Galia Volanski

‚ÄčWelcome to Mrs. Volanski's Class!! 
Hello! My name is Galia Volanski, and I will be your child's teacher this year.  Just to let you know a little bit about myself, I have been a lifelong Redbird.  I was born and raised in West Frankfort, and I graduated from FCHS in 1994.  I later graduated from SIU with a degree in education in 2003.  After subbing for 4 years, I was fortunate to be hired full time by the district and placed in 6th grade.  This will be my 11th year teaching 6th grade, and I am really excited and looking forward to working with all of my students and their parents.  I will use this webpage to keep you informed of daily assignments.  However, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your student or their progress, feel free to email me at , or call me at 937-1412.  Let's all work together to make this a very successful school year!


 This week in Reading, we will begin our study of the novel,  "Holes"This is a realistic fiction story about a young boy who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, and has the course of his future changed as a result of this. This story conveys the idea of survival, never giving up, believing in yourself, and the importance of friendship. We will begin our work with literary elements, as well as summarizing, throughout our study of the novel.

Monday: Pass out novels and do an activity to activate prior knowledge about the topic.  Research Texas using Ipads.

Tuesday:  Introduce vocabulary and work together to write a good sentence for each word.  We will also discuss the element of character.  Silently read Chs. 1-3 and complete quiz.

Wednesday: Orally read, discuss, and summarize chs. 1-3.  Discuss plot.  Draw a picture of Camp Green Lake.

Thursday:  Review vocabulary and discuss setting.  Orally read, discuss, and summarize Chs. 4-5.  Assign vocabulary sentences and illustration.

Friday: Test over Chs. 1-5 and vocabulary.  Invent a T-shirt and come up with a slogan for Camp Green Lake.  Share facts about Texas from research.


This week we will begin our study of the scientific method.

Monday-  Do a group activity on what you think a scientist is and fill out a student survey.

Tuesday-  Write down the steps of the scientific method.  Begin reading and discussing S2-S15.

Wednesday Finish reading and discussing S2-S15.  Hand out vocab. sheet and discuss words.  Watch a Brainpop video on the scientific method.

Thursday- :  Work on scientific method study guides.  Start working on my life in science sheet.

Friday-   Grade scientific method study guides.  Finish working on my life in science sheet.  Watch Brainpop videos on Albert Einstein and Jane Goodall.