6B Newsletter 10/31/14

6B

 October 31, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) We finished our grammar unit. As a result, I am hoping I will see better grammar in the students’ writing. In Second Term, we will do a book report, as well as a couple of larger writing assignments. Also our “Old tales, New Twists” theme continues in the Literature book. I am hoping before Thanksgiving, to help us get into the spirit, that we complete Turkey Poems and letters of appreciation to friends/family.

Reading: (A-2)  I am really impressed with student progress on fluency and comprehension for Al Capone Does My Shirts. Mrs. Gover is doing wonderful activities with them on word roots as well.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We have just finished up decimal operations, and moved on to Metrics. We will finish up with Metrics on Tuesday and start Chapter 3 on Wednesday. Chapter 3 is a fun chapter that starts with Mean, Median, Mode, and Range and then moves on to graphing. With this chapter, students will be completing a Survey Project. They will pick a question to ask 50 people, and the results will be made into many different types of graphs. This is a fun project that students enjoy doing and they can absolutely use the computer to do graphs or just do them by hand.

Reading: (A-3) Students will continue to read The London Eye on their iPads, using the Lightsail app. This app is great because the students are constantly engaging in vocabulary and comprehension activities as they move through the chapters. In addition, students are able to increase their lexile level and see the changes in real time.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) Students in Geography have been examining the 8 traits of culture. We have been emphasizing the trait of government, including the differences between monarchies, constitutional monarchies, democracies, dictatorships and communist states. We have also been discussing the trait of economy in detail, including the various job sectors, economy types and economic vocabulary words like supply, demand, inflation, import, export, etc.  From here we will discuss the idea of cultural diffusion and then move on to population growth and population density.  I would like to encourage all students to try to use classroom.google.com for all of their homework, but it is certainly not a requirement. Also, I am putting links to sites used in class including quizlets, cram.com study guides and also completed 6B projects on my website, www.bit.ly/A4Geography.

Reading: (A-4) We are continuing to read Among the Hidden, reading for fluency and comprehension, as well as critical thinking skills. Mrs. Gover has introduced Bloom’s Taxnomy of higher order thinking skills and questioning, and we have been putting some into place by drawing diagrams and maps of Luke’s backyard in order to visualize the novel in further detail. We also continue to practice fluency exercises and root word vocabulary building activities.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We are coming to the end of our science inquiry unit. We have continued with class activities, which help to develop students’ scientific skills. Students recently completed a test on the parts of a lab report. They are now starting their at-home taste-test experiment; thank you for helping them with their project materials. Completing this project will allow students to apply their newly learned skills. Information about this project was sent home on Friday, October 24. Also, they have received the complete project packet and it also was posted on classroom.google.com.

We will be starting our next topic soon on the three types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation.

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our novel, P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia. We have been learning a lot about the cultural and political differences of the 1960s and have had many interesting discussions about that decade. Mrs. Gover continues to work toward helping students develop their reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

HEALTH: Ms. Eovine: Students will be continuing the “Second Step Program”.  The focus next week will be on identifying emotions and feelings and learning about empathy.  Students will be involved in short role-plays to practice what they learned.  

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