In the Know

December Community 6 News

Lead Learners

Shara Wade (Science) shara.wade@pikeroadschools.org

Rachel Stricklin (English) rachel.stricklin@pikeroadschools.org

Kathleen Griswell (History) kathleen.griswell@pikeroadschools.org

Karen Granfeldt (Math) karen.granfeldt@pikeroadschools.org

Upcoming Events

  • December 7 PRS Polar Express 6-8 p.m.
  • December 7 Board of Education Meeting 6:00 at PRS
  • December 10 PRS Band Concert 7:00
  • December 15 PRS Winter Wear Orders Due
  • December 16 Last Day to Bring Canned Food for Food Drive
  • December 18 Last Day for Students
  • January 5 Students Return to School

Donations Needed!

To honor the spirit of Christmas, Community 6 is hosting a canned food drive to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Please help us with this service project by sending canned food to school with your Learner by December 16. Learners will also be using the cans to build structures for the Can Do Good competition hosted by Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Inc.

Field Trip

Wednesday, Feb. 3rd 2016 at 11:30am

Alabama Shakespeare Festival

We will be going to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on Feb. 3 to see Cinderella. We will begin collecting money to cover the cost of tickets and buses for this trip this week. We are waiting to find out the exact cost of our buses, but we will let students know the exact cost of the trip in the next day or two. We will also need 2 parent volunteers to help chaperone.


Our show begins at 11:30, so we will have snack before we leave and a sack lunch in our classrooms when we return. Students will have the option of bringing their lunch or getting a sack lunch from the lunchroom. We will send out a form for requesting a sack lunch soon.

Science

December: We are currently working on our PRS HGTV project. Students are designing kitchens for three people: An elderly person with limited mobility, a person in a wheelchair, and a chef. The end product will be three blueprints and a presentation in which they present their blueprints to the class. This helps students understand the Engineering Design Process.

We Need Your Help: If you have any idea or resources that could help students see more about remodeling first hand, please email me and let me know.

History

English

Current Standards:

Reading & Comprehending Fiction-

For the month of December, we are exploring the theme of "the spirit of Christmas." Our central question is "How can we show the spirit of Christmas all year long?"


Learners are thinking about what it means to have the spirit of Christmas and how they can demonstrate it in their own lives. To promote the sense of generosity and compassion within our community, we are conducting a canned food drive to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank and researching how poverty and hunger affect people in the United States today. We are also reading and discussing the play Mr. Scrooge Finds Christmas, an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

  • RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
  • RL.6.3 Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
  • RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • W.6.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.



Grammar & Punctuation Usage-

For students who need to be reassessed on skills we have already covered, I am holding review sessions during PE time and after lunch on Makeover Mondays for the month of December. Students who have already mastered these skills are moving on to reviewing subject/ verb agreement at chompchomp.com. We will begin our in-depth review of grammar & punctuation usage after Christmas break.

  • L.6.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • L.6.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.



Every Week- Students read independently for at least 30 minutes every day to work toward their 40 Books Challenge. Information on the 40 Books Challenge is posted on my Edmodo page in my folders. Students and I keep track of their reading progress through their Reader's Notebook in Google Drive. We will not be writing response letters for the month of December.

  • RL.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature in the 6-8 grade text complexity band proficiently.


Coming Up After Christmas-

Science Fiction!

Math

Every Week - "Show What You Know" is completed and checked to practice all skills introduced so far. Evaluations on skills will be given every 4 weeks to check for gains in mastery. Fresh Grade has been updated, so look for those skills to move to green! You can see your child's evaluation uploaded to the skills tested on Fresh Grade.


Current Standards: Data Analysis

We are starting some geometry standards. We will be using the cans and boxes from our food drive to find area, volume and surface area. Our focus will be measuring items and using the formulas to solve. In addition, composite figures area and volume will be introduced.


Evaluation IV will be the week before Christmas break

Between now and then, students may request to be evaluated on the following skills as needed: Decimal computation, Multiplying and Dividing fractions, Exponents, Order of Operations, Greatest Common Factor,Least Common Multiple, Graphing on a four quadrant grid, Identify axis, quadrant and signs in quadrants,Graphing reflections, Finding distance between points on a four quadrant grid, Integers, comparing and ordering, Opposites, Absolute value, Measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode, range), graphing data, and interpreting data. Ask your child about Makeover Mondays!