6B Newsletter 11/26/2014


November 26, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) Second term consists of a lot of different types of writing. Students recently wrote friendly Letters of Thanks. I provided bright orange envelopes and hope they are delivered before or on the holiday. Also we created the My Neighborhood narrative writing assignment. Both of these assignments focused on having writing aim, or goal. One was to entertain the audience, to make him/her laugh or cry at the memories and words of appreciation.  Meanwhile, the goal of the neighborhood writing is to describe using sensory details. Imaging your audience (and what does he/she want to hear?) as you write is essential to making a strong piece of writing. Soon we will write a persuasive essay.

Please be sure that your child have access to a printer at home. Or have a backup plan such as a friend or neighbor, or the local library. Any essays due should be printed before my class, not during. Otherwise, we lose the whole first planned activity. As a part of the transition, I am doing my best to try and have kids post essays to Google Classroom as well, so I can start to train my brain to grade online and go paperless…it is a difficult habit to break!

Book Reports are due December 18. Please make sure your child is reading every night to accomplish this due date. You should see them reading at home, as this is independent reading. My overall goal of the books reports is to have students enjoy reading and becoming life-long readers.

Reading: (A-2)  Students are plugging away reading Al Capone Does My Shirts. I hope to finish the novel within the next couple weeks.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We are still working on Chapter 3 in the book, which is about displaying and analyzing data. Students have been assigned the Survey Project and it is due on Monday. There are samples of each type of graph on Google Classroom and we have gone over the material in depth. After the Thanksgiving break, we will be moving on to appropriate data displays, standard deviation, skewed data, and mean standard deviation. After we are done with Chapter 3, we will move on to the next chapter late next week. Chapter 4 starts with prime and composite numbers, factors, and equivalent fractions.

Reading: (A-3) We are finally at a point where most students are done with the London Eye Mystery and have already started the book of their choice. Students will read this book until after the holiday break. After that, we will break up into small groups and continue to use Lightsail.


SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4) We are at the middle point on our South America unit. Students by this time should be able to identify all countries in S. America, as well as many important physical features. We have also completed Brazil, and have moved onto Argentina. Students are also learning good note-taking skills as we examine the important facts.  From here, we will move onto Colombia and Venezuela, then do some comparisons and look at cultural diffusion of the entire continent.

Reading: (A-4) A4 is nearly done with the novel Among the Hidden.  Luke has experienced a tragic event which will change his world. As always, we continue to work on fluency, comprehension, and making self to novel connections.


SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102) Oral presentations for the home taste-test experiment went very well. Students shared several surprising results and they seemed to learn a lot about conducting an experiment on their own. We currently are discussing the three types of heat transfer: conduction, convection, and radiation. We have also completed class activities and demos to reinforce these concepts. Students have sent a copy of their notes home for study purposes. They will be tested on this material after the Thanksgiving break.

Our next topic will cover three of the Earth’s spheres (atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere), and Earth’s four layers (crust, mantle, outer core, inner core).

Reading, (D102)We have finished our novel, P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia. The Gaither girls have had to withstand some difficult issues but we have seen how having a supportive family has helped them deal with these situations. Mrs. Gover has shared some interesting class activities to help students develop their reading skills.


HEALTH: Ms. Eovine: Students will begin the unit on bullying.  The focus the first week will be on types of bullying, the role of the bystander, and ways to handle bullying.  Students will be watching some videos, and role playing to practice what they learned in class.



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