Homework: Monday, August 27, 2012

Math: H1-5. If you did NOT finish your independent practice, it must ALSO be completed.

Spelling: Complete task “D2.” That is “Do the assigned worksheet.” Please review your spelling manual with your parents, reading the letter and reviewing what affixes, prefixes, roots, and bases are. Remember, you need to do parts “A,” ” B,” and choose ONE task from the “C” section on both sides of the worksheet.

Writing: Complete page 12 of sentence diagramming. Complete a 1st draft conclusion for your crest and motto essay.

Reading: Read 30 minutes.

Homework: Thursday, August 23, 2012

Writing: Idiom Project is due tomorrow (unless I spoke with you to extend your deadline). Finish page 7 of the sentence diagramming packet. THERE WILL BE A SHORT QUIZ TOMORROW OVER COMPOUND SUBJECTS, COMPOUND PREDICATES, AND A MIX OF THE TWO. 🙂

Math: H1-2 (That means finish workbook chapter 1, lesson 2). If you DID NOT finish the independent practice, you MUST get that finished as well.

Reading: Read 30 minutes. Read the blog. Keep exploring! There is a lot to see!

Homework: Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Writing: Idiom Project Due Friday. Read and REREAD your idiom’s history/origin. Summarize it (without plagiarizing). Create a sentence that uses the idiom then REWRITE the same sentence using literal language.

Example of sentence using idiom: “I’m not angry anymore. It’s all water off a duck’s back.”

Example of sentence with literal language: “I’m not angry anymore. It’s over and done with.”

Math: None

Reading: Read the blog. Continue exploring! And work on the “Curiosity Challenge”
 posted previously this week!

FORMS: Parents, PLEASE take a few minutes to get the back to school forms filled out and returned by Friday. I especially need the parent contact forms on card stock with emails, cell, work, and home numbers as well as parent names. This is a huge help for communication for me. Thanks! 🙂

Homework: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Math: Finish H 1-1 (Homework Workbook chapter 1, lesson 1) If you forgot your workbook, you can download the workbook pages by going to the “Curriculum” link above, selecting “Math” and “Scott Foresman” and then clicking on “Workbook pages.”

Writing: Idiom project #1 is due Friday. Tonight, work on summarizing the history/origen as well as themeaning of the idiom and crafting two sentences-one using the idiom, and the other a rewrite of the first sentence but using “literal language.” We will begin reviseing tomorrow in class.

Forms: PLEASE return back to school forms A.S.A.P.

Reading: Read the blog! Look for the typo! There are two spelling erros in this post. When you find them, E-MAIL me at my school address: jbentley@egusd.net. Please do not post the reponse on the blog, or else you will sort of be giving away the answer, right? GO! 🙂

Our current DonorsChoose.org Proposal. Can you help spread the word?

DonorsChoose is a non-profit organization that helps schools obtain materials for their students. You can click on the links in the banner above to read about it or visit our DonorsChoose.org classroom web page.

Want to check out our current proposal? Click HERE. We are trying to obtain a new wireless lavalier and hand-held microphone, and we could use your help. There are two ways to assist: donate a few dollars or spread the word with friends and family.

First day? AWESOME!!!

To the parents: you’ve done a great job raising nice kids!

To the students: you all make good first impressions!

Please check the blog daily for news, homework, requests, and upcoming events. I try to keep posts brief…I know there are a lot of things competing for your time. 



Students: Please finish your “Student Goals” and “Student Questionnaire” you began in class.

Parents: Please fill out the “Introducing Your Child” survey and parent volunteer form. 🙂 Look for more beginning of the year paperwork coming home tomorrow.


Entertainment Books:

Parents AND students this message is for you from our AWESOME PTO! Please read carefully. Our class and our school will benefit greatly from your involvement.

Entertainment Books are on sale again!

For each book sold students will receive a raffle ticket that will be placed in the raffle drawing.  Raffle prizes include:  A portable DVD Player, Game Stop Gift Cards, Target Gift Cards, 16GB UBS Flash Drives, Book Fair Cash, Spirit Wear Sweatshirts, Railroad Museum Passes and More!

Also, the class that sells the most Entertainment Books will receive a pizza party!!!

At the end of the fundraiser the vendor will provide Ice Age 3 prizes.  These prizes include foldable flying disc and pouch (sell 1-2 books); character eye mask (sell 3-4 books); drawstring bag and beach ball (sell 5-9 books); and Skateboard with carrying bag ( sell 10+ books).  Prizes keep adding up as you sell!

Students that return their envelopes or unsold book by August 30th for A Track will receive a special treat from the PTO.  The vendor will be on campus 30th and at the time we will come through and remove unsold books, process orders, and provide the treats.

Students and parents PLEASE return money or unsold books by no later than Thursday, September 13th.

The morning of Friday, September 14th raffle tickets will be pulled and winners will be announced.


Picture Day:

Thursday, August 30 is A track picture day…it’s also a P.E. morning. Solution? We’ll tone down the intensity of physical activity a bit. Please remind students to return picture forms ASAP. They will be handed out tomorrow…Tuesday, August 21.


School Supplies:

Please try to obtain school supplies by the end of the week. I’ve got enough writing utensils and sticky notes to loan out for a few days, but I could use your help to outfit your child with some basic supplies. You can find the list of items your child could use by downloading the “6th Grade Survival Guide” HERE.


Got Curiosity?

As an incentive to get students to read the blog and explore it, I will from time to time pose challenges or even “hide” things on pages of the blog…typos…trivia questions…something to pique your curiosity.

So, here is your first challenge! 🙂 All answers must be in written form, using complete sentences and plenty of details. Please, only student summary writing…no computer printouts will be accepted.

 Each correct answer will enter you into a lottery for something special at school by the end of the week! Get reading and searching on Google!

Answers are due by no later than this Friday, August 24.

  1. What’s a “snoot,” and what’s it used for?
  2. What’s a “slurpasaur,” and where does the term come from?
  3. What’s a “fake shemp” or a “shemp,” and where does the term come from?
  4. Who is Alan Smithee?
  5. What’s a “McGuffin?” What are some examples of this?