May 16, 2017 – Dig It!

May 12, 2017 – Song Writing Workshop – St. Augustine-based Singer-Songwriter Kat Archer visited our class to lead us in writing an original song.  We brainstormed topics important to us and settled on singing about our pets.  Here’s our original song, “I Love My Pets”  and a few images.  So much fun!

Here it is as a PDF:  I love my pets

April 7, 2017 – Walking Tour of Melrose – Built in 1885, Trinity Episcopal Church is a historic treasure.

April 7, 2017 – Walking Tour of Melrose – Trinity Episcopal Church Thrift Store – all proceeds go to the church’s outreach program.

April 7, 2017 – Walking Tour of Melrose – Built in 1899, the L. Baldwin and Son General Store is another historic treasure.

April 6, 2017 – Geometry Extra Practice – Just in case…

April 2017 – Sound Files, Script, Lyrics

Opening Song








March 31, 2017 – Rome – Sharing our projects and DE boards

March 23, 2017 – Breakfast of Champions  Sharing our projects

March 20, 2017 – Math  Exploring area of composite shapes

March 17, 2017 – Dig It!  The sixth grade play is “Dig It!,” by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson, which looks at ancient civilizations in a light-hearted and musical manner.  The lyrics and mp3 clips for our songs can be found at our CGC site, so you can learn them at home.  (euh48xe)

March 3, 2017 – Makerspace

February 22, 2017 – UF Engineering Fair

February 14, 2017 – Ancient China  – Learning about Ancient China with fried rice 🙂

January 2017 – Celebrate Literacy! 

  • DEAR Day (Drop Everything and Read)
  • Reading to our Little Buddies in Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Guest Reader – retired Ochwilla 5th grade teacher, Krys Janes
  • Our door “phone” – iRead

IMG_3918January 27, 2017 – Early India Learning about a civilization through their cuisine!  Today, we sampled Naan bread and sipped Chai tea with sugar and milk.  Lots of hands helped make our Naan.  It was a first for kneading, stirring, and rolling out for several of our students.  Like the yeasty bread, they “rose” to the occasion!


  • 1 12 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour,
  • few tbsp flour for work space
  • Combine warm water, sugar, and yeast in a bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes until foamy.
  • Add salt and flour. Mix thoroughly. Knead dough on a floured work space about 20 times and form into a tight ball. Put dough in a well oiled bowl and cover with a damp towel.
  • Put in a warm place to rise for 45-60 minutes.
  • Turn dough out onto a floured work space. Knead briefly. Divide dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece out with a rolling pin to about 1/8″ thick.
  • Grill naan pieces on a grill or electric griddle; 400 degrees.   Grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • This recipe yields a very soft, chewy naan.

Next civilization?  Ancient China!

December 21, 2016 – Ancient Greece Festival   Marshmallow Parthenon miniatures, Baklava, Spanakopita, Honey Cake, Kalamata Olives, Hummus, Greek Meatballs, pita bread and MUCH more!

December 20-21, 2016 – Winter Music Show   So proud of the class!

December 10, 2016 – Ancient Greece!!!

December 1, 2016 – Winter Music Show on December 20   We are practicing our songs:  “Shalom” (sung as a round), and “Let there be Peace on Earth;” we will also play the dulcimer!  Links to both songs with Mr. Darby playing the accompaniment for us are found at classroom.google.com, the dulcimer page – CODE: 8ncn3a7

November 30, 2016 – Shoe Box Diorama  Take a look at our projects!

November 25, 2016 – Shoe Box Diorama (due 11/30)   shoe-box-diorama-rubric   Here are a few examples from last year’s class:

November 22, 2016 – Pumpkin Bread!  It all started with one HUGE pumpkin on Monday.  We pulled out the seeds and the cafeteria steamed the pumpkin for us.  Teams then shared the job of mixing the batter on Tuesday.  Results?  DELICIOUS!

November 22, 2016 – Little Buddies  We walked with our Little Buddies to the Melrose Public Library so they could see Mrs. Claus and help trim the library’s Christmas tree.

November 18, 2016 – Art at the Library  Local artist Gayle Bone has led art instruction for our 6th grade this fall.  Mrs. Bone presented art history, introducing famous painters as the basis for the art of the day.  In the most recent class, students learned about Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica,” a collage of images from WWII.  Students used the ideas presented to create a mixed media wildlife collage.  These classes were provided for our sixth graders by the Melrose Library Association.  Many thanks go to them for their generosity!

November 9, 2016 – Learning Farm  Our newest online resource for practicing skills in both Math and Reading – Learning Farm


November 6, 2016 – Ancient Greece   Chapter test on Thursday, 11/10
> Quizlet on Ancient Greece vocabulary words
> Glencoe practice quiz
> Ancient Greece Project due December 9

November 4, 2016 – Makerspace  Thanks to our tech friend, Kirk, the students got to explore many STEM experiences.  Stop-action photography, robotics, and circuitry were some of our favorites.

November 4, 2016 – Art at the Library  No better way to represent symmetry than with butterflies.  After drawing our design, we “painted” over the lines with black glue then used pastels to complete the design.

October 28, 2016 – Fall Festival  Painted faces, games, cake walk…fun times with friends!

