6B Newsletter 4/1/2016

6B

April 1, 2016

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) We have completed a unit on prepositions and begun a unit on pronouns. As always, the focus with grammar is understanding how proper grammar improves one’s writing. Next week we will begin our poetry unit. Activities will include reading, listening, writing, and most importantly, appreciating poetry and the beauty of language. Students will create poems that will prompt them to reflect on their own individuality and celebrate the diversity of their friends and classmates.

Reading: (A-2) We have been busy reading our novels featuring characters facing difficult personal challenges and learning from their experiences. Besides dedicated reading time, each class includes a mini-lesson that focuses on building reading comprehension skills or developing an appreciation for literature. Recent topics have included: vocabulary, identifying the main idea, or understanding the author’s purpose with a given subject.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We are spending the next few weeks diving into some of the more difficult Algebra topics. Students have just spent time learning about a number of different properties, focusing on the distributive property. In addition, we will spend time on PARCC sample problems that are focused on these same topics. Students will learn how to create and solve algebraic expressions and equations from real-life problems.

Reading: (A-3)Students are finishing up the secret novel and we are brainstorming ways to show what we learned that will be displayed for the Spring Open House.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) Our current unit on the Middle East is well underway.  I will be introducing a project this week on the Human Development Index in the various nations of the Middle East. This will directly correlate with our study of water scarcity & OPEC, as well how various physical features help or hurt the region.  Weekly map quizzes are given each Monday.

Reading: (A-4) Next week in reading, we will be reading our novel on LightSail as well as doing a Readers Theatre relating to the novel.  Students have also been working on cloze and comprehension exercises and making text to text inferences.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102)  We just finished up our unit on Rocks and Minerals. The students have produced some lovely art work in these areas of studies ,  Please make sure you come to Open house to check these out on May 11th . Next week we will begin learning the differences between weathering and erosion. These concepts are often times confused and we will get to see some actual examples of this on our walk around the school. Coming up we will be researching how different cultures recycle to help keep our planet healthy. This will be connected to our diversity themed open house night.  

Reading (D102)   Students will be participating in a book talk with Mrs. Gover this week to chose their next reading assignment.  They will be completing the disaster stories and also the class poster from The River. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have your child spend time reading for pleasure every night. They will be taking the PARCC assessments next month and stamina in reading is key!

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