Reading Buddies are BACK

Our Grade 6s enjoyed their first Reading Buddy session yesterday. Students were paired with students in Grade 1 to spend 30 minutes reading together. What a great opportunity for the “Littles” to meet the “Bigs” and develop literacy together.

Welcome Back

Welcome Back, Middle School English Language Arts Students!

I hope you had a wonderful summer and that you are just as excited as I am to start another school year. We have lots to look forward to this school year, the first one being our Middle School Retreat (which starts on Wednesday!). But until then, enjoy the beautiful weather today and do something you love.

Can’t wait to see you tomorrow!

Grade 6 Language Arts

Grade 6 English students are currently preparing their public speaking speeches. Topics are hot, fun, controversial, thought-provoking, and so much more. Students are encouraged to add their flair and finesse this year. We are moving away from the more formal approach and introducing ways to captivate and engage our audiences – gestures, body language, props, appropriate dress, and even a little acting are all welcome.


Grade 6 – Terry Fox Comprehension Assignment

Good afternoon 6th Graders!

Here’s today and tomorrow’s low down. On Friday we will be participating in the Terry Fox run as a school. Let’s brush up on what we remember about Terry so we can put all of our heart and soul in Friday’s run. Here are 3 readings about Terry followed by 3 sets of questions. Please be sure to put your slideshow in slideshow mode so you can see the text clearly.

Grade 6 – My very first middle school writing assignment

Welcome back Grade 6 and welcome to Middle School. It is time to show what you’re made of. In class today we are going to focus on getting organized so that we can have a successful year together. I will remind you how to work your Google drive, our blogs and the ins and outs of our daily class and routines.  If time allows we will begin working on our first writing assignment. You can find it here. We will go over it thoroughly in class before you start writing and I will give you a due date as well. I know you will all shine. Just take your time. Read the instructions carefully, go through the steps slowly and proofread your work. But remember, don’t start until I tell you to! I am looking forward to reading your assignments and getting to know a little something EXTRA about YOU!

Grade 6: Launch of Literature Circles

Today we launched our Grade 6 Literature Circles. Last week students ranked their top 5 books.  We will be reading the following novels:

  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson

Students can find their groups by accessing this document: Grade 6 Book Club

Some students are at home this week and do not have their books with them. You are still expected to read (to ensure you don’t fall behind). You can Google a PDF version of your novel to utilize while at home. Additionally, you can use this website: to access a digital copy of the book. You will have to make a free account but you can do so using your OJCS email. Please let me know if you have any problems. 

Grade 6 Literature Circles

Goal: Create a community of learners/enhance our reading skills 

Date Reading Strategy Activity
May 30th Introduce books, groups, expectations, set reading deadlines
Week 1 Visualizing Friday, June 3rd 
Week 2  Making Connections Thursday, June 9th
Week 3 Summarization Friday, June 17th

Book needs to be complete by this date

Wednesday, June 22nd  One-Pager Final Projects Due (Class Showcase)

Reading Strategies

  1. Visualizing
  2. Creating connections
  3. Summarizing

Your book needs to be finished no later than Friday, June 17th. However, as you read you can begin creating your One-Pager Final Project. Each week we will focus on a particular skill. Groups will work on an activity together towards the end of the week (see the schedule above). However, each student will be responsible for individually creating their own One-Pager Final Project. 

Click here to access the One-Pager Final Project.