6A Newsletter 1/15/2016


January 15,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We are currently studying Western Europe and will then move on to the countries of southern, northern and eastern Europe, followed by Russia.  With Western Europe, we focus mainly on the United Kingdom, France and Germany. We will learn about the geography of these countries and will talk about what impact geography has had on these countries histories, from colonization and imperialism to the World Wars.  With Southern Europe, we will learn about the countries of Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece. We will focus on the geography and how it has shaped the history of these countries but will not do much on the Ancient Greeks and Romans, since they will study that next year.  I will assign a major project on Europe next week.  Please check either my blog or Google Classroom for details, directions and the rubric.  

Reading: (A-17)  As we have been reading the book The London Eye Mystery, students have been working on various pre and post reading activities. These include literature circles, fluency building activities and assignments designed to increase connections between students and the novel.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Students completed the Math midyear exam earlier this week and did a great job with their exams! We will be continuing through Chapter 4 focusing on least common multiples and starting more in-depth work into fractions. Students will be using their Finish Line books more often than in the first half of the year. Finish Line is a workbook that using concepts learned in our curriculum and formats them in a way similar to many standardized tests. This allows students to better prepare for those types of tests that occur late in year, but in an easy way over the course of several months so they become stronger with multiple choice, short answer and open response style questions.

Reading: (A-18) Our class has been focusing on character development and multiple plot lines in Holes. We just finished Part I last week and are now in the second half of the book. We’ve completed two Reader’s Theaters where each student chooses a role in an important scene of the book and we act out the scenes in class.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) Happy New Years! Thank you parents for helping your students make it through their first experience with midyear exams at the middle school. It is so important for them the get used to the routine of dedicating an hour to studying and no regular homework. I did my best to prepare them and to alleviate stress. Remember that making sure they get in bed early and have a good breakfast helps ensure their success. We are finished with our Old Tales, New Twists theme and will use a different text called “Great Books” for comprehension. This reading program sparks excellent student discussion.

I am excited to announce a field trip on Thursday, Feb 4 to Stoneham Theater for a live performance of “Alice,” which is based on Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland.

Reading: (A-19) Students completed the Disasters Unit on Light Sail, on our iPads. We have started building background information for our next full novel, Holes.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  We began our week by reviewing our midyear exam.  Students did very well on their first midyear exam of the year.  Grades have been posted on Aspen.  This week we are continuing our study of plate tectonics.   We are reviewing how the movement of plates creates physical features on the earth’s surface.  Next week we will begin our study of earthquakes and volcanoes.  Sean Musselman from the Burlington Science Center will come to the middle school next Friday to share a presentation on earthquakes and plate tectonics.

Reading: (D-101) This week our reading class reviewed techniques for writing a short response for a reading selection.  Kerrin Gover, our reading specialist, shared tips and techniques to help our class find supporting details in the text, write effective transitions, and best conclusions.

HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine) – Students will be learning about the types of bullying (cyber, physical, emotional, & verbal).  Bullies, bystanders, and victims will be addresses.  Students will learn how to access help and how to handle bullying they see on the internet.  The second week students will be working in imovie developing PSA’s on bullying.  


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