# LAKERS NEWS

## WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.

We've gotten off to a great start and the kids are adapting to their new schedules very nicely. We would like to encourage parents to ask about the day and double check on any homework that the kids may have.

Starting the school year off, fifth graders are taking a deeper look at place value and base-ten units. Each student can name place values from the millions to thousandths place, convert using metric units, and use exponents to express numerical values. Ask your 5th grader what, "King Henry Died unexpectedly drinking chocolate milk", means and how it relates to place value!

In addition to common core standards, Miss Barrell’s fifth graders are all breezing through beginning math facts and excited to challenge themselves with harder facts along the way.

(5. NBT. 1-4)

It has been an exciting start to a new school year for 6th graders in science class. Starting the year off with a review of The Scientific Method, the 6th graders analyzed the absorbency of paper towels and reviewed lab safety with help from our friends from SpongeBob SquarePants. After a few days of review the 6th graders were ready to take in new knowledge starting with Earth Science. For the first quarter that the 6th graders have science we are exploring minerals and the rock cycle. Students developed skills on how to identify minerals using testable properties such as luster, cleavage, color, density, and streak. The 6th graders were able to test 10 different minerals and classify these minerals based on the properties the minerals exhibited.

(6. ESS. 1)

I look forward to seeing you starting on September 16th.

Be prepared to set up your interactive notebook with a composition book ready to go!

## Social Studies

I am looking forward to diving into some geography topics in the next couple of weeks.

So far we are off and running with the geography standard in class. We have discussed latitude and longitude as well as so regions of the United States. We will be heading into our study of different types of maps and working on our map reading skills.

We have spent much of the first part of this quarter with the use of technology. The students are learning the features of the Chromebooks to better prepare the students with 21st century skills. They have also taken a multiple intelligence survey to see which of the 8 intelligence they work well in. We will be continuing with the Main idea and supportive details as well as our pronoun study in grammar.

The fifth grade has been working on computer literacy skills using the chrome books. Students are learning the basics to applying photos, text and applications that the chrome books can give to a student presentation.

We also have been working on a reading passage's main idea and supporting details in the Literature portion of this class. More skills include, perfect verb tenses, compare and contrast, and themes in literature.

What to look forward to:

In the upcoming weeks, we will be working on non-fiction text and how the theme of acceptance and tolerance applies to real life stories. We will also continue to work on verbs tenses.

Math

Greetings!

The sixth grade has been working hard on Ratios, Equivalent Ratios, Tape Diagrams, and find the missing number in a Ratio Table. We are also working on our Math Facts and S.T. Math.

We have been working hard on routines and procedures for math class. Students have done an excellent job with the homework routine.

Homework:

Homework Assignments: Students will have math homework assignment every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The assignment is due the next day. Students are expected to write the assignment in their planner at the beginning of every class period. Please check planners! Homework is designed to help students practice skills taught in the classroom. We take notes in class and have practice problems written down in the students' notebooks, so they have a reference/help resource when completing the homework each night.

***We will be working on AIR Testing sample questions for the test in Spring 2016. You can practice with your child on this website and I will forward the website information as soon as its available to me.

( 6.RP.A.1-6RP.A3a) Standards for the Month of September

Starting the school year off, fifth graders are taking a deeper look at place value and base-ten units. Each student can name place values from the millions to thousandths place, convert using metric units, and use exponents to express numerical values. Ask your 5th grader what, "King Henry Died unexpectedly drinking chocolate milk", means and how it relates to place value!

In addition to common core standards, Mrs. Roark's fifth graders are all breezing through beginning math facts and excited to challenge themselves with harder facts along the way.

We have been working hard on routines and procedures for math class. Students have done an excellent job with the homework routine.

Homework:

Homework Assignments: Students will have math homework assignment every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The assignment is due the next day. Students are expected to write the assignment in their planner at the beginning of every class period. Please check planners! Homework is designed to help students practice skills taught in the classroom. We take notes in class and have practice problems written down in the students' notebooks, so they have a reference/help resource when completing the homework each night.

***We will be working on AIR Testing sample questions for the test in Spring 2016. You can practice with your child on this website and I will forward the website information as soon as its available to me.

(5. NBT. 1-4)