6A Newsletter 6/5/2015

6A

June 5, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17)  This week we finished up learning about Asia and are now on to Africa.  We have already studied North Africa as part of the Middle East and will now learn about the rest of the continent. With Africa, students will learn about the various countries, physical features and climate zones. We will also discuss the positive and negative impact natural resources have had on the region. In seventh and eighth grade students will learn about the great civilizations of Africa so we will focus more on modern history, with an emphasis on European colonization and the resulting independence movements.

Reading: (A-17) We are nearing the end of Among the Hidden.  Students have been completing self-directed reading and answering various questions based on the day’s reading. After we finish the book, we will spend the remaining Reading classes reading the sequel, Among the Impostors.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18) Students have been working hard on their Geometry Scavenger Hunts during class this week on either the Explain Everything or the Book Creator app.  The next topics we will be covering include adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers.  We will then use these skills to do the inverse operation on one and possibly two step equations with negative numbers.  Other possible topics we could cover before the end of the school year include scientific notation, learning how to calculate discounts and tips, and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Reading: (A-18) Students are either reading Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech or The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.  Students have been working on independent projects while reading including keeping track of the various forms of Pantalaimon, researching the Northern Lights, tracking Sal’s trip across the United States, and working on character traits.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19)  This week we have wrapped up units covering adverbs and prepositions. Also, we have revisited subject-verb agreement and its importance in our writing. Next week we will review the eight parts of speech and then students will identify them in a challenging 100-word paragraph (test). We will also cover several of the verb tenses, followed by a short quiz. This will conclude our grammar concepts for the year and we will then read some fun short stories in our literature anthology textbook.

Reading: (A-19) Using LightSail, students are self-selecting a novel of their choice to read for the remaining several weeks of the school year.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  This week students have taken a short quiz on topography, which will be the final quiz of the year.  There will not be a final exam in science.  This week students have participated in the mission to Mars program at Framingham State University.  Be sure to check out the 6A science blog for pictures of this wonderful trip.  Next week we will review the sun, moon, earth system.  We will use demonstrations, and models to understand rotation and revolution, eclipses, seasons, and the phases of the moon.

Reading: (D-101) Students have completed their biography titles, and have moved on to a self-selected lightsail title for the remainder of the year.

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