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This Week: The Meyers Family

posted Oct 8, 2017, 8:37 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 8, 2017, 8:38 PM ]

This week the Grade 6 class will be reading "The Meyers Family", a biography of Walter Dean Meyers and his son, Chris Meyers. Walter Dean Meyers is a prolific black author of young adult literature. He has written such classics as Monster, Fallen Angels, and Harlem. His son, Christopher Meyers, is a talented artist who has illustrated many of his father's books. The reading is about how two people, father and son, have worked together to find success by complimenting each others' talents.

Below is the weekly handout sheet for this week. On it, you will find the spelling words, vocabulary words, and other important information for this week. A spelling test will be given on Friday. Please remind your child to study and to bring library books and WIRSFs on Tuesday. 

This Week: The ACES Phone

posted Oct 1, 2017, 3:48 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 3:49 AM ]

Hello Grade 6! This week we are moving on in Journeys to The ACES Phone. This is a wonderful science fiction story by Jeanne Duprau. Duprau is a popular science fiction writer for young adults. Perhaps her most famous book is The City of Ember. We have a few of her titles in our library that I highly recommend the kids pick up. You can see a complete list of her books here.

As always we will begin the week looking at our vocabulary words, move into grammar on Tuesday, read the selection on Thursday, and then do a writing assignment on Friday. The spelling test will also be on Friday. Please remember to help your child study for the tests. Below is the weekly handout and a slideshow of the vocabulary words to help your child review and practice at home. On it you will find all of the spelling and vocabulary words along with some grammar practice.

Thank you, and as always, please contact me if you have any questions.

Extension Project: Our "Fruit Bowl" Project

posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:28 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 3:28 AM ]

It's finally here! This week, the 6th grade class will begin its first extension activity: Our "fruit bowl" project. This activity comes straight from our reading last week. The idea is that writers use words like painters use paint. When two painters paint the same bowl of fruit, the results are never identical. The same goes for writers. Give different writers the same elements of a story to work with and they will manipulate words differently to create very different works.

For this project we will be writing our own “Fruit Bowl” Project like what we read about in our textbook. The students' task is to create pieces of writing of any genre that includes the seven elements below. They will begin by drafting at least four different ideas in your journal (some can be short, but not all.) They will then choose your favorite three to edit and make into final drafts.

Their final drafts should be written with graphics and text features and displayed in a creative way. These will be hung outside the the Red Doors for all of Happy Kids to see how awesome they are. They will also be posted on the class website.

The seven elements that students must include in their pieces are listed below. I think we will have some very creative work this year.

The Seven Elements

  1. Happy Kids (6th Floor)

  2. 6th grade English class

  3. a girl screaming in agony

  4. a delinquent throwing a book

  5. a delicious piece of chocolate cake

  6. a cockroach

  7. garbage landing on a head

This Week: The Fruit Bowl Project

posted Sep 17, 2017, 6:10 PM by Jason Brunken

Hello, Grade 6! This week we are reading The Fruit Bowl Project. It is an interesting story of a class of students who, using the same seven elements, create a menagerie of compositions that, while similar, are completely different. Kind of like a fruit bowl! This selection comes from the novel of the same name by Sarah Durkee. It's about a class of 8th graders who get a visit from a rock star. He teaches them how words for a writer are like paint to a painter. He gives them the "fruit bowl" assignment, and amazing writing happens.

After inspiration form this novel, the class will be creating its own fruit bowl project starting this Friday. Details to come later.

Below is the weekly handout for this week. Please remember to practice the spelling words and review the vocabulary. I've included a vocabulary slideshow below for you to use to help review. The grammar questions on page two of the handout can be completed for extra credit as well. 

Parents, please remember that Meet the Teacher is on Tuesday at 6:00. I hope I see you all there.


This week: Knots in My Yo-Yo String

posted Sep 9, 2017, 7:47 AM by Jason Brunken

This week the Grade 6 class is reading Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli. This book is an autobiography. Mr. Spinelli writes this book telling us about how he grew from a sports-loving kid to a successful author. While Spinelli has written some books I would never recommend to anyone, he has also written a few of my favorite for young readers. Three must-read books by Jerry Spinelli are Loser, Maniac Magee, and Stargirl. All are available in Happy Kids's library.

