6th Grade Life

Vikan Middle School

Welcome to October!

October is here and I for one was glad to see cooler temperatures! October also brings us Picture Day! Our time is TOMORROW at 11:20 am. We are lucky to have picture day before lunch, but we do have gym tomorrow… I will provide time for kids to visit the bathrooms and use mirrors to make sure you get your money’s worth when you purchase the pictures.

I have added lots of fun pictures of the students’ earthquake proof structures. They had fun researching, planning and building their structures out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles.

Science this week: We will complete our comics project (probably by Tuesday). We will the start experimenting with weathering and erosion concepts. We will start with a great lab that involves water, dirt, rocks and sand. Kids usually love this lab and we get lots of hands-on exploration that will help firm the weathering and erosion concepts in their minds.

Literacy this week: We start our first “big” writing project tomorrow. All students will be working on a narrative piece. This is one of three writing genres required by our state standards. I expect all of the work to be done in school. If your student brings work home, it will be because he/she did not finish it. They will have to type their pieces, and we are hoping to get time in the computer lab here at school to do so. I am looking forward to this as kids always surprise me with their creativity.

Last, but very important: Did you sign up for conferences yet? I have sent an email last week with a link. The same link is pasted below… You might have to copy and paste the link to your browser for it to work. If you have problems accessing the link please email me. I look forward to spending time with you and your student during conferences!


Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

Kids Night Out Helpers and Science Buddies

Our 5th Graders are Awesome!

Our 5th graders did an awesome job being leaders at out Kids Night Out. I had no behavior problems. The kids were energetic and did not mind doing all of the various jobs required to make the night a success. I was so proud to be their teacher! We had a great turn out and we raised lots of money. As soon as we know how much, I will let you know.

I have posted lots of fun pictures of our first Kinder buddy meeting. This year we will be teaming up with Ms. Vigil’s class and we will be working together with her students once or twice a month. This is another great opportunity for our 5th graders to work as leaders and they sure stepped up during our first meeting. We got to know our buddies and we shared some science books.  I have also posted a few pictures of Kids Night Out so make sure to check the gallery.

Please remember our Outdoor Ed. Informational meeting! It will take place THIS WEDNESDAY from 6:15 pm to 7:00 pm in the West Ridge Cafeteria. Come and get all of your questions answered.

Fall pictures are October 5th. I ran out of time to send the packets home Friday. Please look for them on Monday. There is also information about a fun Walk/Bike/Run to promote Bond Voting. It will be fun!

Conferences are October 14 and 15. Watch for sign up link coming up soon!!!

This week in Science: We will explore earthquakes and mountains. We are getting close to starting our Weathering and Erosion unit!

This week in Literacy: We will continue reading Earthquake Terror, and exploring characters and setting together. We will also start a fun writing activity that goes along with Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Mountains and legends about their birth.

Finally, please help your student stay organized and participate in our class activities. Every student should be doing the following:

  1. Reading at least 20 minutes every night.
  2. Writing about the reading they did in their planners (check stickers in planner for information)
  3. Participating on our Edmodo posting and online conversation twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Don’t hesitate to email or call if you have questions.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt


Tectonic Plates Lab

Tectonic Plates Fun!

Last week we did our very first lab in Science class. By using crackers, frosting and some imagination, we were able to recreate tectonic plate movement in the classroom. The pictures really captured our fun and learning (check out the gallery above). It is not the best situation to do labs like this when we have no sinks or counters in our classroom, but we always make it work and the lesson was a success!

Coming up in Science: We will continue to explore tectonic movement by looking at earthquakes, mountains and volcanoes. We will be doing a bit of everything: reading, creating, writing and exploring. Ask your child about science class and all the fun we have been having!

Coming up in Literacy: Is you child reading at home everyday? Is your child writing on his-her planner everyday? The consistency of reading at home and being accountable to write on planners will set in soon and will become second nature. Reading is the number one best thing you can have your child do at home in order to be successful at school! Also in literacy: Your child should be posting to Edmodo twice a week. This will relate to something in literacy. I will always have your child write all necessary information on their planners, so please check. Did you happen to see their excellent poems about plate tectonics? If not, log into Edmodo. It will make you proud!

