6B Newsletter 3/4/2016


March 4, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) Students are nearing the end of the novel, Where the Red Fern Grows. Three of the chapter homework assignments will be randomly selected and graded as a quiz. Students should take the time to make sure that all of their homework assignments have been properly done using the open-response format. Next week we will begin writing a five-paragraph essay that summarizes several of the main character’s personality traits. Students will support their chosen traits with examples from the story.

Reading: (A-2) This week students completed a word association activity and a word roots activity prior to reading in class. Most classes begin with some type of vocabulary-building activity. We have also begun to read novels that feature main characters facing unique challenges such as blindness, autism, and stuttering.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Students have been brushing up on their adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers skills from last year, but we will be moving on to multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers next week. There will be a test on all of the fraction operations on Thursday of next week, so we will have a review day on Wednesday. The week after, we will be working on finding the percent of a number in a variety of different ways, and relate it to real-world situations.

Reading: (A-3)Students will be finishing up their five paragraph essays, but we are also reading a “secret novel.” They will work in partners to complete peer editing of their writing.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)  We are now on our unit on Russia!  This will be a very quick unit because it is only one country. We have already covered Russian physical features and climate and how they both affect Russia’s economic activities.  From here, we will cover population distribution in Russia and some Russian history. Students have also begun their weekly map quizzes.  

Reading: (A-4) Students in A4 reading are very much in the midst of the Mysterious Benedict Society.  The society is now firmly infiltrating the LIVE school.  In class, Mrs. Gover has been working on diversity within the book, and we are also using the author’s amazing use of double entrendre to help solve the mystery.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102)   Science is full of exciting content this month. We have finished up the unit on earthquakes and the culmination project of building earthquake resistant homes went well. I will have a video playlist available at Open house for all to enjoy. The buildings sustained most of the waves we sent as a simulated earthquake.  We will begin to study volcanoes, explosion and the viscosity of lava types. We will be conducting hands on labs next week. Please do not wear favorite clothing that may get stained  during testing. Mid term grades are coming home today. If you have any concerns in regards to grading please contact me via email.

Reading, (D102)   We will be wrapping up The River within the next week. Students will be working on the comprehension skill of identifying the main idea. Mrs. Gover will be teaching strategies to students using the Keys to Literacy strategy I-me-we-you. Today we read a Scholastic News article on Volcanoes to help make a connection to the science classroom content.


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