October 24-28, 2016 – Red Ribbon Week  Our class enthusiastically participated:
Monday – Our annual Red Ribbon Walk (wear red)
Tuesday – Follow your dreams (wear pajamas)
Wednesday – Drugs will mix-up your brain (wear mix-matched clothing)
Thursday – Shade yourself from drugs (wear shades and/or a hat)
Friday – Team up against drugs (wear your favorite team’s colors)

October 20, 2016 – Students honored!  Five Perfect Attendance and eight Honor Roll students (missing Emily in photo)

October 14, 2016 – Art at the Library  Learning about texture as we created these exciting masks.

October 10, 2016 – Egypt Projects!

September 27, 2016 – Eggs-ploring Earth’s Core We explored the interior layers of the Earth – Lithosphere, Mantle, Core – with these hard-boiled eggs.

September 26, 2016 – Bottlebrush Shrub  Under the direction of Aimee Olmsted, our class learned how to plant a tree and then put it into action.

September 23, 2016 – Art lessons at the Melrose Public Library!  Through the generosity of the Melrose Library Association, we are having art lessons with Gayle Bone, a local artist.  Future lesson dates – October 7, November 4, and November 18; leaving school at 1:30pm and returning at 3pm.

September 16, 2016 – “A Walk on the Wild Side” through the lens of Dr. Jeff Smith.  Many thanks go to Dr. Smith for sharing his beautiful photography with us.  The photos tell it all… the students were engaged and inspired!  Also, many thanks to Mrs. Ann Lowry for inviting us, AND for the goodie bags!

September 13, 2016 – Catapult success!  Our rolled-up paper catapults worked!  We launched marshmallows in the auditorium, testing the pull-back at varying lengths.  It was a great teamwork activity and so much fun!

Video on teachertube.com; password restricted – password: alsogators – enjoy!

September 12, 2016 – Math Matching equivalent ratios

September 9, 2016 – Lots of Experiments this week!
>Comparing: methods of dissolving sugar in water
>Comparing: water vs. hydrogen peroxide on seed germination
>Replicating an investigation: water drops on a penny or a dime
>Replicating an investigation: testing a catapult design

September 6, 2016 – Book Shares  Our first project complete!  Here are a few photos as we were creating and sharing our display.  Book Summaries are due the last day of every month.  Book projects are created in the class during the last week of the month.  The next summary is due on September 30; we’ll work on the project in class, September 26-30.

August 26, 2016 – Science It’s been a great week of experimenting.  First, we evaluated three containers of ice water, (a mason jar, a Tervis Tumbler, and a Yeti Tumbler) to see which was the coldest.  That, then, got us interested to see how a true Yeti compared to “knock-off” Yeti tumblers.  We compared Yeti to Ozark Trail and HydroFlask with surprising results!  The Yeti was 1-2 degrees colder after 1-1/2 hours.  For the long haul, we found that the brand Ozark Trail was colder after 24 hours.  We determined that if you like your water cold, purchasing the expensive tumbler just isn’t worth the extra money.

August 24, 2016 – World Cultures Online extra practice?   http://www.glencoe.com  Chapter 1 – “The First Civilizations” – test on Friday, August 25.

August 16, 2016 – Science   Quick, call a plumber… we’ve sprung a leak! Hopefully this isn’t a phrase heard very often in your house, but when you tell people that you’ll be putting pencils through a water-filled bag, that might be another story. The idea that we’re testing here is what will happen if we poke a sharp pencil through a plastic bag of water. Will the water leak through the holes? Will the water spill out?

August 13, 2016 – Reading and Language Arts  In 6th grade, we do not follow a reading series :-), but rather, we accomplish our Florida Standards through novels combined with other resources.

  • For Informational Text, we use Newsela for practice on a daily basis with a weekly article used as a quiz grade every Friday.  We also use selected informational texts which are found on the classroom.google page specific to the current topic. Codes are Reading (code: elyh5s), World Cultures (code: euh48xe)  or Science (not yet).
  • For Reading and Language Arts Skills practice, we use the Ready Florida workbook as well as practice using iReady.
  • For Grammar, we will use selected material from the Great Grammar and Grammar Skill Builders workbooks.
  • For Spelling, students will be given a spelling list with practice sheets from Glencoe Spelling Power for homework on Monday that is due every Friday.  There will be a weekly spelling quiz.
  • For Literature, Students are “encouraged” (a.k.a required!) to earn at least 13 AR points for every AR period.  As always, the more the student reads, the better the student reads!  The art of reading carries over into every subject!!!
  • And finally, we will read MANY novels as a class this year.  In fact, we have already started Boy of the Painted Cave, by Justin Denzel.  A piece of prehistoric fiction, this novel ties in perfectly with our first section in World Cultures, The Early Humans.  Pictured below – partner reading Boy of the Painted Cave.

August 11, 2016 – Music!   We got out the mountain dulcimers for the first time today.  After a few minutes, we sounded like a dulcimer orchestra!  We have the opportunity to have music in our classroom every Thursday, right after Mrs. Siebert’s PE class.  We’re a very lucky class to have eighteen dulcimers! :-)  In these photos, the students are looking at their classroom.google page (code: 8ncn3a7) on their ChromeBooks and reading the music that has been uploaded.

August 10, 2016 – Welcome to the Melrose Elementary School Super Sixth Grade!