Happy Valentine's Day week! This week, please continue to check in with your student about their chromebook (Is it charged?!?), homework/absent work (Are they missing anything?!?), and Classcraft (Have they fallen in battle?!?). Since this week is Valentine's Day, we will be having a small party on Thursday during interventions. Your student should be getting information from their homeroom teacher. As a reminder, students do not need to bring anything, but if they want to bring cards/candy, they must bring some for every student in their homeroom. Thanks! This week is also a Too Good for Drugs day in math, so their will not be any regular math work on Wednesday. Because of a teacher's institute and President's Day, there is also no school for students on Friday (2/15) and Monday (2/18).
In math this week we are reviewing absolute value and then beginning our work with four quadrant coordinate grids. Homework this week will be on Tuesday (absolute value worksheet).
In social studies, we are finishing our work in ancient Egypt, with a focus on the different kingdoms in Egypt and some of the major achievements of the pharaohs (lesson 8). We will also be talking about mummies this week! Your student should be keeping up with the notes in their notebook and should make up any necessary notes if they are absent.
In spelling, we are finishing our lists this week. Tic tac toe boards are due on Tuesday, and we will be taking our tests on Tuesday. We will wait on new lists until next week.
Hopefully everyone has recovered from the Polar Vortex last week! This week's updates will be short and sweet! I had to have my wisdom teeth removed last Friday and am still recovering, but I'm trying to power through!
In math this week we are working on reviewing what positive and negative numbers mean in real life contexts and then working on absolute value. Next week, we will be moving on to four quadrant coordinate graphing! Homework this week will be on Tuesday (7.5 worksheet) and Thursday (3.2.3 Review Preview).
In social studies, we are continuing to learn about ancient Egypt, with a focus on the different kingdoms in Egypt and some of the major achievements of the pharaohs. This is lesson eight from TCI. Your student should be keeping up with the notes in their notebook and should make up any necessary notes if they are absent.
In spelling, we are working on a new list and a tic tac toe board! Students get to pick the spelling activities they wish to complete, provided that they complete TWO sets of three in a row. Tic tac toe boards will be due on Tuesday, February 12 and we will also take our spelling tests that day.
Have a great week!
This week we are continuing our Classcraft Challenge from last week! Each student was placed in a team on Classcraft, and those teams are being used for the first time in a challenge. After this week, the five teams that earn the most XP will earn a full size candy bar of their choice!
As a reminder, please continue to help support your student with their chromebooks, as some students are still struggling to bring it to school charged on a regular basis, and keep reading 20 minutes of AR each night to meet that AR goal! This week in math, we have continued our work with using a number line with positive and negative numbers, using lessons 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 on CPM. Your student will have math homework on Tuesday (3.2.1 Integer Practice) and Thursday (3.2.1/3.2.2 Additional Integer Practice) this week. If math homework is a struggle in the evenings, consider having your student stay for ASHH (6th grade's after school homework help)! Your student has the opportunity to have a snack and a quiet place to work on homework (and ask questions!). This is also a great opportunity for students to complete chromebook assignments if internet access at home is difficult. ASHH will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10-4:00 in the 6th grade classrooms. Please contact your student's homeroom teacher if your child is planning on staying that day!
In social studies this week, we are looking at the geography of Egypt using our TCI lessons (lesson 7). We are busy looking at maps of Egypt, labeling different landmarks, and trying to determine how geography affected the settlement in ancient Egypt. We have completed a geography worksheet and are working on finishing our geography note pages.
In spelling, we got behind in our schedule last week, so we are finishing our new lists this week! Students will be completing word sorts, pyramid words, rainbow words, red vowels, and then taking a spelling test the end of the week. All sorts/work is due this Friday (test day).
Have a fantastic week!
Wow! I hope everyone has recovered from the massive amount of snow we received over the weekend and enjoyed playing in it!
This week is a Classcraft Challenge week!!!! Each student was placed in a team on Classcraft, and those teams are being used for the first time in a challenge. This week, the five teams that earn the most XP will earn a full size candy bar of their choice! We've spent some time talking about how we can earn XP points for our teams, and also discussed how losing HP does not help your team earn XP. Ask your student how they are earning XP! As a reminder, please continue to help support your student with their chromebooks, as some students are still struggling to bring it to school charged on a regular basis, and keep reading 20 minutes of AR each night to meet that AR goal! This week, a digital reminder was also sent home (Classtag) about the SIT conference. If your student is planning on participating, which I highly encourage, the forms are all due by Wednesday, January 23.
