Riordan
Lois Lowry
Richard Peck
Sharon Creech
Natalie Babbit
Paula Fox
Brian Jaques
Betsy Byers
Andrew Clements
Louis Sachar



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READING- November is a continuation of" The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch", written by local Christian author T.M. Gaouette. This is the story of a couple whose love and faith  bring them to open their hearts and home to several troubled foster children. It is about a family devoted to God. It relays the personal journeys of the foster children and their struggles to overcome past and present pain and adversity, and their triumph through the strong love and faith of their foster parents. We will also be visited by the author to discuss the story!
As the "leaders" of the school, I also hope to generate a bond with the sixth graders and 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.
They read  on Halloween to the pre-k and kindergarten, and had a fantastic time!
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. The students are completing the third unit, and learning to incorporate the new vocabulary in their writing. The test on Monday, November 13 will be inclusive of the words from the first 3 units.

Unit 4 is an expository essay entitled " The traditional Art and Science of Healing."

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 class novel. They will also construct an appropriate book report.

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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. Having reviewed the first cultures, the Paleolithic through Mesolithic periods, October began with our exploration of Mesopotamia, The Fertile Crescent. We explored the geography of the area, the complex civilization of the cities of Sumer,the Dynasties, Kings, Government and laws and life,  the rise of the two empires of Babylon and Assyria, and the birth of Judaism.
November finds us in Ancient Egypt. We will be spending time examining the elements of government, religion, and the economic system that made this the first great civilization. Pharaohs, pyramids, mummies, and Hieroglyphics are some of our discoveries in this unit on life in the Nile River Valley.
Students have made pyramids, in Social Studies class,(serenaded  by Ancient Egyptian music),and are creating mummy death masks in art class.
They will also be writing messages in Hieroglyphics!

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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. 
We are beginning Unit 2, God Forms a Family of Faith.
In this unit, we will follow Abraham, Our father in faith, and God's chosen one Jacob. This leads us through the Israelite's Journey into Egypt. This unit ties in perfectly with our social Studies Unit on Ancient Egypt.

READING-  The beginning of November will continue with the Journeys program.  Our next story, Double Dutch",  is a narrative non fiction celebrating the sport of the double dutch jump rope teams.They will incorporate the reading skills of inference and prediction. The target skill is sequencing events, and inferencing unstated events. They will learn the skill of summarizing details in sequential order in reading and writing.
On completion of this story, we will begin our first class novel, "Holes", by Louis Sachar, an award winning featured author in our Journeys program.
A boy and his friends in a youth detention center for juveniles begin to question the motive of the center's administrator when they are forced to spend their days digging holes on the property.
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. November begins the third unit with a magazine article entitled "The flight of the Monarch". It follows the journey of the migrating Monarch butterfly.(focus,  homographs) Test Monday, November 13.
Unit 4 is a "Wagon Train Diary",a young girl's journey west during the time of the California gold rush. (Word study includes words that describe behavior, and study of analogies.)

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. We will also be creating our own jump rope rhymes.

 Our unit of grammar will entail study of sentence structure; writing in complete sentences, parts of sentences, and sentence types, use simple and compound sentences and learn the features of dialogue; with a focus on word choice to show what characters are like, or revealing points of view.

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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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