6B Newsletter 9/18/2015


September 18, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) Students are doing a great job transitioning into the new routines and expectations of middle school! We have read our first two stories, an African folktale that illustrates how problem-solution is used to tell a story, and a Sioux folktale that illustrates the use of symbolism. Our first test on both stories was earlier today. The test included multiple choice questions to assess story recall and a written open-response answer to assess critical thinking skills. Students have been assigned their first book report – science fiction (due November 6th). A rubric and other support materials will be provided. Additionally, each block will visit the MSMS Library next week to select a book.  Next week, in addition to reading another story, we will begin our first grammar unit – types of sentences.

Reading: (A-2) We have begun reading Holes by Louis Sachar, a Newbery Medal winning story about crime and punishment, and redemption. Students are using LightSail on their iPads to read the story. Comprehension and vocabulary assessments are built into the story. Also, each class begins with a reading purpose designed to stimulate critical thinking and a better understanding of literary and story elements.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Students have just started with Chapter 1 in the textbook. All students have received a copy of the textbook and this should stay at home, as I have a class set in my room. This first section of the book deals with the beginning skills relating to Algebra. Some of the topics that will be covered are: variables, expressions vs. equations, exponents, order of operations, solving equations using mental math, and how area and perimeter can be solved by plugging numbers into equations. This should take the next couple of weeks to cover.

Reading: (A-3)We are continuing to read Uglies and students are writing responses both in LightSail and in their reading journals. For the next couple of weeks, we will focus on setting and character development. Lightsail also includes comprehension checks and opportunities for short answers. Students have been enjoying reading the novel using this app!

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) Students have made a fantastic transition to Geography this year!  We have already reviewed some major map skills-like the compass and how to read a map, as well as the 5 Themes of Geography which will shape our study of various countries and regions. From here, we will take a closer look at the theme of location, including relative and absolute location, using latitude and longitude and special lines like the Equator, Prime Meridian and International Date Line. Homework is almost always posted on google classroom, but hard copies are also provided if students prefer those.

Reading: (A-4)A4 Reading has made a smooth transition to LightSail. They have completed their power up challenge, and are currently reading Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen on their devices. Each day, students will have assigned critical thinking “think notes” to help foster discussion and comprehension of the text.   We have also worked on some other skills to build and enhance vocabulary to improve reading.  

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102) Your children are off to a great start and seem to be adjusting to life in middle school quite well. We are still working on our science inquiry skills unit, focusing on process skills, scientific method, and observation skills. Students are studying the ways to make observations using quantitative and qualitative skills. Students are also learning how to create a lab report. We will continue with similar in-class experiments and completing lab reports for each. Please continue to check their agendas nightly.

Reading, (D102)We will be signing on to Lightsail this week and start our book Hoot. Mrs. Gover taught a great lesson on literary elements last Friday.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be finishing the nutrition unit this week.  The focus will be on reading food labels and making healthy choices from each food group.  The second week the students will be working with myself and Officer Cross ( School resource Officer) using the G.R.E.A.T. program.  The focus the second week will be on Goal setting.  


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