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Rancho Times 6th Grade


RTI Enrichment

Volume 1 Issue 5

April 2011


Up, Up and Away

The National Geographic Channel made a house fly by using helium balloons just like in the movie “UP.” The house was able to carry two people while it flew. The house needed 300 helium balloons and one tank of helium for each balloon. Each balloon was attached to a string, which was eight feet long. By the work of two pilots, the house flew over California’s “ Mojave Desert ” for a full hour. Wouldn’t it be awesome to ride in a flying house?

The Worlds Rarest Birds

Wild Guides, a non-profit publishing organization, held a contest for photographers. This was to find and capture on photo the world’s rarest birds. It recently ended, and the results are in. In first place for the critically endangered category, was none other than Shane McCinnes who snapped shot of the rare Kakapo Bird. In second place, was Socio Freire Bruno who managed to snap a spectacular shot of the Brazilian Merganser swimming in water! In third place was David Boyle, who managed to capture a picture of the rare Christmas Island Frigat in flight. To see these pictures and other contest entries visit www.theworldsrarestbirds.org.

Cloning Ancient Trees

When faced with natural disasters like the one recently in Japan it leaves scientists thinking, "How can we help our planet?" Scientists have recently answered that question, which they are now going to clone ancient trees. By cloning ancient trees, it will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, and increase the amount of oxygen in the air. Scientists have recently started to create a clone, but this is just a start.

California News

Every year students in grade 2-11, across California, have to take the CST (California Standards Test). Are you a second grader? Third grader? Fourth grader? Fifth grader? Sixth grader? If you said yes to any of the above, you will have to take the CST in Language Arts and Math. If you are a fifth grader, your CST has science too. You are so lucky. This test is given to see if you have learned all of the material you need to know for your grade level.

Here are some CST tips to help you prepare yourself for taking the test.

  1. Get a good night sleep. Try going to bed at least an hour earlier then usual. You will feel great in the morning.

  2. Eat a good breakfast (provided by our cafeteria).

  3. Get to school on time. You don’t want to miss the big test.

  4. Study your notes.

  5. Do your best. You are prepared because you are smart and have a wonderful teacher.


For the first time ever, we are interviewing a kindergartner!

1.What is your name? Carlos Alvarez

2.What is your favorite color? Red

3. What do you want to be when you grow up? A cop

4. How old are you? 5 years old.

5.Who is your teacher? Mrs. Cuellar

6.What sports do you play? Baseball

7.Do you have any brothers or sisters? A sister

8. What is her name? Michaela

9.What is your favorite cartoon show?

Johnny Test

10.What baseball team do you like?

The Los Angeles Dodgers!!!☺

Thank you for your time Carlos A :)

Poetry Place


Shoes, shoes, shoes, who doesn't LOVE shoes?

Shoes are here, shoes are there, shoes are everywhere!

You wear them, you tie them, and you walk in them!

High heels, sandals, flats, and tennis shoes,

Seriously who doesn't LOVE shoes?!!



Ice cream






April Survey

Have you ever wondered what the most popular shoes are? Everyone has their own favorite pair of shoes, throughout the entire 6th grade, every 6th grader voted for their favorite shoes and the results are in. We are going count down to the number one shoe. Here they are:

10. Airwalks

9. Puma

8. Fallen

7. Jordans

6. Nikes

5. D C's

4. Moccasins

3. Toms

2. Vans

1. Converse
Wow! Look at all those amazing, popular shoes that the 6th grade students voted for. Now if you are thinking which shoes to buy, think of these fantastic shoes.
Craft Corner

Hey, are you looking for a fun prank to play on your family and friends? Well, we have something for you! It doesn't take too long to make this fun and easy prank. Here's how to make a confetti egg!!

Materials you will need:

  • Eggs (Eggshells)

  • Tape

  • Decorations (Glitter, Stickers, Etc.)

  • Confetti

  • Color dye (Optional)

  • Bowls

Step 1 Get some eggs from your refrigerator

Step 2 Poke a small hole at the top of the egg using a pointy object, ask your mom or dad for help.
Step 3 Remove the yolk from the egg, and put it in a bowl, or make some scrambled eggs.
Step 4 Decorate the eggshells with marker or dye them with egg dye.
Step 8 Insert confetti into the hole.
Step 9 Apply tape to the hole, so the confetti won't spill out.
Finally, crack your confetti eggs on your friends and family's heads! Have fun!

Did you know…

  1. 1.The world’s largest omelet (1,832 Ft. squared) used 160,000 eggs?

2.The king of hearts is the only king without a moustache on a standard playing card.

3.There are 18 different animal shapes in the animal cracker zoo.
4.The most popular name is Muhammad.
5.Forest fires travel faster uphill than downhill.
6.The sentence, ”The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog,” uses every letter in the ABC.
7.The longest recording flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
8.Over 10,000 birds die a year from running into windows.
9.The names of Popeye’s 4 nephews are Pipeye, Peepeye, Pupeye, and Poopeye.
10.Camels have 3 eyelids to protect them from the blowing sand.

Spring Break Family Fun

This is the last day before we go on Spring Break. Instead of sitting on your couch, eating chips, and turning into a couch potato, here are some ideas that can keep you and your family entertained over the break.

  1. Have a water balloon fight. Ask your parents to help you fill the balloons up, maybe it will pop and get them all wet!

