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September 3rd-5th, 2019

September 2, 2019 by Nicole Hyde

Welcome September! We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend with your families. 

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • If you have not returned your paperwork from the binder, please do so ASAP.  I am still missing a few students. It would be greatly appreciated. 
  •   Please remember that reading homework is due every Monday. This week it is due Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.  
  • Students are allowed to bring a file/storage crate to place in their cubbies at school. Typical dimensions for these crates are 17 ¼ L x 14 ¼ W x 10 ⅝ H. It helps keep materials organized and also makes sure materials aren’t spilling out of cubbies. This is not mandatory, of course, but students have found it helpful. 

5th grade Reading: We continue to read our novel Wonder by RJ Palacio. This week we will focus on summarizing part 1 of the book. We will take notes on what to include in a summary of literature to help students sift through the most important characters and events. When summarizing, students typically find it difficult to determine which events are most important to include. We will be modeling our first summary in class to help guide students through this process. In addition, we begin our study of figurative language, specifically idioms which are found throughout our novel. Students will learn the meaning of common idioms and create a comic strip to demonstrate the figurative meaning of the idiom. Finally, students will take two more comprehension quizzes on the novel. These quizzes are open book so it is important that students use this resource to help them. 

5th grade Writing: 5th grade authors will be taking notes on the writing process and types of writing (narrative, informative/explanatory, and narrative. We will begin our narrative writing unit by having students brainstorm ideas for a setting-based narrative. Basically, students will think of three different settings and specific experiences they had in each of those settings. They will then choose one setting/event from their list to use for their narrative writing. 

5th grade Projects: In projects, we will build a model of an atom using candy! Students will learn how to read an element square on the periodic table of elements and then take a short quiz. Students will then review the states of matter and the processes that involve changes in state. Also, students will review the basic properties of matter that scientists use to help them classify matter. Finally, students will begin working in groups of three to use the scientific process in order to conduct and present an experiment about matter. 

6th grade Reading: Sixth graders continue to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner. Students will be discussing the conflicts that arise among each of the characters in the story. Students will also be collecting quotes from the book to help them build a model of the setting, the Glade. Students will be creating a list of materials this week and begin working on collecting the items to build their models. We hope to begin building next week. Materials for this project should be basic and should not have to be purchased. For example, students will need a lot of twigs, a cardboard box, grass, leaves, small rocks or pebbles that can be painted to represent garden plants. They may also need some small toy farm animals that can be brought from home or borrowed, these will be returned after the project is over. Students will complete another open book comprehension quiz this week. Please feel free to email if you have any questions. 


6th grade Writing: In writing, sixth graders will take notes on the three types of writing (narrative, informative/explanatory, and argumentative) as well as the structure of narratives. Our first writing unit will be narrative in which students will have to write a real narrative (a story based on their own personal experience). Our prompt will be: Think of a time in your life when you thought That was awesome! Write about that experience using specific and descriptive details. Students will also take notes on figurative language and review common types by completing IXL E.4