## May/June 2018

## 5/6 Homeroom

One to two times per week, the 5/6 class participates in read aloud.

We are finishing our readers' theater:

I will be reading a couple short stories from Paul Jennings and from Jon J. Muth.

Our final read aloud of the year will be

We are finishing our readers' theater:

*No More Dead Dogs*by Gordon Korman. Each student has two roles to play and reads his/her part when it comes up. Many of the roles also act as narrator for an entire chapter. This is a funny book about a boy who cannot lie and ends up in detention for a very long time. He is a football player but slowly works his way into helping out with the school play. The students are having a lot of fun with this book.I will be reading a couple short stories from Paul Jennings and from Jon J. Muth.

Our final read aloud of the year will be

*How Angel Peterson Got His Name*by Gary Paulsen. This is a collection of short stories from Paulsen's childhood. They are wonderfully funny and all take place outdoors in Minnesota.

On rainy or cold days, we do a

During our Wednesday afternoon time, we are working on our quest. These are poetic scavenger hunts that teach questers about the area of town they are exploring. We have just finished up the writing of the quest and are going to test it with some adults. Afterward, we will finalize the text and publish it on paper, online, and on the Science Around ME app. Spread the word, so we can get a lot of questers exploring our school grounds and learning about South Bristol history.

*Perplexor*puzzle during morning recess. These puzzles are a brain exercise where kids use deductive reasoning to figure out, for example, what is someone's favorite color, book, and type of pet.During our Wednesday afternoon time, we are working on our quest. These are poetic scavenger hunts that teach questers about the area of town they are exploring. We have just finished up the writing of the quest and are going to test it with some adults. Afterward, we will finalize the text and publish it on paper, online, and on the Science Around ME app. Spread the word, so we can get a lot of questers exploring our school grounds and learning about South Bristol history.

## 7/8 Hands-on Math

Students who have opted not to participate in a music-intensive study on Tuesday afternoons are participating in hands-on math with me. We have played some games, solved difficult problems, and learned from one another. We are currently testing challenging problems from a college professor. The students try to solve the problems, then rate how good they think each one is. We are also exploring Desmos, an online interactive website where students hone their math thinking. There is no homework for this class.

## 7th Grade Friday Afternoons

We start each Friday afternoon by doing a check-in to see how life is going. Then we do some Saxon Math which helps the students solidify skills they've already learned, hone their calculation fluency, and work on mental math. We do a short science class focussed on review concepts learned on Monday and Tuesday each week. The final half hour of our time is spent in study hall.

## 5/6 Math |
## 7/8 Math |

The 5th grade math group is working with fractions. They are realizing the connection between fractions and division. They will be comparing fractions, adding fractions, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. We'll probably end the year entirely with fractions.
The 6th grade group is working with functions. They are looking for patterns in sequences and finding how to use one variable to get another. Finally, they are writing equations that relate the two variables. They'll also be working with inequalities at the end of chapter 8. The rest of the year will be spent finding volume, area, and surface area, as well as using and calculating statistical measures like mean, median, mode, and mean absolute deviation. The 7th grade group has just begun chapter 8- Measuring Figures. They are finding circumference and area of circles, the volume and area of composite figures, prisms, and pyramids. In the final two chapters, the group will learn about probability and statistics. This group also works with Ms. Norris on Tuesdays. Students have 45 minutes of aleks.com to do each week. This 45 minutes needs to be completed between Monday at 8AM one week to 8AM on Monday morning the next week. As of the end of April, each student has completed at least 1260 minutes on Aleks. This year, I am using a program called JumpRope to keep track of student progress toward meeting the math standards. All assessments will be recorded there. If you would like a progress update from JumpRope, please let me know and I will print you a report. To keep track of your child's homework completion, please check PowerSchool. |
The 7th grade group has just begun chapter 8- Measuring Figures. They are finding circumference and area of circles, the volume and area of composite figures, prisms, and pyramids. In the final two chapters, the group will learn about probability and statistics.
The 8th grade is working hard with geometry still. They have been using translations, rotations, reflections, and dilations to prove that two figures are either similar or congruent. In chapter 8, the students will calculate volume and surface area of cylinders, cones, and spheres. The final chapter will be about scatter plots and data analysis. The Algebra I group is currently working on chapter 11 in the book. They are simplifying complex algebraic expressions. In chapter 12, they will be working with radicals (square roots, etc.). In chapter 13, we'll do inequalities on the number line and systems of equations and inequalities on the coordinate plane. On Tuesdays, during math class, Ms. Norris is providing math enrichment for many of the 8th grade students. The students are immersed in language, geometry, and algebra studies. Each week, the 7/8 students have 50 minutes of aleks.com to complete. This 50 minutes needs to be completed between Monday at 8AM one week to 8AM on Monday morning the next week. As of the end of April, each student has completed at least 1350 minutes on Aleks. This year, I am using a program called JumpRope to keep track of student progress toward meeting the math standards. All assessments will be recorded there. If you would like a progress update from JumpRope, please let me know and I will print you a report. To keep track of your child's homework completion, please check PowerSchool. |

## 5/6 Science |
## 7/8 Science |

The 5/6 class is wrapping up their unit called Force and Motion. We started by playing with magnets. Then we did an online gizmo about magnets. The students even created an electromagnet in class. We also did a simulation called
Rollercoaster. We are now moving on to Weather and Climate. This will likely be our our last unit of the year. If there is time, we'll learn some more about the Earth in June. In this unit, we'll learn the difference between weather and climate. We'll learn a lot about weather and even track it. We'll look at both wind currents and ocean currents and their effect on weather. We'll finish with a discuss about global climate change. To keep up with your child's current progress in science, you can log in to Powerschool to look for grades and for missing assignments. 50% of the grade is assessments (tests and quizzes), 40% is his/her grades on classwork and lab work. The remaining 10% is for participation and behavior in class. |
The 7/8 class is finishing a short unit about human anatomy. Students have become experts on key parts of the digestive and skeletal systems as well as a system they chose to research and present to their classmates. They will learn how different systems interact to make the human body function correctly.
Our next unit will be called Biodiversity. We'll explore the meaning of that word and how it helps the health of an ecosystem. We'll go in depth on how to classify organisms. We'll also talk more about photosynthesis and metabolism, topics we touched on earlier this year. We'll play with a couple of interactive simulations where students will change one variable in an ecosystem and see what its effect is on different species. One simulation is about wolves, sheep, and grass. The other is about a pondside habitat where beavers live. To keep up with your child's current progress in science, you can log in to Powerschool to look for grades and for missing assignments. 50% of the grade is assessments (tests and quizzes), 40% is his/her grades on classwork and lab work. The remaining 10% is for participation and behavior in class. |