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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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 Thursday, May 10 - Ascension Thursday Mass 9:00 A M
Monday, May 14 - School Mass 9:00 A M
Tuesday, May 15 - Art Show, Spring Concert 5:30
 Thursday, May 17 - Field Trip to Production of "Hairspray" at St. Joseph's 9:30 Grades 5 and 6
Monday, May 21 - Mass 9:00 A M
Wednesday, May 23 - CMC Books for Babies Fundraiser DRESS DOWN
Friday, May 25, Memorial Day Service 8:00 A M
Monday , May 28 NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day
Tuesday - May 29 tour of Coke facility Londonderry, lunch provided Grade 6
Thursday, May 31 Field Day at St. A's

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

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MAY 4 - Sawyer Mullen

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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

CLASS CODE -RYKQH (Mrs. Abramson)

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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- The sixth grade was blessed  with a visit from the author of the novel "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch, T M Gaouette. They spent an hour in discussion with her about her story, and the process of writing and publishing a book. It was a most pleasant and educational experience for all, and we are grateful for the visit!
 The first week of May begins our new classroom novel, "The Devil's Arithmetic". This is a historical fiction about a young Polish girl's experience during the Holocaust of the 1940's n Europe.
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 learning to incorporate the new vocabulary in their writing.
We are currently on unit 11.
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.

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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.
We have finished our study Ancient Egypt, examining the elements of government, religion, and the economic system that made this the first great civilization. Pharaohs, pyramids, mummies, and Hieroglyphics were 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), painted scarabs with Mrs. Furey, and are creating mummy death masks in art class.
They also had fun writing messages in Hieroglyphics!
February completes Indus River Valley. This civilization began on the Indian subcontinent about 8,000 years ago. Two of the world's great spiritual traditions, Hinduism and Buddhism trace their roots to ancient India.
We will finish our study Ancient Chinese Culture in the Huang He Valley. Beginning over 6,000 years ago this culture influenced most of Asia, and cultures in other parts of the world. It is a story of soldiers, scholars, emperors and farmers.
The month of April brings us to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and the study of the cities of Ancient Greece, its economy, government and culture. 
Students will also be working on their ancient culture projects.
May finds us in Ancient Rome. From a small village in the rocky hills of Italy, Rome would build a large and powerful empire, and become one of the world's largest and most beautiful cities. The great empire of Rome would deeply influence the future of Europe's civilization.

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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 completing Unit 2, God Forms a Family of Faith.
In this unit, we followed Abraham, Our father in faith, and God's chosen one Jacob. This leads us to Unit 3, the Israelite's Journey into Egypt. This unit ties in perfectly with our social Studies Unit on Ancient Egypt.
 We will explore The Book of Exodus, and God's rescue of His Chosen People from slavery. The 10 commandments are handed down, the Ark of the Covenant created, and the Israelites reach Canaan.
 This first week of March , in chapter 15, we continue following the Israelites to The Promised Land, Moses dies on Mt.Nebo, and Joshua becomes a strong and fearless leader.
April brings us to the study of the Period of Judges.
May brings us to an exploration of the Period of Kings.

READING-  The beginning of May will continue with the Journeys Reading Program.
The  unit of stories that we continue to explore concentrates on tales about the Revolutionary War, which coincide with the fifth grade Social Studies program. Skill study includes fact and opinion, conclusions and generalizations, and analysis and evaluation. In grammar we will explore regular and irregular verbs, as well as prepositional phrases.
Our next fifth grade class novel is "Number The Stars".
This is a historical fiction about the German invasion of Denmark, and a young girl's family bravely helping to rescue a Jewish family from Nazi persecution.
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.
Fifth grade will begin Unit 11. This is based on a magazine article about the national Ski rescue Team.
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.

 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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