Team 6A Newsletter 9/19/2014

6A  

 September 19, 2014

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mr. Leslie A-17) We have had our quiz on map skills and latitude and longitude and are now learning about the 5 themes of geography.  These are areas that we will focus on when we begin learning about the countries of the world and include: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement and region.  We will spend the next several days learning about the 5 themes and then move on to topics- such as landforms and climate zones- that will help us better understand the countries of the world when we study them.  Quizzes will be passed back Monday.  I do allow retakes but it is the student’s responsibility to talk to me to set up a time after school when they can retake it.

Reading: (A-17) We have been reading the book Holes.  Students have recently been doing vocabulary exercises, reading comprehension activities and creative writing.   In addition, we started watching the Disney movie that is based on the book, which we will watch periodically so students that miss class can fully understand what is going on in the book.

MATH: (Mrs. Tate A-18) Students have taken their first quiz on multiplication and long division and are now learning the material in chapter one of the textbook. We will start off the year working with variable expressions, exponents, and order of operations.  Every student was given their pin for xtra math which should be completed a minimum of twice a week to receive full credit.  Students have also been setting up Notability, eduCanon, and other math resources on their iPad this week during class.  All information about homework and video lessons are posted on the math blog at www.tate6a.wordpress.com.  If your child wishes to take the screening test to participate in the after school Math Olympiad program, please sign and return the form no later than September 25th.

Reading: (A-18) In addition to reading Freak the Mighty, students have been working on their fluency with “chunking,” using new vocabulary words in tic-tac-toe sentences, and writing descriptive paragraphs about their rooms.  Students will also begin using cram.com to help us retain all the new vocabulary words we will learn this year.

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mr. Conley A-19) Students have taken their first test of the year on the two stories we read, All Stories Are Anansi’s and The End of the World. The test assesses reading comprehension and also includes an open response written portion. We will begin learning grammar by reviewing the types of sentences and proceed with a nouns unit. Next week there will be an instructional read-aloud in which I’ll model questioning as an important reading strategy, followed by a questioning activity as we read our next short story, Porcupine and the Sky Mirrors, a Russian folktale.

Reading: (A-19) We continue to make progress with Kimchi and Calamari, a novel about a Korean boy who has been adopted by a loving Italian family. Each class begins with a fluency activity that has been helping the kids become better and more confident readers.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Shea D-101) We have begun studying science process skills and metrics through a series of lab activities.  We will continue learning these lab skills through the next week, and will soon set up our first major experiment, growing a pumpkin plant from seed.  Students will learn how to design an experiment, write a procedure, and create and analyze data. I am planning our first quiz for the end of next week.  There will be a study guide sent home on Monday, and I will be available for after school help on Thursday.

Reading: (D-101)  We continue to work our way through When You Reach Me.  We are reviewing comprehension throughout our reading, and have started a series of fluency activities with the reading specialist, Mrs. Gover.

HEALTH: Ms. Eovine – Students will be working with officer cross starting next week using the G.R.E.A.T. curriculum.  The focus this week will be on positive communication and learning about helping within our communities.

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