## March/April 2020

## 5/6 Homeroom

The 5/6 class is currently immersed in a reader's theater book called

We also read short stories from English-Australian author Paul Jennings. He is a comedy writer with very interesting, and sometimes gross, twists in his stories. Every year, the students request more of his stories.

*No More Dead Dogs*by Gordan Korman. The students each have a role in the book and read their parts. Students are getting great practice reading aloud to their classmates and with listening skills so that they are ready with their line when it comes. The book is a comedy about putting on a school play. After this book, we will read a book called*Rain, Reign*by Ann M. Martin.We also read short stories from English-Australian author Paul Jennings. He is a comedy writer with very interesting, and sometimes gross, twists in his stories. Every year, the students request more of his stories.

On rainy or frigid days, we do a

We are now fully immersed in our quest on Wednesday afternoons. It is about the hotels of South Bristol, past and present. A quest is a poetic scavenger hunt where students learn about a topic, then convey their new knowledge to others as the "questers" wander our town reading what the students have written. After months of work, we will have a great quest to share with our community. We have had two visits from town historian David Andrews to talk about S. Bristol history from the last ice age through the hotel boom at the turn of the 20th century. Donna Plummer joined Dave for the talk about hotels. We took two field trips to find each of the 15 former hotels, some of which are still standing. We have decided to write our Quest in limerick form. We are in the midst of writing the quest. This takes the biggest chunk of time.

Cam Miller, part of the Educator in Residence program from Camp Kieve, will continue to work SBS students through March. He is leading morning meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays, helping us with our quest on Wednesday afternoons, and working with the kids on community building.

*Deducibles*puzzle during morning recess. These puzzles use deductive reasoning to figure out a hidden word. Sometimes the students haven't heard the word before, but they are still able to solve the puzzle using reasoning. We also do*Perplexor*puzzles which also require deductive reasoning to solve.We are now fully immersed in our quest on Wednesday afternoons. It is about the hotels of South Bristol, past and present. A quest is a poetic scavenger hunt where students learn about a topic, then convey their new knowledge to others as the "questers" wander our town reading what the students have written. After months of work, we will have a great quest to share with our community. We have had two visits from town historian David Andrews to talk about S. Bristol history from the last ice age through the hotel boom at the turn of the 20th century. Donna Plummer joined Dave for the talk about hotels. We took two field trips to find each of the 15 former hotels, some of which are still standing. We have decided to write our Quest in limerick form. We are in the midst of writing the quest. This takes the biggest chunk of time.

Cam Miller, part of the Educator in Residence program from Camp Kieve, will continue to work SBS students through March. He is leading morning meeting on Wednesdays and Thursdays, helping us with our quest on Wednesday afternoons, and working with the kids on community building.

## 5/6 Morning Meeting

We continue to start each day with fifteen minutes of morning meeting from 8:15-8:30. During this time, the students and I check in with one another, share about ourselves, connect, center ourselves, play community building games and get ready for our day ahead. Many of our activities come from mindfulness trainings and from a book called

*Conscious Discipline*by Becky Bailey. Cam Miller has also been leading morning meeting activities. A new activity we've started is to have each student write things they appreciate or like about each of their classmates. We do this for three students each day we do it. Ask your child(ren) what their classmates have said about them.## 5/6 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 are playing some games, solving difficult problems, doing mental math, working on our estimation skills and learning from one another. The students' estimation skills have improved a lot! Students who need extra time to catch up on missing work use this time for that purpose. There is no homework for this class.

## 7th Grade on Fridays

Having completed our T

The final half hour of each Friday is spent with Ms. Sykes on a construction project and/or getting help with homework and classwork.

*omorrow Code*literature group, we are now in the midst of our science/math film club. We will watch 4-5 high quality films that are directly related to math and science content. We will have discussions around the films, just as we did with our literature group.The final half hour of each Friday is spent with Ms. Sykes on a construction project and/or getting help with homework and classwork.

