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In Social Studies, we are studying and researching Latin America's geography, environment, and culture. The students have been gathering information and creating a project with their information. We will move on to Latin America's history and then to their government and economic systems.
In Language Arts, we are wrapping up conventions with adverbs. From here we will move on to sentence structures...simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.
READING LOGS...there has been a change. Students will begin documenting the number of pages (grade-level appropriate) they read. The minimum is 150-200 pages per reading log ~ a two week period. This is getting ready for seventh grade.
*DATES TO REMEMBER*
Tuesday, March 2 ~ Early Dismissal (Professional Learning for teachers)
Wednesday, March 24 ~ Early Dismissal (Parent Conferences)
Friday, April 2 ~ Staff and Student Holiday (Good Friday)
Monday – Friday, April 5-9 ~ Spring Holidays
The CRCT will be after Spring Break.
2010 already?!?!? Who remembers all of the fuss over Y2K?
In Social Studies we are wrapping up World War I. We will be exploring other European conflicts and then moving into Latin American geography, history, government and economics.
In Language Arts the students have been working on persuasive and expository writing. The writing exam will be Wednesday, January 20. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will be taking this test. We are also beginning a unit on verbs soon.
Students have received a reading log to document their reading over this next month. For reading a total of six hours, students will receive a Six Flags ticket. This log is due on Friday, February 12.
SOCIAL STUDIES ~ European Exploration and Colonization
LANGUAGE ARTS ~ reading The Best Christmas Pagent Ever
Thursday, December 17 ~ FIELD TRIP to Raccoon Mountain...dress WARMLY! Remember if you are doing the crawling tour, bring a change of clothing and extra shoes.
ATLANTA TRIP ~ There are 10 more spots available. If you are interested, please see me...Mrs. Mantooth.
The second payment for the ATLANTA TRIP is due the week return from Christmas break...school resumes January 6, 2010.
It is so hard to believe that we are wrapping up the first semester of school. One thing can be said...it has flown by!
A big THANK YOU to all the students and parents that attended the first exhibition of learning at the Career Academy. This was a huge success, and the students' work was awesome.
This week we started the second-round of MAPS testing. This testing provides valuable information to help design appropriate instruction for each student.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments, concerns, and/or questions you may have.
Reading Logs are due Monday, November 16!
Several things need to be signed and returned:
(1) field trip permission form to go to the Career Academy to set up/take down for Exhibition of Learning
(2) Exhibition of Learning RSVP
*All students are expected to attend*
Needed: a recipe for a 6th grade project (one of the ingredients must be measured in fractions)
Language Arts - Tuck Everlasting projects and adjectives
Social Studies - European governments
Dates to remember:
Monday, November 23 ~ Progress Reports
Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 ~ Thanksgiving Holidays
Tuesday, December 8 ~ EXHIBITION OF LEARNING at the Career Academy for all Whitfield County middle schools
We are wrapping up our novel study of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting. Students are writing newspaper articles of the events in the book. We have been focusing on literary elements and literary devices in this novel study.
In social studies, we are continuing our study of European governments. It is interesting to learn about the different governments in these different countries.
If you have not done so, please send a family recipe for your child to use in a grade-level project that we will be working on very soon.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: December 8 will be the first Exhibition of Learning for Whitfield County Middle Schools. Your child will be presenting their learing to others.
HOMEWORK: Please know that your child is expected to read a minimum of 120 minutes a week. They have a weekly reading log to document their reading. *Other homework is assigned as needed.
As always, if you ever have any questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact me.
"MORE THAN A BOOK REPORT" projects are due this week. Students are presenting these to the class.
We are wrapping up European geography the week by learning about their culture, environmental issues, and climate and location of the countries. Next we will be working on Europe's government.
Next Wednesday, Oct. 21 will be an early dismissal day for students and parent-teacher conferences. Please contact me if you would like to have a conference.
WOW…fall beak already!!! Remember...no school this Friday, October 9 or next Monday and Tuesday, October 12 and 13. This 9-week grading period/quarter ends October 15. Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, October 22. There is an early dismissal day for students and parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, October 21. Please contact me if you would like to have a conference on this day.
We have wrapped up our European country projects. There will be a Presentation of Learning event on Tuesday, October 27 for parents and community members to come see some of the things that are taking place this year in our project-based classrooms.
We are still studying Europe. The students will be learning about Europe’s history, government, religions, and economic system.
A NOTE ABOUT HOMEWORK:
*Students have a weekly reading log that is to be completed and turned in each week…usually each Monday.
*Other homework will be assigned as needed.
Donations of the following would be greatly appreciated:
Thank you in advance for all that you do to support our class. Please feel free to contact me at any time with comments and/or questions.
Important dates this week:
Monday ~ BOOK FAIR...We will be going as a class. Students may go other times during the week if time allows.
Thursday ~ OPEN HOUSE...6:00-7:30 (Book Fair will be open.)
Friday ~ BACK TO SCHOOL DANCE...3:30-5:30
Language Arts ~ finishing up nouns (common/proper, singular/plural, concrete/abstract, collective, and possessive)
Social Studies ~ finishing continents project
*This project has two parts: model of the continent and a persuasive brochure about the continent.
The finished products will be diplayed on our classroom wall so that we can refer to it when studying other places around the world.
Students received an "At Home Reading Log" last week. It is given out on Mondays and due the following Monday. Students are to read a minimum of 120 minutes/2 hours each week. The are to document their time and write a brief summary (3-5 sentences) of what they have read. A parent is to sign this before it is turned in.
Students may read anything of their choice as long as it is reading level appropriate. They may read books, magazines, newspapers, on-line articles, etc.
Students will eventually be doing reading projects. More information later.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions/comments/concerns.
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT OPEN HOUSE!!!
WOW...what a great first week we had! I am looking forward to many more. We have had fun with our team building activities. Several students have asked what HUMANITIES actually is. Humanities is a combination of language arts and social studies. In language arts, we a currently working with nouns. In social studies, we have been working on the continents and oceans of the world. We will be doing a project on the continents soon. All information will be posted on this blog.
A word about homework ~ It is my hope to get most of our work completed in the classroom. Homework will be assigned as needed and when needed. Students are expected to read outside of school regularly. The have received a reading log to keep track of their independent reading. These logs are given on Mondays and are due the following Monday.
Please feel free to contact me at school with any questions/concerns that you may have.
I am looking forward to a great year!!!