6B Newsletter 12/11/2015

6B

December 11, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) We are wrapping up a unit that covers different types of nouns including, common and proper nouns, plural nouns, and possessive nouns. Next week we will read another short story, Through the Tunnel, from our GreatBooks anthology. It’s a story about a boy who attempts a risky swim through an underwater tunnel. An inquiry-based discussion will follow the reading and then students will write a five-paragraph essay that answers the focus question: Why does the boy swim through the tunnel?

Reading: (A-2) Readers are continuing to make progress with their dystopian novels. A focus question is assigned at the start of each class that prompts a lively online discussion designed to increase comprehension. Recent vocabulary-building activities include learning about word roots and using World’s Worst Pet (iPad app that teaches more than 1,000 tier 2 vocabulary words).

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Over the next couple of weeks, we will be covering a number of topics in Chapter 4. In addition, the Math Midyear exam has been scheduled for Monday, January 11th, so we will also be working on reviewing the material we have covered so far this year. Right before the holiday break, I will post a copy of the review topics on Google Classroom and a hard copy will also be available. The chapter 4 topics that will be covered over the next couple of weeks (and that will show up on the exam) are prime vs. composite, prime factorization, factor lists, and Greatest Common Factor (GCF).

Reading: (A-3)Most students are finished with Uglies and are working on their next dystopian novel. There are only limited copies of the next book in the series, Pretties, so they are taking turns and working with other novels from the same genre.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)  We are in the middle of our unit on South America, having finished Brazil and Argentina and moving on to Colombia and Venezuela next week.  We will have a unit test to wrap up South America before we move on to Europe.  Due to time constraints, it is impossible for us to fully examine every nation in South America.  Students have been practicing using Top Down Webs and 2 Column Notes to develop summaries, and have done an awesome job of picking out the important details vs. the “fluff.”  However, students have been coming to class without pens or pencils.  Students: please restock!

Reading: (A-4)  As I’m sure my reading students have said, we are starting a new novel about a mysterious society. So far, all we know is that there is a society, it is for students only, and only those who are deemed “gifted” need apply.  This lead into a fantastic discussion about Gardner’s multiple intelligences, and students took a quick quiz to determine which intelligences are their strongest.  This is proving to be a fun novel with interesting discussion possibilities.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102) The next two weeks  we will be studying about the supercontinent of Pangaea . We will look at some of the scientists who helped define this and the theories of the plate tectonics. The last topic for the year in science will be seafloor spreading and continental drift. Students just completed their science fiction writing of The Journey to the Center of the Earth. They were brilliant and very well written.

Reading, (D102)  Wednesday will be our last day for reading Hoot . We will wrap up the story with a visit from Ms. Pavlicek and two of her personal owls. She will highlight owl’s needs and habitats , which was the theme of this environment novel. The next round. of books will be a variety of graphic novels with a non-fiction twist. Mrs. Gover will open up the class discussions as we will all be reading different books and eventually will be experts in our individual groups. Thank you to Ms. Pavlicek for the great owl demonstration.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be starting the unit on harmful substances with the focus being on tobacco.  The first week students will learn about drug categories and harmful effects of these substances.  The second week we will be analyzing tobacco ads and designing truthful ads about tobacco informing people about the social, emotional, and physical harm these products can cause. Students will be using Glogster or Explain Everything on their ipads to design these Ads.  

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