Curriculum Night

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Curriculum Night will be Wednesday this week. Check your student’s black folder for this pink flyer!

 

Grades have been updated 🙂 If your student has a low grade for an assignment it means they are missing part of the assignment, or chose not to do it. Please talk with your student about their choices.

In Math Reteach we will be reviewing GCF and Distributive Property….

Click here for Distributive Property refresher

Another video using GCF to write an equation using Distributive Property

Our new Math standard is converting between fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios!

A playlist of 15 videos explaining what we are going to learn in 4 days!

Rap about our new Math subject if you are short on time

In Reading we are studying the same standards from last week….Reading Informational text in order to summarize the theme without stating an opinion, and analyzing the series of events, characters, illustrations. Encourage your students to read, read, read, read, read, and read. The best way to become a better reader is to READ 🙂

If you are looking to motivate your student, designate a family hang out time for reading in the evening. You can lay on the couch, the bed, or sit on the patio together; and read separately while hanging out together for about 20-30 minutes. I appreciate your support!

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1st week of school photo from DVES Facebook

See you Wednesday….

 

Mrs Wirth

 

Parent Reports for AR

Happy Wednesday,

I am sending home Parent Reports for AR in the student’s black folders this evening. Please review and sign. Feel free to keep the report if you like, and just send back the bottom as a slip 🙂 My goal is to send out a TOPS report to keep you updated once per Quarter, but you are always welcome to login to your student’s account and check any time you like.

Click Here for Parent’s Guide to AR and Common Questions

In class, I have started a contest for motivation. Below is a picture of our AR board. You can see there is A-J on one side and 1-10 on the top. Any time a student takes an AR test on a book that is in their range, and gets 100% the student can pick any square. Students can take as many tests to earn as many squares as they like. Once the squares are filled up, we will have a drawing by picking one letter and one number. The winner gets $20 from me.

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Students have a Reading Log that you sign for Mon-Thur. Most students choose to read their AR books for their 20 min of evening reading. However, in order to foster a love for reading I think it’s important to allow students to choose texts that interest them. So, if your student chooses to read newspaper articles Online, a comic book, or even a magazine that is acceptable for their 20 min reading. Any time spent on their Homework packet (except for Math) can be counted towards their 20 min of reading.

Curriculum Night will be Aug 31st. The purpose of Curriculum Night is to empower parents to know the expectations. Very often parents feel left out, and this is an opportunity to be included in what will be happening with your student’s education this year. There are 2 sessions to give families with more the one student an opportunity to attend 2 classrooms. You can come from 5:00-5:45 or from 6:00-6:45.

The first 30 minutes will be a presentation of 6th grade curriculum, different technology we are using in the classroom, and a chance to see some projects we have been working on. The last 15 minutes will be for answering any Questions you have.

Thanks,

Mrs Wirth

This coming week….

Hello!

We have our first Benchmark this week on Wed/Thur.
Here is what is coming up on the classroom agenda for Math, Reading, Science, and Social Studies 🙂

This week in Math we will be focusing on determining the greatest common factor(GCF) and least common multiple (LCM) of two whole numbers. Then, we will use the GCF to construct an equivalent expression using distributive property. For example, 35 + 50 can be constructed as an equivalent expression using distributive property as 5(7+10). Here are some helpful videos….

GCF Video

LCM Video

Using GCF to construct equivalent expression Video

In Reading, we will be spending the next 2 weeks reading Non-fiction text in order to evaluate and summarize the theme without stating an opinion. Also, we will be using Non-fiction text to analyze how individuals, events, and ideas are introduced. Including how these are elaborated on, and how they relate to each other. Students will be given their AR range, and our AR class contest will begin. Make sure your student is doing their 20 min nightly reading, and that it is getting signed each night!

Summarizing Non-fiction Video

For the next 20 school days in Science we will be studying the interaction between Earth’s atmosphere and its bodies of water. We will analyze the impact of large-scale weather systems on the local weather. Each student will create a weather system model that includes the sun, the atmosphere, and bodies of water.

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In Social Studies, we will be describing the difference between primary and secondary sources. Students will be able to describe how archaeological research adds to our understanding of the past. We will learn how limited resources and unlimited wants cause people to choose some things and give up others. Finally, students will determine how scarcity, opportunity costs, and trade-offs influence decision making.

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We will wrap up our Writing unit this week on using pronouns correctly in a variety of contexts. Also, using commas, parentheses, and dashes to show additional information in a sentence.

GO MUSTANGS!!!!!

-Mrs Wirth

Water Cycle Project

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Hello,

We are off to a great start for week 2! Most students brought a completed Homework packet, and their Reading Log and Behavior Calendar signed by a parent/guardian. If you have not signed, please remind your student to get that to you so you can see how their days are going 🙂

We are starting a Water Cycle Project this week. There are two parts to the project; a visual component and a paper. Below is a link to the full instructions, and students have a copy in their GREEN Science folder. This is meant to be a classroom project. However, if students choose to complete their visual component at home I have given them the option.

 

The project is due Monday 8/22/16. I will be giving students plenty of time in class to complete the visual component and their paper in class if they choose to do it at school. If students want to do their visual component at home I am allowing it. For students who choose to do a Powerpoint, of course they can complete it during class time. Please talk with your student about what they plan to do. The paper can either be printed at home and turned in physically, or the students can upload their paper into their Google Classroom for Science.

Click Here for Water Cycle Project Instructions

Have a Great Week,

Mrs Wirth

Thank You

Thank you to my students for a very successful first day of school! I am really impressed with how mature you are, and how smoothly things ran in our classroom. Cooperation is huge, and it makes a big impact when every one is participating.

 

Thank you to Parents and Guardians for all of your generous supplies! I hope it lasts us the full year, keeping my fingers crossed. I appreciate you stopping in to say “Hello” on the first day.

 

Hope every one has a nice week, and I will post again on Thursday! Feel free to email me with any questions about the classroom or homework 🙂

 

Mrs Wirth

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First Day Tomorrow!

I am so happy that school starts tomorrow, I simply can not wait! Hope you enjoyed your weekend. If you missed Meet the Teacher Night, there is a video of your new classroom posted below. 🙂

Please make sure parents/guardians fill out the information in the back of the packet you took home on Meet the Teacher night.

 

 

See you tomorrow!

Mrs Wirth