Team 6B Newsletter 10/17/14


October 17, 2014

LANGUAGE ARTS: (Mrs. Hewitt A-2) We started our grammar unit. I try to make grammar more exciting by doing real “Grammar Exercises.” We get out of our seats and move around to learn the grammar concepts. We come up with hand signals to represent the new terms, subject predicate, declarative, interrogative, imperative, exclamatory, etc. When we finish Unit 8, we will have a test.

Reading: (A-2)  We continue doing reading comprehension and fluency for Al Capone Does My Shirts.

MATH: (Mrs. Crowley A-3)We are just starting in Chapter 2 in the textbook, and we’ve already covered rounding, number forms, comparing decimals, ordering decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, and we will be focusing on multiplying and dividing decimals next week. Please continue to review the multiplication facts with your child so that he or she can be successful with some of the harder topics from Chapter 2. We will still have our weekly timed multiplication tests, and next week will be the 5’s. I started a blog, but it’s in the very early stages of completion. I will not be posting homework through the blog, but I will be putting up pictures of the students’ projects and other fun activities from the class. You can check it out at

Reading: (A-3)We have finally gotten the Lightsail App up and running, so students will continue to read The London Eye Mystery on their iPads. This application is very comprehensive and it allows students to read at their own pace, with constant comprehension and vocabulary check-ins.

SOCIAL STUDIES: (Mrs. Sturtevant A-4)This week in Social Studies we have finished our theme of place by focusing on climate and physical features.  Students just took a quiz today, and scores can be checked on Aspen by Monday morning.  We will be moving on to our next mini-unit of culture & population, which goes with the themes of movement, HEI and region.  While all 8 traits of culture will be introduced, specific vocabulary and more intensive study will be given to the traits of economy and government, as these will reappear constantly once we start learning about our world regions.  A reminder to parents and students that grades can always be checked on Aspen, and that homework is always posted on Google Classroom.  When possible, I also upload the homework to classroom, which is always announced in class.

Reading: (A-4)We are continuing to read Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.  In addtion to our reading, students are also keeping journal entries and looking at vocabulary by deciphering context clues. Fluency and root word vocabulary skills are also looked at weekly with the help of Mrs. Gover.

SCIENCE: (Mrs. Rafferty D102)Students are enjoying the experiments we are performing as part of our science inquiry and metric units. These activities have proven to be a fun way to learn about the scientific method, observation and process skills, and writing lab reports. Students recently completed a quiz on observation, metric, and process skills. Soon they will be tested on the nine parts of a lab report. We will continue to perform these hands-on activities as a means of enhancing their science inquiry skills. In a couple of weeks, they will be receiving information on performing an at-home taste-test experiment; thanks in advance for helping them with this project. Please continue to check your child’s agenda daily.

Reading, (D102)We are continuing with our novel, P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams-Garcia. The Gaither girls have recently watched a TV show featuring the Jackson Five and are working toward seeing this group live. Students are completing discussion and summarizing activities. Mrs. Gover recently completed a lesson on context clues to help develop students’ reading and comprehension skills.

HEALTH: Ms. Eovine – Students will be sharing in a healthy eating day first class meeting of the week.  I will be making smoothies and students will contribute healthy snacks approved by the teacher.  Students will begin the violence prevention unit which uses the “Second Step” program.  The focus will be on defining the different types of conflict and ways to resolve them.



2 responses

17 10 2014
MSMS Newsletters 10/17/14 | Marshall Simonds Middle School

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18 10 2014
Stacey Melin

Thanks for doing your best to make grammar fun Ms. Hewitt!

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