Team 5-3 Newsletter

Mrs. Ahlfeld & Mr. Cortelyou

Friday, November 13, 2015

Important Announcements and Reminders

  • Please mark your calendars for next Thursday’s PTO meeting! Our Superintendent, Dr. Bourff, will be sharing some important information about the vision for the future of Hamilton Southeastern Schools. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear his message first hand and to ask any questions you might have about the changes that will be taking place in the near future!

  • Library on Wednesday in Language Arts BLOCK!
  • DARE on Thursday in Language Arts Block!

Language Arts

Word Study

  • Trifold #6: terra, port, tract, phone

Reading

  • Students will be reading 2-3 Achieve 3000 articles next week.
  • Students will be writing a letter to me about the book they are reading.
  • Students will be reading and discussing an article from Storyworks.

Writing

  • Students will choose a topic to write for their Fiction Piece. They will be filling out a plot graphic organizer to help them organize their stories.
  • Once they complete the graphic organizer they will begin drafting.

Social Studies

  • Our focus next week will be on Chapter 4: How and Why Europeans Came to the New World.
  • The Chapter 4 Test will be Tuesday, November 4th!

Science

Students have been studying how producers (plants) make their own food through photosynthesis. Next week we will focus on consumers and decomposers. We will read some from our textbook and also do a lab! We will also study the food chain and how just if one species is removed from a particular chain, a variety of animals/plants and their ecosystems are affected.

AdvMath 6th Grade (Block A)

Students have been studying fraction concepts this week in great detail along with using the least common multiple (LCM) to rewrite fractions and the greatest common factor (GCF) to put fractions in simplest form. We had a formative quiz in the middle of the week and scores were very good: 90% (A-) class average. Next week we will take a summative quiz over adding and subtracting fractions on Thursday. We will do preparation for this assessment along with a study guide Monday through Wednesday.


Students took a formative quiz today over multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100, and 1,000. Moving the decimal points to the left or to the right to do mental math was the focus each week to start class. Most students did very, very well! This class had an average of a 97%!


100 minutes of VMath is due Sunday night @ midnight. This will be entered into the gradebook as a FORMATIVE grade (10% of one's overall grade).

Regular Math BLOCK B

Students took a formative quiz today over multiplying and dividing decimals by 10 ,100, and 1,000. Moving the decimal points to the left or to the right to do mental math was the focus each week to start class. Most students did pretty good. The class average was a 76% (C).


Students have been working on their math computation this week a great deal. Students have been using the "Mental Math Cards" app to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division at their needed ability level. Some students are doing the medium level and some students are challenging themselves to do the hard level which is great! After, we've done that each day we focused on multiplying decimals for Chapter 6. We will have a summative assessment over Chapter 6 next Thursday.


100 minutes of VMath is due Sunday night @ midnight. This will be entered into the gradebook as a FORMATIVE grade (10% of one's overall grade).

Related Arts Schedule (11/16 - 11/20)

Monday: Art

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Art

Friday: Art