6B Newsletter 2/13/2015

6B

February 13, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) The ixl website is great for review of language arts (and math) skills during any snow days. Also the book report is a great way to encourage thinking while snowed-in. The non-fiction book report poster is due Monday, Match 2. Please look on Google classroom for the specific requirements that need to be on the poster. Make sure every section is labeled, neat, bold, and colorful. I recommend typing if your student does not have neat handwriting. In class I will show a model. We will hopefully have this Pronouns Quiz before break, so expect that score on Aspen. After break, we will start the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows. I encourage you to red this story about hope, courage, and love between a boy and his loyal dogs. We will focus on comprehension and vocabulary.

Reading: (A-2) We continue reading the adorable and exciting story Flipped. The students are writing a short narrative of a life moment when they felt “so alive” like Juilanna did while in the sycamore tree.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3) Students have just completed the Chapter 4 Test and we will be moving on to Fraction, Decimal, Percent Conversions and Chapter 5 in the textbook, which is Decimal Operations. This section is a more difficult one because students must know how to use the Least Common Denominator (LCD) to make equivalent fractions in addition to being able to convert between improper and mixed numbers. We will be working on this chapter for the next couple of weeks, but we will also be spending time on PARCC preparation questions. I will go through the PARCC tutorial with the students in order to get them used to the tools and types of questions.

Reading: (A-3)We will be continuing with LightSail for the next couple of weeks. Students will focus on root words and building their vocabulary.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)We are nearing the end of our unit on Europe. Students have submitted their travel brochure and editorial projects, and I am working to grade those as quickly as possible. They have also been working in groups on a Mediterranean country project, which will have been presented today. After vacation, we will do a Europe wrap-up by looking at Eastern Europe and the changes that have occurred in the region from World War II to the end of the Cold War and beyond, especially in Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the former Soviet nations. After Europe is completed, we move on to our shortest unit, which is all about Russia.

Reading: (A-4) Students in A4 are nearing the end of Escape from Warsaw.  We have been having lively debates on whether or not war-time ethics are different from peace time, and if desperation is a good excuse for stealing. Students are continuing to work on reading for comprehension and building reading stamina, as well as story comprehension and connections.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We are continuing with our unit on plate tectonics and are now focusing on earthquakes. We have been discussing the different types of seismic waves (primary, secondary, and surface) and their properties. We also are looking at the specific functions of seismographs, seismograms, and the Richter scale. Soon students will attend a plate tectonics and earthquake presentation given by Mr. Musselman, our Burlington schools’ Science Specialist. After vacation, students will be constructing earthquake resistant houses, which will be tested under earthquake conditions.

Reading, (D102)We have finished our novel, The River, by Gary Paulsen. Students are now working on one of the following culminating group projects based on the story from The River: a radio show; artwork; creating a new ending; constructing a new setting; or developing an intricate game board. Students also should be working on their independent reading assignment, which is due Wednesday, February 25. Students have recently completed their I-Ready assessments and have received their scores.

 

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