6A Newsletter 10/3/14


October 3, 2014

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Much of these first couple months are spent learning the basics- such as map skills, climate zones, landforms and culture- that we will be focusing on once we begin learning about the countries of the world. We are now studying climate and climate zones and will do so all this week. We will begin with an introduction to them and students will take notes on the different characteristics of each climate zone.  We will then watch clips from the Discovery Series “Planet Earth” so students are able to get a sense of what these climate zones are really like.  At the end of the week, students will do a more in-depth study of one of the climate zones and create an “Explain Everything” on a specific one to share with their group members.

Next week we will begin learning about landforms.  I will assign the first project of the year next week.  It will be to create a visual representation of the landform they were assigned and will be homework for most of next week. Check my blog for details/due dates.

Reading: (A-17) In Reading we have been reading the novel Holes and working on writing and fluency skills.  We have a great, vocal group this year so we have also been having a lot of class discussions on some of the important themes and issues of the novel.  Students also performed a lively rendition of Readers Theater recently.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18) Students took a Chapter One test early this week and did extremely well.  All grades have been inputted into Aspen.  I will update xtra math, homework, and class participation grades at the end of each week in Aspen.  The remaining topics in chapter one include area and perimeter of squares and rectangles, one step algebraic equations, and the distance formula.  Students will enjoy some area and perimeter scavenger hunts and a fun rollercoaster activity in class when we practice working on the distance formula.

Reading: (A-18) We have been reading Freak the Mighty during class.  Students have created cram.com accounts to help them retain new vocabulary words they are learning within the book as well as during our word roots lessons.  Students continue to work on fluency and vocabulary activities.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) Students took a quiz on subjects and predicates. This is always a difficult grammar concept, but they did very well overall. Next up will be a unit on verbs. We read Porcupine and the Sky Mirrors today. This is a Russian folktale that provides a lesson about the importance of good manners and solving problems. Next week we will begin to focus on writing strong sentences that are direct, clear, and easy to read and understand. Additionally, we will look at sentences that have been poorly written and practice rewriting them for fluency and clarity.

Reading: (A-19) We continue to make progress with Kimchi and Calamari as Joseph decides how to deal with several issues he’s facing. Each class begins with a fluency activity (the kids are improving each time!) and other mini-lessons have focused on comprehension, summarizing, vocabulary, and using context clues to uncover the meaning of unfamiliar words.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) Students have taken their first quiz of the year, and have done very well.   We are learning how to create a good experiment by starting an in-class extended project on pumpkin plant growth. I will be handing out a rubric in the next few days for the students research notebook. This will be our first major class work grade for the year.

Reading: (D-101)  We are moving quickly through our first novel. Students are starting to develop their own theories about the author of the mysterious notes that Miranda has been finding. We have created a class “mystery board” to share the clues, character list  and other information.


HEALTH: Ms. Eovine – Officer Cross will be working with Ms. Eovine in health class for the next three weeks.  We will be using a curriculum that deals with substance abuse, violence prevention, and communication skills.  Students will have a workbook they will be using in class to do written work in for each lesson. The first week students will be introduced to the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum and the focus will be on being part of a community and short and long term goal setting.



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