6A Newsletter 2/13/2015


February 13, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We are about done 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 Friday, February 27th.  I have posted the study guide in Google Classroom and on the blog and copies were passed out in class.  Grades for the “Promotional” part of the Europe project are now in Aspen and grades for the written portion should be in there sometime over February break.

Reading: (A-17) In reading students are still reading The City of Ember.  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.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18)  Students are learning how to represent a number in three forms: decimals, fractions, and percents.  We have been learning many strategies to convert between all three representations.  During class this week students worked hard on a Fraction Sundae Project.  When we return from winter break students will be placing fractions, decimals, and percents on number lines and reviewing for a large conversions test.  We will have a team wide tennis-ball tournament to calculate each student’s free throw percentage.

Reading: (A-18) Students are reading White Fang by Jack London. We have just presented some vocabulary Haiku Decks, worked on comprehension questions, and will be getting our iReady scores soon.  Students will begin some point of view writing activities next.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19)  The week began with students taking a quiz on pronouns (personal, possessive, indefinite, and their antecedents). We have begun reading a new story in Great Books: Through the Tunnel. It’s a story that explores the themes of taking risks and experiencing the discomfort of change. An inquiry-based discussion will follow the reading and students will also write a five-paragraph essay that answers an important focus question. Our field trip to the Stoneham Theatre has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 12th to see a performance of Walking the Tightrope – a magic fable that explores love, loss, and running off to the circus.

Reading: (A-19)  We continue to read using LightSail and after vacation students will begin reading one of several nonfiction choices. A particular focus will be given to building students’ vocabularies.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This week students have been working on creating an “earthquake resistant” house using recyclable materials.  Students are working in small groups to complete their project, and they will test their houses using our earthquake tester after vacation.  Students are also researching methods of earthquake resistant building for homework this week.  The outline and rubric for this project has been posted on google classroom.

Reading: (D-101) Most groups are finishing their second novel.  The reading groups will be finishing their summaries and posters for presentation.  We should begin our next novel soon after vacation.  Students have also received their iReady reading scores.


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