6B Newsletter 5/22/2015


May 22, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) We are currently working on our poetry unit. Students will read two great coming-of-age poems about conquering fears by Maya Angelou titled “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” and Shel Silverstein’s “What if.” Inspired by these, we will write some of our own. Remember your child should be doing independent reading for the Biography. The guidelines for each paragraph topic is posted to Google Classroom. Before the end of the year, we will do the Explanatory How-to project and the Willy Wonka play and party. Please make sure you child is still keeping up with HW to finish the year strong!

Reading: (A-2) Students are excited to read the sequel to Hatchet, called The River. We are doing guided reading activities.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Students have just finished the PARCC test and I am so proud of how hard they worked! We are now going to go back to Geometry and start with a focus on the essential Geometry vocabulary. Students will pick 20 of those words that they will “discover” and photograph throughout the school. We will go on a scavenger hunt on Monday and students will collect examples of how these shapes and other geometry terms can be found in our everyday lives. Students will compile their photos and create a visual representation (with definitions) using either the app Explain Everything or Book Creator.
Reading: (A-3) We are continuing to read Among the Hidden and the students have also picked a secondary book to read once they complete each day’s assignment, so that we can stay on the same pace during this book that contains many “spoilers.”

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)  A4 Geography is in the middle of our unit on Asia. We have completed our study of East Asia and have moved on to South and Southeast Asia.  Students are continuing to learn and discuss the different nations, physical features and economy, and how all relate to each other and to global cultures.  There will be a test at the end of this unit, and then we move on to Africa!  Weekly Map Quizzes (WMQ’s) are given each Wednesday.
Reading: (A-4) We are well into the novel, And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie. Students have been writing open responses, discussing journal prompts and making predictions, as well as analyzing the characters and their motives.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102) We have completed our units on soil and fossils and have moved on to topography. Students are learning how to read a topographic map while analyzing different map information, such as contour lines, hills, and depressions. They will also be learning how to use various mapping symbols. Students will be tested on this information at the end of  the unit.

Our trip to the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University is scheduled for early June. While there, students will participate in a space mission simulation and will visit the center’s planetarium.
Reading, (D102)Students recently read and discussed Shirley Jackson’s short story entitled The Lottery. We are now reading Among the Impostors by Margaret Haddix. This book is the second in a series about a young boy named Luke who is a third child. In his society, no more than two children are allowed, so he has always remained hidden from everyone except his family. He has been given an opportunity to enter the world outside of his home under a fake identification.


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22 05 2015
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