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January 15, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-2) Students took the ELA midyear exam earlier today and will get their grades back next week. We will read one more story, The Witch Who Came for the Weekend,  from our Great Books anthology and then write an essay that answers the focus question, is Miss Perego a witch? The following week we will begin reading, Where the Red Fern Grows, a classic story about a young boy and his adventures growing up in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression.

Reading: (A-2)  Students continue to make progress with their dystopian novels. Reading sessions include vocabulary lessons, developing various reading strategies, and a focus question that requires a written response.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)Students have just finished taking midyear exams and they have already received their grades. We will continue work on Chapter 4, which will pick up on 4.4 LCM (Least Common Multiple). After students learn the basics of both GCF and LCM, we will learn about how these concepts can be applied to real-world situations. In addition, the rest of the chapter will cover improper fractions, mixed numbers, and to convert those to decimals.

Reading: (A-3)Students have just started work on their five paragraph essays about how their novels represent a dystopian society. I will lead the students through the steps of the process and allow them to brainstorm and revise with partners.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)  Students have taken their midyear exam, and should already know their grades.  We are finishing Western Europe and will continue on to Northern Europe/Scandinavia.  In addition to the location and important physical features and economic activities, we have also discussed how history has impacted these nations in terms of government, religion, war and political borders.  As we move on to Scandinavia, we will see the similarities between the nations in addition to examining an ethnic group that has no specific country and still practices a very traditional economy and way of life.  

Reading: (A-4)  A4 reading students are in the middle of The Mysterious Benedict Society.  This novel is proving to be very intriguing, and activities have included describing new characters, what would you do situations and novel predictions with written responses. Students will also be using their missed cloze words for a lesson on vocabulary.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Lynch D102)   Students took the Science mid-term last Friday , all classes performed very well and should have cleaned out their science folders of all excess papers. During the next few weeks we will be learning about Plate Tectonics and the different way they move within our earth’s crust. We will watch a class demonstration on how convection works in the mantle and see how the plates move and collide with each other. On January 22nd we will have a interactive show with Mr. Musselman on earthquakes.  Thanks to all the parents who supported their children in achieving great grades on their first middle school mid-term. It sends a positive message to them.

Reading, (D102)  D102 students will begin a new novel this Wednesday, The River  by Gary Paulsen.

Tahis is a story of a boy who uses his survival skills in the wilderness. During this novel we will be using reading skills to help identify similarities and differences between characters and the previous story Hatchet. Students will continue to use the Lightsail app and World’s Worst Pet to build comprehension and vocabulary skills.

HEALTH: (Ms. Eovine)  Students will be learning about the types of bullying (cyber, physical, emotional, & verbal).  Bullies, bystanders, and victims will be addresses.  Students will learn how to access help and how to handle bullying they see on the internet.  The second week students will be working in imovie developing PSA’s on bullying.  

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