What We Did in School Today
Monday, October 27, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL classes reviewed the importance of a closing paragraph. Students then had time to work on their drafts.
No Homework tonight. Tune in tomorrow when we will schedule our usual Tuesday to Tuesday homework. There will be one assignment that will be due on Wednesday 10/29...but no homework for tonight! Enjoy :)

Math—Pribis  Students rotated through rate & ratio activity centers. We will continue tomorrow.
Homework: PS #3 due Wednesday; signed Rates Quiz by Friday (retakes by Thursday, if necessary)

Math— Wight  Quizes and portfolio folders were passed back to be viewed at home and returned. The students then began rotating through a set of centers, which will help them apply and review their ratio and rate skills.
HW: PS#3 and ParentSigned Portfolio both due Wednesday 10/29

Reading  Students played Charades and Pictionary to review their Early Man vocabulary words. Test on Wednesday. The students were also introduced to the Arguer Role for the next Literature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Vocabulary test on Wednesday

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes reviewed the science 10Q #4. We then began some concept review/introduction on the subjects of weather and climate. Our next unit is all about weather and climate. No homework unless a student's 10 Q was incomplete, if so, complete by tomorrow.

Science—Wight  Today, the students were given their ecology project ecosystems. They began the process of identifying the species they will use for their energy pyramids and game cards.
HW: Science 10 #4 due Thursday 10/30

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, October 24, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students reviewed the elements of an opposing paragraph and the meaning of the term rebuttal. Students spent the rest of class time working on the body paragraphs of their argumentative essays.
no homework :) Enjoy the weekend!

Math—Pribis  Students took a Rates Quiz today. Quarter 1 grades close next Friday, and so any late/missing work must be turned in by then.
Homework: PS #3 due Wednesday 10/29

Math— Wight  The rate quiz was the goal of the day. The students seem confident as they approached the task. The quizes will be returned for signatures on Monday. Any retakes must be completed by Friday 10/31 due to close of the quarter.
HW: PS #3 due Wednesday 10/29

Reading  Students participated in Literature Circles, selected new roles, and decided how far they would read for the next Literature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary Test next Wednesday 
Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes worked on the Predator/Prey MiniProject today. Students turned it in at the end of class. Students worked on a Science 10Q if they had time.
No homework.

Science—Wight  The students made an impressive list of ecosystems that exist around the world. Period 1 watched a video which reviewed all the concepts we have discussed in the ecology unit and focused on the importance of biodiversity. Period 6 finished the lynx and hare analysis.
HW: Science 10 #4 due Thursday 10/30

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students in Mrs. D.'s ICL classes shared their entrance tickets before coming into the classroom. We then reviewed how to write the body paragraphs of an argument essay.
no homework tonight! :)

Math—Pribis  We corrected the Rates Quiz Review homework, discussing the correct answers and various methods to demonstrate the solution.
Homework: prepare for tomorrow's Rates Quiz; PS #3 due Wed, 10/29

Math— Wight  We reviewed unit rate problem solving strategies today. The students should be able to find unit rates, including unit prices, make evaluative comparisons based on these unit rates, and write unit rates from a ratio for either unit. If they need help studying for the quiz tomorrow, their Khan Academy account has a "Unit Rates" section they could work through.
HW: Rates quiz tomorrow, PS #3 due 10/29

Reading  Students had the period to finalize all preparations for tomorrow's LIterature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Literature Circle tomorrow
Vocabulary Test on Wednesday (10/29)

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes worked on their Predator/Prey miniproject today. The miniproject is due at the end of class on Friday, 10/24/14. 
Science—Wight  The students completed their study of lynx and hare data. We discussed what they learned and then they wrote a claim to answer the question: Is there a correlation between the lynx and hare populations? I number of graded assignments were returned today and an extra credit opportunity was also offered.
HW: Science 10 #4 due 10/30

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  All ICL classes participated in the hunting gathering simulation today..
Homework Using the information discussed in class today, as well as the early man outline, the notes from the movie, and the Khan Academy video, complete the sentence on the entrance ticket. Due tomorrow

Math—Pribis  We discussed strategies and solutions for 20Q #2 which was turned in today. Students then completed some unit rate work that was begun in earlier classes.
We corrected these papers together so that they can be used as part of a study packet for Friday's Rates Quiz.
Homework: complete Quiz Review worksheet; prepare for Friday's Rates Quiz; PS #3 due Wednesday, 10/29

Math— Wight  Unit rates were the work of the day. The students learned how to set up the ratio into a rate and using dividing to find the per unit rate. They also practiced using this skill to help make comparisons between different rates. There will be a unit rate quiz on Friday.
HW: Unit Rate Practice (due tomorrow), PS#3 due 10/29, unit rate quiz on Friday

Reading  Students worked on vocabulary words taken from the ICL classroom. There are 10 words and students found their definitions. When finished they could read quietly or work on the Literature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Google response due Thursday
Literature Circle on Friday
Vocabulary Test next Wednesday (10/29)

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes worked on the Predator /Prey card mini project. It is due at the end of class on Friday. 
Science—Wight  Today we discussed the ways in which humans threaten species by affecting one of their limiting factors. The students brainstormed and categorize many great ideas. They then wrote a pledge about one thing they could do to help lessen our environmental impact.
HW: Science in Action #3 due tomorrow

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In Mrs. D.'s ICL classes Students received back their Queenie writing prompts as well as their 4022 creative project. Students have one night to redo/fix these assignments for an improved grade.
All ICL classes talked about the hunting gathering simulation we will do in class tomorrow.
Homework Using the information discussed in class today, as well as the early man outline, the notes from the movie, and the Khan Academy video, complete the sentence on the entrance ticket. Due This Thursday

Math—Pribis  Students continued to work with unit rates and better deals. They will have a Rates Quiz on Friday.
Homework: 20Q #2 due tomorrow

Math— Wight  The students are learning to transfer their knowledge of ratios to unit rates. They are using rates, to write unit rates based on either of the two units. They are also using unit rates to determine the better buy for two different prices.
HW: 20Q due tomorrow

Reading  Students were introduced to "Theme" and in some classes began writing a constructed response on anything they have read (or heard) using Google Classroom.
Homework:
REad 15 minutes
Google response due Thursday
Literature Circle on Friday

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes worked on day 2 of 5 of the Predator / Prey card project. No homework. The Predator/Prey mini research project is due on Friday at the end of class 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight was absent on Monday, so in class today, we got caught up on the work that was begun with the substitute. We ended the conversation by reviewing the idea of an energy pyramid, by making an example based on the NH forest. Finally, the students collected more data from their growing terrariums.
HW: Science in Action #3 due 10/23

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Monday, October 20, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL students continued working through different rotations.
Some students began watching an early man video and enjoyed an interactive Early Man Profile site. Others worked on the opening paragraph of their argumentative essays; still others reviewed what the opening paragraph should look like.
Homework Continue putting research notes into your own words.
Reminder students may redo the two writing prompts for an improved grade.

