Emily Thomas – Sixth Grade

Mrs. Thomas’s Web Page

Welcome! The 6th graders have a lot to look forward to throughout the school year. With 6th grade comes many opportunities and responsibilities, and I encourage students to do their best with staying organized. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at emily.thomas@olvjfkmail.com.

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
John F. Kennedy

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Here is a helpful video that will explain this to you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8JycfeoVzg

6th Grade Literature

I encourage 6th graders to read approximately 20-30 minutes each night. Not only will this help reinforce reading skills, it will also prove to be a great conversation starter in class, encouraging others to explore books as well. In the month of August and September we will be reading a couple of stories from the literature book. We will also be learning about the different genres of book. Students will also begin their first novel study.

6th Grade Spelling

Each Monday students take a PreTest over a list of spelling words. If they get 100% on the PreTest they do not have to take the test that will be Friday over the same words. Those students who do not get 100% are expected to practice their words each night, so they will be ready for the test on Wednesday. The will also have assignments to help them get ready for the test.

6th Grade Language

We start off the school year reviewing basic grammar and writing skills. Throughout the year, students will exercise these skills through a variety of writing projects. They will be writing a Personal Narrative by the end of September.

6th Grade Math

The 6th grade Math class will be incorporating standards and benchmarks for the Iowa Core Curriculum. We are starting the year focusing on the Math Practice Standards. We will then be focusing on the number systems unit. In this unit we work on multiplying and dividing fractions, greatest common factor and least common multiple.
Math videos and resources from the online book that may help your child with number systems: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/c2j/resourceLibrary.do?bookId=7461DFOBGKKRRGQFYLW99V772Q&libraryId=9CLMQC9JF5QKMGEKLF6JXGKBX8

Resources

Students should have access to an online tutorial through their math books.

Math book website: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/connected/login.do

Quick Review Handbook from book website: http://connected.mcgraw-hill.com/media/repository/private_data/DOC/50000000/22/64.pdf

Learnzillion- wonderful powerpoints for each CC standard – http://learnzillion.com

Khan Academy – http://www.khanacademy.org

Youtube – tons of math videos with tutorials

Resource Sheets

Order of Operations – http://www.math-aids.com/cgi/pdf_viewer_7.cgi?script_name=pemdas_rules.pl&x=146&y=23
Algebraic Expressions – http://www.math-aids.com/cgi/pdf_viewer_2.cgi?script_name=word_handout.pl&x=172&y=26

Mrs. Thomas’s Bio

This is my fifth year at JFK and I am so happy to be teaching here since I have been a part of Catholic Education most of my life. I attended Bishop Garrigan Schools from K – 12. I then received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Elementary education and Middle level education with certification in language arts, literature, and math. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with family especially my husband and son; as well as spending time with friends.