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This Week: More ACES Phone

posted Oct 7, 2018, 7:26 AM by Jason Brunken

We got behind on our Fruit Bowl Project and had to take most of this past week to get it done. We are finished now though and I will be posting pictures of those soon. As a result, I decided to scratch most of the planned lesson using the reading "The Meyer's Family" and instead make time to finish the planned ACES Phone lessons this week. As a result it will be a bit of a combination of lessons this week. We will do reading and writing lessons from the ACES Phone week and vocabulary and grammar lessons from The Meyers Family that was planned for this week.

Sorry for the confusion. Please see the vocabulary words slideshow for the next unit below.

This Week: The ACES Phone

posted Sep 30, 2018, 2:59 AM by Jason Brunken

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.

We will also be using time from class to wrap up our Fruit Bowl Project from last week. The kids' ideas were so great they needed more time to complete them. I'm looking forward to sharing their work with you all.

Extension Week: Our "Fruit Bowl" Project

posted Sep 27, 2018, 10:11 PM by Jason Brunken

It's finally here! This week, the 6th grade class will begin its first extension activity: a "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 assignment we will be writing our own “Fruit Bowl” Project. 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 three different ideas in your journal (some can be short, but not all.) They will then choose their favorite two to edit and make into final drafts.

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

  2. a very hot day

  3. a boy moaning in agony

  4. a revolting smell coming from the air conditioner

  5. a bag of delicious potato chips

  6. an angry duck

  7. a girl with sticky tack in her hair

This Week: Knots in my Yo-yo String

posted Sep 17, 2018, 5:35 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 17, 2018, 5:36 AM ]

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.

We will continue working on our Fruit Bowl Project which we started on Friday. I'm looking forward to seeing the kids' excellent and creative work. I hope to see all parents at Meet the Teacher on Tuesday at 6:00. If you can't make it, please feel free to email me or schedule another time to visit with me. 


This Week: The Fruit Bowl Project

posted Sep 9, 2018, 3:21 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 9, 2018, 3:21 AM ]

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 next Tuesday at 6:00. I hope I see you all there.


This Week: School Story

posted Sep 2, 2018, 7:36 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 2, 2018, 7:36 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' independent assignment begins this week. they have set reading goals for the year and have to complete their plledged reading each week. 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 to Grade 6 2018-2019

posted Aug 27, 2018, 1:30 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Aug 27, 2018, 1:30 AM ]

Hello! I'm Mr. Jason Brunken, and you've found the online home for the Grade 6 class at Happy Kids. Let me welcome Grade 6 parents. I am very excited to get the chance to teach your child this year. Your involvement and input is very important to me. Please feel free to contact me whenever you like with questions, feedback, or concerns about class this year.

To learn more about me, please visit the About Me page on this website, or see the letter of introduction I sent home this week. I have been teaching Grade 6 at Happy kids since I started here back in 2006. It is one of my favorite classes to teach, and I am really looking forward to helping these kids grow into strong young writers and readers this year.

This week we will be focusing on three main tasks. First, we will be getting used to each other and learning our class routines, rules, weekly tasks, and expectaions. Second, we will do some character education with Happy Kids's Core Values. I want the kids to think about how they can not just be good students while they are here, but also good people. Finally, we will complete our first writing project, an "I Am" poem. I hope the kids finish these this week so I can have them hung up outside of Happy Kids for all to see in their resplendent glory.

Please stop by here each week to get updates on what we will be doing in class and to view important class materials like our weekly handouts or writing assignment sheets. I work hard to keep this site updated for your convenience. Thank you again. I am looking forward to getting to meet all of you very soon.

Graduation is near!

posted Apr 30, 2018, 2:41 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 2:41 AM ]

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 and 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 26th. 

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


This Week: All Alone in the Universe

posted Apr 15, 2018, 6:52 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 6:52 PM ]

This week, the Grade 6 class will be reading a wonderful short story about friendship from our text called All Alone in the Universe. This story is for anyone who has ever felt left out or betrayed when our best fried makes a new friend. It's a common situation for kids and never easy to deal with. This story is an uplifting look at how one girl deals with this situation. I think the students will be interested to see how much like them our main character is.

Below are the weekly handout with our spelling and vocabulary words for the week and a vocabulary slideshow to practice. We will be starting our poetry unit this week as well. Students will practice with figurative language and prepare for writing their own poems next week.


Our Finished Website

posted Apr 15, 2018, 6:46 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 6:47 PM ]

https://sites.google.com/happykids.taipei/applewhites2018
So the kids finished their websites and showed them off for ASLA parents and students this past week for the ASLA Student Expo. It was great watching the kids take pride in their work and talking about it so well to strangers. We are all proud how the final website came together. If you haven't seen it yet, you can follow this link to browse.

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