This week in math, we finished our graphing project that we started last week, where we learned how to read a graph that uses no numbers, and created our own graphs. Today, we are jumping into our next CPM unit on rational numbers. We will be exploring positive and negative numbers, adding and subtracting using a number line, absolute value, and four quadrant coordinate grids. This week, we will be working primarily on using a number line with positive and negative numbers, using lessons 3.2.1 and 3.2.2 on CPM. Your student will have math homework on Wednesday this week (3.2.1 Review Preview).
In social studies this week, we have finished our Google slides presentations on ancient Greece and will be beginning Egypt. Today, we will watch a video with a question sheets to learn some background information, then spend the rest of the week looking at the geography of Egypt using our TCI lessons.
In spelling, we are finishing our new lists this week! Students will be completing word sorts, pyramid words, rainbow words, red vowels, and then taking a spelling test the end of the week. All sorts/work is due this Friday (test day).
Have a wonderful week!
Happy 2019! We are off and running in our 3rd Quarter and we certainly jumped in quickly! We are busy working on benchmark testing, reviewing routines/expectations, and getting back to our content work! Please continue to help support your student with their chromebooks, as some students are still struggling to bring it to school charged on a regular basis. We are also working very hard to meet our AR goals this quarter! All students should be reading 20 minutes of AR each night for ELA homework, so we should be taking some AR tests soon! Report cards were also sent home last Friday, so please check with your student if you did not see the report card.
This week in math, we are focusing on some interesting math concepts. On Monday, we took our math winter benchmark assessment, which will be used to determine our new intervention groups. Tuesday/Wednesday, we are focusing on the idea of doubling, while looking for patterns and growth. This concept actually relates to a topic that will be covered in ELA and Science soon as well! This week we will also be completing some pattern/review work as we review how to work well in teams. Students will have homework on Tuesday and Thursday this week.
In social studies this week, we are working on finishing up our last lesson on ancient Greece, which is about the legacy of ancient Greece (i.e., why do we study this ancient civilization). We are also going to be working on a final ancient Greece project (in place of a test). This project will include all of the Greece lessons, and will consist of a rough draft and final Google slides presentation. Students will have class time this week during social studies class and during intervention. Student presentations will be due following our class time this week. Our next unit, which we will begin next week, is Egypt!!!
In spelling, we started new lists this week! Students will be completing word sorts, pyramid words, rainbow words, red vowels, and then taking a spelling test the end of next week. All sorts/work is due next Friday (test day).
Have a fabulous week!
Somehow we are in the final week of December and final week of Quarter 2! How is the school year half over already?!?!? This week will be a short one (just Monday-Wednesday), with some fun events and an early out! Monday afternoon is the AR quarterly incentive (dodgeball) and on Wednesday we have our Greek Olympics, PBIS incentive, and an early dismissal at 2:20! Wednesday is also a pajama day! If you are interested in helping with supplies or time for our Greek Olympics on Wednesday, please sign up using the Classtag announcement I sent out last week in my math Classtag. We still have open slots to fill! Thanks so much to those who have already signed up to donate or help!
This week in math, we are finishing up the quarter. We are spending time finishing our math tests from last week, finishing corrections, finishing missing/absent work, and playing some math games. We will start a new concept after break (rational numbers). Any missing assignments must be turned in before students leave for break in order to be counted for this quarter.
In social studies this week, we have finished our new lessons about ancient Greece and are working on prep for the Olympics! We will be making posters, figuring out strategies, and determining who is particpating in each event. If you have any yellow materials or suggestions for the class, please share them with your student (Kennell's homeroom only!)! Just like math, any missing notebook pages must be finished before students leave on Wednesday.
In spelling, we finished our last list before Christmas last week, with final grades being entered this week. If any students have missing sorts, those must also be finished before break.
Have a marvelous week and Merry Christmas!
Happy last week of November! I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with fun, laughter, and food! This week is actually a full, regular schedule week!
This week in math, we are working on different strategies for dividing fractions. The four fraction division strategies are using a diagram, find common denominators, using a super giant one, and using the "invert and multiply" method. We will cover these one at a time, with the primary focus this week being diagrams and common denominators. We glued two math notes reference pages into our notebooks today, which students should look at when working on homework. We talked quite a bit in class today about how students should take home their math notebooks on homework nights and use the colored reference pages for help, but it couldn't hurt to reinforce that at home! Students will have math homework on Monday (6.1.4 Review Preview - we started this before Thanksgiving) and Tuesday (7.2.1 Review Preview). 7.2.2 Review Preview could be later this week or next week, depending on how the lessons progress. I will send out a Classtag message as well about homework this week.
