6B Newsletter 1/30/2015

6B

January 30, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) In class we continue to explore the “Great Books.” This first story “Gaston” has brought wonderful discussions from the class. Remember to encourage your child to read for the non-fiction book report. It is due after Feb. break. Look on Google Classroom for the poster requirements. Expect a pronouns quiz next week. Remember our trip to the Stoneham Theatre and Prince Pizza is next Tuesday. Please have your student dress nicely.

Reading: (A-2) Students are creating personal narratives inspired by Julianna’s moment when she felt so alive climbing the sycamore tree. The goal is to use sensory details and emotion.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Students have been working hard to get through Chapter 4 in the textbook, and we still have to work on Least Common Denominators (LCD). We will practice using this concept to compare and order fractions for the remainder of this chapter, but it will also come back into play in Chapter 5 when we have to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers. In addition, students have been using BuzzMath to get ready for more PARCC-type questions. Please continue to encourage your child to practice his or her multiplication facts.

Reading: (A-3)We are continuing with our work in LightSail, and students have been looking for more “classic” novels or fairytales.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)We have finished our work on western and British Isles Europe and have progressed onto Scandinavia and the Mediterranean nations, including Iberia. Students will be working on an in-class, group project on one of the Southern Europe countries, and a quiz on both Northern and Southern Europe will occur at some point soon. Students should also be working on their Travel Brochure and Editorial projects, which are due February 6th. They are submitting two pieces of work-a folded Travel Brochure and a written paragraph. All information is on google classroom.

Reading: (A-4) A4 reading is continuing to read Escape from Warsaw, as the children have been reunited with their missing brother and are hoping to locate their father and mother in Switzerland. Students have been working on vocabuarly, fluency and comprehension, as well as making novel to self connections.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We are continuing with our unit on plate tectonics. We have been discussing the two types of plates (oceanic and continental) and their four boundaries (divergent, convergent, subduction, and transform). Students completed in-class activities to back up our discussions. Students were scheduled to be tested on this material this week. Moving forward, we will be discussing volcanoes and earthquakes in greater detail. We will also complete an in-class earthquake project.

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our novel, The River, by Gary Paulsen. Brian has begun his trek down the river in an attempt to bring himself and Derek to civilization so that Derek can receive medical attention. Students have been answering critical thinking questions and also building vocabulary. They also should be working on their independent reading assignment, which is due Wednesday, February 25. Students have recently completed their I-Ready assessments.

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