Math—Pribis  Students worked on unit rate problems, and used unit rates to determine "better deals."
Homework: complete Camping Out worksheet; 20Q #2 due Wednesday

Math— Wight  Students completed a ratio review lesson. The ratio packet from class today is due tomorrow.
HW: 20Q due 10/22

Reading 
Students took a "Words their Way" pretest (per. 1 Shaw will take it tomorrow), then reviewed how to answer constructed response type questions, and redid one question from the nonfiction article on October 9.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Literature Circle on Friday 
Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes began their research for the tide pools predator/prey card project. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Students completed an ecology vocabulary activity and then watched a Bill Nye video about forests.

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, October 17, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL students continued working through different rotations.
Some students began watching an early man video and enjoyed an interactive Early Man Profile site. Others worked on the opening paragraph of their argumentative essays; still others reviewed what the opening paragraph should look like.
Homework Continue putting research notes into your own words.
Reminder students may redo the two writing prompts for an improved grade.

Math—Pribis  Students finished up the cake ratio activity from yesterday. We then had a conversation about rates & unit rates. The students added new terms to their math vocabulary list.
Homework: 20Q #2 due Wed 10/22

Math— Wight  We finished our ratio table and graph matching activity, today. Using the ratio information about number of cakes to number of people, the students then figured out how to find how much cake just one person would get in each ratio scenario. This leads us to our unit rate lessons next week.
HW: 20Q due 10/22

Reading  Students took their first vocabulary test on Infinite Campus today! With the exception of a few students that we couldn't yet get on the system, everything worked fine and scores are up on the portal. We will get the other children up next week and are not worrying about it at all. The purpose of the test was twofold: 1) to quiz on plot words, and 2) to learn about tests on Infinite Campus. We are still all working and learning how this part of IC works. Thank you 100 million times to Mr. Roy Bailey for help this week in getting this up and running. If your child is one who didn't get on yet, it's ok, we'll work it through.
Students were also introduced to the Summarizer Role for Literature Circles.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  
Science—Wight  The Canadian Lynx and the Snowshoe Hare have an interesting population dynamic. The students graphed data, which was collected by the Hudson Bay Company at the turn of the century. They then began to analyze this data for patterns.
HW: Science in Action (article #3) due 10/23

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL students worked through different rotations.
Some students began watching an early man video and enjoyed an interactive Early Man Profile site. Others worked on the opening paragraph of their argumentative essays; still others reviewed what the opening paragraph should look like.
These rotations will continue tomorrow as well.
Homework Continue putting research notes into your own words.
Reminder students may redo the two writing prompts for an improved grade.

Math—Pribis  Students analyzed graphs of equivalent ratios, today. We discussed how the slop of the line was related to the information. They then matched 10 different graphs with similar information to their corresponding ratio table.
HW: 20Q due Wednesday 10/22

Math— Wight  Students continued to look at the relationship between equivalent ratios using tables and graphs.
HW: 20Q due 10/22 
Reading  In Ms. Perkins classes students reviewed plot vocabulary, finished nonfiction articles from last week, and made sure everyone had their own student portal account. Leftover time was for silent reading.
Mrs. Shaw's students set up their own portal account and read silently.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Plot Vocabulary test tomorrow

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science students worked on their Science 10Q #3 in class. Shortened classes today due to cyber safety assembly. No homework. 
Science—Wight  "Interdependence" was the topic of the day. We began to look at the unique relationship between snowshoe hare and Canadian Lynx.
HW: Science in Action article #3 due Thursday 10/23

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students in ICL classes continued to work through the various stations. Many students also met with the teacher. to discuss possible hooks to an opening paragraph.
Homework Continue to put research notes into your own words.
Reminder Students may redo the region and environmental prompts for an improved grade

Math—Pribis  .Students used their knowledge of "In & Out Tables" from elementary school to help them write simple equations. Next, they continued with the measurement/graphing activity from yesterday. They used ratio understanding to determine and justify other reasonable measurements.
Homework: 20Q #2 due Wed, 10/22

Math— Wight  Students continued to look at the relationship between equivalent ratios using tables and graphs.
HW: 20Q due 10/22 
Reading  Students participated in their second Literature Circle today!
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Plot vocabulary test on Friday

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes brainstormed a list of all the ecology learning that has taken place so far this year. There was discussion about testing ecology knowledge through the creation of a "Predator/Prey" card. Students generated elements of the card in class. We will begin making a rubric for the project in class tomorrow. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Students analyzed their data from the Oh Moose simulation we ran last week. They discussed the population fluctuations and stability.
HW: Science 10 due Tomorrow

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL classes students rotated through three different stations. One station was a pre test on nouns. Another station was an introductory lesson on early man. The final station was organizing the research notes taken last week into an outline.
Not all stations were completed. Students will finish tomorrow.
Homework Students will begin putting their research notes into their own words.
Reminder The two writing prompts (regions and environment) can be redone for a better grade.

Math—Pribis  Students measured the length and width of a rectangle with traditional (inches and cm) and nontraditional (paper clips, thumbs, etc) measures. They wrote each set of measures as an ordered pair and then graphed the points on a grid to create a scatter plot.
No homework.

Math— Wight  Equivalent ratios can be represented in many ways. Today, students used graphs to plot ratios.
HW: Ratio Projects are due tomorrow

Reading  Students in Ms. Perkins' classes activated their Infinite Campus portal account (separate from a parent account) and worked on Literature Circles.
Mrs. Shaw's classes used the Smartboard to review for the vocabulary test (Thursday) and worked on literature circle preparations.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes
Vocabulary Quizhopefully on Friday (plot vocabulary words)

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes finished the, "Energy Through the Ecosystem" worksheet at the beginning of class. Students then viewed the Bill Nye video on food webs.
No homework. 
Science—Wight  Things are growing in our terrariums. Today, the students began to collect data about their sprouting seeds. Period 1 watched movie about plants and period 6 created a graph based on the data collected during our Oh, Moose game last week.
HW: Science 10 #3 due Thursday

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL class students were researching information about their topics today.

Math—Pribis  Students had the full class period to complete the Ratio Project. Any unfinished projects should be finished over the weekend. If students finished early, they were given challenge puzzles to complete.
No new homework.

Math— Wight  Students worked on their ratio projects today. They have a sheet of expectations and have had ample guidance on how to construct their project. Final drafts are due next Wednesday and we will not have any further class time to work on them.
HW: Ratio Project due Wednesday (10/15)

Reading  Students selected a nonfiction passage to read, selfcorrected, and then worked on a Literature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
LIterature Circle on Wednesday
Plot vocabulary test next Thursday or Friday

Science—Costello  Mr. C's class went outside and played an ecology game, " How many Bears Can Live in this Forest?"
No homework. 
Science—Wight  Students played a game outside called Oh, Moose. In this game, moose try to obtain the resources they need for survival, but each round comes with obstacles. This simulation game gets more complicated when a wolf is introduced to the field.
HW: Science 10 #3 Due Thursday (10/16)

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL class students were researching information about their topics today.

