6A Newsletter 9/3/2015

6A

September 3,  2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17)  It has been a great start to the school year and students seem to have adjusted very well to the transition to middle school. In social studies we will start the year by reviewing geography basics such as the continents, oceans and map skills. It’s a world geography course so students will spend most of the year learning about the countries of the world. But before we get into the countries, the first couple of units are designed to help students better understand what they will be learning and will cover topics such as physical features, culture and basic economics. I have a blog at leslie6a.wordpress.com that will keep you updated with information such as what the homework is and what we have been doing in class.  Other class information such as my homework policy and grading system can be found on the blog as well. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please email me at bleslie@bpsk12.org.

Reading: (A-17) We start the year by reading A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park. It is based on a true story and is about two 11 year olds growing up in Sudan, and how each was able to overcome hardship i their own ways. Throughout the year, students will be working on writing, vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.  We will also be using Lightsail, an interactive e-reader program that will help engage students in reading.

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) Hi 6A Math! Thank you students for a great first week! Students have received their textbooks and we have already started with our first unit. We will use the first couple of weeks of the year to review some basic multiplication/division practices before jumping into Chapter 1. If you need to contact me directly, my email is mfryman@bpsk12.org. Please bookmark my website for additional information to follow along throughout the year: fryman6a.wordpress.com. Thanks and let’s make it a great year!

Reading: (A-18) We are starting the year reading Freak the Mighty. This is a great story of two boys who come together in an unusual way to form a life-long friendship. We will follow their journey and have discussions and activities throughout the reading of the book. Our team has a great resource in Mrs. Gover who will be helpful to our class throughout the year.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19)  Hello! Thank you students and parents for a wonderful start. We

made it through opening lockers, finding the gym, and meeting new classmates. I promise in another week, we we feel even more settled into our everyday routines. We spend a lot of time helping the students transition to the middle school the first week.

I decided to hold the Summer Reading Quiz until after Labor Day weekend. The quiz will be held on Wed., Sept. 9. Please bring notes, your child is allowed to use these on the quiz. We really just want to get an idea that they did read this summer. In groups, we will also have book talks about the selections. I’d really love their help in selecting which titles to keep for next year.

My class syllabus will go home next week. (I’m sure you already have hit your paper-limit for this week). The first official unit in ELA is from our blue Literature book, Theme 7: Old Tales, New Twists. Students will read to enjoy stories that have been passed down for generations. The focus is myths, folktales, fairy tales, and legends. Skills will be developed on critical thinking, vocabulary, and writing.

Reading: (A-19) Reading groups are separate from Language Arts class. Basically it is a bonus reading block. There is no homework in reading. In school we will explore many different titles together and work on fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Our first novel is Al Capone Does My Shirts. Mrs Gover is a reading specialist that is an excellent resource and help in my room too.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  We are off to a great start in earth science this year.  Students have begun the year by learning about the skills needed for a science lab, such as communication, observation, and classification.  Next week students will begin working in their first lab groups with a fun activity, the marshmallow spaghetti tower challenge.  Be sure to check my blog at http://6ascienced101.blogspot.com/ for pictures late next week.  Students have also begun working with google classroom for homework and classwork.  Please email me at shea@bpsk12.org if there are any questions or concerns regarding google classroom.  

Reading: (D-101)  My reading group this year will begin with The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.  We will begin using the LightSail program for reading, which is an iPad based reading program that allows students to read at their own pace, while including assessments to check for comprehension, critical thinking, and vocabulary.  More information about this program can be found at http://lightsailed.com/.

HEALTH:(Ms. Eovine) – Students will be starting the Nutrition / Wellness unit next week.  The focus this week will be on nutritious snacks, reading food labels, and using the tools on myplate.gov.  Students will be using the Chromebooks to visit myplate.gov.  They will be learning about balancing their dietary intake and using some of the games on the site.   

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