I don't know about you, but for me, the summer seemed to FLY BY! Even though I have no idea where the entire summer went, I am so excited to be working with your students this year! We got off to a great start last week with our PBIS bootcamp, safety drills, and the beginnings of our regular schedule rotations. Hopefully your student wasn't too tired last week (but I know I was!).
For the new 6th grade parents, I will send out a website update every week (usually sometime on Monday) with updates related to math (for all 6th grade students), social studies and spelling (similar for all students, but specific to Ms Kennell's homeroom), as well as some general 6th grade updates. One such update is about our reminder system, called Classtag. This week, students will be bringing home a paper with four different codes on it (homeroom, ELA, math, and science). Parents should follow the directions to sign up for updates. Please sign up for all four, as different messages will be coming through the different groups!
This week in math, we are working on some basic math skills, while learning how to work as a team. CPM (our online math curriculum) is based on a lot of group work, mainly because students are asked to do a lot of problem solving, which is difficult to do successfully on your own. So far, we have been working through lessons from youcubed, which is an awesome math website for educators. Lessons have included titles like Four 4's, 100 Numbers, and All Hail the Elephant, with a few more to come this week. Students have had small assignments most nights in math, and that will continue the rest of the week. The assignments should not take too long to complete, but are helping us get our mathematical brains working! We will start our official CPM lessons after Labor Day.
In social studies, we are working on our map skills. Last week, we labeled continents, oceans, prime meridian, and equator on a world map. This week, we will focus on T.O.A.D.S. (ask your student what this means!), latitude/longitude, types of maps, and climate zones. We will be having a quiz over maps/map skills the beginning of next week. Students will also have small homework assignments this week as we practice our map skills.
In spelling, we took our spelling inventories last week to determine our spelling groups, which will officially start after Labor Day. This week, our spelling list is a list of common 6th grade words. Students received their list and began working on activities to practice those words today. This will continue through Thursday, with a spelling test for all students on Friday. Students may have homework if they do not complete their activities in class (or if you want to see their work at home!).
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Have a fabulous week!