6A Newsletters 12/23/2014


December 23, 2014

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17)  We are now studying Western Europe and will be doing so until after the mid year exams. We will then learn about the other regions of Europe.  Instead of a test, there will be quizzes and a major project that we will do to conclude the unit on Europe. The mid-year will be held Monday, January 12th and study guides have been passed out.  I have also posted the study guide on my blog.  Students can start looking over their notes and study guide over break.  If there any questions over break students can email me but we will be spending a lot of time reviewing after the vacation. I will also be available for extra help when we return to review for the exam.

Reading: (A-17)  We are currently reading The City of Ember.  In addition to reading the novel, students have been working on vocabulary building with word roots and finding text evidence for character traits.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18) Students have begun chapter four which includes prime and composite numbers, factor trees and prime factorization, and listing factors and multiples.  Every student was given the midyear exam review sheet to prepare for the exam on Thursday, January 8th.  When we return from vacation students will have three additional days to review in class for our exam.

Reading: (A-18)  Students have finished reading Max the Mighty.  We have also been practicing citing text evidence for different character traits and enjoying some Readers Theater performances.  After we complete a few summarizing activities we will move into our next book when we return from vacation.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) When we return from Winter Break we will prepare for the Mid Year exam which encompasses all of the grammar we have learned so far, several comprehension questions on the literature stories, and a four-paragraph essay. Shortly after that we will launch a new unit featuring the Great Books anthology which encourages inquiry-based discussions and explorations of the text, and helps to develop critical thinking skills.

Reading: (A-19)  Students will continue to independently read their self-selected novels. Each class has a purpose for reading, typically a written response to one of several available prompts, such as what is the biggest mistake the main character has made so far? In what ways has the main character changed or grown? And, if the main character were a student at MSMS, which subject would they like best and why?

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101)  Students have been given an outline of topics for the midyear exam.  When we return from break, our classwork and homework will consist of review for the exam.  The science midyear exam has been scheduled for Friday, January 9th. When we finish the exam, we will work on final drafts and illustrations of our Journey to the center of the Earth stories.

Reading: (D-101) We continue to work on our lightsail titles.  Reading groups have also begun creating a book report poster that will be shared with the class when they finish their current selections.

HEALTH: Ms. Eovine – Students will be starting the substance abuse unit.  The focus will be on learning about the different drug categories and the social, emotional, and physical side effects they have on the body.  We will also be discussing the difference between “Drug use”, “Drug abuse”, and “Drug misuse”.



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