6A Newsletter 10/30/2015


October 30,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We are in the middle of our unit on culture, population and economics, and will soon begin studying the continents of the world.  Students this week learned about culture and completed a project in which they interviewed a classmate and learned all about their culture. Next week we will spend a lot of time talking about government and will learn basic economics, including different types of economic systems, supply and demand, etc.  The following week will be spent learning about world trade, natural resources and their importance to the world’s economies.  Following this, we will start with the continents, beginning with South America. With South America, we will focus primarily on the countries of Brazil, Argentina, and Columbia. With most countries, we will learn about major physical features, climate zones and natural resources.  Students will learn how to predict how these factors affect the different countries’ economies and population, as well as how they have affected the history.

Reading: (A-17) We are finished with A Long Walk To Water and will now read The London Eye Mystery. We will continue to use the LightSail program to help check for comprehension and track students’ progress.  

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) This week we wrapped up our quick unit on metric conversions with a take home quiz this past Tuesday. We are now moving onto mean, median, mode and range in Chapter 3. In this chapter, we will be working with visual representations of data, including bar and line graphs, histograms, and frequency tables. There will be more word problems than in the past that will allow students to strengthen their interpretation skills on math problems.

Reading: (A-18) We have read through chapter 18 in Freak the Mighty and are getting close to the end. Students received the final assignment for the book which is a Book Report “Sandwich.” This project will allow students to interpret the story line in their own words and present their findings in a fun and interesting way. The due date will be set once we finish the book, which will also be when we begin watching the movie in class.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) Students took the Enchanted Raisin test this week, so look for the scores to be uploaded to Aspen within this next week. I will introduce the grammar unit on Subjects, Predicates, and Sentences next week. It is in our Writer’s Choice book, p298. I try to make grammar relevant and exciting by applying it to writing skills, as well as using as differentiated instruction. I like doing actual “grammar exercises,” having the kids get up out of their seats to practice and learn grammar. Expect grammar tests along the way.

Reading: (A-19) My reading block just did a great writing assignment for Ch. 15. Together we answered the question using a topic sentence and supporting details from the story as to how the author builds suspense.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  We have been working our way through heat transfer in the atmosphere this past week.  Students have worked in their lab groups to conduct experiments on convection in liquid and convection in gas.  We will continue to review the three methods of heat transfer, radiation, conduction, and convection, with demonstrations and experiments.  Next week we will begin learning how the uneven heating of the earth’s surface causes global winds, and how certain features cause local winds.

Reading: (D-101)   Students are finishing our first novel, The Westing Game.  We will be creating interactive posters using glogster when all groups have finished reading.  We took one day this week for readers theater, in which students performed a highly entertaining version of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart.  Be sure to ask your students about the performance!
HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine) – Students will be continuing the Second Step Program.  The focus will be on types of conflicts and how to avoid or deescalate them.  There will also be a lesson on Empathy and sympathy the first week.  A quiz will be given the second class meeting of the week.  A study guide has been posted on google classroom.  Week two students will learn how to use “I” Messages and be involved in role-plays to practice and become comfortable using them.  


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