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Sixth Grade Newsletter October 2019
Reading
This month all students will read the touching novel, Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. This is a wonderful story about life, love, and what it is like to be an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. Students will reflect on and respond to the various Signposts that they notice within the novel, as well as focus on vocabulary as they read.
English
Students are using their writer's notebook to record notes and thoughts. They are also working on grammar, usage, and mechanics. Students will continue to bring home Spark assignments from timetotime. These writing pieces will help them practice creating paragraphs. Plans for the memoir, the next major writing assignment, will be presented to the students by the end of the month. The class will review figurative language through music, comics, and picture books.
Social Studies
The focus for sixth grade Social Studies is exploring the world. Students began the year actively using maps while also learning about the geography of North America. Classes will begin studying both the history of Russia, as well as modern issues pertaining to that region of the world.
Science
Students have begun our first major unit: Earth's Water. We are learning about the properties of water and will be conducting labs to observe surface tension, capillary action, and solutions. We will then begin our study of Fresh Water. Topics will include streams and rivers, ponds and lakes, wetlands, glaciers, and underground water. Labs include timing river speed, taking a look at living organisms in a sample of pond water, and surface tension activities.
Math
The on grade level students have been actively involved in the unit on whole numbers and decimals. Students will finish up this unit and then move on to study fraction concepts, including factors, mixed numbers and exponents.
The above level students have completed their study of formulas and solving one and two step algebraic equations. Students are also working on translating word problems to algebra equations. These skills will carry over the entire year as students work with more complex equations and use the same algebra skills to work with decimal numbers in the next unit.
In PreAlgebra, students have just completed the first unit on Integers. They will now begin a chapter on solving equations, applying their new knowledge of integers to one, two, and multistep single variable equations.
In Algebra1, students have just complete the study of linear equations. In addition to including how to solve complex equations, the students learned various applications of linear equations such as coin, formula and consecutive integer word problems. Next we will be studying linear inequalities and applications of linear inequalities.
Please remember that students will be held accountable for material covered in previous math classes. Pupils are expected to know basic math facts, addition and subtraction of three and four digit numbers, as well as long division and multiplication. Students had a quick review these topics in the beginning of the year, and they will be expected to successfully perform these operations throughout the year.
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