Math—Pribis  Students handed in Fact/Khan practice charts, completed a fact timing, and then spent the remainder of class time working on their ratio projects. We will have a full classtomorrow to work on the projects, but students should take a look at their progress so far to determine whether or not they should complete some work tonight.
.Homework: ratio project due tomorrow (end of class); final day for ratio quiz retake is tomorrow before school

Math— Wight  Students took their 2nd timed math fact test today. Tomorrow we will see if royalty has been unseated by a new faster perfect score. Then the students were introduced to the ratio project we will work on for the rest of the week.
HW: any uncompleted math fact and Khan Academy practice

Reading  Students worked with plot vocabulary and a plot diagram while discussing their Literature Circle book. Some students had a spelling pretest.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Portfolios are due back tomorrow and SIGNED. Please do NOT empty the folders and bring back all the papers from the folder.

Science—Costello  Students fnished the lynx and hare graphs. Science in Action #3 due tomorrow. 
Science—Wight  Today we created TerrAqua columns from our 2liter bottles. The students have filled these terrariums with soil, water, and various seeds. These ecology bottles will provide us with a subject for many on going investigations.
HW: Science in Action due tomorrow

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL classes were researching information about their topics today. no homework

Math—Pribis  To begin class, we discussed double number lines and how to use them to demonstrate ratio problems. Next, we went over the requirements for the new ratio project, requirement/grading sheets were handed out, and students got started. The ratio project will be completed in class and will be due at the end of Thursday's class. If a student is not making adequate progress tomorrow, he or she may need to complete some work at home.
Homework: fact/Khan practice chart due tomorrow (and we'll have another fact timing); ratio project due Thursday (I collected the projects and will hand them back tomorrowin class)

Math— Wight  The students continued to work with ratio tables, today. They were also introduced to double number lines today. They now have a number of different strategies for modeling equivalent ratios.
HW: Due TOMORROW  completed homework log with signatures (2 sections of Khan Academy and five 15minute math fact practice sessions)

Reading  Organization Day. Students organized their reading portfolios, filled out their Independent Reading lists, and had a brief introduction to plot.
HOMEWORK;
Read 15 minutes
PORTFOLIOS DUE BACK ON THURSDAY, OCT. 9SIGNED!!!

Science—Costello  After discussing the interactions in a food web, the students played Predator, a card game which simulates the predation in an ecosystem.
HW: Science in Action due Thursday (Article #2 and the form can be found online under 6th Grade Science)

Science—Wight  Eating interactions were the topic of the day in science. We read about and recorded key vocabulary terms related to food chains and the energy pyramid. At the end of class, table groups played a practice round of the card game, "Predator", a simulation of the eating dynamics of an ecosystem.
HW: Science in Action DUE 10/9

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Monday, October 6, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL classes went to the library to learn about reputable search engines and key words to use when researching their topics. Last week students selected a topic to research for an argumentative essay. They will spend this week researching. Homework FInish the 4022 activity due tomorrow.
Remember Students may redo writing assignments (regions and environment) for a better grade. Ask your child about it!

Math—Pribis  Students practiced transferring values from ratios tables onto double number lines, and then used this new tool to help solve ratio problems.
Homework: finish double number line worksheet (61, L12); fact/Khan practice chart due Wednesday

Math— Wight  Today, students used strategies to complete ratio tables. We discussed the difference between additive and multiplicative reasoning as they relate to equivalent ratios.
HW: Khan Academy (complete two sections: Ratios + Ratio Word Problems) and practice multiplication facts (5 times)  adult signature required  DUE 10/8

Reading  Students handed in their Vocabulary packet, took a spelling test, and read their Literature Circle books and worked on their Literature Circle roles.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes graphed the, "OH DEER" activity data. All students finished the work in class. The work would be considered homework if any student was not finished in class.

Science—Wight  Eating interactions were the topic of the day in science. We read about and recorded key vocabulary terms related to food chains and the energy pyramid. At the end of class, table groups played a practice round of the card game, "Predator", a simulation of the eating dynamics of an ecosystem.
HW: Science in Action DUE 10/9

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, October 3, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Today in Mrs. De Angelis 40 minute rotation, students were introduced to early man via a History Channel documentary. Students were required to record information they found interesting while watching the movie. The students particitated in an archaeology dig with Mrs. Shaw for the other 40 minute time block. 
Math—Pribis  Students worked with ratio tables, specifically looking for additive and multiplicative patterns. Any additional time was spent getting acquainted with the new Math Lab of Thinkpad tablets.
Homework: fact/Khan practice chart due Wed, 10/8; extra help & retakes for the Ratio Quiz available Mon at study, Tues & Thurs before school

Math— Wight  Students were introduced to the 6th grade skill sets in Khan Academy. They will be using this webbased program to review, preview, and extend their mathematical skills throughout the year. This week they have to complete two sections for homework.
HW: Khan Academy and math fact practice  both need to be logged and signed off by an adult ( log is due 10/8)

Reading  Students in Reading class went to the Library for a reorientation of the library and a chance to check out books.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Spelling Test on Monday
Vocabulary Packet due Monday

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes went outside today to pay a game called, "Oh Deer." It simulated the effect of limiting factors on populations, including predators as limiting factors. No homework.

Science—Wight  The students played a vocabulary jeopardy game, reviewing the terms they have been introduced to in our ecology unit.
HW: Science in Action due 10/9, 2 liter bottles can still be sent in on Monday

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In Mrs. DeAngelis's ICL classes, students finished analyzing an argumentative essay on school uniforms (covered yesterday in Mrs. Shaw's classes). All ICL classes looked at the importance of writing good warrants, using qualifiers, and being careful not to exaggerate. We then looked at possible (arguable) topics. Students selected a topic (or came up with their own) that they will consider researching.
Homework continue to work on the 4022 activity. DRESS appropriately for tomorrow's dig.

Math—Pribis  Together we discussed strategies and solutions for 20Q #1. Students spent the remainder of class time working on ratios and rates on Khan Academy.
Homework: return signed quiz by tomorrow (extra help & retakes available Mon at study and Tues & Thurs before school); fact/Khan practice chart due Wed 10/8

Math— Wight  Today we took care of a number of housekeeping items. Students had a number of graded assignments passed back while they were reviewing our work with ratios. They are also enthusiastic about earning the prince/princess crown for speediest math fact calculator. The next fact quiz will be given next Wednesday. Finally, we got everyone logged in to KhanAcademy, which they will use for their homework this week.
HW: Record Sheet of time logged on math facts and KhanAcademy due 10/8 (adults need to sign off on each study session for this)

Reading  Students participated in their first Literature Circle today! It went great!!!
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary packet and spelling test on Monday

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes handed in the, Science 10Q #2. Students were handed the new, "Science in Action #3." The remainder of the class was spent working on food chains and food webs using the Predator/Prey card game.

