Welcome to 6th Grade!

Ms. Sullivan’s Homeroom
Weekly Homework

From November 1st – November 20th, the 6th graders will be promoting and running the annual fall food drive.  In addition to the work they’ll do at school, I invite all 6th graders to use some of their own money, even $1, to purchase food for the drive.

Monday, November 19th
Language Arts:  Study vocabulary (15 minutes)
Literature:  Book talks
Science:  Make a comic for the 6 lines of defense
Other:  Last chance to donate for the FOOD DRIVE!

Tuesday, November 20th
Literature:  Finish typing Seedfolks rough draft
Language Arts:  Study vocabulary (15 minutes)
Science:  Bacteria packet
Tech:  Practice test

Wednesday, November 14th
Language Arts:  Lesson 4 vocabulary note cards, workbook page 20
Literature:  Book talks
Science:  Take notes on link from Mr. Tice’s webpage and the Kahn Academy article
Math:  Dividing fractions worksheet
Other:  Dress uniform tomorrow, food drive

Thursday, November 15th
Science:  Complete virus slide (due Monday), study
Language Arts:  Study vocabulary (15 minutes)
Social Studies:  Finish “Pyramid of Power” and Nile River Valley guided outline
Literature:  Book talks
Other:  Food drive

Friday, November 16th
Language Arts:  Study vocabulary (15 minutes)
Literature:  Book talks
Science:  Virus slide, construct a virus (optional)
Other:  Food drive, dress uniform Monday

Current Class Work

Book Talks
Book talks are a way for students to choose a book within a genre and share it with the class.  Students will prepare a 2-4 minute oral presentation on the book, including a short plot summary, character explanation, and recommendation, with evidence from the book!  In addition, 6th graders will create a visual presentation from one of the many book talk menu choices.  This is an opportunity for students to show great effort and creativity, and to practice speaking in front of a group!

The 1st trimester genre is mystery.  Use the following link for ideas.    Book talks will take place on the following days: October 26th, November 2nd, November 8th, November 16th, and November 30th .  Please refer to the schedule under the Book Talk Info tab.

Lesson 4 Vocabulary
bias:  n. a position that favors one opinion, group, or set of beliefs over another
cite:  v. to give credit to a source of information
distribute:  v. to spread or scatter over an area
environment:  n. the natural world
improvise:  v. to make up as one goes along, to create in the moment
involve:  v. to include as a part
negative:  adj. disagreeable, unhappy, harmful, or bad
predict:  v. to say what is going to happen in the future, often using observation or experience
ratio:  n. a comparison or relationship between two numbers or quantities
significant:  adj. important or having influence, having special meaning
text:  n. written words; a piece of writing
transmit:  v. to pass something, such as a signal, from one person, place or thing to another

Test:  Wednesday, November 28th


Mesopotamia Invention Project

L.O.  I will make a detailed, labeled chart of 10 significant Mesopotamian inventions.
S.L.E.  Life long learners who think critically, creatively, and independently

*10 inventions
*Illustration (one picture per invention)
*Description/Significance (What was the invention’s purpose?  How did it help Mesopotamian society?)  These should be 2-3 sentences in length and written in your own words.

  Project Timeline/Due Dates
1) Title and one invention completed             due: Friday, October 5th
2) Five inventions completed                           due: Friday, October 12th
3) Eight inventions completed                         due: Friday, October 19th
4) Final Poster                                                      due: Friday, October 26th

**Please make sure you are writing your descriptions and significances in your own words to avoid plagiarism.
**Please include a full middle school heading and a list of your web sources on the back of your poster.


Seedfolks Chapter 14

You are the author for the final chapter of our class novel, Seedfolks.  The last character in the story is you!

L.O. I will compose a new chapter in Seedfolks, connecting my own story to the novel.
S.L.E. Articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively

Consider the following questions when creating your Seedfolks chapter:
1.  Which characters are you connected to? How?
2.  What is your connection to Cleveland, Ohio?
3.  What is your contribution to the garden?

Your chapter should be 3-5 paragraphs, and written in first person.

Due date:  Thursday, November 29th
Please follow the rubric below:
_____ / 5 Chapter is written in a personal narrative style (1st person).
_____ /5 Connections to the novel are evident and include several references to the story.
_____ / 5 Chapter includes 3-5 paragraphs and could easily fit into the novel.
_____ / 5 Spelling and grammar are correct.
_____ / 5 The “No Excuses” list is followed correctly.
_____ / 5 Assignment was completed and turned in on the due date.

Science Fiction Story
L.O.  Using the elements of fiction, I will compose a creative story.
S.L.E.  Articulate ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively

*Create an original science fiction story set in the future.
*Include the five elements of fiction into your story (setting, characters, plot, point-of-view, theme)
*Include a good amount of description so that your readers can understand and imagine your story.
*Follow the “No Excuses” list for typed work.

Optional:  You may illustrate a cover for your story.
Final draft due:  Wednesday, October 17th


Mesopotamia Final Test Study Guide


Main Ideas
*Why was Mesopotamia also called the “Fertile Crescent” and “The Cradle of Civilization”?
*On what continent and modern day country was Mesopotamia located?
*What type of jobs did people do during Paleolithic times?  During Neolithic times?
*What is the difference between a city-state and an empire?
*How did domesticating animals help people in early civilizations?
*How did job specialization help improve people’s lives?
*Why was farming such an important lifestyle change?

Test:  Thursday, October 25th

Literature Notes


Executive Functioning Lessons

1) Materials management

2) Time management

3) How to use detail in your homework planner

4) How to use the CUCC method (circle, underline, count, complete) when you receive a project or assignment