In the Know

February 29th Community 6 News

Lead Learners

Shara Wade (Science) shara.wade@pikeroadschools.org

Rachel Stricklin (English) rachel.stricklin@pikeroadschools.org

Kathleen Griswell (History) kathleen.griswell@pikeroadschools.org

Karen Granfeldt (Math) karen.granfeldt@pikeroadschools.org

Field Trip to Montgomery Biscuits Game April 13th

Attached is the letter and forms. Payment is due by March 18th.

Birmingham Field Trip Money due April 4th!

Community 6 is taking a field trip to Birmingham, AL. We will leave school on Friday, May 6th @ 7:00 am and return that evening around 6:00pm. The cost of this trip is $64 and includes charter bus transportation, entrance into the McWane Science Center, the Southern Environmental Center, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, well as Lunch at Birmingham Southern Cafeteria. The cost may be split into 2 payments of $32.00. The first payment will be due March 4th & 2nd due April 4th. You may also pay the cost in full at anytime.


We need parent chaperones to ride the bus!!! The McWane Science Center requires at least one chaperone for every 8 students. For this trip, parents may ride the bus with the students and pay the $64 fee as well. Parents may choose to follow the bus to and from Birmingham but students must ride the bus. Parents will need to pay separate entrance into centers and pay for their lunch.


I really hope that students and parents will be able to go on this exciting adventure! Please let me know if you have any questions. I will send home more information prior to the trip. Check out our destinations at www.McWane.org, www.bcri.org, and www.southernenvironment.org.

Upcoming Events


  • Now purchase class photo using this link:

    https://port77.com/cci/pikeroadgroups2016
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is Wednesday, March 2!

    All PRS faculty, staff, and ALL student Patriots are encouraged to dress as their favorite BOOK character on that day. It does not have to be a Seuss character. (Must remain in dress code)

    March 2...the lunchroom will be serving Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast!

  • March 3 – Cookie Dough Pick Up

  • March 4 - First payment ($32.00) for Birmingham Filed Trip Due

  • March 5 – Patriots Track Team runs in Race to Fight Hunger

  • March 7 at 6:00 p.m. – School Board Meeting

  • March 18 Money due for Biscuits Field Trip ($21.34 with lunch, $16.34 without lunch)

  • March 21-25 – Spring Break

  • March 28 – Professional Learning Day – No School for Students

  • April 4th - Second and FINAL payment ($32.00) for Birmingham Filed Trip Due

  • April 5-7 – Book Fair

  • April 13 - Biscuits Game Field Trip

  • April 18 -22 – ACT Aspire

  • April 28 – Field Day for K-6

  • May 6th - Birmingham Field Trip

Wish List Items

Supplies are running a little low. If you can help, please send in an item on the list below.


Notebook paper

hot glue sticks

colored pencils

sharpies (black and colors)

Eraser caps for pencils

Sheet protectors

Clorox Clean-ups

Baggies all sizes

Science

March - Spies, Space, and Scales!


We have begun our unit on Space. Students are currently working on understanding the relative size of the Planets and their distances from the Sun. This unit will continue through the month and include discussion on Gravity and Earth's Systems.


We are teaming up with Mrs. Griswell's History class and becoming spies! We will learn about forensic techniques such as handwriting, fingerprinting, and observations. This will help students figure out who is trying to pass secrets to the "Pike Road Way" to other districts.


Code.org - Students have begun an introduction to computer coding using the site Code.org. This is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to Computer Science. Community 6 students begin with Course 2 and are working on the coding courses at their own pace. This does not need to be completed in a day or even a week. Students may work on these during enrichment or when needing a challenge. I am monitoring their progress as the move through the courses.


Looking Ahead - April will bring INVENTION CONVENTION. Students will use the Engineering Design Processes to design and create an original invention that will solve a problem. I have discussed with students that they should begin brainstorming problems and possible solutions/inventions.

History

We have begun our unit on the Cold War. Your learners have participated in a variety of activities that will helped them understand and apply different economic systems such as communism, socialism, and capitalism. They can explain the "Iron Curtain" as well as how the Cold War manifested itself through sports.


The learners created infographics last week to: describe the impact of the Cold War on technological innovations, Identify strategic diplomatic initiatives that intensified the Cold War, and identify how Cold War tensions resulted in armed conflict.


This week history and science are teaming up to complete a "PRS Spy" simulation to understand McCarthyism and the Red Scare. With science we will decode a spy letter, finger printing, handwriting analysis, and conduct a trial. This simulation will give learners the chance to relate to the cultural impacts of the Cold War.

English

Current Standards:

Reading & Comprehending Fiction-

We are currently exploring the wonderful world of poetry, and I think most students have been pleasantly surprised by how much fun this world can be! Our focus has been on odes & ballads. We are analyzing popular songs (which students have discovered are poems set to music), discussing classic poems, and even writing our own. Take a look at some of the odes below that were written by our very own Community 6 poets!


