6B Newsletter 10/2/2015


October 2, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) We have concluded our first grammar unit covering the kinds of sentences and the importance of using correct end-of-sentence punctuation. We have also read two more folktales, one from Russia, Porcupine and the Sky Mirrors, and one from Vietnam, The Fly. Students have been learning to identify symbols in stories and what their meanings are, and how symbols help readers uncover a story’s theme. Each story is accompanied with journaling that enables students to apply a story’s theme to their own lives. Next week we will focus on the elements of a well-written sentence. Students will be given opportunities to practice writing sentences for fluency and clarity.

Reading: (A-2)  Readers are continuing with Holes by Louis Sachar. A purpose for reading that focuses on characters (growth, traits, motivations) or other story elements (setting, plot, conflict) is assigned for each chapter. Additionally, most classes begin with a mini-lesson that features either vocabulary, comprehension strategies, or fluency-building skills.  

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We have just finished Chapter 1 in the textbook and the class did really well with some of the basic Algebra topics that will set them up for success as we move along in the text. Chapter 2 is all about decimals, although the students have already had a “taste” of this topic when we worked on decimal place value in the beginning of the year. Some of the topics we will be working on over the next two weeks are: comparing and ordering decimals, rounding decimals, and decimal operations (add, subtract, multiply, and divide). In order to help connect this chapter to the last, students will revisit topics such as solving algebraic expressions and order of operations with decimals brought in. In addition, we will focus on examples of decimals that students will encounter in their everyday lives.

Reading: (A-3)We are continuing to read Uglies and answer focus questions both in their reading notebooks and on the LightSail apps. We will continue to focus on root words and vocabulary. In addition, we will talk about the common themes that come up throughout the novel.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) We are quickly moving into our next mini-unit of map skills in the study of place. Within place, we will discuss the concept of climate and climate zones, as well as vegetation that occurs within each climate type.  After climate, physical features (land and water forms) will also be studied.  We will examine various physical features, their characteristics, and examples found around the world.  Students should recall that homework is assigned every night, and needs to be completed in order to receive full credit.  

Reading: (A-4)A4 reading has just spent 2 awesome days at our school library and Learning Commons, learning all about what the library has to offer, both online and in the room itself.  Mrs. Floyd also discussed banned book week with the students, encouraging them to guess why certain books might have been banned from places around the USA.  We are still reading our novel, Woods Runner and will be building a character sketch of Sam as we go.  

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102) In science, we had our first scientific skills quiz. Many of the students proved their understanding of these lab skills through a practicum type lab test. They needed to use the metric system and  their lab reporting knowledge to accomplish a passing grade. We will end the week with a culminating lab called “Gummy bears.”

Students will be learning about density in this lab. Next week is library field trip for D102 on Tuesday.

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our book Hoot. We have been reading and discussing the people in Roy’s life and how they will figure into the plot. We are also doing summarizing and vocabulary activities. Lightsail is going very well with Mrs. Gover.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be starting the G.R.E.A.T. Program.  Officer Cross (School resource Officer) will be working with me in health class for the next three weeks using the G.R.E.A.T. program.  The focus will be on how drugs, and violence can affect our communities and what we can do to create safe and substance free communities.  This week’s focus will be on communities we belong to and what we give to those communities and what we receive from being a part of one.  We will also be talking about goal setting and how to set up realistic short and long term goals.


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2 10 2015
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