This Week in Zixth Grade

We’ll wrap up our unit on The Giver this week with all quizzes and discussions completed and all projects turned in. Our final test will be on Thursday, May 14.

In Science, we’ll look at natural cycles and how they affect ecosystems.


  • Identify the meanings, pronunciations, syllabication, synonyms, antonyms, and parts of speech of words, by using a variety of reference aids, including dictionaries, thesauri, glossaries, and CD-ROM and the Internet when available.
  • Use graphic organizers in order to clarify the meaning of the text.
  • Use reading strategies (e.g., drawing conclusions, determining cause and effect, making inferences, sequencing) to comprehend text.
  • Describe the plot and its components (e.g., main events, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution).
  • Identify the theme in works of prose, poetry, and drama.
  • Identify natural cycles that affect ecosystems.
  • Describe the way people can affect natural cycles.
  • Look for steps in the carbon cycle.


  • Selected Practice Book pages 206-218
  • RS 23-24


  • Tuesday, May 19
    • The Sixth Grade Musical “The Granny Awards” is at 9:30am.
  • Wednesday, May 20
    • Sixth Grade Celebration: 9am – 11am is the Award Ceremony and cookies/punch (Parents Invited)
    • Lunch at the Park (Eegees) for Students
    • WATER DAY 12:30 – 3pm for Students
  • Thursday, May 21
    • Rattlesnake Ridge Staff vs. Sixth Grade Kickball game
    • Early Release at 12:10pm – No lunch served

Chapter 2 Review: Ecosystems

Play this matching game to prepare for the test this week.

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Elephant Symbiosis II by John and Mel Kots

Our AIMS testing is nearly complete. We’ll participate in a field test related to the new state Math standards, and we’ll catch up on any make-ups testing this week. Also, our Reading work will help us to understand what it takes to be a genius. We’ll learn that being a genius isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. In Science, we will answer the question “how do organisms interact?” We’ll identify symbiotic and parasitic relationships between organisms in ecosystems.


  • Identify problems and evaluate solutions.
  • Compare and contrast.
  • Identify plural forms of words.
  • Choose the correct definition for a multiple-meaning word.
  • Use dictionary etymologies.
  • Observe how organisms help each other.
  • Describe how organisms compete within an ecosystem.
  • Explain symbiotic relationships.


  • Practice Book 137-151
  • RS 18-19
  • Science Links from page 93 (choose one)


Practice Book scores for PB 122-136

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AIMS Assessment officially begins this week when we take the Writing assessment on Wednesday. Make sure to get plenty of sleep on Tuesday night and eat a good breakfast that morning. Drinking a glass of water before coming to school will also help your mind to be laser-focused for the assessment.

In addition to the Writing assessment, we will also be reading about the famous painter Chuck Close. The story of his life is almost as amazing as his painting. In Science, we will continue to learn about animals in their ecosystems and proofread, revise, and publish our work about owl pellets. Hold on tight, it’s going  to be busy week!


  • Compare and contrast a person at two different times in that person’s life.
  • Write statements of comparison and contrast.
  • Read words with suffixes -ent/ence, -ant/-ance, -able/-ible, and -ate.
  • Learn that many common words have their origins in languages other than English.
  • Use a dictionary to find word histories.
  • Identify and correct double negatives.
  • Identify and write contractions.


  • PB 122-123 (selected pages)
  • Weekly Skills Tests
  • Owl Pellet Essay
  • RS 16-17
  • AIMS Writing Assessment (Wednesday)

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By Brian Scott

This week we dissect owl pellets as we explore organisms and their ecosystems. We’ll try to identify what owls eat by the waste they expel. We’ll also work to identify problems and solutions in several reading selections.


  • Identify problems faced by characters in a selection.
  • Evaluate alternative solutions and select the best ones.
  • Read plural forms of nouns, including irregular forms, and identify the singular form.
  • Write plural forms of words ending with f or o.
  • Use sentence context to identify the appropriate dictionary definition of multiple-meaning words.
  • Identify and use possessive and indefinite pronouns.
  • Identify and write who, whom, and whose correctly.
  • Learn how animals obtain nutrients.
  • Identify an ecosystem’s energy source.
  • Describe how energy moves through an ecosystem.
  • Sequence: Look for the sequence of organisms, from producers to decomposers, in a food chain.


  • Practice Book 107-119
  • The Diet of Owls: Lab Report, Data Sheet, and Analysis

Practice Book Score Log

For those students who haven’t logged in scores from completed Practice Book pages, use the links below to enter that information.

Practice Book 23-37

Practice Book 38-52

Practice Book 53-67

Practice Book 69-83

Practice Book 87-101

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Variations of Green by Giant Ginkgo

We begin two new units this week. In Reading, we read the first in a series of selections on doers and dreamers. This week’s dreamer: Jackie Joyner-Kersee. In Science, we zoom out from our cell study to examine organisms in their environment. We’ll answer the question “What are ecosystems?”


  • Word Roots ven and graph
  • Identify persuasive techniques commonly used in propaganda.
  • Distinguish between statements included in propaganda that are supported by facts and statements that are not supported by facts.
  • Read words with parts ven and graph.
  • Write Spelling Words that end with /iz/, /iv/, /ij/, /ik/, /cher/, and /es/.
  • Identify antonyms in sentences or sentence pairs.
  • Identify subject and object pronouns
  • Use correct pronouns in compound subjects and objects.
  • Compare different climates.
  • Describe how organisms interact in ecosystems.
  • Explain how climate affects ecosystem diversity.


  • Practice Book pages 87-99
  • Chapter 1 Assessment Corrections
  • RS 14-15

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It’s the week of the Science Fair! We’ll display our projects for judging Tuesday from 1-3 PM, and the projects will be on display in the Rattlesnake Ridge Cafeteria from 5:30-7 PM Tuesday night. Parents are welcome to join us on Tuesday night to see the projects and find out which students will represent our school in the Regional Fair.


Aesop’s Fables

District Writing Assessment

Practice Book Scores PB 69-83

This Week in Zixth Grade

We will read myths from three different countries: Greece, Mali, and Mexico. As we read, we will identify the common characteristics that all myths include.

In Science, we’ll spend Monday and Tuesday preparing for our Chapter 1 Test on Wednesday. We’ll review concepts about cell theory and the survival strategies of different types of plants.


  • Identify story elements of the myth genre.
  • Discuss the use of realism and fantasy in particular myths.
  • Read words with prefixes and suffixes.
  • Read words with variant consonant pronunciations.
  • Find the meanings of English words derived from myths.
  • Use adjectives following linking verbs.
  • Complete sentences using good and well correctly.
  • Review chapter concepts in Science


This Week in Zixth Grade

As we finish our seed germination lab this week, we’ll compare results to find out what seeds need to germinate and which resources seeds can do without. We’ll also read about the ancient cultures of Mali, Ghana, and Songhay

  • Identify the topic, main idea, and details in the selection.
  • Read words with unstressed syllables.
  • Use a dictionary to find meaning of words with prefixes and suffixes.
  • Identify adverbs athat modify verbs and adjectives.
  • Write comparative and superlative forms.
  • Identify the needs of plants and ways they are met in the environment.
  • Distinguish between vascular and non-vascular plants.
  • Essay: What does a seed need to germinate? What can it do without?
  • Practice Book pages 38-50