  2. Make confetti eggs (see craft corner for more information on how to make a confetti egg).

  3. Buy fake eggs and fill them with candy and even money. Ask an adult to hide them, and have fun finding them.

  4. Go to the beach if it’s hot, or go to the park if it is warm. If it is raining or cold, stay indoors, try going to a museum.

  5. Go to the library to check out a book.

  6. Have a bbq or picnic in your backyard.

  7. Have a living room campout. Sleep in sleeping bags, and make some smores. You can even pitch a tent out of sheets and your couch or chairs.

  8. Study for the CST!

Hope these ideas help you entertain yourself during the break. HAVE FUN!
Shopping For Spring

Are you confused as to where you are going to shop over the break? Well, here are some places to look for a new spring outfits for girls.

  1. Forever 21

  2. Ross

  3. Old Navy

  4. Aeropostale

  5. Hollister

  6. Fashion Q

  7. Justice

  8. Wal-Mart

  9. Target

  10. Sears

Here are some stores to check out if you are shopping for a boy.

  1. Active

  2. Vans

  3. CCS

  4. Kohl’s

  5. Target

  6. Wal-Mart

  7. Pac Sun

  8. Under Armor

If you haven’t been to some of these stores, you should visit them during your break. It’s shopping time!!!

Spring Baskets: The Complete Guide to Making Them Yourself

If you need help deciding on what to put in a spring basket, this guide is here to help! It will tell you what, and where to get the best things for making a spring basket for certain ages! You should never spend more than $30.00 on making a basket, and this guide will show you how! After reading this, you will see that making your own basket is better and cheaper than buying a premade one.

For toddlers: Toddlers cannot have candy yet, so good things to put in their baskets are medium and large sized stuffed animals, and snacks, such as fruit snacks, crackers, and other healthy treats, which you can find at Target, on the baby aisle. The best brand to buy from is “Gerber” which is made especially for toddlers. They have healthy, delicious snacks that are perfect for toddlers!

For 7-9 year olds: Boys at this age usually only want candy, money, and maybe a video game in their basket. The best places to go to are Target and Big Lots. Big Lots has good candy and video games usually for $20.00 or less, and Target has great deals on candy and video games too! Girls expect candy, money, and maybe a toy in their basket. The best places to go are Target, Big Lots, and Toys R Us.

10 year olds and up: 10 year old children, both boys and girls, like money, and A LOT of candy in their basket. The best place to get special Easter candy is the Dollar Tree, because they have a huge supply of Easter candy for a very little cost!
Adults: You can put some cologne in a basket for an adult such as Adidas, Ax, or Blue Water. These are affordable colognes to wear to special events. For people who like to smell good, these are the colognes to put in their basket. You will enjoy the smell just as much as your parent.
I hope this guide helps make your basket shopping easy and affordable!

Need a little help figuring out the aria or the circumference? Here is a song that is guaranteed to help you memorize the formulas. If you can’t figure out the tune, ask a 6th grader to sing it to you.

Circumference and Area

(Beat: Billionaire Song)

I want to find the circumference,

Just multiply,

Using the diameter and pi.
If you just have the radius,

Multiply by two.

This is something easy you can do.
Oh every time the area is found,

Make sure you use the formula,

Multiply pi times radius squared,

I hope you are prepared!

For when the area is found.

Oooh, oooh

For when the area is found!
(Area=3.14 x r)
Here is another song that will help you make sense of Mean, Median, Mode, Range, and Outliers (:


(Beat to Black Eyed Peas Song)
The mean is then average,

This is very simple,

Add them all together,

Then you just divide.

Divide, divide, divide, divide, divide,

Check it out!

The median sounds like middle,

Put them all in order, from the least to greatest,

Pick the middle one.

You’re done, You’re done,

Lets learn one more for fun!
The mode is the number,

That you see the most.

The mode, the mode, the mode, the MOST!
Check it out!
The range you get the big one,

Subtract it by the small one.

Now you found your answer

Which is called the range.

The range, the range, the range, the range, the range!
Outliers are liar,

No one likes a liar,

They don’t make any sense,

No sense, no sense, no sense,

No sense, no sense.

Sports Center

Is Brett Favre really retiring?


The future hall of fame quarterback said that he would once again retire at the age of 41. When he first started, he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons as a 2nd Draft pick, then he was traded to the Green Bay Packers, where he stood for 16 years. Farve started a legend with 3 M. V. P awards [1996, 1997 and 1998] and then retired, and then came back. Green Bay was fine with Aaron Rodgers as their new quarterback, so Favre got a job with the New York Jets, on a one year contract. After a year with the Jets, Favre was released and got a 2year contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Favre Led the Vikings to the playoffs, now in 2011 Favre says that he will retire.

Cooking Corner

Rice Krispie Eggs                       ingredients- 4 cups mini marshmallows, 6 cups rice krisppies, plastic eggs, and 3 tablespoons butter.  

Directions- put marshmallows and butter in a microwave safe bowl

  1. Have an adult put the bowl in the microwave for 3 min.

  2. Then stir till everything is smooth. Next add rice krispies.

  3. Stir until the krispies are well coated. Now cover your hands in butter and put the mixture into the plastic egg.

  4. Then let everything cool.

  5. Finally take out your eggs and enjoy

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