6A Newsletter 11/25/2015


November 25,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Students took a test to conclude Chapter 3 the other day and we are now learning about the countries of the world, beginning with the continent of South America. We start by learning about the physical geography of South America, including country locations and major physical features.  We will then learn about the individual countries, focusing primarily on the countries of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela.  In addition to the major physical features and economies of the countries, we will also learn about the culture and, in some cases, important historical events.  We will continue to study South America for the next several weeks and after South America we will move on to Europe.  

Reading: (A-17) In reading, we have been using LightSail to read our new novel, The London Eye Mystery. We’ve also been doing Readers’ Theater in class and working on deciphering unfamiliar vocabulary using common root words.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Last week, we wrapped up Chapter 3 with a quiz over all things with data displays. This week, students worked on an interdisciplinary activity with Pasta Cars where they sketched out, created, then raced their own model cars made out of dry pasta. The math component was calculating distance/rate/time and working with various rate comparisons. Students are also working on a Survey Project, which involves surveying 50 students on the topic of their choice then making various data displays from it. The project is due Tuesday, Dec. 1. Next up is Chapter 4 on factors and multiples.

Reading: (A-18) Students recently started a new book Holes by Louis Sachar. This is their first text being read using LightSail, an online app on the iPad that allows for various and interesting learning activities throughout the reading of the book. Mrs. Gover has been assisting with the beginning of the new book and has been a huge help with our class!

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) I am really pleased with the thought and consideration that went into the students’ Letters of Thanks. Many of the letters were to family members, coaches, teachers, and friends. Students followed the writing process, first brainstorming, then editing, drafting, and finally stuffing the envelopes. I saw improvement with their capitalization, run-ons, and especially following the friendly letter format. I look forward to hearing stories of how well these letters were received from loved ones. Next, the Science Fiction independent reading assignment is well under way. Your child should be reading at home, and keeping a good pace to be done by Mon., Dec 21. Students should look in Google Classroom for the characters, plot, and setting sheet. This part should be completed at home as well. The project creative part will be done IN school, using a fun app to turn the brainstorm into pictures with information….the end result looking like a graphic novel.

Your child’s Aspen account should be up to date with how they are performing in ELA. Please remember that an excellent way to boost scores is for your student to make “study evidence” before any of my tests or quizzes.

Reading: (A-19) Many students finished Al Capone and are reading their Sci-Fi books.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  This week we have been working in our science classes to design and build a race car made of pasta.  Students have researched pasta car design, created detailed sketches of their cars, and wrote a procedure for the build of the car.  Next week we will head back into our learning about the interior of the earth.  Students will begin writing their own version of the Jules Verne classic novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Reading: (D-101)   We are beginning our next titles in LightSail, a series of “disaster” nonfiction texts.  Students are working in small groups to analyze their reading, and are sharing their findings with their classmates.  

HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine)  Students will be Talking about anger.  They will learn what triggers their emotion of anger and cooling off techniques.  


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