Room 1219 Newsletter

February 2014

Trimester 3 Begins

The second trimester ended very quickly. With all of the activities and missed Mondays, I'm afraid that I fell behind on my newsletters. My apologies.

Please make sure that you have reviewed your child's report card with them. Praise them on their hard work and progress and encourage them to continue their hard work.

The third trimester will be filled with sixth grade activities and fun. Please know that I will be trying to teach between all the fun and extra activities. I never stop teaching! The fun begins with the sixth grade dance this weekend.

Reading daily continues to be an essential for academic success in all subject areas. Reading increases a child's vocabulary, increases a child's knowledge, and can increase their academic achievement. Because of these benefits, I require all students to read 30 minutes daily, including weekends and holidays. Ask your child about their new Accelerated Reader Goal for the third trimester. This goal must be completed by May 23.

One way to help with this requirement is to have many books available to read by taking trips to the library, book stores, or finding books in our class or school libraries. Another way to access books is through Scholastic book orders. The advantage to ordering from Scholastic is that the class will receive books for free when you order. I will send home book orders soon. If you wish to order, please send your order form to me or order online. When you order books from Scholastic, it helps me to buy books for our classroom. You may send cash or a check to me with the order form, or you may order online. I will send instructions on how to order online with the book orders. Ask your child about the free book offer from Scholastic.

Again, another way to have plenty of books available is to take a trip to the local library, school library and classroom library and find books for free.

Curriculum Update

Language Arts: After completing our persuasive essays about school mascots, we are now working on a persuasive essay about which is better, pie or cake. We are continuing to work on a variety of reading strategies using nonfiction texts.

Mathematics: After Monday's unit test on algebra, we will begin working on our unit about probability. This will be a short, but fun unit investigating the probability of different events occurring.

Science: Sixth grade science is all about Earth Science. Our current unit is about Shaping Earth's Surface. In the last unit we learned about how our earth is shaped from under the surface, plate tectonics. Now we will be investigating how wind and water shape our landforms.

Social Studies: Sixth Grade history is all about ancient civilizations. Ask your child what about their history class with Mrs. DeBellis.

Dates to Remember

March 8 6th grade dance
March 14 Survivor Challenge
March 17-21 Spring Break
March 26-28 CELP
March 27 Field Trip to Glendale Theatre

Mustache Day