Science—Wight  First, we reviewed the terms that have been introduced so far in the ecology unit. The students then worked together to categorize types of interactions that happen in an ecosystem.
HW: Science 10 due tomorrow, send in an empty 2liter bottles by Friday

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students critiqued an argumentative essay about the value of wearing school uniforms.

Math—Pribis  We reviewed some ratio work and then students spent time on the Khan Academy site. This week's weekly assignment will involve practicing and logging fact fluency and completing at least 2 lessons on Khan Academy. They have a chart that they'll need to fill out and have initialed by an adult.
Homework: return signed Ratio quiz by Friday (extra help and retakes: tomorrow before school, and then next week: Mon during study, Tues/Thurs before school); complete practice and chart by Wed, 10/8

Math— Wight  Students reviewed our work with ratio values. They then signed into their Khan Academy account and began the 6th Grade Mission Project. This week, for the week long assignment, the students will have to complete a Khan Academy lesson, as well as use technology or paper resources to practice their math facts.
HW: a practice log will be handed out tomorrow, math fact quiz 10/8

Reading  Students finished their work for tomorrow's Literature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
REad 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary packet and Spelling TEst Monday

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes began learning a game called, "Predator/Prey." We start with the card game version. We will learn an outdoor version that we will hopefully be able to practice on Friday....weather permitting.

Science—Wight  First, we reviewed the terms that have been introduced so far in the ecology unit. The students then worked together to categorize types of interactions that happen in an ecosystem.
HW: Science 10 due tomorrow, send in an empty 2liter bottles by Friday

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Mrs. DeAngelis' ICL classes began with students taking the time to fill in their agenda books with the new homework assignment for this week. Students should have filled in the new assignment for Tuesday, Wed., Thursday, Weekend, and Monday.
All ICL classes corrected last week's homework. Next classes once again reviewed the terms claim, evidence, and warrants. Students finished writing their prompts about Queenie.

Math—Pribis  Students explored the relationship between ratio and fractional values, and began to apply this relationship when solving word problems.
Homework: 20Q #1 due tomorrow; return signed Ratio quiz by Friday (extra help and retakes: Thurs before school, and then next week: Mon during study, Tues/Thurs before school)

Math— Wight  Students worked with problems that highlight the connection between ratios and fractions. We discussed reducing a ratio to its simplest terms and recognizing equivalency between ratios.
HW: 20Q due tomorrow, all signed quizes returned tomorrow, any retakes completed by Friday

Reading  Students took their spelling test, received new vocabulary and spelling for next week, and worked on their LIterature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Spelling test next Monday (10/6)
Read 15 minutes or more

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes looked at a website about graph making, "Mr. Nussbaum's Graph Masters." Students reviewed succession as it relates to limiting factors. PredatorPrey concepts were briefly introduced. Students will play a Predator/Prey card game tomorrow.

Science—Wight  Today, we reviewed the ecosystem vocabulary from yesterday. After discussing limiting factors, the students played a game where they tried to obtain the necessary resources for survival.
HW: Science 10 (due Thursday), all signed quizes returned tomorrow

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Monday, September 29, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students picked up where they left off last Friday. We reviewed claim, evidence, and warrants. Today, students could clearly see the importance of a good warrant as they tried to determine if Queenie was guilty of a crime.
They also learned more about the role of an archaeologist by enjoying the book called Motel of the Mysteries by David Macaulay.
Homework finish the grammar packet handed out last week. due tomorrow. 
Math—Pribis  Students received graded Ratio Quizzes back today, and we discussed the scoring, concepts, retakes, etc. We also reviewed how to convert a fraction into a decimal and then into a percent (so that they could see their grade as a percent). Class time was used to continue working with "Before & After" tape diagrams.
Homework: finish B&A worksheet; 20Q #1 due Wed, 10/1; return signed Ratio Quiz by Fri (extra help & retakes Tues/Thurs before school and Mon at study)

Math— Wight  Today, students used "before" and "after" tape diagrams to solve ratio problems where the ratio changes.
HW: 20Q (due 10/1), signed Ratio quizes (due 10/1)

Reading  Students worked on their Literature Circle roles in preparation for the Thursday Literature Circle. The Spelling Test has been moved to tomorrow due to a different class schedule today.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Spelling Test tomorrow

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes reviewed vocabulary terms: biotic, abiotic, limiting factors, and succession. Students looked at a succession website and a short comedic skit about succession. No homework.

Science—Wight  In an effort to understand all the similar terms related to ecosystem, today's science class was focused on visualizing and comparing vocabulary terms.
HW: Vocabulary Sheet, Science 10 #2 (due 10/2), Quizes returned, 2liter bottles (by Friday)

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, September 26, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In my 40 minute rotation, students were introduced to the academic argument. We discussed the difference between persuasive writing and the argument. We looked at the terms claim, evidence, and warrants. We then practiced these terms by pretending to be lawyers using evidence to prove whether Queenie is guilty.
During another 40 minute block the students were given an artifact to interpret.
Homework Tuesday to Tuesday complex sentence packet.

Math—Pribis  We discussed strategies and answers for PS #2 (which was handed in on Wednesday). Students then worked cooperatively to solve a challenging ratio question involving "before & after" tape diagrams.
Homework: 20Q #1 due Wed, 10/1

Math— Wight  Today, students reviewed the ratio quiz and practiced additional problems.
HW: 20Q (due 10/1), Ratio Quizes signed and returned (due 10/1), any retakes for the ratio quiz must be completed by 10/3

Reading  Students worked on the Literature Circle roles and read from their new books. We are organized for our first Literature Circle next week. We have changed the day for the first Literature Circle to Thursday because Wednesday is Picture Day.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
SPELLING TEST ON GEOGRAPHY TERMS ON MONDAY!

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on dependent and independent variables and we looked at soil samples taken with the soil tubes today. No homework.

Science—Wight  Today in science, the students recorded vocabulary terms related to categorizing their observations from outside. We also began talking about interactions that we can witness outside.
HW: Science 10 (due 10/2), all previous quizes returned by 10/1 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Today in ICL students again reviewed simple and complex sentences. We also did some reading on prehistory and archaeology in preparation for the archaeology unit.
Homework Grammar packet due next Tuesday.

Math—Pribis  Students took a Ratio Quiz today.
Homework: 20Q #1 due Wed, 10/1; all signed computation quizzes should be returned by tomorrow

Math— Wight  Students took a Ratio Quiz today.
HW: 20Q (due 10/2), Ratio Quiz retakes must be completed by Friday (10/4)

Reading  Students read from their Literature Circle book and began to work on their role for next Wednesday's Literature Circle.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Spelling Test on Monday 9/29

Science—Costello 

Science—Wight  Period 1 students read an article, introducing vocabulary and concepts related to ecosystems. Period 6 took their first walk outside to record observations about nature.
HW: Science 10 #2 (due 10/3), many "Doing Science" quizes still need to be returned with signatures

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students received this week's ICL homework packet. The focus of this week's Tuesday to Tuesday homework is complex sentence. the packet it due Tuesday 9/30.
Students also worked on an inclass graded assignment to assess their overall map skills.
Redo opportunity Students in Mrs. DeAngelis' ICL classes have the opportunity to redo the writing prompt labeled 9/29/9 (Regions) for a better grade. This window of opportunity will close for ICL periods 1,2, and 5 tomorrow. Period 6 will have until Friday.
Later, they will have the opportunity to redo the Environmental prompt.

