6B Newsletter 10/16/2015


October 16, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) Students have begun a unit that will focus entirely on writing. We’ll start with by learning to avoid fragments in our writing and correcting run-on sentences. Following this we’ll practice organizing different information into well-written simple sentences and compound sentences. Students will learn the importance of writing sentences for fluency and clarity (easy to read and easy to understand). This takes practice and they’ll get plenty of it! We’ll also look at examples of great writing. Eventually this will lead into writing a paragraph and then a persuasive essay.

Reading: (A-2)  Most students are past the midpoint of their novel, Holes. Preread activities have focused on building vocabulary skills using word roots or a fun app called World’s Worst Pet. We’ve also conducted several Reader’s Theatre to build fluency skills. A focus question is assigned for each chapter – this provides students with a purpose for reading and is designed to improve comprehension skills.  

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We have been working hard on Chapter 2 in the textbook, which focuses on decimals. Students will be taking a test on decimal operations on Monday and it will be worth 100 points and will cover: comparing decimals, rounding decimals, word and standard form of decimals, and all four decimal operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing). Students will be going home with a review sheet for the test. Following the test, we will finish the week with metrics and metric conversions. The following week, we will be starting on Chapter 3 with a review of mean, median, and mode and other terms related to data displays.

Reading: (A-3)We are getting through The Uglies  and students are really loving it! Students are getting comfortable sharing their “think notes,” as well as their other reflections they made in their composition books. We will be doing individual responses, group responses, and preparing students to get comfortable sharing with the entire class.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)Geography students are finishing a mini unit on climate, including climate zones, climate types and vegetations that grow within the various climates. Next week students will be examining physical features, both water and land, and their characteristics, definitions and finding some examples using google earth.  A Geography quiz will be given at either the end of next week or the beginning of the following.

Reading: (A-4)Recently in reading we have discussed the concept of text structure and how the author of Woods Runner (Gary Paulsen) chose to intersperse the novel with information about the Revolutionary War.  This also led to a brief but interesting conversation on the differences between narrative and informational writing.  We will continue reading the novel using the LightSail program, and really begin to develop a character analysis of Samuel.  

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102)  D-102 were busy this week!We began the  week with observation and inferencing skills. Then we moved onto more measurement labs dealing with heat gain and loss. Students had to demonstrate their graphing skills in these two labs for homework.  We will begin exploring the 4  Earth’s systems on Friday.(Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere and the Geosphere.)

Reading, (D102)   This week in reading we spent some time up in the Learning Commons while reading Hoot on our iPads.  Last week we did a root word brainstorm with Mrs. Gover. We looked at the word port and came up with 50 words using just this one word. Port means to carry and we began dissecting bigger words that come from base words like this.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will finish the G.R.E.A.T. program this week and Officer  Cross (school resource Officer) will finish in the classroom this week.  Students will have a short quiz on the material learned during this unit.  The second week students will begin the “Second Step” program.  The focus the first week will be on identifying feelings, and learning about Empathy and practicing empathy skills using role-plays.


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