6B Newsletter 11/14/2014


 November 14, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) Thank you so much for coming to parent conferences. I am very happy with our team this year, and I know they are going to make great progress as second term continues. We took our first Literature test for this term, expect the scores to be posted on Aspen within a week. This first book report was assigned this Friday. The ultimate goal of the independent reading is to encourage reading for enjoyment, and life-long reading. Students will visit our wonderful media center to make selections. They also may choose from the local library, or order online, or on a Kindle, Nook, etc. All of the information for the book report is on Google Drive and Classroom. Generally this year, the report/project will be due 4-6 weeks after assigned. We are finishing and fine-tuning our “Letter of Thanks.” Then next week we will do a creative narrative writing assignment called “My Neighborhood”. The focus is on sensory details. As with every major writing assignment, I break it into steps and show models.

Reading: (A-2)  We recently read our school newspaper in reading block. “Simonds Says” is one of the unique aspects of MSMS. During activity block students from grades 6-8 gather information, conduct interviews, and write articles to be published. It is a great way to stay up-to-date on issues pertinent to our school community. We also continue reading comprehension activities for Al Capone Does My Shirts.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We are still working on Chapter 3 in the textbook, which covers graphing and measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode, and range). Students are going to be assigned a Survey Project next week. For this project, each student needs to come up with a question to ask 50 people (25 male/25 female). They will keep track of their data in a frequency chart that I will provide. They will then create different types of graphs from the data, and these graphs can either be done by hand or on the computer. The final data will include a neat frequency chart, double bar graph, histogram, circle graph, and a summary. Students will receive a copy of the rubric when the project is assigned.

Reading: (A-3) Some students have finished reading the London Eye Mystery on their LightSail App. Since we are still waiting for many students to finish the novel, students are able to pick another book (from the books listed within their lexile level) that they will have until after the holiday break to finish. After break, students will pick one new novel, from a list of 4-5 books that they are interested in, and they will participate in some group discussions and activities about their chosen books.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) We have concluded our first unit on map skills, physical features, climate, culture and population and have begun to study South America.  We do S. America as our first region because it only has 12 countries, and is a good way of applying the vocabulary terms and ideas to the various countries. Within S. America, we will focus on the overall continent and some major physical features and climates, as well as a economic, historical and cultural emphasis on Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela. Students will also make historical inferences based on language maps of South America.  I appreciate the amount of students who are using Google Classroom,  and hope that the ease of use continues as the year continues. Please feel free to check my website, www.bit.ly/A4Geography for curriculum notes and guides.

Reading: (A-4) A4 readers are continuing the novel Among the Hidden, and are continuing to use context clues to assist with vocabulary. We have also been working with logistics of the Population Rule and how such a thing would ever exist, as well as making connections to the novel.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)Students have completed their at home taste test experiment and their projects are looking great. Soon they will be giving their oral presentations and sharing their findings. I’m looking forward to hearing their results.

We have started our next unit on the three types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. Students have been taking notes and have participated in some class activities. At the end of this unit, there will be a quiz on this topic. Information about this date will be announced soon, so please check agendas and Google Classroom for information.

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.  They will be learning about positive communications skills and role-playing to practice these skills.  Students will be having a quiz on “I” Messages and Active Listening skills the second class  meeting the week of November 17th.  Some classes are behind because of Veteran’s Day and teachers’ conferences so please have them check their agenda books for their classes test date.



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