Grade 6

Lent is here!  What a wonderful season of the church year where we can work on getting closer to God through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  The 6th graders have been reviewing the meaning of this season.  Your child should tell you about our Lent project that is centering around prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.   You might be finding purple strips of paper in their pockets when you are doing the laundry!

In Social Studies class, the sixth graders are studying Ancient China.  We looked at how river valleys, mountains, and deserts influenced the development of Chinese civilization.  We will also study the society in early China, including the great religious and philosophical systems that were created.  We will end the chapter looking at the Qin and Han dynasties and the changes they brought to China in the areas of religion, trade, government, and technology.

In Math class, we have started studying integers.   We have identified ways that integers are used in the real world.  We have graphed integers and their opposites.  We have looked at how to identify when one integer is greater or less than the other one.  We will also study absolute value and graphing ordered pairs in all 4 quadrants.  All of these concepts will be used not only this year but also in future Math classes. So, please encourage your child to see me for any additional help.

Our Iowa Tests of Basic Skills starts next week.  Help your child come prepared to takes these tests. They should try their best and have a positive attitude about the tests!  They should get a good night’s rest and eat a good breakfast so that they are ready to go!

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Susan Pokey


In Social Studies class, the sixth graders have been working very hard on research for their wax museum speech.  I am very proud of the work that they have accomplished the past few weeks.   Thanks to parents for helping with a costume and listening to their speech.  We have started to study Ancient India, also.  We will look at the earliest Indian civilizations, how climate and geography affected India, the two main religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, and India’s first empires.  There will be many new things about the ancient India that your child will learn. 

In Math class we have started to study ratios and equivalent ratios. As we continue in the chapter, we will study unit rates and percents.  Encourage your child to see me for any additional help.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Susan Pokey


Advent is near!  During this season the 6th graders will be using different prayers to start and end our day together.   Our morning prayers will allow us to think about the history of Jesus’ family and our afternoon prayers will center on Christmas traditions.  We will also be using a daily calendar with good things to do to help us open our hearts and lives to coming of Jesus on Christmas.   We will also be participating in the Builder’s Club project.   Information will be coming home about that project. 

The 6th graders have started studying the ancient Greeks in Social Studies class.  We will look at the geography, the first civilizations, the city-states of Sparta and Athens, the start of government, and the causes and effects of Greek wars with Persia.   There will be a lot of new things about the ancient Greek that your child will learn.  We have also started to talk about the Wax Museum which will be held during Catholic Schools Week.  Your child should be thinking about who they would like to research for this memorable event.

In Math class we have started Chapter 3 titled Algebraic Expressions and Properties.  We will look at the definition of an algebraic expression and variables.  We will evaluate and write algebraic expressions. We will look at the properties of addition and multiplication, as well as the distributive property.   We will use this to simplify algebraic expressions by combining like terms.  All of the concepts in this chapter will be continued throughout their middle school Math classes and into high school.  Pretty important chapter!  Encourage your child to see me for any additional help.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

 


The 6th graders have started studying the Ancient Israelites in Social Studies class.  We will look at their beliefs and early history, the history of the kingdom of Israel, and the growth of Judaism.

In Math class we have finished working on multiplying and dividing of fractions and mixed numbers.  We have now moved on to learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals.

In Religion class we continue to use our Pflaum Gospel Weeklies to study the Sunday Gospel. You may have noticed these coming home in the family folder.  Your child can share this information with you each week.   There is a wealth of information that applies to the Sunday Gospel.  There are family connections in each one.  I encourage you to look at these and discuss with your child and the entire family before you head out the door to Church on the weekend.

We are planning Mass for Friday, November 22.  We will select songs and write petitions.  Come and pray with us.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Susan Pokey


The 6th graders have started studying Ancient Egypt in Social Studies class.   So far we have studied the geography of Ancient Egypt, the start of its government, and their social classes.  One highlight so far was practicing writing in hieroglyphics.  Depending on the letters in our names, some of the students found it easier than others.  We had also written in the Ancient Mesopotamian writing called cuneiform in Chapter 1.   We then discussed which one was easier.  Ask your child which writing s/he liked best!

In Math class we have finished Chapter 1 on powers, order of operations, and finding the Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiply of two or more numbers using prime factorization.  Of course, we really are never finished, as we will continue to use these topics throughout the year.  We will be starting Chapter 2 on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.

In Religion class we have been using our Pflaum Gospel Weeklies to study the Sunday Gospel. You may have noticed these coming home in the family folder.  Your child can share this information with you each week.   There is a wealth of information that applies to the Sunday Gospel.  There are family connections in each one.  I encourage you to look at these and discuss with your child and the entire family before you head out the door to Church on the weekend.

We had a wonderful Retreat Day on Friday, September 20.  The students learned about all the many gifts and talents that they bring to our class.  They also learned new things about their classmates.  We stressed the importance of inclusion, respect, and acceptance of all of our classmates.  In case you haven’t seen the pictures on the SKDS Facebook page, I’ve included a few below. 

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Susan Pokey

  

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WELCOME TO MIDDLE SCHOOL 6TH GRADE FAMILIES!
I am very happy that you made the decision to send your child to SKDS. Thank you! The 6th graders have been working very hard at learning new routines.
In Religion class we have been completing a couple activities to get to know each other. Sixth graders are getting adjusted to their new Math book. It is a different series than what they used in the lower grades. The first two lessons are on whole number operations and writing and finding values of powers.
This year 6th graders will be studying Ancient Civilizations in Social Studies class. We did a fun two day activity where we tried to survive on our own and then as a group. Both days we needed food, water, and shelter. It was much easier to do as a group. This helped us to see the factors that contributed to the formation of the first human societies.
Upcoming Events:
Friday, September 20-Retreat
Friday, September 27-6th Graders Lead Mass, come pray with us!
As always, any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Mrs. Susan Pokey

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