Below you will find the weekly handout sheet that your child should have brought home with her this week. On it, you will see the spelling words that will be assessed this week, our target vocabulary words, the grammar concept we will be looking at, and other useful information about the week. Please review and study at home. To help, I have also attached a slideshow of our vocabulary words this week below.

Due to the short week this week, we will not be doing a writing lesson and instead focus on the reading skill and free writing exercises. Also due this week are the first WIRSFs or Weekly Independent Reading Summary Forms that are part of the Independent Reading assignment I gave the kids for this year. These are due every Tuesday. They can be found in the classroom on this website here. Please contact me with any questions.

This week: School Story

posted Sep 3, 2017, 7:14 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

This week, we begin using the Journeys curriculum. Most weeks we will be working out of it to practice spelling, writing skills, vocabulary, grammar, and, of course, reading. 

This we will be reading the first story titled School Story by Andrew Clements. Andrew Clements writes great stories that captivate young readers. His bestseller is Frindle. School Story has its share or quirky characters and ingenious plans that kids are sure to love. 

Below you will find the weekly handout sheet that your child should have brought home with her this week. On it, you will see the spelling words that will be tested on Friday, our target vocabulary words, the grammar concept we will be looking at, and other useful information about the week. Please review and study at home. To help, I have also attached a slideshow of our vocabulary words this week below.

Students will also be setting independent reading goals this week which will be going home. Please encourage your child to meet this goal each week. Part of their duties for this class are to complete Weekly Independent Reading Summary forms for their independent reading each week and turn them in to me,. Please help remind your child. Please email me if you have any questions.

Welcome back!

posted Aug 28, 2017, 8:31 AM by Jason Brunken

Happy first day of school! It was exciting to meet my new group of second graders today. I always love the first day of school. The kids are excited and ripe with anticipation. I too am fretting over what my new friends will be like this year. What I love most is showing the kids our new classroom for the year and the new learning spaces I've come up with. Today I got to introduce our Victory Board, Graffiti Wall, Words We've Found Wall, and much more. I also got to learn a lot about my new friends.

Welcome to those of you coming here for the first time. Please visit often to get updates about what will go in our class this year. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns. Enjoy these few photos of our classroom.


Thank You!

posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:16 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 2:16 AM ]

I can't believe the school year is done already. Those nine months just flew by. We had a good time this year, and I hope everyone learned a lot. Thank you for your feedback on the course. I will work hard over the summer to make the Grade 6 class even better for next year's students. Also, thank you for your hard work and dedication despite being so busy. 

Have a great summer. If it is your last year at Happy Kids, don't forget to come and visit us when you have a chance. I always love seeing former students. Don't forget to get some reading done this summer either. Reading lists are posted on Happy Kids's website here. Enjoy!

Countdown to Graduation

posted May 2, 2017, 7:53 AM by Jason Brunken

It's almost that time of the year. The time when our 6th graders finish up their last days as students of the ASLA Program and, for some, their last days at Happy Kids. It is this time of year that I assign a very big project for the kids to work on. The project is to create an original drama. They are to develop the story, write the script, make the set, props, and costumes, and perform it at the Graduation Ceremony. 

this week, students are working as a team to begin writing the script and planning nad making the sets and props for the show. After everything is written and read, we will rehearse it as a class in preparation for our big performance at Graduation at the ACC on the 27th. 

Below is the tentative schedule students should try to stick to it as they work and prepare for this wonderful experience.


Extension Week: Making a Book of Poems

posted Apr 24, 2017, 7:49 AM by Jason Brunken

For the next week, the Grade 6 class will be writing poetry and preparing for graduation. All this week will be devoted to learning how to write poems and working on a collection of six poems to share as a book with everyone by the end of the year. The kids will be writing several different styles of poem. We talked a lot about what a poem is and good processes for writing one. I recommended the the magic formula below which I devised for helping kids write poetry. 
Below is the assignment packet for this project. It details the required and free choice content for the books and mini-lessons on several different types of poems the students can write for this project. I am looking forward to sharing these poems with everyone at Graduation in several weeks.

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