6A Newsletter


November 20, 2017

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Eagar A-17) I am so proud of the effort and hard work that the students are putting into their learning.  We finished the introduction to culture and have moved on to South America.  As we explore, students will be able to identify and locate the countries and capitals of South America. We will also be looking very closely at the 8 Traits of Culture as we study the different countries.  Students will be reading a nonfiction article on NewsELA and creating a physical feature map from their reading.  We will continue to use the Keys to Literacy approaches to taking notes as well as practice writing summaries.

Reading: (A-17) We had an amazing visit with Mr. Conley, our very own author.  Students were able to ask questions about Mr. Conley’s writing process, the stories within the story and their favorite characters.We are so fortunate to have Mr. Conley here at the MSMS!  Our next area of focus will be nonfiction text.  Students will be working in small groups reading about disasters.  

MATH: (Mr. Fryman  A-18) After Thanksgiving, we will be wrapping up Chapter 3 (Algebraic Expressions & Equations) with a test over the sections covered in the textbook. Several mathematical properties are focused on in the second part of this chapter, such as Commutative, Associative & Distributive Properties. This is a vocabulary rich chapter where students will need to focus on the specific meaning of terms and how they apply to mathematical situations. As always, students should continue to sharpen their multiplication skills if that is an area that needs to be strengthened.

Reading: (A-18) We have begun reading The Dead Man Story, written by Marshall Simonds’ own Marty Conley! This is a great book that is full of adventure, mystery, and plenty of intrigue throughout! We will continue to focus on vocabulary, character and plot development, and even a duel timeline.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt  A-19) After Thanksgiving Mrs. Hewitt will return!!! The students will begin reading stories in the Great Books Roundtables where they will be using a learning method called shared inquiry. This method will help develop the interpretation of the stories students will be reading. The unit will focus on a compilation of short stories, poems and essays to formulate questions and discussions.  

Reading: (A-19) We have finished The Dead Man Story! The students really enjoyed solving this mystery.  Before we begin our next novel, the students will engage in a mini-unit on non-fiction books.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea  D-101) After our Thanksgiving break, we’ll  be diving into our unit on plate tectonics.  We will be studying the evidence scientists have used to develop this theory.  We will explore the three types of plate boundaries, and the various features that result from movement of the plates.

Reading: (D-101) We continue to read our second novel, and first LightSail title, A Wrinkle in Time. We will continue to review vocabulary, reading comprehension, and themes through our reading.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine).  Students will analyzing tobacco advertisements and looking at the creative ways tobacco companies  try to hook smokers at a young age.  Students will then work with a partner designing “Truthful” Ads telling people the dangers, social and emotional consequences of smoking or using smokeless tobacco products.  


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