Team 6B Newsletter 9/19/2014

6B    

September 19, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) It was great to meet you at Back-to-School Night. In class, we will continue Theme 7: “Old Tales, New Twists.” INspired by Pat Mora’s Leyenda, we are working in cooperative group to create poems about our wonderful magical town of Burlington. We will write using poetic devices. I am excited to see their final projects. “All Stories Are Anansi’s” and “The End of the World” are the next selections that we will read and analyze.  Anansi is a memorable, trickster character. The other story explores the idea that humanity’s survival depends on working hard every day. We do many pre-reading activities to build background knowledge.

Reading: (A-2)  We started reading “Al Capone Does My Shirts.” Moose is very entertaining and his humorous personality already has us hooked. We are doing guided reading activities on vocabulary and comprehension. We are very lucky to have Mrs. Gover as added support in our classroom. She will continue to work with our class on fluency goals.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We have just finished the review portion of the curriculum, and we will now be moving on to Chapter 1 in the textbook. Students have received textbooks, and they should be keeping them at home. Chapter 1 covers some of the basic Algebra topics and introduces students to the topic with a focus on the variables, expressions vs. equations, order of operations, basic substitution of variables into expressions and equations, and area and perimeter. In addition, students have begun to use their iPads in class, and they now have access to my Google Classroom site. Homework will be posted on Google Classroom nightly, but I still expect students to be writing in their agendas.

Reading: (A-3)We are continuing to read the novel The London Eye Mystery, and the students have been researching characteristics of a mystery and even building their background knowledge of London. We will be starting with the Lightsail software next week, which allows students to access the novel on their iPads.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)Students in Geography continue to work on map skills, including more details that accompany the 5 Themes of Geography. We will focus first on the theme of location, especially using latitude and longitude to determine absolute location. From there, we will focus on some special named lines of latitude and longitude which help to delineate climate zones and climate types.  Google Classroom is up and running and can be accessed at home using bps121.org email accounts and passwords.  I also post team news and social studies homework on my site, bit.ly/A4Geography

Reading: (A-4)We have begun to read Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, which is a dystopian novel about third children in a society when only two are permitted by law.  Students will be reading for fluency and comprehension, as well as discussing the idea of laws that can seem extreme.  Mrs. Gover will continue to work with our class on word roots and fluency goals.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)We are still working on our science inquiry skills unit, focusing on process skills, the two types of observation (quantitative and qualitative), and the scientific method. The students have completed a few hands-on class activities and experiments, and we have analyzed our results. We will be doing more experiments over the next few weeks that will help to enhance the students’ learning of scientific investigation.

Please check your child’s agenda daily to ensure he or she is completing their nightly assignments.

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our novel, P.S Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia. We are learning more about the lives of the three Gaither sisters in the changing times of the 1960s. Students are participating in writing and discussion activities. Mrs. Gover recently did a few lessons on fluency and reading buzzwords to help develop the students’ reading and comprehension skills.

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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