Math—Pribis  Students completed a Ratio Quiz Review, and we corrected it before they left class. They should use this Review to help them prepare for tomorrow's quiz.
Homework: 20Q #1 due Wed, 10/1; prepare for tomorrow's ratio quiz; return signed computation quiz by Friday (final retake opportunity is tomorrow morning before school)

Math— Wight  Today students reviewed for their ratio quiz tomorrow. The quiz will cover writing ratios, equivalent ratios, and story problems involving ratio relationships.
HW: study for quiz, 20 Q (due 10/2), computation quizes signed and returned by Friday

Reading  Students learned how Literature Circles work, chose books, groups, and roles for their Literature Circle and started reading. Each group identified who would be doing what role and how far they would read for the first Literature Circle next Wednesday. Theoretically, the work for this unit will be done in school although students may use their Literature Circle book for their nightly reading assignment.
HOMEWORK:
Reading 15 minutes or more.
Spelling Test next Monday (9/29)

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's periods 1,2,and 5 worked on a concept review worksheet based on text pages 148156.
Period 6 science class went on the nature observation walk and recored observations in their science notebooks.
Homework is to complete the weekly assignment that is due tomorrow, "Science in Action." This assignment was given out last Thursday.

Science—Wight  We began our ecology unit today by taking a trip outside. The students observed a variety of natural things as we walked around the grounds.
HW: Science in Action #1 (has been completed in class), "Doing Science" quizes signed and returned by Friday

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students shared information about their own countries. 
Math—Pribis  The students spent a few minutes figuring out exactly how many minutes we've been in the fall season (which began at 10:29 p.m. last night).
We then discussed strategies and answers for challenging ratio word problems.
We will have a Ratio Quiz on Thursday. It will cover ratios, ratio relationships, equivalent ratios, and word problems.
Homework: PS #2 due tomorrow; return signed quiz by Friday (final extra help & retake session for the computation quiz isThursday before school); begin to prepare for Thursday's Ratio Quiz

Math— Wight  Students continued to work with ratio story problems where reading carefully is important. They are getting better at using tape diagrams to represent their thinking.
HW: PS#2, all signed quizes returned (homework grade), retakes need to be scheduled by tomorrow, ratio quiz on Thursday

Reading  Students got all their nonfiction packets back and organized them in their portfolios. They worked at examining their work to see where they had met with success and where they had struggled and wrote a brief reflection about their work on this unit.
As a grade level we were able to watch a livefree presentation of Rick Riordan from the Empire State Building.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.
Spelling Test on Monday 9/29 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes looked at concepts on pages 148156 of the text. We discussed: biosphere, interact, ecology, and ecosystems. Afternoon classes were slightly shorter due to the Rick Riordan webcast. Science in Action using article #2 is due on Thursday. 
Science—Wight  Science in Action is another weekly homework assignment which will alternate with Science 10. Today the students walked through the first Science in Action article and learned how to find the elements of the science process in a real scientific paper.
HW: all quizes need to be signed and returned for a homework grade

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Monday, September 22, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  All ICL classes worked on the final touches of their create a country project. All final drafts are due tomorrow. Homework Finish the final draft of your country.

Math—Pribis  We continued our work with ratios.
There will be a ratio quiz on Thursday.
Homework: PS #2 due Wed, 9/24; return signed quiz asap (extra help & retakes available : Tues & Thurs before school) Period 1, 2, 6: complete worksheet 52

Math— Wight  Today, we used tape diagrams to help us solve more complex ratio word problems. The students will have a quiz on their ratio skills on Thursday. We will review for the quiz in class on Wednesday.
HW: Ratio problem sheet, PS #2 due Wed., 1st quiz retakes and signatures due 9/26

Reading  Students took the vocabulary test today as well as a spelling pretest on the same words. The spelling test will be next Monday(9/29). HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Spelling test next Monday.

Science—Costello  
Science—Wight  Graded quizes and Science 10s were passed back and discussed. Students may retake the quiz on Tuesday orThursday before school or next Monday at Study Hall. We also summarized our work with the health department data and started looking at Science in Action.
HW: no homework tonight

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, September 19, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In Mrs. DeAngelis' ICL classes, students began working on the final draft of their create a country project. Students are being asked to spend some time over the weekend on this project. Class time on Monday will be given as well. Final Drafts are due Tuesday morning.

Math—Pribis  Students determined equivalent ratios using both tape diagram and algebraic methods. They used their skills to solve ratio word problems. We also discussed strategies and solutions to a few of the most challenging PS #2 questions.
Homework: PS #2 due Wed, 9/24; return signed quiz asap (extra help & retakes available next week: Mon during study, Tues & Thurs before school)

Math— Wight  Students continued to work with modeling equivalent ratios, using manipulatives, tape diagrams, and number sense calculations.
HW: PS#2 due Wed.9/24, computation quizes signed and returned by Wed.9/24, any computation quiz retakes need to be done by 9/26.

Reading  Students worked on nonfiction or test prep for the vocabulary quiz on Monday, or read articles on Newsela. Shaw  Per. 1 and 6 completed STAR testing
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
VOCABULARY TEST MONDAY 9/22
SPELLING TEST MONDAY 9/29

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes took the quiz today on, "Doing Science." No homework. 
Science—Wight  Quiz day. The students worked diligently on their "Doing Science" quiz.
HW: Science in Action due 9/25 (students will begin work on these in class on Monday)

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students had class time to work on the draft of the Create Your Own Country project. The final draft is due at the beginning of class Tuesday, 9/23. 
Math—Pribis  We completed ratio questions using tape diagrams and equivalent ratios.
Homework:
Periods 1, 2 & 6: complete ratio packet (61, Lesson 3)
Period 5: complete ratio worksheet (61, Lesson 3)
All: PS #2 due Wed, 9/24; return signed quiz (extra help & retakes available next week: Mon at study, Tues & Thurs before school)

Math— Wight  Equivalent ratios were the topic of the day. The students learned how to use tape diagrams to model ratio relationships and their equivalent values.
HW: PS#2 due 9/24, quizes signed and returned, any retakes should be completed by the end of next week.

