6A Newsletter 1/30/2015


January 30, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We are currently studying Southern Europe and will then move on to the countries of northern and eastern Europe, followed by Russia.  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.  There is a major project on Europe that is due on February 4th.  Hopefully students have been busy working on the project at home, as it is the major grade for the 3rd quarter.  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 City of Ember, students have been working on various pre and post reading activities. These include literary circles, fluency building activities and assignments designed to increase connections between students and the novel.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18)  This week students took a quiz on fraction introductory concepts such as reducing and simplifying fractions, creating equivalent fractions, placing fractions on a number line, converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions, and finding the least common denominator to compare fractions.  The next topics we will learn about include fraction, decimal, and percent conversions.  We will do many fun activities in class such as speed stacking, tennis-ball free throw contest etc. to reinforce these concepts.  I will teach many different methods and tricks for converting between these three number forms.  As always, video lessons are posted on the math blog for additional homework and studying help.

Reading: (A-18)  Students have begun reading White Fang by Jack London.  We have also done some wolf research and presentations to help us gain a better understanding of our main character.  Students continue to learn and practice new vocabulary words when reading.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) Last week we read our first story in the Great Books series, Gaston. The story prompts many thoughtful questions which were then discussed in small groups. A packet that accompanies the story builds vocabulary skills and comprehension of the text. We have just begun a three-paragraph essay that answers an important focus question. The essay includes a thesis statement and supporting quotes and evidence from the story. There will be a Pronouns quiz next week. Next Tuesday students will take a trip to the Stoneham Theatre to see Willy Wonka. Several post-viewing activities have been planned for afterwards.

Reading: (A-19) Students continue to read self-selected books from our LightSail library. Some popular themes include dystopian novels such as Among the Hidden and The Maze Runner, or survival stories such as A Long Walk to Water. Overall, students’ lexile measures are steadily improving – the result of focused independent reading.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  Students took their first quiz of the third quarter this week.  They were quizzed on the formation of the supercontinent Pangaea, and the theories of continental drift and plate tectonics.  Students have also created a model of plate movement this week.  Next week we will begin our study of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Reading: (D-101) We continue to work with our LightSail reading groups.  As groups finish their novels, they are working on a book report poster so that they can share their novel with the class.



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