LAKER NEWS

OCTOBER 2015

Welcome to October

We are in full swing and have seen quite a few changes in our kids since we began in August. Our 5th and 6th graders are familiar with the schedule and have been working quite hard in their classes. If you are in need of a conference or just need to shoot an email to one of us, please look us up on the Millersport Elementary website for our email addresses.

5th Grade Language Arts

Reading

We have begun working non-fiction text and those Common Core indicators which are tied to that. Our first study is that of the "Lost Colony of Roanoke Island". The student have read a close reading passage and taken notes on it. We are working on taking that text even further by using a QR code worksheet that enables the students to go to different sites on the internet to stretch the learning of that passage even further. We will be quoting accurately from the text when explaining what the text says.


We have also been working on main idea and supporting details when outlining a text.



One of our next skills for reading will be identification of various forms of figurative language. Try your hand at this game of baseball: http://www.starrmatica.com/standalone/starrMaticaFigurativeLanguageBaseball.swf

Writing and Grammar

We have recently finished identifying past perfect, present perfect, and future perfect verb tenses. I am very proud of the kids as they completed three different quizzes which directed them to choose the correct verb usage for a particular sentence. They have done a great job.


Included in their reading assignments, the kids have been working on using the RACE format when answering questions that include multi-directions. We will continue to work on that, but will soon enter into narrative writing in the month of October. This type of writing has shown to be one of the favorites of students.

6th Grade Language Arts

6th Grade Reading

The sixth grade has been diving into the research of different types of government through the reading selection called, "A Funeral Speech". It is a complex text that students read, reviewed and annotated. Through the reading, they have learned where democracy began, in B.C. times. They then used QR codes to compare and contrast that text to the different types of government in the world.


It is quite a learning experience and uses high level thinking skills to compare texts through research on the internet. This type of 21st Century learning is critically important in today's world. It teaches students to collaborate , think critically, use global awareness, communicate and many other skills.


We will be reviewing Figurative Language this month as well. They used these skills last year and will continue to apply their knowledge to various fictional readings and poems.

Language Arts

Student will continue to work on Pronouns this month. We have learned about reflexive pronouns . Our writing this month will include some fun work with writing dealing with Halloween. They will be in the form of narrative writing.

6th Grade Math Purple/Gold

The 6th graders have been working really hard on Ratios and Unit Rates. We are almost finished with Module 1 and the students are finishing this Module with a "Ratio Poster" that is due October 12th, rubrics were handed out on October 5th.

Here is what we will be working on for the 2nd grading period.

***Arithmetic Operations Including Division of Fractions***

Module 2 Overview:

Topic A: Dividing Fractions by Fractions (6.NS.A.1)

Lesson 1: Interpreting Division of a Fraction by a Whole Number—Visual Models

Lesson 2: Interpreting Division of a Whole Number by a Fraction—Visual Models

Lessons 3–4: Interpreting and Computing Division of a Fraction by a Fraction

Lesson5: Creating Division Stories

Lesson 6: More Division Stories

Lesson 7: The Relationship Between Visual Fraction Models and Equations

Lesson 8: Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Topic B: Multi-Digit Decimal Operations—Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying (6.NS.B.3)

Lesson 9: Sums and Differences of Decimals

Lesson 10: The Distributive Property and the Products of Decimals

Lesson 11: Fraction Multiplication and the Products of Decimals

Topic C: Dividing Whole Numbers and Decimals (6.NS.B.2, 6.NS.B.3)

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5th Grade Math/Gold

The 5th graders have been working really hard on Place Value. They are finishing up this Module with a "Place Value Poster" which is due October 12th, rubrics were handed out on October 5th.

We will be starting Module 2 for the 2nd grading period, here is an overview of the 2nd Module:

Mental Strategies for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication, The Standard Algorithm for Multi-Digit Whole Number Multiplication, Decimal Multi-Digit Multiplication, Measurement Word Problems with Whole Number and Decimal Multiplication, Mental Strategies for Multi-Digit Whole Number Division, Partial Quotients and Multi-Digit Decimal Division, and Measurement Word Problems with Multi-Digit Division.


***Keep working hard on Math Facts!


(5.NBT.1 5.NBT.2,5.OA.1 5.OA.2 5.NBT.5,

5.NBT.7,5.MD.1, 5.NBT.6)

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5th Grade Purple Math

Taking our place value knowledge even further, the 5th graders now know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions. Using these skills, the students were able to plan a birthday party with a budget of $100 and a pricing chart for party needs. Since the students just finished Module 1 of EngageNY, we ended our unit by doing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activity. Students were to use engineering skills, scientific inquiry, and measurement to decide how to take 20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops to build a house that could withstand the weight of a textbook. Although some teams were successful in building tall structures, our successful structures were between ½ and 1 inch tall.

(5.NBT.5-7)

5th/6th Grade Science

5th Grade Science

5th graders started science class on September 16th. Beginning our quarter together, we set up our interactive notebooks and reviewed scientific inquiry skills, including scientific method, lab safety, and lab equipment. After this brief review, the 5th graders began the life science unit of our state standards. So far we have learned about ecology and how energy flows throughout an ecosystem. 5th grade students built bottle terrariums to observe an ecosystem on a small scale. The terrariums will also serve as a discussion point for our photosynthesis unit as our flower pods begin to grow.

(5.LS.1-2)

6th Grade Science

After learning about minerals, the building blocks of rocks, the 6th graders were able to explore the rock cycle more in depth. 6th graders learned about how sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks, and metamorphic rocks are formed using a crayon simulation.

October 19th will be the first day back to science for 6th graders where we will finish our earth science unit with soil and begin learning about cells.

(6.ESS.2,3,and 5)

5th/6th Social Studies

6th Grade Social Studies

The sixth grade were very busy this quarter working on their geography skills. Learning and exploring the locations of continents and oceans. Using the Chromebooks to explore Google Maps to visit many wonderful sites from around the world. We also discovered how the world shapes our lives and how we have an effect on the Earth.


When we return to class we will be starting our study of 5 major world religions. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.

5th Grade Social Studies

I am so excited to have the 5th graders back in class. We will be starting on October 19th! In class for the next couple of weeks we will be beginning our study of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere.