Monday, May 10, 2010

Paws Team Update

In Social Studies, we are finishing our study of Rome. Students Wonders of the Ancient World Mini-Project were presented today for blue classes and will be presented tomorrow--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 the gold classes bring to present.

The test/folder over Chapter 9 will be taken/due on Wednesday (5-12-10) for blue classes and on Thursday (5-13-10) for gold classes.

Chapter 9 Folder—70 points
1. Ch. 9 Section 1--20 points (attached)
2. Ch. 9 Section 2--20 points (attached)
3. Ch. 9 Section 3--20 points (attached)
4. Ch. 9 Study Guide--10 points (attached)
Extra-Credit-Roman/Greek Gods and Goddesses--(attached)

I also handed out an extra-credit sheet that covered Roman and Greek Gods (attached). The extra-credit will be due on the same day as the test. This is a great way to make up some points that students have missed during the quarter. If you would like the answers to the study guide, just e-mail me back and I will forward them to you.

In Communication Arts, the students are still reading the novel, Zach's Lie by Roland Smith. We are doing classroom activities to correspond with the novel. This week's spelling list includes words from the novel and there are only ten words this week: cordoned, jurisdiction, stencil, attorney, evidence, duct tape, crime scene, scarce, criminals, and caped crusader. The test will be Mon. May 17 for Gold classes and Tues. May 18 for Blue Classes. The students' library books are due Wed. May 19. Several sixth graders have missing books and these must be returned or paid for by Mon. May 24. Please check with your child to see if they have returned their library materials.

In Mathematics, We are completing Performance Testing this week. Be sure to ask your student about their score! They have done an absolutely wonderful job so far! I am very proud of their efforts. After testing, we will spend the end of the week reviewing integers and chapter 8.

In Science, the students have been investigating the effects of weightlessness on common, everyday items when used in space. We also determined how many days, months, or years it would take to reach the other planets in our solar system traveling at 40,000 kilometers per hour. WOW!!!
The planet packet will be nearing completion this week and our unit test will follow early next week.

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.