Reading & World Language
Hello! Hola! 'Ahlan! Salve!
WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THIS WEEK?
6th Grade - Students are finishing the year by reading some fun books together. Ms. Zuckerberg's class is reading Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Students are tracking character traits and noticing how the character develops through the story.
Mr. Cochran's class is reading Love That Dog, a novel in verse written from the point of view of a 5th grade boy writing to his teacher about the poems they are studying in class. Students are looking at different types of poems that will be presented in the book. They are reviewing poetry / figurative language vocabulary.
7th Grade - We are taking a look at the genre of dystopian fiction to support our 7th graders as they read novels in their English class. Each day we are discussing aspects of the book (genre, protagonist, conflict, theme) and preparing for our English classes, where we will be discussing the book with our groups. It is nice to be able to make this connection with the students' English classes, and to support them in their work on these novels. Here are some questions caregivers can ask at home to support your child in their thinking work around these books:
1. What is wrong with this world?
2. How is the setting affecting the protagonist?
3. How might the protagonist grow and change because of this place?
4. How is this book similar / different to The Giver?
8th Grade - 8th grade students have been either away in Washington D.C. or participating in Watertown Week.
WORLD LANGUAGE CLASSES
Students in the 7th grade are working on their final project for this year which is The City Project in the Arab World. They are working individually or with a group. They worked on drafts for the presentations and made the needed edits and practiced the presentation well. The Arabic teacher has supported the students with their preparation for the draft and for the presentations. The project is a revision, recap and an assessment for some of the reading, writing, listening and speaking activities that the students have learned during the school year. Through this project, the 7th grade students were immersed in Arabic culture last week by making different landmarks from different cities in different countries in the Arab world . They were very creative making the landmark in our makerspace in the school library with the support from the digital learning /IT technician and the librarian. They used different materials from the library, such as cardboard, color pencils, popsicle sticks, glue sticks, straws, and many more. Below are some pictures of their projects and they will be presented next week.
Students in the 6th grade are working on their final project for this year “My Dream Home”. They worked on it in the library and in their classroom. They did a great job creating the material in our makerspace in the school library with the support from the digital learning /IT technician and the librarian. They used different materials from the library, such as cardboard, colored pencils, popsicle sticks, glue sticks, straws, and many more. They were very creative making their dream home on their own or as a team. They also did very well in their classroom preparing their presentations. They worked on drafts and made the needed edits and practiced the presentation well. The Arabic teacher has supported the students with their preparation for the project. The project is a revision and recap for all the reading, writing, listening and speaking activities that the students have learned in their class on the Home unit. Students will present their projects next week. Below are some pictures of their project: