6th grade: August 28, 2015

Math

  • Classwork:  Lesson 1.1.4 analyzing data; Lesson 1.1.5 conjectures
  • Homework: Do 1.28-1.32  1 1 4 &  1.36-1.40

ONLINE resource to help with the math textbook.  You can access “homework help” for all the problems that students are assigned through this link.  Simply click on the lesson that they are doing and then the problem that you are having difficulty with.

http://homework.cpm.org/cpm-homework/homework/category/CC/textbook/CC1

 

Science

  • Classwork:  Science Tool Lab  &  begin homework Tool worksheet
  • Homework:  1.   finish lab if not completed in class sciencetoollab  2.  Science tool worksheet science tool worksheet

Language Arts

  • Classwork:  Grammar Lesson:  Commas in a series;  Nothing But the Truth discussion and begin paragraph; practice “close” read on Bear Grylls
  • Homework: 1.  a/an/anti vocabulary packet (remember part C on the last page needs to be on a separate page) due next Wednesday 9/2  a an anti vocab packet 2. Using  Nothing But the Truth seminar worksheet  Nothing but the truth Seminar 1 questions  begin filling out paragraph template answering the topic questions “Who is the most to blame in the novel “Nothing But the Truth”.  Students need to write a polished paragraph using their template.  They should staple their seminar questions worksheet and paragraph template worksheet to the paragraph to turn all 3 papers in Wednesday.Literary Analysis Paragraph Template-NBTdoc 3.  Commas in a Series worksheet commasinseries  4.  Read “Bear Grylls” article CLOSELY and answer questions at the back.  beargryllsfirstreadandquestions

Social Studies

  • Classwork:  Introduction of the parts to a map and their importance.  Complete worksheet identifying key aspects of a map mapskillsworksheet;  Discuss map projects and go over expectations for assignment.
  • Homework:  1.  Complete map skills worksheet if not already done in class.  2.  Map project due 9/10/15  6th Grade Map Skills project

Thursday, August 27, 2015

What a day!  This 7th grade class is top notch!  They had their thinking caps on for sure today.

In science we began with a chart in which we wrote down what students knew about color and light.  Then students performed 1 investigation with color and light and made observations in their science notebook. We then added to our chart what we discovered.  Students then did another investigation and recorded their observations.  Here are the activity and their documentation forms, Lab prism activity and refraction of light activity  We will continue with our investigations into light and color next Tuesday.  To prepare student have an article to read titled “Vision: It All Starts with Light”.  Vision, It All Starts with Light article Also, then need to view this short video:

http://www.brainfacts.org/Sensing-Thinking-Behaving/Senses-and-Perception/Articles/2014/Colm-Kelleher-How-We-See-Color.

Students then need to write a summary of article and video.

In language arts, we continued to work on close reading strategies.  The students are starting to grasp the meaning of “Gist” and  how to annotate a text.  I have noticed that some students are not using topic sentences, so I gave them some topic sentence practice for homework. Topic sentence practice

For language arts I also assigned students an assignment (Assignment #1) in our new online curriculum.  The product is through Edmentum and it is called Plato.  The students get a kick out this because they think I am saying Play-do 🙂 .  They need to complete assignment #1 and the first mastery test.  The first section that I have them doing focusing on theme in a short story.  The identify and analyze theme, subject and predicate, dependent and independent clauses and phrases in a sentence.  I have not used this before with my students so I am experimenting with the pacing.  I will not be using this very much with my language arts and not at all with history.  I will be using Plato quite a bit with science for their assigned reading and homework so that we can focus our class time on experiments and investigations!  I can go onto a dashboard and see how students are progressing.  If your student takes the mastery test and does not do well, they have to go through the tutorial again to unlock the mastery test….so they can’t just skip the tutorial!  I welcome your feedback!  If you do not know, or don’t remember how to login, please let me know and I will e-mail you the information.

We discussed primary sources and did an activity in class identifying primary and secondary sources.  Students have homework in their history textbook, pages 10-15, questions 1-4 all.

I want students reading, so I assign a monthly book report and presentation.  Students will need to choose and begin reading a book soon!  I will go over the book report requirements in detail next Tuesday.

 

 

 

6th Grade: August 26, 2015

Math

  • Classwork:  Lesson 1.1.3 finding patterns
  • Homework: Do 1.19 to 1.23 in complete sentences and on a separate sheet of paper 1 1 3

Science

  • Classwork:  Safety in Labs powerpoint ScienceSafety and sign contract; how do I take cornell notes
  • Homework:  1.   Read pages 44-49 and take “cornell notes”cornellnotestemplatedoc

Language Arts

Social Studies

  • Classwork:  Continue discussion bias/perspective and relate to editorials; latitude and longitude
  • Homework:  1.  latitude and longitude worksheet usa-latitude-longitude-map

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday was a great day!  We are settling into our routines and getting into our curriculum now!

On Tuesday, we discussed safety in the lab, and then we talked about measurement and the metric system.  Of course the students wondered why they have to do math in science!  I let them know the two go hand and hand.  We worked on measuring the length of things and on metric conversions.  We added a metric conversion chart to our Interactive Science Notebook.  They do have homework converting amounts.  Metric conversion homework

Next,  we revisited the scientific method.  We talked about forming a question/identifying a problem, then making observations.  We had a fun activity in which students used their senses to determine what was in the mystery bag.  Then they had to hypothesize (educated guess based on observations) what was in the bag.