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

The 5th grade math group continues to work in their MyMath book. We have just finished Chapter 7. The students are learning to add and subtract decimals. In chapter 8, the students are multiplying and dividing decimals. We have played one round of decimal Quizmo (think Bingo with adding and subtracting of decimals). We'll do a couple more rounds of this to solidify the skills. We also play Coordinate Battleship to improve our graphing skills.
The 6th grade group is in chapter 6 on their books. It is about defining variables, writing and simplifying expressions, and using mathematical properties to manipulate expressions. In chapter 7, the students will learn to write and solve equations that represent real world situations. In chapter 7, the 7th grade group has moved on to an entirely different topic: geometry. The students are classifying and learning new types of angles, they are finding missing angles, finding scale in drawings, drawing 3D figures, and identifying the cross sectional shape of a 3D drawing depending on what way it is sliced. In chapter 8, we do perimeter, area, volume, and surface area of prisms, pyramids, and circles. All three math groups do math games once every two to three weeks. 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. The students get to choose which topics to try to master each week, which helps them review concepts and allows them to try math topics we'll cover in the future. I am using Unified Classroom/PowerSchool to keep track of work completion in math and to keep track of assessment scores. My goal for each student is to score a 3 or better on each mathematics standard. This score indicates mastery of the standard. Students will also be scored on the Habits of Work (engaged learner, responsible learner, and respectful learner). You can login to Unified Classroom by going to classroom.powerschool.com. You login using your child's gmail account. He/she can show you how to do this and to navigate around the site. |
The 7th grade group is finishing up a chapter where they are learning to write and solve equations with one or two steps. They about to start their study of geometry. The students will be classifying and learning new types of angles, they are finding missing angles, finding scale in drawings, drawing 3D figures, and identifying the cross sectional shape of a 3D drawing depending on what way it is sliced. In chapter 8, we do perimeter, area, volume, and surface area of prisms, pyramids, and circles.
The 8th grade group is in chapter 7 of their books. In chapter 6, we performed translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations on geometric shapes. In chapter 7, we extend these skills by showing that two shapes are either similar or congruent using a series of transformations. In chapter 8, we'll work with volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres. Later in the year, we'll come back to finding the surface area of those shapes. The algebra group has just finished studying exponents and exponential functions in chapter 7. In chapter 8, we are studying quadratic expressions and equations. In chapter 9, we will learn about quadratic functions. Each week, the 7/8 students have work to complete on aleks.com. Those who have mastered fewer than 50% of the topics are required to master a minimum of 8 topics/week. Because the material gets harder as you increase the percent of topics mastered, those students who have mastered 50% or more of the topics are required to master 5 topics per week. The students get to choose which topics to try to master each week, which helps them review concepts and allows them to try math topics we'll cover in the future. I am using Unified Classroom/PowerSchool to keep track of work completion in math and to keep track of assessment scores. My goal for each student is to score a 3 or better on each mathematics standard. This score indicates mastery of the standard. Students will also be scored on the Habits of Work (engaged learner, responsible learner, and respectful learner). You can login to Unified Classroom by going to classroom.powerschool.com. You login using your child's gmail account. He/she can show you how to do this and to navigate around the site. |

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

We are currently working on a unit called Force and Motion. We have already explored magnets and electrical circuits. Now, we are in the midst of our Rollercoaster simulation. The students will use what they are learning about force and motion to create a marble roller coaster in teams. Each student will need to be able explain how key force and motion terms (i.e. linear momentum and kinetic energy) apply to their own rollercoaster. We'll be discussing Newton's Laws of Motion in general terms, describing what happens when objects collide, and exploring friction. The students will do a bit of math in this unit, write their first short lab reports, and conduct many experiments while trying to figure out who is sabotaging the rides at Ms. Roundenround's Roller Coaster World.
To keep up with your child's current progress in science, you can log in to Unified Classroom/Powerschool to look for assessment scores and for missing assignments. A score of a 3 or better is my goal for each student. This means they have mastered the end of year standard. Students will also be scored on the Habits of Work (engaged learner, responsible learner, and respectful learner). |
The 7/8 students have just completed their Evolution unit. Our next unit is a short one about human anatomy. As a class, we will focus on the digestive and skeletal systems. Individually, students will do research on another system and present their system to classmates using a slideshow. We will use online interactives and games to help us learn the parts of different systems. We will discuss how systems interact to perform life functions. We will delve into the brain and nervous system with a couple of fun activities. The unit after human anatomy is about biodiversity and ecosystems.
To keep up with your child's current progress in science, you can log in to Unified Classroom/Powerschool to look for assessment scores and for missing assignments. A score of a 3 or better is my goal for each student. This means they have mastered the end of year standard. Students will also be scored on the Habits of Work (engaged learner, responsible learner, and respectful learner). |