Monday, April 26, 2010

Paws Team Update

In Social Studies, we just completed our study of the Rise of Rome—we will now turn our focus on the civilization/culture of Rome along with its collapse. Students got/will get their scores from the Chapter 8 Test (today and tomorrow). I had them write the following information in the bottom right rectangle of their assignment book:

Chapter 8 Folder Score ___/100

Chapter 8 Folder Grade ___

Chapter 8 Test Score ____/100

Chapter 8 Test Grade ____

Teacher’s Initials ____

I checked the information in their assignment books and then initialed them. If they did not have their assignment book they had to write the above information on a separate sheet of paper. This way you can see their test and folder score/grade.

Students were handed information today/tomorrow about their Wonders of the Ancient World Mini-Project that will be presented on Monday (5-10-10) for blue classes and on Tuesday (5-11-10) for gold classes. The information sheet is attached. Students need to begin completing the written and visual parts of the project as they prepare for their presentations. I can’t wait to see what creative and interesting projects come out of the assignment!

In Communication Arts, Mrs. McFarland was so pleased to represent Carver at the Language Arts Fair at Willard High School this past Saturday. All of our students' pieces of writing were award winning projects. Carver has some very exceptional writers and she foresees some budding authors coming from Carver. In fact in the new Voices From The Middle Book that Mrs. Kraft, one of eighth grade teachers compiles and publishes, we have two sixth grade entries and they are by Sammy Gardner and Autumn Nelson. Wonderful job girls! This week's spelling words are themed around human behavior. They include: aimless, charity, coy, decency, fret, gesture, impolite, insistent, jostle, miser, mournful, nag, quirk, resourceful, routine, sheepish, tidy, unruly, vivacious, and wince. The gold classes will test on Thursday 4/29 and the blue classes will test Friday 4/30. All students should have completed their exercises 1 and 2 on the back of the worksheet. We will check them Monday and Tuesday. Every class in Communication Arts is being started with bell work now. The bell work includes a writing or grammar related activity. The bell work is to be done in class and it should only take the students about 20 minutes to complete. Some of our students are not completing these as required, and it will affect their quarter grade if they are slacking off with the bell work. Please encourage your child to keep working until the last day of school. There are so many learning activities that they can benefit from these last few weeks. Mrs. McFarland wishes to thank all of you for your kind comments and e-mails regarding her being a teacher of the year finalist. It has been a pleasure for her to be able to teach all those sixth graders for the last thirty years! She plans on thirty more wonderful years!

In Math, we are studying circles and percentages this week. Students should have homework each time they have class. Remember, no credit will be given if students do not show their work on the homework assignment. Students worked really hard on fractions and integers; we will probably be testing next week. We will also be doing our final round of online testing in the next couple of weeks.

In Science, the students have begun their investigation of the planets in our solar system. At this time, the students have been investigating the planets by comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences between the planets. The majority of their grade in this unit will be derived from their completed “Planet Packet”. The students will be given several worksheets and lab sheets to be completed in class and organized in a specific order to be turned in for a grade towards the end of the unit. I will help the students organize the papers before they are turned in for grading. The papers they have received so far are posted on the white board in my room so if they’ve been absent, they will know what papers to add to their packet. Their will not be many grades recorded in the STI system until the planet packet is completed and graded.

In Reading Exploratory, please make sure that your student is reading 100 minutes per week, writing three complete summaries, and having you sign the Reading Log (attached). Please have students proofread and edit their summaries if it is not their best work. There will be a reading log due every Friday.