The Latest and Greatest
"Write to be understood, Speak to be heard, Read to grow."
Goldstein’s Latest and Greatest
Welcome to 6th Grade:
Your sixth graders are an impressive group. We began the year examining a rather large concept, theme - a universal truth about life itself, a deep concept for anyone to contemplate. But don’t worry, we are exploring this issue in terms every 6th grader can understand and enjoy - the acronym SLIME. (You’ll have to ask your child about it as the weeks progress.) While examining this idea, students are learning how to support their ideas with textual evidence and state it in a cohesive writing piece.
To further explore this concept, students have read a Langston Hughes's short story, “Thank You M’am.” Not only have they discussed and debated issues from this text, but they are jumping into the role of an attorney composing a letter to Honorable Judge Goldstein (it has a nice ring to it!) on behalf of their client Roger. As always, ‘attorneys’ had to provide evidence on their client’s behalf and then present their appeal orally to the judge.
The teacher –home connection is an important one. Students benefit the most when the parent and caretaker work together. For this reason, I keep my line of communication open at all times. If there is a change I should be aware of in the child’s home life or situation that might impact him/her at school, feel free to make me aware of this. If you have any questions or concerns as well, please feel free to reach out to me as well.
Having said this, sixth grade is a great time for students to be gaining a sense of self and independence. As a team, we can foster this growth by encouraging self-advocacy. If your child is having difficulty with my work, or forgets an assignment, we should encourage your child to approach me. Learning to workout a solution on his/her own is a wonderful skill. (You should still feel free to follow up if you have any questions or concerns.)
Make sure your child is continuing to do his nightly reading. Ask him about his books, especially the details about the characters. What are the characters like? What are they feeling? How does your student know this (evidence)? What problems are arising in the book? How are the characters handling these problems? These are the questions we are continuing to look at in the classroom.
HOMEWORK: 30 minutes reading nightly MOSTLY!
Reading is a great way to continually improve their reading skills and make reading part of their life. Encourage your child to read nightly. Ask him about his book, especially the details about the characters. What are the characters like? What are they feeling? How do they know this? What problems are arising in the book? How are the characters handling these problems? These are the questions we are continuing to look at in the classroom.
Thank you again for letting me getting to know your children. I look forward to a phenomenal year.
Mrs. Goldstein’s website: http://graftonps.org/Domain/226
Sixth grade homework website: http://graftonps.org/Page/2475