6B Newsletter 3/20/2015

20 03 2015

6B

March 20, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) Students just took their first reading comprehension test on the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows. Expect another test coming for the vocabulary Ch. 1-5 packet. Students must know the definitions and how the word is used in the book. We have been practicing for PARCC. You child should review the Reading/Writing TIPS this weekend, as well as the Literary/Poetry Elements sheets. I posted the PARCC website with practice tests….feel free to browse it to see what the tests look like. Make sure your kids get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast!

Reading: (A-2) The pages are flipping fast as we read the humorous novel, Flipped. Students complete their active reading charts focused on questioning, inferring, connecting, visualizing, and predicting.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)In Math, we will be starting Chapter 7 in the textbook, which deals with functions, inequalities, and equations. We have spent time on basic Algebra, but this chapter takes it to a more complex level. Students will be using inverse operations to solve one-step equations, and we may even move into two-step equations. In addition, we will be creating equations and inequalities based on real-world situations. Also, students have been introduced to the Stock Market so they can create a project for Open House that displays their knowledge of two similar companies. For the project, students will be tracking the stock prices of 2 companies that are in competition. They will create single line graphs, double line graphs, tracking charts, and informational brochures.

Reading: (A-3)Students are continuing their work on non-fiction literature and gathering data about the different parts of non-fiction text. They will also start creating their own autobiographies that will be shared at Open House!

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) We have moved on from our unit on Russia to our next unit on the Middle East, which includes the northern coastal countries of Africa, Cyprus and Turkey, as well as southwest Asia east until Afghanistan.  As always, we will be working on familiarity with countries, capitals and physical features, as well as climate, economic activity and population. Furthermore, we will also examine oil and OPEC, as well as some other topics. There will be an extensive combination at home and in class project that accompanies this unit, so please look for information on that soon.  Students should also be studying for their weekly map quizzes which are every Wednesday.

Reading: (A-4)  A4 reading has successfully begun our LightSail journey!  Mrs. Gover has been teaching the students how to use the program to read and answer various types of questions. By now, students have checked out our next novel, And Then There Were None, as well as an additional novel of their own choosing.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We have finished our volcano unit and are now working on rocks and minerals. Students were recently tested on the volcano and earthquake material and will be getting their results soon. We have been looking at the different physical traits of minerals and students participated in an activity that supported these discussions. We are also talking about the three types of rocks – igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic – and how each of these types are formed. We will be moving on to the rock cycle next.

Reading, (D102)We have begun reading our mystery novel by Agatha Christie entitled And Then There Were None. Students are using their character web to track clues and discoveries about the characters in this novel. They are also completing vocabulary activities.

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