6A Newsletter 4/1/2016

6A

 April 1,  2016

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We have finished learning about North Africa and have moved on to Southwest Asia and the rest of the Middle East.  With the Middle East, students learn about the physical geography of the region and the different ways it has impacted the people of the region. We’ll examine topics such as the abundance of oil, a lack of fresh water, and a high population density in the areas that do have a beneficial geography. We also do more with current events when studying the Middle East, as many of today’s news stories take place in this region.  In addition, we will soon start a project in which students will be looking at how a variety of factors- from geography and climate to literacy and healthcare- affect a country’s development and economy.  It will be a step-by-step process with some work being done in class and other work at home.  Please check my blog and Google Classroom for updates and directions.  

Reading: (A-17) We just started reading Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  We will continue to work on crucial skills such as fluency, vocabulary and comprehension as we read.  In addition, our reading specialist, Mrs. Gover, has been working on a Diversity project with the students which will be displayed at Open House.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Students have just recently begun working in chapter 7 on distributive property, inverse operations, identifying and combining like terms, and more. It’s an interesting chapter that brings together a lot of previous learned concepts, so ideas and material learned throughout the year will be important to know (quickly!) as we move forward. Students are continuing their work with the Stock Market Project and will begin analyzing their company’s stock changes over the previous two weeks through visual data. Also, we will be practicing PARCC style questions in preparation for the state standardized exams coming up in May.

Reading: (A-18) We are continuing to read Year of Impossible Goodbyes and our class is doing a great job with class discussion revolving around some pretty serious topics. Also, Mrs. Gover has complemented our time with this book doing several lessons on diversity and how important this plays a role in our daily lives.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19)  It is hard to believe our journey with reading Where the Red Fern Grows is about at its end. We’ve been having fun acting out scenes and creating higher-level thinking questions. Once finished, we will do a Ch. 16-20 Vocabulary Quiz. Together in class as well as for homework, students will write a Character Trait Essay on Billy Coleman. A focus will be gathering text evidence and elaborating. Remember the independent reading for a Biography is ongoing. At home, students should be reading taking notes that highlight key facts. In computers with Mrs. O’Leary, student will make the project part using Prezi presentation software. Before PARCC for ELA, I will do some practice to get the students feeling comfortable for the testing.

Reading: (A-19) Mrs. Gover, our reading specialist is working on a Diversity project with the students about the novel Holes. We are focusing on how the characters and setting are diverse in many ways in terms of culture, family background, beliefs, etc.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101): We have just completed our study of rocks and minerals this week with a great lab activity using crayons to illustrate the rock cycle.  We have had a quiz on rocks and minerals this past week, and I will be grading research notebooks early next week.  Our next topic is weathering and erosion.  We have many fun lab activities and field trips around the school grounds planned as we investigate this topic.  Make sure to check google classroom for nightly homework postings and extra credit opportunities.

Reading: (D-101)  We have begun our third novel, White Fang by Jack London.  Students have read the part one of the novel, and have written a summary.  We will continue to explore vocabulary throughout our reading.

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