6C Newsletter 12/11/2015


December 11, 2015

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Ms. Ellis A-13) This week in social studies we continue to study about Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Paraguay and Uruguay; climate, economy, government and people.  Next week we will learn about Colombia in class.  We will have a test on South America on Friday December 18th; detailed study guides will be sent out on Monday, December 15th.  

Reading: (A-13) Students continue to read A Long Walk to River by Linda Sue Parker in Reading.  Students are encouraged to write detailed answers to open response questions generated by the teacher on LightSail.  

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Sullivan A-15) Students had a grammar test today. This test covered topics that will be found on the mid-year exam. Final drafts of argument essays are due Tuesday, December 15th. Students who have access to a printer should print a copy to hand in on Tuesday. Students will be introduced to Great Books, which is a collection of short stories.  The focus is on shared inquiry where the students respond to questions with more than one answer. Students must be able to use text evidence to support their opinions, and discussion is student led with an emphasis on critical thinking skills.

Reading: (A-15) Students are using LightSail to read short non-fiction stories about the founders of Apple and Facebook. Students will be looking for certain elements of nonfiction stories while reading.

MATH: (Mrs. MacCurtain A-14)  Students have finished Chapter 3 and will be moving on to Chapter 4, “ Number Patterns and Fractions.” Before we start Chapter 4, they will learn about the Divisibility Rules and then Chapter 4 starts with prime/composite numbers, factors, and prime factorization. If there is time we will learn about GCF and LCM. Students will be receiving a Study Guide for their Math Mid-Year Exam.  Their Math Mid-Year exam is scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2016.

Reading (A-14) Students continue to enjoy Among the Imposters by Margaret Haddix and they are also enjoying their ‘book of choice’ on Light Sail.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Richardson D-103) The students have all received their text, Earth Materials and Processes.

We continue to study Plate Tectonics.  We have discussed the evidence for continental drift and Wegener’s ideas.  Students will be studying seafloor spreading and making models in class to better demonstrate this theory. These ideas will all lead to the composition of Earth’s plates, how they move and the effects on the surface of the Earth.  The textbook should be brought to class everyday.  A study guide outline will be given prior to the vacation.

Reading: (D-103) Students have been doing a great job responding to questions and vocabulary on Lightsail.  Next week we will be discussing how the the government rules affect the Garner family.  

HEALTH (Ms. Eovine) – Students will be starting the unit on harmful substances with the focus being on tobacco.  The first week students will learn about drug categories and harmful effects of these substances.  The second week we will be analyzing tobacco ads and designing truthful ads about tobacco informing people about the social, emotional, and physical harm these products can cause. Students will be using Glogster or Explain Everything on their ipads to design these Ads.  



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