6A Newsletter 4/2/2015


April 2, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We have just finished learning about North Africa and will now move on to the rest of the Middle East.  With the Middle East, students learn about the physical geography of the region and the different ways it impacts the people of the countries, such as a lack of fresh water, a surplus of oil, and a high population density in the areas that do have a beneficial geography. We also do more with current events when the Middle East, as many of today’s news stories take place in this region.  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.  This past week students finished a project to complete The City of Ember, did an introductory activity to cover some of the major themes of the upcoming novel, and started to read the opening chapters.
MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18)  We are currently learning about many new algebraic concepts such as how to solve one step equations by isolating the variable and simplifying expressions by combining like terms and using the distributive property.  After the long weekend, students will learn about simple inequalities and how to represent an algebraic problem three different ways: with an input-output table, graph, and equation.  Students will work on an in class algebraic project when we complete our unit for display at the spring open house.
Reading: (A-18) Students are reading White Fang by Jack London.  We continue to work on point of view writing, comprehensions questions, and character traits.
LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) We have begun reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Students are reading independently, both in school and at home, and are given a ‘purpose for reading’ for each chapter. They must also respond in writing to a focus question that is discussed in small groups the following day. Vocabulary is assigned for each chapter. Students can utilize Cram lessons that have been loaded online and Kahoot! is used each day to review. Comprehension quizzes will be given for five chapters at a time. Homework for each chapter is posted on Classroom and students may read ahead if they wish.
Reading: (A-19) Students continue to read their book of choice using LightSail. Recent mini-lessons that start each reading session include a note-taking activity and a word roots vocabulary activity.
SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This week we concluded our study of rocks and minerals.  Students did very well on their quiz, and they enjoyed their lab activities studying the various rock samples.  Next week we will begin our study of the breakdown of the Earth’s surface through weathering, erosion, and deposition.  We will explore the weathering of the area around the school as soon as the snow melts!
Reading: (D-101) We continue to read our second lightsail title, Treasure Island.  We review each chapter through a series of vocabulary activities and comprehension checks.


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2 04 2015
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