Laker News

February 5th and 6th grade

For your Information....

  • February 13th and 14th - Grandparents' Day is coming up! Forms went home last week with grade cards.
  • February 17th - No school due to Presidents' Day
  • February 20th and 27th - Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please look for forms to come home early next week.

Blizzard Bag Assignments

Blizzard Bag assignments are a grade and required to be completed. Day 1 Blizzard Bag will be due February 13th. Day 2 Blizzard Bag will be due February 14th. These dates are firm with no flexibility. Any assignments that are not turned in on time will result in 0% credit.

Ready, Set.....LEARN!!!!!

This weather sure hasn't made it easy to get into that learning mode. Our biggest challenge right now is to keep our students motivated to give their best effort in all classes. We sure could use the help of all our parents to talk to their kids and emphasize the importance of staying on top of all school work along with great participation in the classroom.

Shopping Locally in December.

Below you will see a picture taken while the kids were interviewing local businesses in our great town of Millersport. A special thanks is in order, for the businesses that welcomed our kids so wonderfully.


Businesses include:

Hometown Hotdog ,Millersport Pharmacy, Bowers and Sons, Family Dollar ,Kenny's Collision ,Sammy J's Deli, Millersport Hardware.

Mrs. Tisdale

What's going on in Mrs. Tisdale's Language arts?

Grammar-


Students have completed many lessons on the usage of conjunctions. I showed them the "Schoolhouse Rock" lesson that I watched on television as a child. Now , every time I mention conjunctions in the classroom, I get a chorus of " Conjunction Junction, What's your Function." Hey, whatever sticks. :)


The students are learning how to punctuate titles in their writing. You can use this very short link to help you understand a little better.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPZPkPeC068


Writing-


This quarter the focus is on persuasive (or opinion) writings.

We are in the process of collaborating within small groups and writing a page for our "Millersport Businesses" brochure. Students will work together to design a cover page and then work independently on their particular page of that brochure. They are using the information they got from the "shopping locally" field trip they took in December. After collecting and designing their works, it will be transferred to a google docs designed page for printing. We hope they turn out great. We would love to share them with our local businesses.

Reading 5th grade

In the fifth grade, we are currently learning about theme of a story, poem or drama with eventual summarization of that reading. We have taken a short break from that to go over our recent CCA's but will be back working on it shortly. We will also be studying speaker's point of view and how it influences events in the story.


AR reading- The goal due date is March 14th. Half goal should be reached by Feb. 14th unless students are reading books that satisfy their entire goal, or a good portion of that. Every student should be reading at home each night.

Reading 6th Grade

In the sixth grade, we are finishing up our CCA review from last quarter. Then, we will be back to the study of the meaning of words as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative , and technical meanings.


Next we will work on comparing and contrasting texts in different forms or genres. We will look at their approaches to similar themes or topics.



AR reading- The goal due date is March 14th. Half goal should be reached by Feb. 14th unless students are reading books that satisfy their entire goal, or a good portion of that. Every student should be reading at home each night.

Mrs. Winders

5th Grade Math

We will be wrapping up our study of finding Volume of solid figures this week, hopefully. It has taken a little longer this time with all the delays and school closings. Coming soon is FRACTIONS! Your student will be adding and subtracting with unlike denominators as well as learning how to multiply and divide. They have not seen the multiplication and division before this year so this might be a little tricky at first, but I know that they are such hard workers that this shouldn't be anything they can't handle.


If homework is ever an issue please remember that your child has a math notebook that we use almost every day and that examples are given to help with the homework. We don't always use our book, so the notebook is the go to for help.


Please keep studying their math facts with them every night.

6th Grade Math

The sixth grade will be tackling expressions and equations for the next couple of weeks. They will be reading, writing, solving, and graphing equations as well as inequalities. This is a concept that is new to many of them and I know that we will attack this head on. After this concept we will be working on ratios and proportions.


If homework is ever an issue please remember that your child has a math notebook that we use almost every day and that examples are given to help with the homework. We don't always use our book, so the notebook is the go to for help.


Please keep studying their math facts with them every night.



6th Grade Language Arts

Writing

The students will be developing their art of persuasion this quarter when it comes to writing. We will be practicing using proper transition words to make their arguments stronger.


We will be working on completing our shopping locally from before the holiday. They will be creating pamphlets that help to highlight the local businesses that allowed us to come and interview.


Grammar

The students will become familiar as to when and how to use hyphens, dashes, and parentheses. This will hopefully enhance their writing style as well as prepare them for higher-level writing pieces.


Ms. Brown

Ms. Brown's Language Arts

This quarter is all about persuasive writing - writing based on opinion. Later in the month, students will use the computer lab to create a brochure in groups based on the information they collected during our Shopping Locally walking field trip. They will continue to examine the benefits of shopping locally and will try to convince their readers to support the community in this fashion. Once the brochures are complete, they will be printed, and we hope to share them with the local businesses that inspired them!

5th Grade Science

We will soon be finishing up Space Science and moving onto Physical Science. We will begin with a unit on Sound Energy and eventually transition into Light Energy. These units are usually a lot of fun, as they lend themselves to hands-on experiments. We will also touch on Thermal (heat) Energy and Electrical Energy later in the quarter.


Thank you to all students who have completed the Blizzard Bag assignments. These practice OAA tests are great because they review 3rd and 4th grade concepts that may be present on the 5th grade Science OAA (that's right - it covers more than just 5th grade material). With the multiple closings and delays due to weather, we may not have quite as much class time to review these 3rd and 4th grade topics. Any review that can be done at home will help students be even more prepared for the big test.

6th Grade Science

Now that we have finished our study of Rocks and Minerals, we will be moving onto Life Science. Life Science in 6th grade involves a study of the human body at its smallest level - the cell. Students will discover what a cell is, where they come from, the different types, and how they allow us to live. We will zoom in to look at the individual structures inside the cell that allows it function. We will see that each individual structure has a job, similar to the organs that make up our bodies. In addition, we will examine animal cells and plant cells for similarities and differences.


This unit will involve many new concepts and vocabulary terms. The cell organelles, in particular, can be a challenge since there are quite a few new words and functions that will be required to be memorized. I STRONGLY encourage students to review class materials such as notes and vocabulary cards on a nightly basis. Keeping up will be key to being successful in this unit.

Green Reward

Shopping Locally Project in Millersport , Ohio