6B Newsletters 1/16/2015


January 16, 2015

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) I am really impressed with the students’ effort on the LA Midyear Exam. After they are corrected I will show model examples of the essay which show good organization, topic sentences, details, quotes and elaborating. Our Old Tales, New Twists unit is officially complete. The next unit is focused on student discussion from a new text, Great Books. I am excited to explore this new test with them. We also will go to the media center to select books for our Non Fiction Book Report. Students will have about a month and a half to read and make a poster.

Reading: (A-2)  We started the book Flipped. Together we are looking at the drastic changes in point-of-view from one character to another. We are creating good discussion questions to use in literature circles.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3) Students have finished up their Math Midyear Exams and they have gotten back their grades. We also spent an entire class going over the exam and any questions they may have about what they answered incorrectly. Overall, I was very impressed with the grades and the students should be proud of their scores. We have been spending this week going over the Greatest Common Factors (GCF) of two or more numbers, and students have learned how to find this number by making a factor list and my using the prime factorization. Next week students will be learning how to use the GCF to simplify fractions and we will also learn how to find the Least Common Multiple (LCM) of two or more numbers. Students will also learn various ways to find the LCM and we will look at how this topic can be applied in real-world situations.

Reading: (A-3) Students are continuing to read their novels in Lightsail, but some students are finished with their first group novel and are moving onto another one. In addition, we will spend time working on root words and vocabulary activities.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) Students have taken their first social studies mid year exams! Their scores should be on Aspen, so please have a look! We are continuing to focus on Western Europe, and are looking at how the history of the nations have shaped their current borders and economic status, especially in Germany. Once we finish with Western Europe we will move onto Scandinavia. Students will compare Norway, Sweden and Finland and also examine a distinct cultural group that transcends political borders.  Students have also been assigned an at home project on a country of their own choosing.  They have been given parameters for the project, and they are also posted on google classroom.

Reading: (A-4) We are continuing to read Escape from Warsaw. Students have been working on character analysis and reading comprehension, as well as having small group discussions on the different adventures of the kids. We will also continue to work on word root exercises to increase vocabulary.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102) Students have completed their science midterm and their grades should be available at the end of this week. We are getting close to the end of the second quarter; reports cards are currently scheduled to go home on Monday, February 2. We have started our unit on plate tectonics and have been discussing Pangaea and continental drift. We will be exploring how the earth’s crust is broken into plates, and how the plates’ interaction affects us (earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, and seafloor spreading).

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our novel, The River, by Gary Paulsen. Brian and Derek, the psychologist that is traveling in the wilderness with Brian, have run into some serious problems. Derek was struck by lightening and is in a coma; Brian needs to get Derek to civilization where he can obtain medical assistance. Students have completed vocabulary building activities and have been working with Mrs. Gover to increase their reading abilities. They are also reading a book at home for which they will be completing a report for class.

HEALTH: Ms. Eovine: Students will finish up their ½ year health course.  They finished with a quiz on drug categories and anti-tobacco ads.  Students in 6th grade will now move on to their ½ year course in computers.


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