6A Newsletter 5/22/2015


May 22, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Students recently took a quiz on the geography of South Asia and are now studying the countries of East Asia, focusing especially on China. In class they have been working on various reading assignments and have also been working on an A-Z Book Creator project on the countries of East Asia. The homework while I’ve been out has been a 3 page (double- sided so 6 total) homework packet. This is due Tuesday after Memorial Day. There will also be a test either at the end of next week or the beginning of the following week on China and India. I will pass out study guides next week and we will spend time reviewing.
Reading: (A-17) In reading students have been doing a good deal of self-directed reading and answering questions based on the chapters they read. The goal of these questions is to help students develop skills citing text evidence, using context clues to acquire new vocabulary and also basic reading comprehension.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18) We have concluded our geometry unit by reviewing lines and angles, different types of polygons, measuring angles with protractors, and practicing many geometry vocabulary words with Simon Says, Taboo, and creating webs. Next week, students will take two geometry quizzes. The first will be on identifying, defining, or drawing different geometric vocabulary terms. The second quiz will be on using different formulas to calculate either the perimeter, area, volume, or surface area of various two dimensional and three dimensional figures. Students will be provided with a formula sheet for the quiz. Students will also begin working on an in-class Geometry Scavenger Hunt project on their iPads which will be due on or before Friday, June 5th.
Reading: (A-18) We finished watching White Fang and had a great discussion comparing and contrasting the book and movie. Students have also been presenting their White Fang ABC books during class displaying many character traits and important elements within the story. Currently, students are either reading Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech or The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) We have wrapped up our unit on poetry. Students listened to and read examples of great poetry by poets such as Robert Frost. They wrote three poems of their own and particularly enjoyed sharing them aloud with classmates. We have begun learning about adjectives and there will be a quiz at the end of this week. Grammar will continue to be a focus as we have several concepts still to cover: adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and verb tenses. Students should be making good progress with their biography books and will complete a Prezi project that summarizes lessons learned in Computer class.
Reading: (A-19) We have been reading many different Grimms’ Fairy Tales. A frequent purpose for reading is to identify traditional fairy tale elements and summarize the moral of the story. Earlier this week, students read two stories then created a book cover for their favorite one. Between field trips and other end-of-year events, there are only a few Reading classes remaining so we will continue reading short stories – I hope to introduce a few by Ray Bradbury from The Martian Chronicles.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This week students have explored topographic maps by creating their own topographic island map, and by participating in a flooded mountain activity. Extra credit for the fourth quarter has also been assigned this week, and will be due by Friday, May 29th. Next week we will begin our study of the sun, moon, and earth system by exploring lunar and solar eclipses and phases of the moon. This will be our last area of study before the final exam, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 11th. A review guide for the final exam will be distributed, both on paper and electronically on google classroom, in the first week of June. Our McAuliffe field trips will take place this year June 3rd through 5th. Students have been given their assigned roles and dates today. Please email if there are any questions or concerns about the field trip.
Reading: (D-101) We are working through a series of biographies on LightSail. Students have been reading about the Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. Students have created a short newspaper article based on the information learned from these biographies.


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