6B Newsletter 3/18/2016


March 18, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) We have concluded our reading of Where the Red Fern Grows. Students are working on two culminating projects – a collection of their favorite similes and sentences from the novel and a five-paragraph essay that they are writing with a partner. The book contains many great examples of beautiful writing and the purpose of the project is to help students to appreciate good writing. The essay summarizes the most important character traits of Billy Colman, the main character. Next week we will begin a grammar unit on prepositions.

Reading: (A-2) Students continue to read their novels featuring diverse characters. We have included several pre-reading activities that focus on helping students understand and appreciate diversity. Occasionally, short nonfiction texts are used at the start of class to develop reading comprehension and the ability to identify the main idea of an article.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Over the next couple of weeks, we will be working in Chapter 6 in the textbook (as well as other Common Core topics that relate). We have worked on adding and subtracting integers, as well as a quick overview of comparing positive and negatives. As an extension of these topics, we will work with coordinate planes and how to graph coordinates in all four quadrants. However, to give it more of a real-world spin, we will look at situations that can become linear equations to be graphed and compared.

Reading: (A-3)We are finishing up with our secret book and we will create a project to be displayed during the Spring Open House. In addition, students will be finishing up their 5-paragraph essays to share.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)  We have finished our unit on Russia and have moved to the Middle East.  Our unit on the Middle East consists of the North African nations and the nations of Southwest Asia including Afghanistan and Turkey.  A major focus of this unit will be the Human Development Index and how factors such as climate, physical features and natural resources impact the economic and social development of the nations.  By this point, students should feel comfortable with at least 10 of the nations and the major bodies of water in the region, as well as the dominate climate. Weekly map quizzes are given each week-students are aware of which quiz they are taking and should be studying accordingly.

Reading: (A-4) A4 reading is still having a fabulous time with the Mysterious Benedict Society.  We are taking the time to discuss Constance in more detail, and what her oddness could imply for the society. We have also done a word root exercise to work on vocabulary, as well as a “pop” comprehension quiz.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102)  We have finished the volcanoes and earthquakes unit and have moved on  to Rocks and Minerals. This week students have begun their investigations of the 3 categories of rocks. Igneous , Sedimentary ,and Metamorphic. Each team received a rock box containing 15 samples and through qualitative assessment they needed to come to a consensus of the category of rock. This open inquiry allows students to apply their knowledge to something new using the concepts that they have learned in class and from homework.

Reading (D102)   This week we began reading a series of books on disasters. Ecological, Air, Mountains , Sea and Fires are the various topics of these books . Each student becomes an expert about their book and then they are placed in mixed groups. Students are given a focus question and they share their answers “as the expert” from their groups. This strategy helps students learn a broad amount of information from their peers. We also worked on the root word “fer”.


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