“The Cost of War”– connections to Pax

This week we don’t have an Edublog Challenge, Week #4.  Instead, let’s look at Pax and make connections to what we may know about war.  There are different kinds of “war.” There’s the physical, global wars that need soldiers to fight. Then there are closer “wars” like what we face in our communities: war on drugs, war on crime, wars
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You task this week…

Vola tells Peter: “People should tell the truth about what war cost.” Choose ONE type of literal or metaphoric “war” you have some experience with.  Similar to Vola’s character, describe the physical and emotional costs people may feel when going to “war” or “fighting”  to make something better.  What you warn someone about getting into this war. This is a great time to make a connection to Red Ribbon Week since this ongoing war has affects so many people today.

Edublog Challenge – Week #3 – Images & Attibution

This week, we are learning about how to give credit where credit it due! I will admit, that I have  hard time with this myself. Using photos in class for lessons is one thing. However, when you publish something online, the whole world can see it. We are very comfortable finding photos in web searches, and throwing them on our page. However, to be fair, we REALLY need to give that person credit. Yes, that person whose photo we are using may have stolen it from someone else as well. Yet, the right thing to do, it give the photo attribution. So, your assignment for this week…

Write a separate post including 1-2 images about yourself. These can be your interests, favorite places, or photos of your family (given permission, of course). It’s up to you. When you explain each picture, include the caption with attribution. The compfight plugin is also helpful for this.

Edublog Challenge – Week 2

(Copied & edited from this Student Edublog Challenge post)

Visit 4 other class/student blogs on the blogroll of our class website57a. Leave a quality comment on one post on each blog. Then to prove you visited them…

Write a SEPARATE post on your blog mentioning who you visited, which post you left a comment on and why, then include the comment you left. Hint: make sure you copy the comment before you hit the submit button. You can also do one at a time, “save” your draft, and come back to add another copy/pasted comment as you visit each site.Here are some examples from previous students in the challenge: Allegra but try to include a link to the actual post you left a comment on, Meghana who has linked to both the student’s blog and their blog post where she left the comment.


Student Edublog Challenge!

Last week, our class came back from a two-week Fall Break sbc2016-s76n2uvacation. Now that we are back, we are jumping right into the Student Edublog Challenge presented by Miss Wyatt (or Miss W online). If you are visiting our page for the first time, welcome! Our class actually had a head-start introducing ourselves way back in July/August when our new school year began. Please feel free to visit the student blogroll to read about our 6th grade students. We are excited to share our stories and connect through comments. If you are a student commenting, please remember to include your web address in the comment post. That way, we can visit your page, too.

To epax_coverxtend our global connections, we are also reading Pax, by Sara Pennypacker as part of the Global Read Aloud. It’s not too late to join in, and students may be posting their thoughts on the book here, as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

Homework – July 21, 2016

Hello 414 Families-

It’s been a great first two days in Room 414. Starting next week, homework will be posted for our class on Google Classroom and synced with their Google Calendar. However, for tonight posting to the blog will do. Students also received a paper calendar sheet today as a substitute.


Math – finish gluing math notebook Table of Contents sheets. If students forgot  theirs, please have a notebook ready for tomorrow’s first math lesson.


  1. Finish “What In My Name?” writing (picture is not due yet)
  2. Me Bag- choose up to 3 items to share with the class, decorate the outside of the bag with a favorite emoji

Other – parents need to fill out any school & teacher paperwork and return by tomorrow!

Welcome Back-to-School, Robogriffins!!

Hello, 6th Grade Parents & Students! I am so happy to welcome you back to Camarena for our 2016-2017 year! If were not able to make it to our 6th Grade Orientation on Monday, July 18th, we will have an archived video link on our Camarena News channel before the first day of school. A link to the Powerpoint presentation is also available here: Sixth_orientation_16_17.ppt. In the meantime, please download my student supply list here: Hughes Supply List. Each sixth grade classroom’s list is different. I look forward to connecting with you soon. See you bright, and early on Wednesday, July 20th. *Reminder: the first day is a minimum day, with dismissal at 1:15pm.

Hughes Supply List.pptx


Pasta 4 Pennies Drive 2016


Room 414 Families-

Camarena will be hosting its annual Pasta-for-Pennies Drive through April 29th. Money collected will go towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to research cancer prevention. Your child will be sent home with a cardboard box to collect coins. We encourage them to do what they can to help fight the terrible diseases of cancer, particularly in young children.

The class with the most raised will receive a pasta party sponsored by Olive Garden! Individuals will also be awarded milestone prizes by the organization.

More details are attached here….pasta-dear-parent-letter

Thanks for all your support!

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