# Kennedy 5/6 Combo Class

## Morrice Elementary Everyday Math Night

You are invited to attend Everyday Math Night on Thursday, December 11th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. There will be math games and snacks available for students.

Parents can learn about Everyday Math resources, about math apps for the I-pad, learn the methods Everyday Math uses to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and enjoy snacks.

We look forward to seeing you here.

## Math

The fifth grade has finished their unit on division of numbers this week. We took the test on Thursday. During the next unit we will be studying fractions.

The 6th graders also took a test this week and wrapped up their unit on using formulas and algebraic equations. They began unit four this week and are currently studying fractions and fraction operations as well.

The sixth graders have wrapped up The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 and are now reading Hoot by Carl Hiassen. We are focusing more on vocabulary and on weekly reading comprehension questions as we read this book.

Two of the fifth grade groups finished the book Hatchet and have started reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This book is set in Denmark during World War II, and one of the main characters is a Jewish girl.

During our whole class reading lessons we have been focusing on using context clues to determine the meaning of new words.

## Social Studies

Both grades have been learning about early settlers to North America. We have been reading, taking notes, and practicing strategies to help increase understanding as we read.

The fifth graders have been reading and learning about the first English colonies in North America. We have learned about the lost Roanoke colony and we have read about the Jamestown colony. We will also be learning and reading about the first English colonies in Massachusetts in the coming weeks.

The sixth graders are reading and learning about the early explorers and settlers in Canada. They have been learning how the Iroquois attacked the French settlers to get furs from the trappers. They have also been learning what life was like for the French settlers who lived in Canada in the 1600's and 1700's.

## Science

5th grade science- We have completed two science labs on the conservation of matter. The students have been learning how to complete a lab write up and making a graphs from our data. We then took that data and graphs to write a conclusion.

6th grade- We have moved into our new unit of space systems. This week we made a model of the earth, moon and sun to make connections between them. These models will be kept for the entire unit to make more connections.

## Writing

We are officially done with our 100 most commonly misspelled words list! Our new lists will get quite a bit easier. Because of this, I am now giving 15 words per week. I have now found 100 or so words that we will focus on that elementary students are most likely to misspell. Most of these words are sight words or high frequency words, meaning we use them a lot! I have noticed these words being misspelled within our daily writing a lot, so I think it will be very beneficial to practice/test/review these words.

This week we focused on a Christmas themed writing project. Students had to write about how they would make the Grinch grin and then make their own Grinch. It was a fun activity, but encouraged the students to write sentences in detail.

## Technology

In technology class, we have been practicing math skills at xtramath.org. We are also using our technology time to practice touch typing skills so we can do things more quickly on the computer.

This week we tried some coding at https://holidays.madewithcode.com/project/lights. Students were able design a program for the lights on one of the national Christmas trees in Washington, DC.