6A Newsletter 9/18/2015


September 18,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17)  On Wednesday this week students had their first quiz on map skills and the continents and oceans. I passed them back today and overall students did very well. I do allow retakes but it is the student’s responsibility to talk to me to set up a time after school when they can retake it. The first several weeks are often spent reviewing and reinforcing geography basics that will help us better understand the countries we will learn about throughout the year. We are now learning about latitude and longitude and will then study the 5 themes of geography.  The 5 themes of geography are common topics that we will focus on when we begin learning about the countries of the world and include: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and region.

Reading: (A-17) We are now reading A Long Walk To Water through the interactive e-reader Lightsail. Students also were able to select an additional book to read when they finish the day’s reading and assignment.  In addition to reading the novels, we have also been working on vocabulary building in class.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Last week, students took their first quiz on multiplication and division. We are finished with our review unit now and are onto Chapter 1 in our curriculum. Chapter 1 includes topics such as number sense, patterns, algebraic thinking, and divisibility rules. We will be using the textbooks throughout the chapter, so students should be sure to have their textbooks available at home for any homework assignment. For daily updates, please check my site: fryman6a.wordpress.com.

Reading: (A-18) Last week, students participated in a Learning Commons Scavenger Hunt. This allowed everyone to familiarize themselves with many great tools and resources inside our school. We are now reading Freak the Mighty and have had a few discussions to better understand some background knowledge before getting deep into the book. Students have been encouraged to bring in an additional book to read at the end of class on their own that is to their own liking.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19)  Students read “Creation” and “Leyenda” in our Literature book from the Old Tales, New Twists: Theme 7. We took an open-book test on these two selections. The summer reading scores were handed back and posted in Aspen. We had some great book discussions, I am really happy with the higher-level thinking questions they created. Our goal for next week is to write poems about the Magic of Burlington using poetic devices, inspired by Pat Mora’s poem on p611. This is one of my favorite assignments. Please note that we will take our annual walk to the public library, the permission slip will be available at Back-to-School Night. I am excited to share my plans for the year and to see you all there.

Reading: (A-19) First students gained some background knowledge about topics such as Autism, Alcatraz, and The Great Depression before starting to read Al Capone Does My Shirts on Lightsail, and interactive e-reader. I am looking forward to using this new program with my reading classes to build comprehension and vocabulary.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  Lab groups have set up our first long term experiment, the pumpkin plant experiment.  Groups have determined a variable to test in order to grow their plants fastest.  They will use their data to create line graphs, and will write an analysis of their work when they are finished.  We are also learning how to use various measurement tools in the classroom, such as the triple-beam balance, metric rulers, and metric thermometers.  

Reading: (D-101)  All students have begun reading our first Lightsail title, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.  The Westing Game is a Newbery Award winning novel that tells the story of the mysterious death of the industrialist Samuel W. Westing.
HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the nutrition unit this week.  The focus will be on reading food labels and making healthy choices from each food group.  The second week the students will be working with myself and Officer Cross ( School resource Officer) using the G.R.E.A.T. program.  The focus the second week will be on Goal setting.  


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