January 12

Week of Jan. 18th, 2018

Happy 2018 Everyone,

We had a good first week back.  We started off the week learning some background and history about the play that we read this week called, “The Prince and the Pauper.” We learned vocabulary for our play and then today, we created our own personal seals that were very specific for us and I got to learn more about what each student’s hobbies and interests are. They really seemed to enjoy creating them. Coming up next week, we will be NWEA starting on Tuesday for the Language Arts portion in my class and during Mr. Trerice’s class for the reading portion. I hope that we will see an increase for every student. Hopefully, all of the students will keep practicing MobyMax for vocabulary, which will help them be successful on the test.  We will see all of you on Tuesday, enjoy your long weekend.

Mrs. Dear

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December 17

This week Dec 18th, 2017

We made it to our last week before Christmas break. Last week, we took a test on our story, “Tuesday of the Other June”, we also learned the difference between theme and plot and continued practicing how to find evidence and reasons in an argument. We also had a lot of time in  class to finish typing our argumentative essays on Google Classroom, in fact, they are due by Monday, Dec 18, 2017.  This week, we will read another story from our Lit. book and learn how to compare and contrast and learn more about theme too. I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas break and spend lots of good quality time with your families. We will see you in 2018.

Happy Holidays!

Mrs. Dear

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December 1

Week of Nov. 27, 2017

This week, we started our introductory paragraphs for argumentative essays that we are writing on video games, we practiced looking for evidence, reasoning and how to write  a good thesis sentence. We continued our reading groups learning different reading strategies. We learned what an opponent and a proponent means. Next week, we will continue writing our 5 paragraph essays.

I cannot believe it is December already. We only have three weeks until Christmas break.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Mrs. Dear


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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.