This week we will be joining poetry with history, and students will work on a poetry writing project to demonstrate their knowledge of the Cold War. I have attached the directions here, and this project is due Tuesday, March 1.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vgYvycnvR058ckPH2cVVG1r-NaytwwV62WbywbmSV-Q/edit?usp=sharing


Also, students will have a test on their poetry vocabulary this Friday. The terms and definitions are located in the Poetry Folder in Edmodo.


Standards:

  • RL.6.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
  • RL.6.8 Differentiate among odes, ballads, epic poetry, and science fiction. (Alabama)
  • L.6.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


Grammar & Punctuation Usage-

Students will be working through 10 grammar and punctuation topics identified in Alabama's standards for 6th grade. I have created a Blendspace for each of these topics with review material and practice exercises. Students can work at their own pace and can work on these topics at home. All students must begin with Case 1 and work their way up. They must let me know when they are ready to test on a Case and pass it before they will be allowed to progress to the next one. Students should complete all 10 before the end of the 3rd nine weeks.

  • L.6.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • L.6.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


Case 1 Blendspace:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/c6m9PANJgFRP0Q/case-1-s-v-agreement-prepositional-phrases


Case 2:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/jWxhNReab9wM4Q/case-2-subject-verb-agreement-with-indefinite-pronouns


Case 3:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/Awrxkf_CThnrHA/case-3-subject-verb-agreement-w-inverted-word-order


Case 4:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/-X12aUSLlTo_FA/case-4-pronoun-cases


Case 5:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/vyTldjbfJrsc6Q/case-5-intensive-pronouns


Case 6:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/OX9dWJrAtA_TYQ/case-6-pronoun-number-person


Case 7:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/KR6Ac8ckhcEjSg/case-7-vague-pronouns


Case 8:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/HLoi3dcAjqTAtw/case-8-using-punctuation


Case 9:

https://www.tes.com/lessons/hjv5V87ktzMlFw/case-9-punctuating-non-restrictive-elements


Independent Reading Project-

Presentations begin Tuesday, March 1! All students should come prepared to present on this day. They will draw numbers to see which order they go in. If students are not prepared to give their presentations when it is their turn, then they will lose their turn and we will go on to the next presenter. Students have had 2 months to work on this presentation, and I expect everyone to be prepared.


Here is a link to the project requirements and assessment rubric:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15816skCgNae3mceq11r5OzqGn0leZlJv_TnUvDZ9OuA/edit?usp=sharing


Genius Hour-

Every Friday in English class from now until Spring Break students will participate in Genius Hour. This time block will be dedicated to students researching and designing their own projects on a topic they are passionate about. The only rules are that project topics must be approved by me, it must include substantial research, students must keep a log of their research and reflections, and they must present and share their final projects on the last week. This is a great opportunity for you as parents to learn more about your students' interests and be involved in their learning! For more information, you can visit www.geniushour.com.


  • W.6.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.



Every Friday During Homeroom-

Students will be continuing their reading of non-fiction texts with Newsela. Every Friday morning they are required to read and take quizzes on 2 Newsela articles. This is also a great resources for helping your student work on his or her reading and comprehension skills at home. The articles in Newsela can be adjusted by reading Lexile level and have short comprehension quizzes that go with the article. Common Core has identified 6th grade Lexile level as starting at 925.


  • RI.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the Grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.



Every Day- Students read independently for at least 30 minutes every day to work toward their 40 Books Challenge. Information on the 40 Books Challenge is posted on my Edmodo page in my folders.

  • RL.6.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature in the 6-8 grade text complexity band proficiently.

Math

Every Week - "Show What You Know" is completed and checked to practice all skills introduced so far. Evaluations on skills will be given every 4 weeks to check for gains in mastery. Fresh Grade has been updated, so look for those skills to move to green! Help your child practice those skills in Freshgrade that are still yellow! I added links for reteaching and practice in the comment sections of each skill not mastered. No Show What Your Know on evaluation week (Feb 29th-March 4th)


Make Over Mondays

I will be meeting with small groups to reteach and practice skills already taught. In Fresh grade, I have added lesson and practice links to all standards not mastered. Look in the comments for each yellow dot. Open Minds Algebra games are now available to practice as well on Edmodo. Students should practice to be ready for evaluation on the following skills as needed: Decimal computation, Multiplying and Dividing fractions, Exponents, Order of Operations, Greatest Common Factor,Least Common Multiple, Graphing on a four quadrant grid, Identify axis, quadrant and signs in quadrants,Graphing reflections, Finding distance between points on a four quadrant grid, Integers, comparing and ordering, Opposites, Absolute value, Measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode, range), graphing data, and interpreting data, area, volume, and surface area, algebra vocabulary, verbal to written phrases, combining like terms, one-step equations.


Algebra is going great-

Wow, students have done an outstanding job with the algebra standards. Next week learners will have a formal evaluation on algebra standards taught . (March 1st)

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Important note from Physical Education

We need parents' help in ensure students are wearing the appropriate footwear on PE days. Community 6 boys have PE on Mondays and Fridays, girls have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and boys and girls alternate Wednesdays. For safety reasons, students need to wear tennis shoes on days in which they have PE in order to avoid injury to themselves or classmates.