Reading  After the read alouds, students worked on nonfiction packets, or joined Newselaan online source for reading comprehension. At this point we are only using it for enrichment. The articles are current, highinterest, and range in readability. Shaw periods 1 and 6 completed the STAR reading test. HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
VOCABULARY TEST (Monday 9/22)
SPELLING TEST (Monday 9/29)

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes reviewed and turned in the science homework, " Science 10  #1."
Students were given the next weekly assignment, " Science in Action  #2," and they were shown how to view the science article on the, "Science" link from the Grade 6 website.
Quiz tomorrow on, "Doing Science." Study for quiz from the study guide. 
Science—Wight  We reviewed the study guide for the quiz tomorrow, focusing on the terms independent and dependent variables. Their investigations are coming to a close, as well.
HW: Study for the quiz (to be given Friday)

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In the 40 minute language arts presentation, we talked about one of the six traits of writing: fluency.
We discussed the importance of varying our sentence types (simple, compound, and complex) to help create a more fluent piece of writing.
Using the Smart Board, we reviewed dependent and independent clauses and took notes on how to construct complex sentences.
Mr. Coggin was a guest speaker for Constitution Day during one of the 40 minutes presentations. 
Math—Pribis  We discussed strategies and solutions for PS #1. Students were then introduced to a new modeling strategy called "tape diagrams" which will be used for solving ratio problems.
Homework: PS #2 due Wed, 9/24; return signed quiz by Fri, 9/26 (extra help & retakes available tomorrow before school and next week on Mon during study, Tues & Thurs before school)

Math— Wight  Continuing the work from yesterday, we discussed the relationship between ratios and fractions. We also set up a notebook section for new vocabulary. This should be used as a reference throughout the year.
HW: PS#2 due 9/24, quizes signed and returned, any retakes should be completed by the end of next week.

Reading  We had three 40 minute rotations today and after the read alouds, worked on nonfiction packets, or joined Newselaan online source for reading comprehension. At this point we are only using it for enrichment. The articles are current, highinterest, and range in readability.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
VOCABULARY TEST (Monday 9/22)
SPELLING TEST (Monday 9/29)

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's periods 1 and 2 classes reviewed the study guide today. Students practiced identifying controls, independent, and dependent variables. Students also reviewed generating testable questions from graphs. Homework is to study for the quiz on Friday and to complete the Science 10 #1 that is due tomorrow. Periods 5 and 6 science reviewed concepts for the study guide as well as answered any questions about the Science 10 #1. Homework is to complete the 10#1 and to study for Friday's quiz from the study guide. 
Science—Wight  The students are getting close to finding the root of the problem with the absences at Jackson and Truman Middle School in our simulated investigation.
HW: Science 10, Quiz Study Guide, Study for the quiz (to be given Friday)

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students worked on the drafts for the Create Your Own Country project. The completed map will be a summative assessment of the geography unit covered so far.

Math—Pribis  Students continued thinking about ratio relationships and created realworld situations to match given ratios.
Homework: PS #1 due tomorrow; return signed quiz asap (retakes & extra help are available Thurs before school, and then again next week: Mon during study, Tues & Thurs before school).

Math— Wight  Students expanded their understanding of ratios by writing ration relationship statements about real world situations. They also wrote ratios based on statements.
HW: PS#1 due tomorrow, returned signed computation quizes ASAP

Reading  Perkins  Students completed STAR testing (Math) and worked on nonfiction articles.
Shaw  Following the read aloud, the students worked on the nonfiction articles.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more
VOCABULARY TEST: Monday, Sept. 22
SPELLING TEST: Monday, Sept. 29

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science periods 1 and 2 discussed the results of the second, "Packing Peanut Espriment." Periods 1 and 2 did not receive the quiz review information. Periods 5 and 6 looked at the quiz review and discussed variables. Quiz will be Friday...low stress. 
Science—Wight  The Department of Health and Human Services employees have been working hard, combing through the data, and trying to determine the nature of the attendance issue in the middle schools of Whereverville.
HW: Science 10 due Thursday, Doing Science quiz on Friday 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Monday, September 15, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  The Create Your Own Country project was explained to the students today. They were shown a sample and completed project. They were given a grading rubric and forms to use to get started. The drafts will be due Thursday (9/18) and the final map will be due 9/23. The completed map will be a summative assessment of the geography unit covered so far.

Math—Pribis  We worked with ratios today, discussing equivalent ratios and simplified ratios. Retakes of last week's quiz were available today at study, and will be available again on Tuesday & Thursday before school. We will repeat these available sessions again next week.
Homework: complete Ratio Worksheet (#51); PS #1 due Wed, 9/17; return signed quiz asap

Math— Wight  Math: Students were introduced to ratios, today.
HW: pg 113, quizes need to be returned with a parent signature, problem solving #1 (due Wed.)
Note: Students have two weeks to retake the Computation/Vocabulary Quiz. Options for retakes are Tuesday and Thursdaymornings at 8:05am or Monday during study hall.

Reading  READING (Perkins): We did STAR testing in all classes and collected Vocabulary homework.
(Shaw): Students worked on the nonfiction packets. STAR testing will be complete this Thursday.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
VOCABULARY TEST MONDAY, SEPT. 22
SPELLING TEST MONDAY, SEPT. 29

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes observed and took notes on the, "Packing Peanut Demo" today. The first, "Science 10" was handed out today. It is due on Thursday, 9/18/14. 
Science—Wight  The new employees of NH Health and Human Services are digging into the attendance data of four fictitious middle school in order to determine whether there is a health concern in Somewhereville.
HW: Science 10 (due Thursday), Quiz on Friday

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Friday, September 12, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students presented the pages of the ABC book entitled This Place Called Bow. This book emphasizes the physical and human geographical features unique to Bow. Next they practiced giving latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates by playing a version of Battleship.
Weekly homework can be found in Google Classroom. It is due 9/19.

Math—Pribis  Yesterday's quizzes were handed back, and we reviewed the grading and retake policies. Retakes will be available for the next two weeks: Monday during study, Tuesday at 8:05 or Thursday at 8:05.
The students played a game called "Chip Trading" that helped them see the true meaning of "carrying" and place value. We played in Base 4, but then also discussed Base 10 and Base 2.
Homework: PS #1 due Wed, 9/17; return signed quiz asap (to be filed in students' math portfolios)

Math— Wight  Students reviewed their quizes from yesterday. They need to have their quizes signed by a parent and then return them to Ms.Wight next week. Any quiz retakes should be requested for Monday, at study hall or duringTuesday/Thursday math support at 8am, within the next two weeks.
HW: Problem Solving #1 (due 9/17), Quiz return with signature (by 9/17) 
Reading  After the read aloud, students worked on nonfiction articles.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary due on Monday (9/15)
Vocabulary Test on 9/22
Spelling Test on 9/29

Science—Costello  Mr. C's science classes observed and took notes on the, "Packing Peanut Demo" today. The first, "Science 10" was handed out today. It is due on Thursday, 9/18/14. 
Science—Wight  Students donned their NH Health Department hats today to begin delving into an investigation regarding student absences at a community of hypothetical middle schools.
HW: Science 10 (due 9/18) 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  ICL classes covered MANY things today.
We started by reviewing the Alphabet Book and the expectations of the assignment. The assigned page is due tomorrow.
We then continued to discuss the importance of evaluating a prompt and planning before writing. We talked about using the margins of our papers to plan for a prompt, thus creating messy margins.
Our last activity was a review of the various types of maps and working on an activity that involved the elements of a map.
Weekly homework can be found in Google Classroom. It is due 9/19.

