Cluster 2 Newsletter
June 10, 2022
Hello Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers!
It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is so close! Here are a few important dates:
Friday, June 3 Canobie Permission Slips Due
Monday, June 20: Observation of Juneteenth - No School
Tuesday, June 21: Field Day
Wednesday, June 22: Canobie Lake Field Trip
Friday, June 24: Last day of school (half day)
The end of the year is upon us! We are so proud of how much the students have grown academically, socially, and emotionally. In ELA, students have been reflecting on what it means to grow up; some texts that we have read are “Growing Down”, “On Turning Ten”, and “Eleven”. Students did an amazing job reflecting on the texts and their own lives and discussing this in a Socratic Seminar. We were impressed with their maturity and thoughtfulness during these discussions. They also compared and contrasted a text and a Pixar short with a common theme.
It has been a wonderful year supporting your students. Please be on the lookout for information regarding summer reading expectations for 7th grade. We hope that you have an amazing summer full of fun and relaxation!
ELA with Ms. Murphy:
We are finishing up reading our class novel “Ghost” by Jason Reynolds. Students continued to make chapter predictions prior to reading a chapter, matching pictures to events. Students studied vocabulary words then had an assessment. Also, we played a team game answering comprehension questions from the story with evidence - finding a sentence from the text to support their answers. Next week we will be finishing the story and having an end of book celebration. Wishing you a happy summer and please encourage your children to read this summer weekly - whatever the format!
ELD (English Language Development)
This week, we learned about the planets in our solar system and how the days and years are different on each planet. We also got to think about how our solar system is just one in the Milky Way galaxy, and about how much more might be in space.
Next week, we will do cumulative projects, review and reflect on everything we have learned during the year, and celebrate all of this year’s good work!
This week we have made it through chapter 6 in our graphic novel, When Stars Are Scattered. We have been doing some journal prompt responses, comparing and contrasting, and identifying feelings and thoughts from text and images. 6th & 7th graders completed a character analysis project while 8th graders were in MCAS science testing, and 8th grade is doing reflective journaling using textual evidence and connecting to their opinions and lived experiences. Next week we will continue our charge as growing readers and will look more closely at the process of cause → effect → change. We will do some speaking challenges that share our ideas, and listening comprehension with the audiobook version of the text.
We are more than halfway through the book “A Long Walk To Water”. Ask your children about it, it is a very gripping story based on real events.
We finished the film Hidden Figures and the accompanying unit. For the remainder of the year students will design a Graphic Map/Timeline and start with interviewing some of you (family members) about memorable events (like the ones shown in Hidden Figures such as the first American in space, etc.)!
We have been reviewing vowel teams and have practiced reading short texts with vowel teams to build fluency.
In Math we are working on the last unit in Desmos which is called Describing Data. Students will be calculating the mean and mean absolute deviation (MAD) of a data set. We will also use mean and MAD to describe and compare data sets. Each unit includes a Family Resource that offers explanations of key concepts throughout the unit, as well as problems for you and your student to try at home. Click here to access.
We are wrapping up the year by studying waves (sound and light). Students played a virtual piano which shows how changing the pitch and volume changes the shape of sound waves. On another note, our squid dissection went swimmingly this week! Students were able to relate squid structures (body parts) with their functions (what the parts do). Ask your student what they wrote using squid ink!
Students have been working hard in class to research ancient Maya or Inca ruins. With this information they are creating either a digital map or an illustrated map showing where the sites are located and are writing about the significance of these sites. Next week, we’ll be continuing this project and finishing up learning about Central and South America.