What We Did in School Today
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  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

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  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
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
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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 