6A Newsletter 2/12/2016


February 12,  2016

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Students passed in their Europe projects today and most seemed like they really worked hard on them.  I’ll have their grades back to them the week after vacation.  We are now learning about Northern Europe and will then move on to the Eastern region of the continent.  When learning about Eastern Europe, in addition to the geography, we will examine the impact of the Cold War and communism on the region.  This will take us into our study of Russia. There will be a test on Europe on the Thursday, the 25th.  I have posted the study guide in Google Classroom and on the blog and copies were passed out in class.  

Reading: (A-17) In reading we just finished The London Eye Mystery.  In addition to reading, students have been working on reading comprehension and vocabulary.  Students have also been working on writing skills, specifically summarizing and journal writing. We will next read Among the Hidden.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) We just finished our Fraction/Decimal/Percent Unit with a quiz today and students did a great job overall with the unit. Next up: Chapter 5 covering Fraction Operations. The team will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide not only fractions, but also mixed numbers and improper fractions. Coming up soon, students will be completing a short project on the Stock Exchange where students will follow a specific company in the NYSE and record and graph important information.

Reading: (A-18) We just finished reading Holes and our next book will actually be a small group of shorter titles that follow a similar theme: Food! Students will be reading short books in groups and having more discussions in class than before, as well as continually growing their vocabulary.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19)  Students continue our novel, Where the Red Fern Grows. Usually I start the Chapter in class, and they have to read and do questions for HW. You should see them reading at home and using the book to answer any questions. I encourage you to read along with your child, it makes for good dinner conversation! There is no HW over vacation. The tests come every 5 chapters. So the first test will be Ch. 1-5 on vocabulary and comprehension. Wishing everyone a great vacation.

Reading: (A-19) With our LightSail app, we continue to read the story Holes. I look forward to doing a readers theater, role playing after break.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)Students recently took their first quiz of this quarter, and they did very well. We are beginning our study of earthquakes and volcanoes this week.  Students have had the opportunity to see a working seismograph that has been set up in our library by the Burlington science center.  We have reviewed the different types of seismic waves produced by an earthquake, and are looking at how seismographs tell us the distance to the earthquake’s epicenter, and the magnitude of the quake.  After vacation we will begin our earthquake resistant house project.  Students will be building and testing their houses in class.  Look for the guidelines and rubric for this project on google classroom on Monday the 22nd.  

Reading: (D-101) Students have been working this week with our reading specialist and computer instructor on the i-Ready testing program.  When we return from vacation students will be working on their final project for our last novel.  Groups are writing and performing a readers theater based on Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes.



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