In Language Arts Class we have been working on a project where we draw a brain and write down experiences we had in 6th grade. We could also write things that happened outside of school in sixth grade in our brain. The most important thing on my brain is family. My family is what makes me keep on going.
In my 6th grade experience I had lots of fun, I learned lots of things, and I studied. The best thing that I have done in 6th grade is having lunch because I get a break from all of my classes and I get to talk to all of my friends and hang out. I think next year I am going to miss all of my teachers from 6th grade because they all affected part of my life.
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This is the end of our school year and our iPad program. Overall, I think the iPads were a great learning tool letting kids use websites that help them study and going to websites teachers want us to. There are also many apps that helps us learn.
In particular, I think I used and liked Evernote and Flashcards the best. Flashcards helped me study for tests the old fashioned way. Evernote was where my teachers could post homework if someone was sick and they could put documents they want us to read or do on Evernote. I can also take notes on Evernote so that was helpful. Another good thing about the iPads is that we have the mail app which lets us communicate with our teachers if we are sick or we are missing work. The mail app also lets us email our friends to ask them if we did not write down the homework.
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In Language Arts we have been working on an online vocabulary learning system called Membean. We use this site to learn new words and study the ones we know. In my experience with Membean I think it was great and fun to challenge myself to see how many new words I could learn and questions I could get correct. I also think that Membean is well organized so that it is easy to learn new words and have fun. I hope that people who read this will try out Membean!
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We are currently reading the book The Giver in which there is Jonas who is the new Receiver who all the old memories are given to. The Old Receiver or the Giver gives memories to Jonas. If I were the Giver the first memory I would have given to Jonas would have been love and family so that when I started to give Jonas the hard memories he would remember the strongest good things, love and family.
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In my Language Arts class we are reading a book called The Giver in which it is called a perfect society. In this post the point is to describe what a perfect teacher is. In my opinion the perfect teacher is nice, patient, strict, never is very mean, and likes to be involved in what her students are involved in. One of my teachers in first grade had all of these qualities and was always smiling and talking with us about what was going on in our life. I also think a teacher an be nice but they still have to be a little strict so that if the kids get riled up the teacher can calm us down.
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On Wednesday my advisory helped put mulch around our campus and plant flowers. This was an interesting experience for some people in my advisory because they had never mulched. The girls went and planted flowers that my teacher had while the boys went to help the maintenance crew put mulch around trees to help them grow and get water. After putting mulch around all the trees the boys helped sort the lost and found clothing. After everybody in my advisory finished what they were doing we got to have study hall for 25 minutes until the school day ended.
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Currently my Language Arts group is reading the book The Giver in which it is considered a perfect community. In this perfect community there is no war, no choices, no fear, and no pain. These are the reasons it is considered a perfect community. When you turn twelve years old you have the Ceremony of Twelve in which you are assigned a job that you will do for the rest of your life. If I just turned twelve I would probably given the assignment of orthopedic surgeon. I would get this assignment because I always say I want to be a doctor when I grow up and I know lots of the bones, muscles, and ligaments in the human body.
The Westing Game is about a group of people who buy apartments from Sunset Towers and live their lives normally. Then they are all called to witness the reading of the will of Sam Westing, a millionaire who owns a paper company who died. In the will, Westing calls all of the people heirs and say he was murdered and they most solve his game, The Westing Game. The people are partnered up and then each pair is given ten thousand dollars and clues to find the murderer. Read the book to find out the ending!
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Over the winter and the beginning of spring we worked on our hero projects, which was about someone in our lives we chose to write three short stories about and describe them with three characteristics. I did my oldest brother Kiran. My three words to describe him were inspiring, caring, and patience. For the art part of the project, we folded many folds on a paper and made it into a pop up collage book. Then we would print out our stories and put them on the books. At the end, our books were put up in the FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill.
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One way to get your teen to talk is do things that will make them want to do it again with you. For example, card games.
If your teen seems upset, then ask them if they want to talk about it.
Give allowance to your teen if he does all of his chores.
Go to movies sometimes with your whole family.
Do things that include family time.