6A Newsletters 1/16/2015


January 16, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17)  Recently in class we’ve been both reviewing for the mid-year and learning about the United Kingdom.  Since Monday’s exam, we have been focusing on the rest of Western Europe.  With Europe, we do a lot with geography’s impact on the history of the continent, from its settlement, to the age of exploration, to the world wars of the 20th century.  We are currently studying France and will next learn about Germany.  Following this, we will learn about Southern Europe and then the rest of the continent.  In addition to the geography and history of the continent, we are also learning a lot about the economies and cultures of the countries. Next week, students will be assigned a project which they will be working on for the next couple weeks.  You can check the blog for details, including instructions and rubrics used for grading the project.

Reading: (A-17)  We are about half way through the novel The City of Ember.  It is a longer novel so we have been doing a lot of silent reading in class and reading in small groups.  We have also been working on reading comprehension and building vocabulary using word roots .

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18)  We have concluded chapter four which dealt with greatest common factor and least common multiple to prepare us for our fractions unit.  Students will be learning and reviewing how to write, simplify, and order fractions on a number line.  We will also work on converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions and comparing fractions by finding the common denominator before beginning fraction, decimal, and percent conversions.

Reading: (A-18)  We wrapped up our last book by having each student write a summary about a particular scene in Max the Mighty to create a class picture book using the Book Creator app.  The next book we will begin is by Jack London.  Students are doing some research on wolves to gain a better understanding about our main character before we begin reading.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) For much of the past week we have been reviewing grammar in preparation for this week’s Midyear Exam. Also, students orally presented their posters to their teammates – a great opportunity to build public speaking skills and confidence. Next week we will launch a new unit using Great Books – an anthology series featuring great literature that encourages inquiry-based discussions and explorations of the text. The creative writing assignment resulted in many terrific stories of which one from each block has been selected to be adapted into a script. It will then be performed live in the classroom! Our next grammar unit will introduce pronouns and antecedents.

Reading: (A-19)  Students are enjoying the experience of using LightSail, an e-Reader application designed specifically to improve reading comprehension. Each class focuses on learning and using new vocabulary and includes a reading purpose. The reading purpose prompts students to engage with the text using higher-level thinking skills and requires a written response, as well. Students then discuss their thoughts with their book-mates.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  This week students have been completing their journey to the center of the Earth science fiction stories and illustrations.  Be sure to check the science blog at http://6ascienced101.blogspot.com/ to see some examples of student work.  We have also begun learning about Alfred Wegener and the theory of continental drift.  Students have created maps of the supercontinent Pangaea using clues from the shapes of coastlines, the fossil record, and glacial markings.  Next week we will be learning about sea floor spreading and the theory of plate tectonics.

Reading: (D-101) Student groups are continuing with the LightSail app.  We begin classes with a focus question for their reading, and finish each class with group discussion.  Each group is also working on creating a poster so that they may share their novel with the class at the end of their reading.

HEALTH: Ms. EovineStudents will finish up their ½ year health course.  They finished with a quiz on drug categories and anti-tobacco ads.  Students in 6th grade will now move on to their ½ year course in computers.


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