Mr. Santanello’s 6th Grade Class:

Announcements and

Long-term Assignments

(updated 5/12/17)


Useful Websites:

-Roosevelt Public School Realtime for report cards, etc. :  3rd Marking Period grades now online!


-Online math website (daily use and optional homework)

    Khan Academy

-Scholastic News (for research or homework), class password is rpsdragon6:

    Online Edition

    Scholastic News App

-Accelerated Reader list of books with points and reading levels, use this link:

     AR Book Finder

-Accelerated Reader online testing site (for post-reading comprehension test): 

    AR Test (in-school access only)

-The United States: Making A New Nation online version of textbook:

    US History Online Textbook

-Bibliography Generator (free, and use MLA)



Independent Reading/Accelerated Reader-

    In 6th Grade, students are responsible for reaching the goal of four (4) points worth of independent reading using the Accelerated Reader (AR) computer program.  There are literally thousands of choices of books across all genres and reading levels.   To access the Accelerated Reader list of books with points and reading levels, use the link above (can be accessed anywhere).

    The students read a book (mostly of his/her own choosing), write responses to a list of 15 “Book Discussion Questions” (BDQs) in his/her Independent Reading Notebook as they read the book, then take (and pass) a multiple-choice comprehension test on the computer using the Accelerated Reader program.  To access the online version of Accelerated Reader use the second Accelerated Reader link above.  Note- students will be able to access AR at school only.

    If a student did not pass (or didn’t take) the AR test (which means he/she did not pass April’s AR goal), he/she will have to complete a book report (I will give out the book report form), which is due on Friday, May 12, 2017.

    For May’s goal, the students need to read his/her book(s), do all 15 BDQs, and earn at least 4.0 points on the Accelerated Reader computer program by Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Weekly Vocabulary:  Unit 9, Part 1-

    We are doing Unit 9, a unit in which the vocabulary words are related to “Good and Bad.”  This unit also focuses on the context clue strategy of  “Look for What the Word is being Contrasted With” in which a reader can figure out the meaning of an unfamiliar word by comparing the new word with another, familiar word, as given in the context of the text.  The test will be on Friday, May 19, 2017.

NOTE- We have completed the instructional units for cursive handwriting, so there will be no more handwriting units at the back of the Vocabulary packets.  Instead, now the students have to do all Vocabulary work in cursive for the rest of the year.


Language Arts

    The students are writing 1st drafts of a rhyming poem.  The 1st draft will be due on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Social Studies

Current Events/ Holocaust Studies-

    We read the Scholastic News together in class.  The students are to do the accompanying News Quiz, due on Friday, May 19, 2017.

The United States: Making a New Nation-

    The students are to read pages 476-481 (Chapter 12, Lesson 1) in the The United States: Making a New Nation textbook, and fill out the study sheets already in his/her binder.  This assignment is due Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Character Education-

    We exploring the topic of “Friendship” this week.  This daily activity explores what being a good friend means, poses many questions about how to be a good/better friend, and what it means to be a friendly person through writing and discussion of each “Morning Message.”

“Do One Thing” Projects- 

    All students are required to do a service learning project this year.  This is called “Do One Thing.”  Every student can “Do One Thing” to make the world a better place, and will be given the opportunity to do so during the school year.  Each student was given a list of days that commemorate a particular cause that may be of interest to the student.  The students will be choosing one topic that he/she feels is a cause worth doing something about, and will “Do One Thing” about it.

    TA just finished running a “Cornhole Tournament” which will assist the world’s wildlife.  More information soon.  In the near future, TB will be doing a project to benefit world health for her Service Learning Project.


    The students are learning how to use the Coordinate Grid.  The Lesson Practice Packet from this lesson is due on Thursday, May 18, 2017.


Chemical Building Blocks-

    We are reading the Chemical Building Blocks textbook.  The students are to read pages 55-61, and complete the summary organizers and worksheet.  All of these materials are already in the Science section of their binders.  This assignment is due Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

“Big” 6th Grade Graduation Trip (and other important info!)

    The destination picked was Lancaster, PA!  The trip is scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2017.  More information as it develops.

    We are entering the busiest time of year.  Other important dates as of now:

    Tuesday, May 16- Mr. Frank Vespe, Kreps counselor, visits RPS (afternoon)

    Thursday, May 25- 6th grade visits Kreps (all day)

    Friday, May 26- Safety Patrol trip (all day)

    Friday, June 2- “Big” 6th grade class trip (all day)

    Saturday, June 10- Graduation Ceremony!