6A Newsletter 3/6/2015


March 6, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We have finished learning about Europe and are now studying Russia.  Following this we will learn about North Africa and the Middle-East.  With Russia, we do a lot with the land, climate and natural resources.  Students also learn how these three factors have shaped Russian history and continue to impact current events.  We don’t get into much into Russian history but do briefly discuss the age of the czars, the Russian Revolution and the Cold War.  Progress Reports are sent home next Friday.  Any student that is missing work or needs to retake a quiz needs to do so by this Monday in order for it to be reflected on the progress report.

Reading: (A-17) We are nearing the end of The City of Ember.  Recently, with the help of the Reading Specialist Mrs. Gover, we have been working on vocabulary building and using context to find word meaning.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18)  We are currently working on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.  Students are completing several Buzzmath assignments related to these topics.  The next concept we will move into is integers. Students will represent real life situations with positive and negative integers, compare integers, find the absolute value of numbers, and plot integers on a coordinate grid.  We will begin having some review homeworks and practice problems in class to review for our upcoming PARCC test on March 26th and 27th.

Reading: (A-18) Students are reading White Fang by Jack London.  We have been practicing writing from the perspective of an animal and also classifying words.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) We are currently reviewing reading strategies such as identifying the main idea, making inferences, citing textual evidence, and summarizing. This review will help prepare students for PARCC (March 23rd through the 25th). Next week, students will read another short story from our Great Books anthology, followed by a comprehension test and a PARCC-simulated essay response. Students should be selecting their next book report book, either science fiction or fantasy. We did bring them to the MSMS Media Center/Library earlier this week. Also, next Thursday, March 12th, we visit the Stoneham Theatre for a performance of Walking the Tightrope, a magical fable that explores love, loss, and running off to join the circus.

Reading: (A-19) In addition to our reading, we have been focusing on building vocabulary by using a fun and engaging app called World’s Worst Pet. Additionally, we recently provided a mini-lesson on categorizing. For students who may have access to an iPad at home, they are welcome to login to their LightSail account to continue with their Reading class book.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This past week students have completed our study of earthquakes and volcanoes.  Students have had a quiz on this material.  Students have also enjoyed an earthquake presentation by Sean Musselmen from the Burlington Science Center.   We will complete the unit with a hands-on activity, creating volcanic mountains from playdough.  Our next unit will be the study of rocks and minerals.

Reading: (D-101) We have begun our next lightsail novel, the classic Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  We are beginning this novel together, and we review vocabulary and character development after each chapter.  Next week students will begin a character mapping activity with our reading specialist.


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