Math—Pribis  Students took a quiz today. Any additional time was spent working on Problem Solving Challenge #1.
Homework: PS #1 due Wed. 9/17

Math— Wight  Students took a quiz on whole number computation, vocabulary, and symbols. They have a problem solving packet due next Wednesday. 
Reading  Students worked on their nonfiction packets.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more. VOCABULARY paper due: Sept. 15 (Monday)
VOCABULARY TEST: Sept. 22 (Monday)
SPELLING TEST: Sept. 29 (Monday)

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on the 3rd activity of the health department investigation. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Students were introduced to an investigation, using data. Today, we looked a the way the data will be presented and discussed the difference between data tables and graphs.
HW: Science 10 (due Thursday 9/18)

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In the 40 minute rotation of language arts, students were given time to review the prompt that was due 9/9 and grade it with a rubric. Students were also given time to revise the prompt. Those who didn't finish in class, may continue to revise tonight.
With Mrs. Shaw time was spent identifying physical or human features that relate to the town of Bow in preparation for the creation of studentgenerated book titled This Place Called Bow.

Math—Pribis  Students completed a multiplication fact timing. We then practiced computation problems, with a new twist. Digits were randomly generated, and students had to place the digits with the goal of creating the greatest, or least, answer. This exercise helped the students practice vocabulary, computation, and logic skills.
Homework: Practice for tomorrow's quiz (use study guide  in note section of notebook); PS#1 due Wednesday 9/17

Math— Wight  Students took a timed multiplication facts quiz. They then practiced computation by playing a game. Students will take a quiz on computation and vocabulary tomorrow. HOMEWORK: study for the quiz, Problem Solving #1 (due 9/17) 
Reading  Students worked on their nonfiction packets.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more. VOCABULARY paper due: Sept. 15 (Monday)
VOCABULARY TEST: Sept. 22 (Monday)
SPELLING TEST: Sept. 29 (Monday) 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on the first, "Science in Action" assignment in class. Students used the science article provided to fill out the assignment. Students were reminded that the assignment is due at the beginning of the class on Thursday. 
Science—Wight  Students continued working with variables in the Packing Peanut Lab. After collecting data, they made a class graph to represent the experiment. No homework. 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students took a moment to analyze an excerpt from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. We determined that in that one excerpt, Ms. Rowling uses all four kinds of sentences giving the excerpt a great deal of voice.
We then reviewed the four kinds of sentences and discussed how important it is to vary the sentences we use in our writing.
We then looked at various prompts and evaluated the best approach to writing to a prompt.
Students completed centers to learn about humanenvironment interactions including terracing, desertification, deforestation, and polders.
Homework The new homework is posted in Google Classroom.

Math—Pribis  We started with a brainstorming session on shortcuts to remember multiplication facts (ask your child about the 11s and 9s). Students worked with table groups to check homework accuracy and then had mathematical discussions about errors. We practiced computation, vocab and symbols.
Homework: fact packet due tomorrow (practice facts for tomorrow's timing!), prepare for Thursday's quiz (use your study guide)

Math— Wight  We continued to review whole number computation in preparation for their quiz on Thursday.
HW: fact packet, practice for fact quiz tomorrow, study for computation quiz (Thursday)

Reading  Reading classes worked on the nonfiction stories. HOMEWORK: Read for 15 minutes or more
Vocabulary sheet due next Monday: Sept. 15
Vocabulary Test: 9/22
Spelling Test on these words 9/29

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on the first, "Science in Action" assignment in class. Students used the science article provided to fill out the assignment. Students were reminded that the assignment is due at the beginning of the classon Thursday. 
Science—Wight  Science: Per.1 decided on a testable question to test regarding the packing peanuts. Each group tested a different variable and timed the dissolving time. Per.6 discussed the nature of testable questions. 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study has begun! Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Monday, September 8, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students were able to select one of three possible activites to complete during class designed to practice using latitude and longitude to determine absolute location of places.
There is a homework assignment on Google Classroom
due 9/9

Math—Pribis  Students practiced computation skills in prepa
General classes: vocab, symbols & whole number compu
ration for Thursday's quiz.
Quiz Topics:tation
Advanced classes: vocab, symbols, computation (whole number & decimal), rounding
Homework: Fact packet due Wednesday (prepare for timing!), finish computation worksheet, Quiz on Thursday (see above)

Math— Wight  Ms. Wight's Math took reminder notes about the four mathematical operations. They will have a timed fact multiplication fact test on Wednesday and a quiz on whole number computation and vocabulary on Thursday.
Homework: Fact Packet due Wednesday, Computation sheet (due tomorrow), study for Thursday's quiz

Reading  Students continued reading various nonfiction articles today. There are 8 articles to choose from and students will be asked to read at least 4 of them over a period of time. They were given a Vocabulary Unit 1 assignment.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more. Vocabulary Unit 1 will be due 9/15 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes continued the Unusual Absences simulation. The "Science in Action" weekly assignment should be turned in on Thursday, 9/11/14. No other homework. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's Science explored the idea of testable questions, discussing what makes a good scientific question. No homework.

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Grade 6 morning study will begin Monday 9/8. Students will be picked up in the front lobby at 8:00 by an assistant. Students may be driven in or take the early morning bus. Please see any sixth grade teacher for a pass. Students are to come in ready to work
Friday, September 5, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students reviewed latitude and longitude by completing notes and finding locations in an atlas.
There is a homework assignment on Google Classroom
due 9/9

Math—Pribis  We corrected the vocab/symbols/computation work, and students set up their Khan Academy accounts.
Homework: fact packet due Wednesday, 9/10 (keep practicing for Wednesday's fact posttest!)

Math— Wight  Math: We successfully logged everyone into Khan Academy and began to review vocabulary and "rules" associated with the four basic operations.
HW: Fact packets due Wednesday 9/10

Reading  Students got started reading various nonfiction articles today. There are 8 articles to choose from and students will be asked to read at least 4 of them over a period of time.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on day 2 of the Unusual Absences simulation. The first, "Science in Action" weekly assignment was handed out. Students should turn it in on Thursday, 9/11/14. No other homework. 
Science—Wight  Science: Per.1 put their observation and wondering skills to the test with packing peanuts. Per.6 finished up their claims about the biological cube and learned that there are no final answers in science, only more questions.
HW:none

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students presented their objects made in another country as part of the study of the themes of geography (movement). After presenting, each student pointed to their country's location on a world map.
They also mapped the regions of the classrrom.
Homework text books should be covered by tomorrow.
There is a homework assignment on Google Classroom
due 9/9

Math—Pribis  Students worked on computation today, and some of the students were able to set up their Khan Academy accounts.
.Homework: complete/correct computation worksheets; fact packet due Wed 9/10

Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's Math classes worked on their basic computation practice and most were able to sign in to Khan Academy.
Homework: fact packet (due 9/10) and fix computation practice (per.2 class)

Reading  Students started a nonfiction unit today by reading an article about Roberto Clemente. We talked about how to make connections with nonfiction as well as with fiction. Book orders went home as well (Scholastic Book Orders).
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes began the, "Unusual Absences Department of Health Investigation Simulation. " Students filled out most of the Investigation Report Form in class. Homework is to make sure the I.R.F. is filled out on tip up to and including, "Testable Question." The rest of the form will be completed in class. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's Science classes discussed that there is no final answer in science. We can observe and run tests, but we can only make a claim based on the evidence we have. There are always more questions to research.
There is no homework.

