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January 2020
Happy New Year!
Social Studies: Students will continue studying the region of East Asia. Topics covered will include the regions history, political systems, cultures, and lifestyles. A special emphasis will be made on our strongest trading partners, China, Japan and South Korea. We will also be kicking off the Self-Directed Learning project with a special assembly. The project will run through April and culminate with presentations before Spring Break.
English: This month we will be reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis. This novel has won many awards including the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award. As writing is the primary emphasis in English class, we use this novel to teach the power of story telling and voice. Using the Pennsylvania State Standards as our guide, students learn about the writing process using prompts. Grammar, that relates to writing assignments, spelling, and the correct use of mechanics are also taught. Through constant practice, gradual improvement is achieved. We will continue to do Sparks as these assignments allow students to practice their writing skills at home with some coaching from a parent.
Reading: In the month of January students will begin their novel study of The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt. This historical novel is set on Long Island, NY, in the late 1960s. As they read students will gain background knowledge of world issues, the Civil Rights Movement, and pop culture of the time period. Theme analysis and vocabulary study will also be embedded into their reading
Science: We will begin our study of Heredity and Genetics. Using Gregor Mendals principles, students will create fictitious Paper Pets and crossbreed them to help understand genetic crosses. Students will also use Punnett Squares to help predict the probability of traits.
In Science students continue to write conclusions to the labs and activities that are completed in class. Incorporating our science vocabulary into explanations is stressed throughout every unit. Expressing ones complete understanding of a concept in precise and concise sentences is also an important piece of our curriculum.
Math: The Math 6 students are beginning the new year with a focus on algebra. After wrapping up connected chapters on fractions, ratios, rates, and percents, students will shift their focus for the next two chapters onto thinking algebraically. Math 6 students will be relying on concrete models to explore, set up, and simplify algebraic expressions in Chapter 7. Then in Chapter 8 students will begin to solve problems using standard algebra algorithms for the first time.
Math 7 students start the new year by exploring direct and inverse proportion. They will be graphing and solving proportions and inverse proportions in standard form. Their algebra skills acquired in the last two chapters will carry over here to help them translate and set up proportions in addition to solving. Students will then jump to Chapter 9 on Statistics.
Pre-Algebra classes have begun their seventh unit, covering angle relations and geometry properties of polygons. Students will be learning and applying extensive angle vocabulary, then combining rules of lines and parallel lines with their equation skills to solve for a variety of angles. The same lines of thinking with be applied to interior and exterior angles of polygons. Their next unit will also be geometry centered.
Algebra-1 students are finishing up their study of linear equations by learning about linear systems. They are currently working on application of linear systems through the use of motion word problems, digit and age word problems and linear programing. This unit concludes the study of linear equations and the next unit starts the study of quadratic equations.
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