In social studies this week, we are focusing on the differences between Athens and Sparta, the two main city-states in ancient Greece. Students will be reading and exploring the two city-states, then comparing and contrasting life in them. Students will have some homework this week as a review of the government and geography lessons from the previous weeks. The government page will be homework on Tuesday, but the dates for the rest are TBD.
In spelling, we will be receiving new lists and schedules, while alternating between spelling days and circle days. This week, students will make new cards, then complete a word sort and pyramid words in their notebooks. Next week, students will complete rainbow words, ABC order, and finish with a test next Friday.
Have a wonderful week!
After the crazy schedule changes last week, we are looking at another interesting week this week! Monday is a regular schedule day, but Tuesday is our Thanksgiving dinner with family. If your student has someone coming to eat with them, please make sure to return the form so we know how many to plan for! Tuesday is also our last day of school this week, as we have Wednesday-Friday off for Thanksgiving break. Enjoy the delicious food and extra time with your loved ones!
We finished our second Classcraft challenge last week! The top 10 XP earners out of the entire grade earned a pizza party today! Ask your student what level they are on, what incentives they have already learned, and how they are doing continuing to earn XP!
In math this week, we are continuing to work on the concept of division, how fractions are really just division problems, and where the standard algorithm for division comes from. We have begun to draw diagrams to represent fraction division problems and how we get a whole number for an answer when we divide two fractions. Students have 6.1.3 Review Preview Part 2 for homework today (Monday) as our only math assignment this week.
In social studies, we are working on ancient Greece! Last week, we looked at the geography of ancient Greece and how geography influenced the settlement and way of life in ancient Greece. This week, we are focusing on the rise of democracy! We will be using our social studies notebooks and TCI Lesson 26 this week.
We are not starting new spelling lists this week, but will start new lists after Thanksgiving break. Instead, we are going to do some circles and make sure we are all caught up in social studies.
Have a blessed and thankful week!
Monday, we celebrated Veteran's Day at BRIJHS! In the morning, we had the privelege of singing to and recognizing our area veterans. We were also able to listen to some of them share their stories. We thank you for your service! On Wednesday, grades 6-8 will also be participating in an assembly/program called Making it Cool to Be Kind, which will take almost our entire school day.
We have started another Classcraft challenge this week! The top 10 XP earners this week out of the entire grade will earn a pizza party next week! Students earn XP through good behavior choices, getting their assignment notebook signed, turning in homework, and working hard! Ask your student what level they are on, what incentives they have already learned, and how they are doing this week!
In math this week, we are continuing to work on the concept of division, how fractions are really just division problems, and where the standard algorithm for division comes from. We are also working with ordering fractions using a number line during our number talks. Students have 6.1.2 Review Preview for homework today (Monday) and will have 6.1.3 Review Preview homework on Thursday.
In social studies, we are getting ready to start ancient Greece! We will begin by looking at the geography of ancient Greece and how geography influenced the settlement and way of life in ancient Greece. We will be using our social studies notebooks and TCI Lesson 25 this week.
For spelling this week, we are finishing our current list! We will be finishing our rainbow word sort, working on an ABC order sort, and finishing with spelling tests on Friday.
Have a wonderful week!
It's the first full week of November! It's also the second week of parent teacher conferences. If your conference is scheduled for this week, I look forward to meeting with you! If you missed your conference time last week, please contact me to set up a new time this week. We are still working on rewards for individual students for leveling up on Classcraft, with some of the students receiving Knight Shields and coupons last week. Ask your student what coupons they chose for their reward! Please remember to also check with your student about homework and charging their chromebook each evening. Thanks!
In math this week, we are beginning to work on dividing! We are starting with a division review, work on modeling division using diagrams, and looking at how fractions are division problems. This will lead into our work with strategies for dividing fractions next week. Students will have homework Monday (5.1.4 review preview), Tuesday (6.1.1 review preview), and Thursday (6.1.2 review preview).
In social studies, our focus for the week is finishing our exploration of the four empires of Mesopotamia. We will spend the first couple days of the week finishing the lesson, then spending the rest of the week reviewing. Our test over Unit 1 will be on Friday.
In spelling, we getting back into a routine! This week, we will be working on word sorts, pyramid words, rainbow words, and ABC sorts. Spelling tests will come next week.
Have a fantastic week!