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Today was a rotation of stations started in class yesterday. Students completed notes on the five themes of geography and worked on the gumchewing prompt.
Homework
1) cover text book due Friday
2) Bring in an object from home that was made in another country due
tomorrow (Thursday)
3) Google Classroom Homework assignment due on September 9th.

Math—Pribis  Students completed a multiplication fact timing today. This timing will serve as a pretest (and will not be graded). The students were given a fact packet to complete as practice this week, and then they will take a posttest (which will be graded) next Wednesday. We're looking for improvement, not necessarily perfection!
Next, they continued to work on the computation worksheet that was started yesterday.
Homework: fact packet due Wednesday, 9/10
. 
Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's Math classes took a timed multiplication fact assessment today. This was an ungraded pretest. The posttest will be next Wednesday after the students have had a week to work on their fact packets.
Homework: Fact Packets due 9/10 
Reading  After the read aloud and more discussion about the various connections (text to text, text to self, text to world) students selected one of their connections and wrote a paragraph explaining the connection.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes finished the writeup of the bio/habitat cube activity. Students were then introduced to the, "Health Department Investigation," activity. No homework. If students were absent they can ask for a printed copy of notes to place in their science notebooks upon their return. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's Science classes continued their investigation of cubes today. They found evidence to support their claims about the unknown side. We discussed how important evidence is to back up claims. We also discussed how new information can cause us to revise our claims, which is what science is all about. There is no homework today.

Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  All students watched a video of whether gum is helpful or harmful in the classroom. While watching the video, students took notes.
Students then worked in stations.
Station 1 worked with Mrs. De Angelis/Mrs. Shaw taking notes on the five themes of geography.
Station 2 worked on answering a prompt on gum chewing.
homework
1) Have your text book covered by Friday.
2) Bring in an item from home that was made in another country.

Math—Pribis  Students worked on their Career Cards. The final product is not due until Wednesday, but we will not be spending any additional class time on the project. Homework: finish Career Card by Wednesday.

Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's math class worked with mathematical vocabulary. Finding examples of math words, such as addend, divisor, and denominator. For homework they have the front side of a practice sheet and their career cards if they were not finished in class 
Reading  Students continue to learn about connections as they read for no matter what they are learning about. We talked about text to text, text to self, and text to world connections and also how connecting does not always meaning comparing, but can also involve contrast! We checked out a slide show that shows some diagrams of how the brain learns to emphasize the importance of making connections and how important they are to our learning. Students had time to read their independent reading book and to jot down some notes on the various connections they are making as they read.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes completed the, "Habitat Cube," activity. They began the write up in their science notebook. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Today, Ms.Wight's Science classes practiced making close observations using a numbered cube. They have a "Something About Me" sheet for homework, which is dueon Thursday. 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, August 29, 2014
A suggested school supply list has been posted on the BMS Bownet homepage (click on the giant pencil!). We ask that students have their supplies, if possible, by next Tuesday. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Mrs. DeAngelis started each class with a name quiz. She went through the entire class trying to remember each person's name.
I think I did fairly well :).
All classes discussed the importance of being able to navigate through informational texts. To help students become familiar with their social studies text, students completed a textbook scavenger hunt.
No homework. This has been a fantastic first week. :)

Math—Pribis  Students worked on their Career Cards. The final product is not due until Wednesday, but we will not be spending any additional class time on the project. Homework: finish Career Card by Wednesday.

Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's math classes worked on their career cards. Many are finished or almost. For those that do not complete themTuesday, they will be due on Wednesday of next week. 
Reading  Students learned about the 3 types of connections good readers make: text to text, text to self, and text to world. We went to the library so everyone would the opportunity to select a new book.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes investigated, "The Numbered Cube." Students applied the concepts of: observation, research question, hypothesis, procedure, variable, experiment, data, analyze, claim evidence, communication, and collaboration. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's science classes talked about wondering today, discussing why we ask questions and what we learn when our predictions are not correct. We also covered the important vocabulary terms for the process of doing science. 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A suggested school supply list has been posted on the BMS Bownet homepage (click on the giant pencil!). We ask that students have their supplies, if possible, by next Tuesday. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students spent time setting up Google Classroom (Shaw  period 2 had technical difficulties and will set up Google Classroom tomorrow). Students also received their social studies text books today.
Homework
1) If you have an extra set of ear buds that can be left at school, please bring them in.
2) Get in to Google Classroom and complete the assignment labeled PRACTICE FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM. (submit when finished) If you completed the questions in class today, please get into Google Classroom and send your ICL teacher an email letting her know you were able to access it from home. Due Tuesday
3) If you received your text book today, please plan on having it covered by next Friday. 
Math—Pribis  Today was an organization day. Students set up math notebooks and math portfolios. They then created a brainstorming "word splash" on the white board and used these ideas to start a miniproject. The Career Cards will be due next Wednesday
but class time will be used today and tomorrow to work on this project.
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No homework. 
Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's math class started their first assignment, a career card. In honor of Labor Day, the students are creating a career card, which represents the way math is involved in the occupation they chose. They will work on them tomorrow, as well. 
Reading  We finished "Find Someone Who" and chatted about what the various members of our class do and our interested in. We also completed a Reading Interest Inventory to get to know each other as readers.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more. 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on the vocabulary of doing science today. Students had very thoughtful discussions centered on the science vocabulary and then entered the vocabulary and definitions into their science notebook as their first official entry. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's science class reflected on the question, "What is science?" Based on a studentgenerated list, we discussed the idea that science is about things, but also actions. No homework was assigned. 
Specials 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In ICL students were given an overview of the classroom rules and drills. No homework. It was a wonderful first day :). 
Math—Pribis  Today in class, we went over the basics of 6th grade math and then we watched a short video (just for fun) with the message, "Be More Awesome."
No homework. 
Math— Wight  We went over class procedures and set up our math portfolios. 
Reading  Students participated in a "Find Someone Who" game and will finish that tomorrow.
No Homework 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science students began their science notebook setup. Students worked on making the table of contents. Shortened classes due to first day schedule. No homework. 
Science—Wight  We went over class procedures and began organizing our science notebooks. 
Specials 