Lastly for science students were handed back (if turned in on Thursday) their Scientific summer writing.  I made notes on their papers, and I would like them to write/type a final draft.  Some students needed to add additional information about the science concept they experienced.

In language arts, we took a spelling test for placement in Sequential Spelling.  Beginning Thursday, students will have spelling lists to complete daily.  We worked on close reading, taking it very slow, making sure students understand how and why to circle, underline, highlight and annotate the text.

I have discovered through students writing that they need a review of capitalization rules, so students have a capitalization review worksheet for homework.  Capitalization review worksheet

In history we are getting into the text.  We completed our activity on historical bias, discussed fact and opinion and the way to tell the difference. They were given a worksheet on fact and opinion to complete as homework.  Prove it! worksheet Students were assigned pages 6-9 of their textbook to read and complete Cornell Notes.  cornellnotestemplatedoc

 

 

 

6th grade: August 21, 2015

Math

  • Classwork:  Lesson 1.1.2  perimeter and area
  • Homework: Do 1.10 to 1.14 in complete sentences 1.1.2 homework

Science

  • Classwork:  Thinking like a scientist/LAB- walking through paper
  • Homework:  1.   finish lab in science notebook  2.  Thinking like a scientist worksheet, last page is extra credit Think like a scientist worksheet

Language Arts

  • Classwork:  Quiz on reading & discuss Nothing but the Truth /SCANTRON
  • Homework: Finish Vocabulary Packet include personal profile (part C) due 8/26 vocabulary mono and auto, STUDY vocabulary test Wednesday 8/26 (students will be expected to spell words correctly and know how to use them in a sentence), Nothing but the truth 2nd reading

Social Studies

  • Classwork:  SCANTRON/continue slavery bias lesson; Discuss bias in media (specifically editorials) and history
  • Homework:  1.  Complete  Bias/perspective handout copied from p.20 from history text.  Students need to read the paper completely and then on the back write 3-5 sentences about bias/perspective and history. p.20 bias   2.  Find an editorial and complete editorial worksheet editorial column analysis-must attach the article to the worksheet.  Students can find an editorial in the newspaper or there are several resources online.  One resource that might be helpful is Student News Daily.  http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/archive/editorials-for-students/

Welcome back to a new school year! Tuesday/Thursday 2015-2016

I apologize for getting this post up late!  Thank you for being so diligent in checking the blog!

Our first day together on Tuesday, August 18th, was great!  We have a wonderful class community!  Tuesday was spent going over a lot of rules, routines and expectations.  Students did have a few classroom and homework assignments.

In science class we went over our Science Starter, which will be a 5-10 minute activity done at the very beginning of the period.  We then did a Scavenger Hunt, Science classroom scavenger hunt in which the students filled in the blanks while I went through a PowerPoint presentation.  They then got to get up and move around and find the locations of things that they will need to know where they are.  We talked about the fact that science is everywhere and sometimes not where we expect it.  We demonstrated this with a short investigation in which we used black markers and made a dot in the middle of a coffee filter, then added water.  The students watched what happened and were amazed that black is not just black.  We will get back to the concepts of color in science at a later date.  We also talked about how their summer was probably full of science and they didn’t even know it.  That led us to the homework assignment, Scientific Summer (1).

In Language Arts/History we set up our language and grammar notebooks and talked about how history began.  Students were given the assignments of writing the rough draft for their own story with the assignment, Everybody has a story.  Students also took a “test” on the continents and oceans.  They were then given the opportunity to correct it and shade it in.  They will have a test on this next Thursday.  We also refreshed ourselves on latitude and longitude and students had a homework ass. World Continents blank map.

Thursday, August 20th, we did some brainstorming regarding the Scientific Method.  We began with the beginning…WHY?  Why ask Why?  We completed a Scientific Method chart with all of the steps.  We will continue with this on Tuesday, working through all aspects of the scientific method with demonstrations.  Students were given a Spongebob Science Safety Rules homework assignment in which they are to read it and circle the safety violations.

In Language arts the students did the L/A and Reading Scantron assessment.  We also started our Editor’s Checklist and did a mini lesson on capitalization.  Student read each others autobiography looking for capitalization and spelling errors.  They are to write their final draft and turn it in on Tuesday.  We also began the discussion on close reading.  Students have a reading packet with several different accounts of the Boston Massacre.  They are to practice what we discussed in class, close read and annotate the text.  There is a Venn diagram and a question, but that is not part of their homework.  That will be group work next Tuesday.

Thank you!  If you have any questions, please e-mail or call me!

6th Grade: August 19, 2015

WELCOME TO 6TH GRADE WITH MRS. JAMES!!!!  🙂

Math

  • Classwork: Rules/Expectations;  Math 1-1 & 1-2;
  • Homework: Mathography worksheet (mathography);  sign science/math syllabus 6 Science&math

Science

  • Classwork: Think Like a Scientist/ SCANTRON MATH
  • Homework: Read page 16-23, answer questions #8-12 complete sentences

Language Arts

Social Studies

  • Classwork: What is Bias?,  Slavery perspective group Activity
  • Homework:  Read 1st excerpt from Nothing But the Truth