6C Newsletter 1/15/2016

6C

January 15, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Ms. Ellis/Mrs. Rafferty A-13)Students are currently learning about Southern Europe where we will discuss Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Greece. We will then move on to the northern and eastern countries, followed by Russia.  We will be focusing on the geography and how it has shaped the history of these countries. Please note that I will soon be sharing information about an upcoming project on Europe that will be due in February.  

Reading: (A-13) Students have finished reading A Long Walk to Water, and they will now be moving on to our next novel, Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen. This story is about a middle school boy and his friends who are fighting to protect endangered animals.  

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Sullivan A-15) Students did a great job on their midyear assessment! I am very impressed with all their hard work. During the next two weeks, we will be reading “Into the Tunnel” which is a short story in the GreatBooks collection. Once we finish this story, we will begin the novel Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. Students will also learn about pronouns and why we use them in our writing.

Reading: (A-15) Students have started the novel, Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko. We continue to work on comprehension and vocabulary in the classroom.

MATH: (Mrs. MacCurtain A-14) Students did a wonderful job on their Math Mid Year Exam.  We will continue in Chapter 4, “Number Patterns and Fractions” with Greatest Common Factor (GCF) and start fractions. We begin fractions with equivalent fractions and simplest form of fractions. There will be a quiz on these concepts (4.1 – 4.3).  Students will then learn about Multiples and LCM and how this prepares them for LCD of fractions. If there is time students will learn about comparing/ordering fractions and mixed numbers.

Reading (A-14) Students have finished reading Among the Imposters and are enjoying a book of their choice.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Richardson D-103) The students did a great job on the mid year assessment!  I’m so proud of their hard work!  We continue to study Chapter 5, “Earthquakes.”  We will be demonstrating the various seismic waves with hands-on activities. This will provide students with a better understanding of how seismic activity moves throughout the crust.  Students will also be able to explain where most earthquakes in the US occur and the effects that earthquakes have on people’s lives.  Vocabulary is on cram.com (PW is richardsonmsms)

Reading: (D-103) We will be completing the novel, Among the Hidden.   We will be having a class discussion about ideas for a possible sequel to this novel.  Mrs. Gover has been working with students on completing top down webs.  This is a good tool for students to develop their ideas about characters, etc.  

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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