6A Newsletter 10/16/2015


October 16,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Students have been working on their landform projects at home throughout the week and these are due Tuesday. It was assigned this past Tuesday and directions are in Google Classroom.  One of the options is to create a model depicting their landform and I allowed 2 students per class to make a cake as a model.  This will be the only time throughout the year that there will be food in class and I am aware of the students that have food allergies but if you have any questions or concerns please email me. In class, students have been creating a landform “foldable” which will help them when we take the landform quiz next Wednesday.  We have also been discussing how these landforms impact settlement and their effect on a region’s economy. Following our unit on landforms, we will begin our unit on Culture.  The unit is very broad and includes what makes up one’s personal culture and also topics such as government and basic economics.  Throughout the unit, students will be working on various assignments in order to help them better understand culture and how it relates to them.   

Reading: (A-17) We continue to read the novel A Long Walk to Water using the Lightsail program. One of the great things about the program is its ability to measure students’ progress and identify areas in which they need work. The Reading Specialist, Mrs. Gover, and I can then provide individualized work to help address those needs.   

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Students completed their Dream Room Projects over the long holiday weekend and did a great job with their work! Next up is a test over decimal operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), ordering, comparing and rounding on Monday. These topics were covered in sections 2.1-4 from the textbook.Following the test, we will continue through Chapter 2 covering decimals this coming week, working with scientific notation and our metrics unit.

Reading: (A-18) We are are still reading Freak the Mighty and having QuickWrites every one to two chapters. At the end of the book, students will have a writing assignment that will let them represent their knowledge and understanding of the book. We will also be watching the movie about the book: The Mighty (1998). This movie is rated PG-13, so permission slips have been sent home asking permission for your son/daughter to view the film. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to email me directly.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) All week students have been working both in class and at home on the “My Neighborhood” narrative writing assignment. Step by step we are building our stories, focusing on sensory details and following the final draft format. Please look at the packet and the models posted to Google Classroom as well. The final draft is due printed on Monday.

Next we will continue using main idea strategies while reading The Enchanted Raisin. I really enjoy the moral/lesson of this story for children to behave and appreciate/respect their parents and siblings.

Reading: (A-19) Students continue to read Al Capone Does My Shirts on the iPads using Lightsail. We focus on vocabulary, comprehension, as well as discussions. Students are encouraged to read a second novel of interest, if they are ahead of the class.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) Students are finishing our first unit, the practice of science, with our metric temperature labs this week.  Students worked with their new lab groups to determine rates of heat loss and heat gain using different types of insulated cups.  Aspen has also been updated this week with our first project grades, the pumpkin plant experiment lab report.  Students received rubrics with their scores and comments about this report.  Next week we will begin our Earth Science curriculum with the study of spheres and layers.

Reading: (D-101) Students continue to work through our first LightSail title, The Westing Game.  Our reading specialist, Kerrin Gover, worked with our group this past week to learn how to answer comprehension questions and create a vocabulary list during our reading.

HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine) Students will finish the G.R.E.A.T. program this week and Officer  Cross (school resource Officer) will finish in the classroom this week.  Students will have a short quiz on the material they learned during this unit.  The second week students will begin the “Second Step” program.  The focus the first week will be on identifying feelings, and learning about Empathy and practicing empathy skills using role-plays.


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