6A Newsletter 12/11/2015


December 11,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) In social studies we are currently learning about South America.  We spent much of the week learning about Brazil and the Amazon and are now studying Argentina. While studying these countries, we are focusing on the physical geography such as landforms, climate and natural resources.  Students are learning to make connections and predict how these factors affect the human geography, including the culture and economy.  In addition to the subject area content, students have been learning how to take notes and summarize while reading. There will be a vocabulary quiz next Tuesday and we will have a test to conclude the unit on Friday.

Reading: (A-17) In reading we continue to use LightSail to read our novel The London Eye Mystery.  With the help of the reading specialist Mrs. Gover, students have been learning skills to help them summarize and also use text evidence while answering short answer/open response questions.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) We just recently wrapped up a short unit on Data and Statistics that went well with a lot of the information found in Chapter 3. This culminated in a quiz this past Thursday. Students did a great job with their Survey Projects last week, too! This coming week we will begin Chapter 4, working on prime/composite numbers, factor trees, least common multiples, greatest common factors, and much more.

Reading: (A-18) Our class is currently reading Holes on LightSail. Mrs. Gover has been working with the class to help students learn more about how LightSail works and how they can use it throughout the book. We will continue to work on vocabulary, deeper understanding of underlying themes, and multiple story lines during this book.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) How is it this far into December? As the students are settled and comfortable…we have to remember to keep them on task. Please have a pep talk with your students about classroom behavior. I’ve noticed a general drop in the past couple weeks. Basically to do well, follow the two most important rules: 1. Raise your hand before you speak 2. Stay in your seat. Most of our issues stem from there. Thank you for your continued support. Remember the Sci-Fi book should be read and the brainstorm sheet done by Mon., Dec, 21. The project part will be done IN school. We just took a comprehension test on Dragon, Dragon. The kids “slayed” their dragon posters; I was impressed with the effort and creativity. This week and next we will do Nouns from our Writer’s Choice book.

Reading: (A-19) We are doing some fun culminating activities for Al Capone. Our next novel will be Holes.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This week students have had their first fictional writing assignment in science.  They have created their own version of Journey to the Center of the Earth, combining their fictional ideas about drilling with the facts that they have learned about the composition, depth, and temperatures of the layers of the earth.  We spent time reading stories and viewing illustrations from other blocks, and had the opportunity to see the stories created by the students on 6B.  We are now applying our knowledge of heat transfer and the layers of the earth to the study of plate tectonics.  We will learn about Wegener’s theory of the supercontinent Pangaea, and the theories of continental drift and seafloor spreading.  

Reading: (D-101)   We have begun our second LightSail title, the fantasy novel Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes.  This novel was a MCBA winner from 2013.  It tells the story of a ten year old blind orphan who finds a set of magical eyes that transport him to a magical land, where he must find and save a vanished kingdom.

HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine) – Students will be starting the unit on harmful substances with the focus being on tobacco.  The first week students will learn about drug categories and harmful effects of these substances.  The second week we will be analyzing tobacco ads and designing truthful ads about tobacco informing people about the social, emotional, and physical harm these products can cause. Students will be using Glogster or Explain Everything on their ipads to design these Ads.  


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