6B Newsletter 4/2/2015


April 2, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) Thank you for helping prepare your children for PARCC testing. I was very happy with the effort I saw. In class we continue to read Where the Red Fern Grows. I postponed the Vocab Ch. 1-5 test until this week (because I did not want to give them a quiz during state testing). We were able to take the Comprehension 1-5 before PARCC, and those scores are on Aspen. If your child is struggling, I strongly suggest re-reading chapters. Generally the kids should do well on the RFG unit. We read, answer questions, and go over them thoroughly in class, so usually they do very well on tests. Our next test will come once we complete reading through Chapter 10. A fun activity we did in class this week was gathering evidence from the text to hold a class debate/courtroom of Billy vs. his parents views of moving to town.
Reading: (A-2) Mrs. Gover is showing the kids some fun active reading techniques for Flipped.
MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We are still working on Chapter 7 in the textbook, which covers some of the more difficult Algebra topics. I spent time covering the Distributive Property and Combining Like Terms last week, and we will be moving on to Inequalities next week. Students will learn how to solve them, plot them, and even how to create them based upon real-world situations. Students have also been tracking their 2 companies multiple times a week. Once they get their stock prices, they have to find the fraction equivalent and the difference between the current price and the last one they checked. They will also be creating a “Stock Market News” page (during computer class), where they will each be responsible for either gathering and recording information about one of the companies or finding and summarizing an article about the company.
Reading: (A-3) Students have just finished reading the story of how the Apple and Facebook companies were started. From our conversations on those books, we have also talked about autobiographies. Students will be working, over the next couple of weeks, to create their own autobiographies to be shared at Open House in April!
SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)We are currently studying the Middle East. We have already covered the concepts of monotheism and the origins of 3 world religions, as well as scarcity and surplus with water and oil.  This week, we have been discussing HDI, which is the Human Development Index, and the factors that go into creating the HDI rank. Students have selected a country to study in further detail, and should be researching using the cia.gov factbook and other sources. In addition to the HDI project, we are also going to be examining Egypt and North Africa before we move onto southwest Asia. Weekly map quizzes are every Wednesday!
Reading: (A-4) A4 reading is working on And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. We are working on character development and setting, and making predictions about the novel. Students are becoming more accustomed to using the LightSail program.
SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We are at the end of our unit on the three classifications of rocks: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. We have discussed how each of these types are formed, and how they fit into the rock cycle. Students had an opportunity to look at samples of each of the rock classes. Students were tested on the rock information last week and will be receiving their results shortly. Our next unit is on weathering (the breaking down of rocks) and erosion (carrying away broken down materials). We will be discussing the two types of weathering and the five agents of erosion.
Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our mystery novel by Agatha Christie entitled And Then There Were None. Ten guests were invited to a resort on an island. An anonymous recording has accused all of them of murdering someone from their past. Since coming to the island, two of these 10 guests have died. Students are keeping a character web and are completing vocabulary activities.


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2 04 2015
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