6A Newsletter 5/8/2015


May 8, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) Students are currently learning about South Asia. With this region of the world, we focus on the geography and culture of the region. In addition, we do learn about the economies of the countries and also certain key historical events, including the struggle for independence from the British and the creation of the modern nations of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. In class, students recently worked on a project on Asia. With this, they worked in groups of three to create an accurate, detailed map of East and South Asia and researched and described major physical features and cultural terms.  Following South Asia, we will learn about East Asia, Southeast Asia, then move on to sub-Saharan Africa.

Reading: (A-17) In Reading, students continue to read Among the Hidden. We have been doing a lot with examining root words to help develop vocabulary.  We have also been working on citing text evidence through answering directed reading questions.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18) The last topics we will be covering before PARCC testing resumes on the week of May 18th are converting customary units and geometry.  Students will conclude their work on proportions and equivalent ratios early this week by converting between customary units of length, weight, and capacity.  We will begin our geometry unit by finding the volume, surface area, and nets of cubes and rectangular prisms.  Students will also learn how to find the area of circles and triangles.

Reading: (A-18) Students have finished reading White Fang by Jack London and are now watching the movie to compare and contrast the two.  Students have also been presenting their “Laws” that White Fang learned throughout the novel as well as a Book Creator project on the ABCs of White Fang featuring character traits and important plot elements.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) Students have finished reading Where the Red Fern Grows. Several culminating activities include a five-paragraph character essay and Book Creator project that contains students’ favorite sentences from each chapter. Next week we will begin our poetry unit in which we read, listen to, and discuss poems from many famous poets. Students will review a variety of poetic devices and then write and share their own poems. Information about the next book report (biography) has been shared and discussed with students. Their Prezi biography project will be due by June 10th.

Reading: (A-19) Students have been reading short biographies about Steve Jobs, Franklin Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, and Walt Disney. A mini-lesson on question stems was presented earlier this week to develop higher-order thinking skills as students question a text.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) This week we have concluded our study of soil, and students have passed in their research notebooks for grading.  We have also begun our study of fossils by watching a very entertaining episode of science court.  Students will be watching an educational video on geologic time over the weekend.  On Monday I will give out a study guide for our next quiz, which is scheduled for Friday, May 15th.  There will be extra help available after school on Thursday, May 14th.

Reading: (D-101) We have just completed our second LightSail title, Treasure Island.  We will begin next week with a choice on non-fiction titles from LightSail.


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