6B Newsletter 5/8/2015


May 8, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) Thank you so much for taking the time to come to Open House and celebrate your child’s progress and accomplishments this year. I am really proud of what they have accomplished; and I always drive home with a big smile on my face.

Please start the search for your child’s final independent book, Biography this weekend. It will be due Friday, June 12. We will finish our novel Where the Red Fern Grows and leap into poetry.

I plan to take kids outside occasionally in the courtyard to read and analyze poems by many of my favorites—e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, and Maya Angelou.

Reading: (A-2) We are almost done watching the adorable “Flipped” movie. It is interesting to see how the screenplay is different than the novel, yet still captures very well the characters and spirit of the story. Watching the movie helped us understand and visualize many of the concepts from Van Draanen’s book. Next we will read The River, which is the sequel to Hatchet.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Over the next couple of weeks, students will be finishing up Chapter 7 in the textbook. We just worked on Ratios and Proportions and will be spending the early part of next week on conversions. After that, we will move into Chapter 10, which starts our work on Geometry. Students will learn 30 important vocabulary terms while we work through this chapter. In order to make this more fun and interactive, we will be completing a Geometry Scavenger Hunt where students will find examples of these terms around the school and take pictures. With these pictures and definitions, they will create a project using either Explain Everything or Book Creator.

Reading: (A-3) We will start to read Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This is a 1998 young adult novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix concerning a fictional future in which overly drastic measures have been taken to quell overpopulation. It is the first of seven novels in the Shadow Children series.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) Students have turned in their HDI projects and overall, they look fantastic!  It was also great to see everyone at Open House! We are now on our Asia unit, where we will first focus on the region as a whole, and take a closer look at China, Japan, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Weekly map quizzes are still on Wednesdays. Keep studying!

Reading: (A-4) We are still reading And Then There Were None.  Students are doing an excellent job at making predictions and working with the Lightsail program. Our class discussions have been illuminating and I am very impressed with the quality of discourse and analysis about the characters’ motives and relationships.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102) Students were tested on this material. We are now working on soil, looking at the three layers and the characteristics of each one. Coming up next will be fossils and topography.

Recycle projects were due on Monday, May 4, and were on display at our Open House on May 6. Students did a wonderful job with these projects and showed a lot of creativity.

Reading, (D102)We have completed our mystery novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. We greatly enjoyed the storyline twists presented by Ms. Christie. Students shared some well thought-out predictions surrounding these murders. We are now watching the movie and will be comparing the differences between the book and the novel. Students are working on building their vocabulary and Mrs. Gover recently worked on categorizing.


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