Cluster 2 Newsletter

For the upcoming week 10/4-10/8

Dear Cluster 2 Families,


It has been a full week of learning in sixth grade! This newsletter contains updates from all cluster teachers on what we're learning for the current and upcoming weeks. Please reach out to us individually for questions regarding your children.


Picture Day is Monday! Forms went home with students earlier this week.


There is no school for students on Friday, October 8th or Monday, October 11th. Enjoy your long weekend!


Progress reports will be distributed on Thursday, October 7. Please sign and return on Tuesday, October 12.


To see pictures of what we are doing in class, follow us on Instagram @wmscluster2 !

ELA

ELA

10/1: This week in ELA, students began reading our first whole class novel, “Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai. This is a novel written in verse and tells the story of a young girl who leaves Saigon during the Vietnam War and eventually resettles in the United States. We will be reading this book over the next few weeks, so be sure to ask your student about it and even read with them!


Students have been using Notice and Note close reading strategies to tackle a novel in verse, and how that differs from reading a traditional prose novel. Teachers have been impressed with the level of insight and discussion happening in English classes!

ELD (English Language Development)

Entering ELD:

This week we began our Imagine Learning competition! Ask your student for details and encourage them to participate. They can make good progress over the long weekend.

The program is easy to do at home and when it is used regularly (40-60 minutes a week), it rapidly increases learning the English language.

This week students showed off their ability to direct classmates around the school using the names of school locations like the library and nurse’s office and directions. We ended the week studying the months of the year and writing and saying dates in English.

Next week, we learn how to say the numbers in English from 0-1,000,000,00, say the time, and use the present tense of “to be” to explain dates, time, and ages.

Emerging ELD:

This week we will continue with learning prepositions, categorizing small words, and begin learning about feelings. Our communication focus will also be on the simple present tense, and adding adjectives to ‘to be’ verbs in order to progress our describing.

We also have our ongoing Imagine Learning competition! Ask your student for details and encourage them to participate. The program is easy to do at home and when it is used regularly (40-60 minutes a week), it rapidly increases learning the English language.


Developing ELD

We have been practicing using context clues to make meaning of unfamiliar words. We watched a Flocabulary about story elements and will start making story diagrams next week.


Expanding ELD

Students continued to practice reading strategies with the America Street story “The Journey,” as well as focusing on what contributes to a character’s “perspective” in a story. Also, students did some practice on verbs on noredink.com, and Independent Reading checks.

Math

This week in math, students continued to focus on finding the area of triangles and parallelograms, specifically finding the correct base and height of each shape. This culminated in a quiz today where they were able to show what they know! If students weren’t able to complete it in class, they will have a chance to finish it next week.


Starting Monday, we’ll be working on geometry in three dimensions. Students will be identifying prisms and pyramids and using different strategies to find the surface area of them.

Science

Is there gravity in space? Why do some planets have more gravity than others? Who invented gravity? These are some of the questions sixth grade scientists have been asking in class. To help understand gravity, students were taken to court...Science Court...where they investigated the relationship between mass, gravity, and weight. Ask them about it! Next week we will be bringing out the test tubes and pipettes to study metric volume. This is a *potentially* messy lab, so thank you very much for the donations of paper towels!! If possible, please have your student bring a 1” binder to class on Monday. The binders will stay in the classroom and hold older work. More recent work will be kept in a folder.

Social Studies

This week, students in Social Studies class continued their study of Earth’s imaginary lines, and the globe project we use to apply what they have learned. Students worked on identifying the Equator and other lines of latitude, the Prime Meridian and other lines of longitude, and the hemispheres of the globe. We used coordinates to graph states, Texas and one mystery state! Ask your child what the mystery state was!


Next week, students will continue work on the globe project and refine their latitude and longitude identification and usage skills. This is all with the goal of beginning to graph continents using a set of coordinates.

Special Education

This week in Special Education we are working on reviewing the basics of geometry including a Geometry in Our World Scavenger hunt, and review of rational shapes.