6A Newsletter 5/20/2016

September 9, 2016

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SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Eagar A-17) Welcome to 6A World Geography!  It has been a pleasure to meet all of your children over the past few days! It is amazing to watch them transition from elementary school to middle school. Everything is new; lockers, schedules, routines, friends, teachers and more. I am so proud of how well they are adjusting. Students have received a copy of my expectations, and should have brought it home to be looked over. We have also gone over my grading system, and textbooks were given out. These books should be left at home! Additionally, students took a pretest which is not graded, just something for me to see and keep.  Next week we’ll begin with some basic map skills like reading a key, interpreting map symbols and cardinal and ordinal directions, as well as ranking place names by relative size, like a city versus a country.  From there, we move into the 5 Themes of Geography.  

Reading: (A-17) In reading class we will begin with Holes by Louis Sachar. We’ll be reading the book using the LightSail app on the students’ iPads. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Gover, our reading teacher, assisting us with reading skills, activities and discussions.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) We’ve had a great start so far to the 2016-2017 school year! Your child has had a full week of class changes, locker combinations, and navigating through the middle school. And our 6A students have done so with a positive attitude! In math class, we’re starting with a review section on material learned in elementary school before we jump into Chapter 1. In the review section, we’ll focus on multiplication and long division. Please be sure to add my class website (fryman6a.wordpress.com) to your bookmarks so you can stay up-to-date with important information. I look forward to meeting you at Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 20th.

Reading: (A-18) Our reading class will start off the year reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. We’ll be reading the book using the LightSail app on the students’ iPads. LightSail is a great program that incorporates many different facets of reading throughout the book, including several opportunities for interesting discussion topics within our class.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! Thank you for helping your child transition to middle school. We are establishing our routines, figuring out schedules and lockers, and completing the first HW assignments. I am pleased with how well the students are listening and learning to ways of MSMS. Due to couple of religious holidays, we will postpone the summer reading quiz until Thurs. Sept. 15. Please make sure your child has notes, they can be used on the multiple choice quiz.

Our first unit is from the Literature book, called Old Tales, New Twists. There are myths, legends, folktales and fairy tales from around the room. We focus on story elements, and will do many pre-reading, during, and post-reading activities. This year HW will be in the agenda, as well as posted nightly in Google Classroom. I’m excited to a challenging and rewarding year! I look forward to meeting you all on Back-to-School Night soon.

Reading: (A-19) The Dead Man Story is our first novel for reading block. We are very lucky that it was written by our very own grade 6 teacher, Mr. Conley. Reading meets 3x’s a week and is different from the core subject ELA. Think of it as a bonus reading block to expose students to novels at their reading level.

Science: (Mrs. Shea  D-101)  We have had a great start to the school year.  The students are kind and respectful, and seem to be a very friendly group.  This week I sent home a welcome letter with a request for an email response.  Please check folders if your child has not given you this letter.   Next week I will be sending home textbooks, and students will be placed in their first lab groups.  We will start the year with an engaging group activity, the marshmallow tower challenge.

Reading: (D-101): My reading group will begin the year with the mystery novel, The Dead Man Story, by MSMS’s own Mr. Conley.  We are very lucky to have an author in residence for our first group read.  We will begin the novel with our reading group next week.

HEALTH – Students will be starting the unit on nutrition.  The first week students will be going over the food groups and identifying healthy choices within each group.  Students will be visiting the “MYPLATE” website and using the interactive activities on that site.  The second week students will be looking at reading food labels.  Students will be working with a partner designing new food labels and including some of the information they learned about in class on their labels.  

 

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