6B Newsletter 10/3/14


October 3, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) This past week we took a test on “Anansi” and “The End of the World.” I am making “Study Evidence” mandatory. The night before ANY of my tests students create something new to show they are preparing. This can be flashcards, or making a practice quiz on paper, online (using quizlet, cram or kahoot, etc). This automatically earns them BONUS points! The Burlington Poems were graded and came out really well. I have them proudly displayed in the hall. Our next stories from the LIT book are “Porcupine and the Sky Mirrors” and “The Fly.” Also we will soon start our first Grammar Unit: Subjects, Predicates, and Kinds of Sentences.

Reading: (A-2)  We are continuing reading Al Capone Does My Shirts. We are learning new vocabulary, using context clues, and following our guided reading packet for each chapter.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We have just finished with Chapter 1 in the textbook and students took a quiz today on Mental Math, Distance Formula, Area, and Perimeter. We will start Chapter 2 on Wednesday, after a quick review of Place Value on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Students will then move on to Decimals: rounding, comparing, ordering, adding, and subtracting. In order for students to be successful with decimal operations, they really need to continue to study their multiplication facts. I will be starting Xtra Math with them this week to ensure that they continue to excel at this skill.

Reading: (A-3)We are continuing to read The London Eye Mystery and our focus over the next few weeks will be on figurative language, with a particular emphasis on how the author uses idioms throughout the novel.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)We have switched our focus from the theme of location to the theme of place.  Students will be working on climate-what it is, how climate zones are determined by latitude (with two exceptions) and what the particulars are for each climate type. From there we will move on to physical features, which is another aspect of place and description. Physical features are divided into landforms and water forms, and we will be using google earth to help find real life examples of the various features.

Reading: (A-4)We are continuing to read Among the Hidden and are working on chapter summaries and critical thinking questions that relate to each chapter. Students seem to be enjoying the novel and the dystopian ideas that are impacting Luke and his family.  Mrs. Gover is also helping with fluency practice, and we are also doing word root activities to expand vocabulary.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We are continuing with our unit on science inquiry skills. We are reviewing the steps of the scientific method, along with quantitative and qualitative observations and science process skills.  Students were recently tested on quantitative and qualitative observations and the overall results were great. We completed several hands-on class activities and experiments with follow-up analysis. We have started creating lab reports for some of these experiments. More experiments are scheduled over the next few weeks that will continue to enhance the skills stressed during this unit.

Please check your child’s agenda daily to ensure that nightly assignments are completed.

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our novel, P.S Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia. Students recently provided responses to critical thinking questions relating to characters in our story. Students are enjoying learning about the changing times of the 1960s as we follow the Gaither family’s lives in New York. Mrs. Gover recently completed a lesson on root words to help develop the students’ reading, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.


HEALTH: Ms. Eovine: Officer Cross will be working with Ms. Eovine in health class for the next three weeks.  We will be using a curriculum that deals with substance abuse, violence prevention, and communication skills.  Students will have a workbook they will be using in class to do written work in for each lesson. The first week students will be introduced to the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum and the focus will be on being part of a community and short and long term goal setting.



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