Please remember that our fundraiser Kids Night Out is THIS FRIDAY (Sept. 25th)!!! If your child is a helper, he/she is expected to come back to school at 4:45 pm and stay until 8:15 pm. Please be prompt picking your child up! It will be a fun, but long night… All proceeds benefit our Outdoor Ed. trip in November. Speaking of our trip, there will be an informational meeting about the trip on September 30th. This is a DO NOT MISS meeting. Watch for information on the meeting coming home TOMORROW with your 5th grader.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

A Few Fun Pictures

Our Hat Day was a huge success! We made $305 for our Outdoor Education fund. Thank you for contributing! Hopefully you were able to find the Outdoor Ed. forms I sent home on Wednesday. There will be a lot more information coming home in the next few weeks so be on the lookout for it!

One of the ways we fundraise is by providing a Kids Night Out for West Ridge parents. Our first Kids Night Out is on September 25th. A flyer went home Friday. We will need a few 5th graders to come help. More information about this will be coming to you next week.

Your child should have also brought home Book Order flyers. Please send your order by Wednesday the 16th or make your purchases online by the same deadline.

If you have time and are looking for volunteer opportunities, I have three for you:

  1. Friday Folders – I need a parent who could come and prepare Friday Folders either Thursday pm. or Friday am. every week.
  2. Copies- I need a parent who can come make copies once a week (day and time is totally open)
  3. Parties – We have 3 parties every school year (Halloween, Christmas and Valentines). Do you like planning and coordinating parties? If so, let me know and I will put you to work!

Science focus:

This week in science we will continue to explore Plate Tectonics as one of the forces that changes the surface of the earth. We will explore through maps, a Google Earth application, a fun science lab involving Rice Krispies, graham crackers and frosting, and also some music and dancing.


Your child should be reading at least 20 minutes everyday. Please ask your student what he/she should be writing on the planner every night! Please remember: reading is the BEST thing your child can do as far as preparing his/her brain for school! Read everyday, read everywhere!!!

*** I am working on a new page for this website. The page will have book reviews. These book reviews will help you and your child make good decisions about books! I will let you know when the page is ready!

I am excited for a full week of learning.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt

The Mystery Tube

Welcome to 5th Grade!

Welcome! I am so excited to work with you this year! Please refer to this site often. The very top has tabs you can access for information about schedules, our classroom brochure and also a little bit about me. I will post once a week. I usually do this on Sunday nights… but I had time tonight to send you a few news.

We started the new school year with a bang! I saw great thinking, problem solving and collaboration when I presented our 5th grade scientists with the mystery tube. Make sure to ask your 5th grader about it and why it is important for scientists to create models of things we can’t experience (like traveling to the center of the earth!). Make sure to check out the pictures of a few of our scientists trying to figure out the mystery!

Your 5th grader has probably told you about our 40 Book Challenge. Yes, 40 is a great number, but we basically want to encourage more reading from our kids. The best thing your child can do to prepare for just about anything at school is READ!!! This is why the only homework your child will have is reading everyday, and responding to their reading once a week. We do a lot of talk about books and promote reading everyday in class. As I take the 40 Book Challenge myself, I am right there with all of the kids, experiencing what they experience.

Edomodo will be used a lot this year! We hope to promote discussions, spark curiosity and share information with your child in a safe, online experience.

Study Hall starts NEXT WEEK!!!! Please note the times (also in our brochure):

Ms. O’Brien – Tuesdays after school until 4:3o pm

Mrs. Marlatt – Thursday mornings – 7:30 am to 8:15 am

Mrs. Sander – Thursdays after school until 4:3o pm

Your child is encouraged to come to one or all of these “tutoring” opportunities. These times are for catching up on school work, getting an extra 1-1 help with the learning, more practice, technology access or just time to read. We hope you take advantage of these times.

Remember to send a water bottle (water only please) and a light snack with your child everyday. The rigorous work they do will benefit from a little break and some nutritious food!

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns. I am always available through email and will respond to you right away.

We will be taking some glorious adventures this year, and your 5th grader’s life will be transformed. I am blessed to go alongside each one of them in this journey.

Thank you for sharing your children with me!

Ana Marlatt


Week of May 27

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