November 17

Week of Nov. 13th, 2017

We had a good week of learning this week. We continued learning and understanding what CER, claim, evidence reasoning is and how to identify each one in our reading. We also had a quiz on 8 words we learned about argumentative writing today, We also learned what it would be like to live on a Space Colony. I met with reading groups this week helping the students learn reading strategies that they can use when they read at home. By the way, the should be reading at home  every night for at least 20-30 mins to help them become better readers.

Thank you to the parents who attended parent -teachers conferences.  It was great meeting all of you. Thank you for letting me teach your children this year, I am truly enjoying all of my 6th grade students this year.

Next week is a short one. We only have two days, Monday and Tuesday, then we are off for the next five days.

I hope that each and every one of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends.

Mrs. Dear

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November 10

Week of November 6th, 2017

This week, our main focus was on claim, evidence and reasoning or CER. We learned the vocabulary for argumentative writing by doing a circle map, and we wrote a paragraph using all 8 words.  We read an article about how video games are good for you and also the opposite side, the violent side of video games.  We also started reading groups in  our class and are learning strategies that we can use with our good fit book.

Next week will will have conferences on Monday and Tuesday from 4-7:00 p.m. The conferences will be 5 min. conferences and will be on a first come, first serve basis, just sign in outside my door on the sign-in sheet.  I am looking forward to meeting all of my student’s parents. We will also learning how to look at more examples of CER in writing and  break down  each part. Towards the end of the week, we will start writing our own argumentative paper.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Mrs. Dear


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November 4

Week of October 31st.

We had another good week of learning.  We started learning about argumentative writing this week, and what CER stands for. Claim, Evidence, and reasoning. We learned that there is a pro side and a con side to an argument.  We read a story about whether or not video games are good for you, and read the pro side, this coming up week, we will read the con side looking for evidence.  Friday was last day of the 1st card marking.  Then on November 13 & 14 we will have parent/Teacher conferences from 4-7:00 p.m. both nights. I am looking forward to meeting all the parents of my students.

Finally, the students’ personal narratives that they wrote week are due no later then Monday, Nov. 6th. It  summative grade will go on the next marking period.

Please make sure that your child is reading every night.

Mrs. Dear


October 22

Week of October 16th,

Hello Everyone,

We had a good week of learning this past week.  We learned what Greek and Latin words are, including prefixes, suffixes and root words. We also worked on our outlines for our personal narratives that we are writing. On Friday, we started presenting our Summer Learning Book reports to the class. We should be able to finish those up on Monday. The rest of this upcoming week, we will be looking at ways we can write good paragraphs using lots of details and vivid words using our five senses, also using adjectives, adverbs, and similes and metaphors too. We will begin to write our essays and then learn how to peer edit our papers. I am planning on coming to the fall Festival on Monday night with my family, I hope to see you there too.

Mrs. Dear

***** Reminder the first marking period ends on November 3rd, so let’s try to get our missing work completed by then.

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October 18

Summer Learning Project – Book report

Our book reports were supposed to be due tomorrow, Thursday, October 19th, however, I am pushing it back one day until Friday, October 20th, 2017 instead. We will be presenting them to the class on Friday for a summative grade.  please see Google classroom for the assignment.

Mrs. Dear

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October 15

Week of October 9th, 2017

We had another great week of learning. We started off with taking  test on everything that we have learned so far, story elements, plot, pyramid of action, point of view, and the different types of conflict in a story.   The middle of the week, we started learning about figurative language including similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, allusion, alliteration,  idiom, and oxymoron.   We will start looking for figurative lang in our good fit books. Then at the end of the week, we started to brainstorm ideas that we could possible use for our personal narratives that we will be writing in the next two weeks.  So thing week, we will be learning how to write a good narrative. We will also start learning about suffixes and prefixes.

This Wednesday, October 18th, we have a late start day.


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October 1

Week of Sept. 25th, 2017

This past week the students learned many things  including the types of conflicts that authors use in their writing with their characters such as external and internal. We learned how to make Frayer models for the vocabulary words that learned this week that went with our story, “All Summer in a Day.”  We also learned the 4 different types of conflict and learned to differentiate between the various types.  Most students finished taking their Reading NWEA with Mr. Trerice. We will be looking at or scores and setting our goals for the next time we test in the winter. We are still learning to write paragraphs through our bellwork using a topic and closing sentence. This coming up week, we will start doing our Daily 3 rotations in class mid week.  After your child  reads for 30 minutes each night, ask them to tell you what they read about.


September 22

Week of Sept 18th, 2017

We had a good week of learning this week. Some of us still need to be reminded of the classroom rules and how to be nice to others and also how to not talk when the teacher does.

We completed our NWEA testing in the Lang. section of the test and some are still testing for Reading with Mr. Trerice, but should be finished by early next week. This week  we learned about story elements and the five parts of a plot. We have been learning how to read to self for a longer period of time.

Next week, we will be starting our Daily 3 rotations including read to self, word work, and writing. I will also be giving a district pre -writing assessment on argumentative writing. Then we will be working on how to write an argumentative essay.  I asked the students to please bring in a two pocket folder with some lined paper in it to keep in our room for our Daily 3 rotations.  Please make sure your child is reading at least 30 minutes a night.

If you could send in some Kleenex and some glue sticks for our classroom, that would be wonderful.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Dear

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September 15

Week of Sept 11, 2017

We had a  great first week of school. We are still learning our classroom  and the schools’ procedures and expectations, some students more than others. We visited the library to get our good fit book. We learned about story elements , and will be learning more next week such as plot and theme,  and we will be writing our first argumentative essay. We will also be taking the NWEA test in Reading and Language Arts this will help us also  determine our Reading Lexile  score so that we can pick our good fit books more easily.  We are also learning to work together as a community of learners. I cannot wait for next week. Students should be reading at least 20-30 minutes every night to help build their vocabulary as well as their stamina and comprehension.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Illustration of Kids Reading Different Books

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September 8

Great First Week of School

We had a great first week of school in my classroom. We learned a lot our school polices as well as our classroom rules and expectations. We did some ice breaker activities and learned about our classmates and are working on becoming a community of learners. We learned how to use proper etiquette, the 5 Ps, who we are as Vikings and what we stand for, how we are good Samaritans.  We also learned over and over again to always bring a positive attitude and a smile to not only my classroom, but to school in general. I am so excited to getting to get to know all of my students this year. I am still learning names, but I will learn them all soon.

Reminder: Please make sure to bring in your composition book, a folder with lined paper,  and a one-subject notebook. Please don’t forget to bring in the half sheet of paper signed by your parents to show that you went over my syllabus.

Next week, we will be going to the library to check out our good fit book and will start on Daily 3, “Read to Self” to build stamina.  We will start getting setting up our interactive notebooks too.

Have a great weekend!!

Mrs. Dear

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