Mrs. Carroll's Classroom

5th & 6th Grade
Sherry Carroll
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"Walk with your feet on Earth, but your heart be in heaven." 

-St. John Bosco

 

Apr 22

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6th Grade Newsletter

April Christian Value: Kindness

Week of April 18th - April 22nd  

Dear Parents,

         The 6th graders have been hard at work completing their Geometrocities. During this unit, the students have been learning a variety of geometrical terms and concepts from both linear and 3D perspectives. Our primary focus this past week has been transforming (2D) linear nets into (3D) geometrical solids. I have truly enjoying watching how each student adds his or her personal creative touch to these projects. As we close finalize our projects this week, the students will create “tourism postcards” inviting St. Max students and parents to visit their cities. This event will be held on Wednesday, April 27, from 2:00-2:25 PM in the school science lab. Keep an eye out for your personalized invitation!

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

RELIGION: “The Prophets Speak to the People"

MATH: Geometrocity – Phases IV and VII

READING: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

  • Vocab Skills
  • Cloze Reading
  • Comprehension

GRAMMAR: Cumulative Language Review

SOCIAL STUDIES: WWI (Minnesota Perspective)

SCIENCE: Properties of Compounds – pH

TECHNOLOGY: Global Climate Change Research/

   Google Docs Project

 

SCIENCE FAIR WRAP-UP

As with the past two fairs I’ve worked with this class on, I cannot say enough about the incredible and impressive results! Each of the students represented our school in a very knowledge and respectful fashion. The tri-fold boards looked amazing, and best of all – the students successfully executed the scientific process! This is project-based learning at its best!! This past Thursday, the students presented their individual experiments to the class with confidence and poise. I’m so proud of these kiddos!

EAGLE BLUFF

We are running out of time to find a required fourth male chaperone for Eagle Bluff. In order to join us, all chaperones need to be VIRTUS certified, and must also have a background check completed. Please let me know ASAP if you know of an adult male who can join us. 

 

God’s Blessings,

Mrs. Carroll

Apr 19

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6th Grade Newsletter

April Christian Value: Kindness

Dear Parents,

            I’m happy to announce that we all made it through the accreditation process. Several of the 6th grade students interacted with members of the accreditation team, and as usual, they were considerate and respectful. We were surprised to learn that one person from the accreditation team has written two books on the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. As luck would have it, he walked into our classroom while we were reading our social studies digital text and was kind enough to spend the next 20 minutes giving us more insight and details into the war. He also took time for student questions. It was a great learning moment!

We have also begun our 3rd Trimester literature study – “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." We will be applying all the literary skills and concepts we have learned throughout this year as we evaluate and analyze each chapter. During this month-long unit, new concepts will also be introduced, as well as several projects and activities. Our culminating project will be watching the original "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" movie and then completing a standards-based comparative analysis between the book and the movie. 

One final note – I have personally purchased each student a book to use. For added protection, I covered them in plastic (good thing I didn’t forget those library skills!). I told the students this morning, that they are responsible for ensuring the books are returned to me in a condition similar to how they received them. Students will need to pay an $8.00 replacement fee if their book is lost or is returned to me damaged

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

RELIGION: “We are Prophets” Craftivity

MATH: Geometrocity – Phases I and II

READING: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

LANGUAGE: “The Sea” by James Reeves

  • Denotation, Connotation
  • Figurative Language
  • Poetic Structure

WRITING:  5-Paragraph Argumentative Essay

GRAMMAR: Writing Process Review

SOCIAL STUDIES: US/Dakota War of 1862

SCIENCE: Properties of Compounds – Solubility

TECHNOLOGY: EasyBib Text Citations

SCIENCE FAIR REMINDER

The 6th grade Science Fair will take place in the school gymnasium at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 19th.

Please allow your child to work as independently as possible to complete this project. This is truly the best way you can prepare them for their academic futures. In addition to science concepts, this project also helps student become independent, critical thinkers through planning, developing, creating, and prioritizing. Don’t let your child lose out on these important life skills! 

 

EAGLE BLUFF

Our Eagle Bluff environmental field trip is May 9-11 (Monday-Wednesday). The permission slips were sent home last week. Please complete and return as soon as possible.

I have enough female chaperones; however, I am looking for another 1-2 dads who would be willing to attend. 

God's Blessings, 

Sherry Carroll

 

St. Maximilian Kolbe School is a Catholic community where all members are dedicated to the total development of each child, thus providing the foundation for a Spirit-filled and sacramental life.

 

 

Apr 04

 

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6th Grade Newsletter

April Christian Value: Patience

 

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."

-Aristotle

 

As we enter our 3rd trimester of learning at St. Max Kolbe School, the 6th grade class is embarking on a learning strategy that is truly one of my favorites: Project Based Learning. With project-based learning, students develop a deep knowledge of a skill or concept through the exploration of real-world problems and challenges. Each week, this is exampled in our LabLearner Science Lab where students are given real-life challenges involving collaborative experimentation, investigation, and problem solving. Additionally, the upcoming Science Fair and our previously created Liturgical Calendars (currently on display) are also great exemplars of this effective learning strategy in action at St. Max!

The current project-based learning activity features Geometry, and challenges the 6th graders to apply previously learned mathematical skills and concepts to plan, design, and create an individual "Geometrocity" (a unique 2D/3D city of math). Many of the math concepts used for this project have real-world applications, including architecture, engineering, and design. As of one of the final phases of our process, we will create "tourism postcards" inviting younger students and parents to view our Geometrocities. We will then display our creations in the hallway! I'm looking forward to seeing the end results!!

 

SPECIALIST SCHEDULE

Monday – Physical Education

Tuesday – Library

Wednesday – Physical Education

Thursday – Music, Band

Friday – Adoration, Benediction, Music, Band Lesson

 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

RELIGION: Prophets Challenge the People

MATH: Geometry – Polygons, Geometrocity

READING: Shades of Meaning

  • Synonyms/Antonyms
  • Figurative Language
  • Denotation/Connotation

WRITING:  5-Paragraph Argumentative Essay

GRAMMAR: Independent & Dependent Clauses

SOCIAL STUDIES: Chapter 9 – US/Dakota War of 1862

SCIENCE: Properties of Compounds – Investigation #1

TECHNOLOGY: Google Docs Tips and Applications 

 

SCIENCE FAIR

The 6th grade Science Fair will take place in the school gymnasium at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 19th.  Students have been given their physical science/ engineering instructional materials and should be in the process of completing this project.  

Please allow your child to work as independently as possible to complete this project. This is truly the best way you can prepare them for their academic futures. In addition to science concepts, this project also helps student become independent, critical thinkers through planning, developing, creating, and prioritizing. Don’t let your child lose out on these important life skills!

 

EAGLE BLUFF

Our Eagle Bluff environmental field trip is May 9-11 (Monday-Wednesday). Information will be sent home soon! 

 

God’s Blessings,

Sherry Carroll

St. Maximilian Kolbe School is a Catholic community where all members are dedicated to the total development of each child, thus providing the foundation for a Spirit-filled and sacramental life. 

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