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Language Arts

Why do authors write what they write?


Launching the Writer's Notebook


Writers will focus on generating ideas for writing and descriptive writing. Mentor texts will help students examine text features, structures, and writing craft. Additional information can be found in LA Documents.

Writers will be immersed in the writing process. Mini-lessons, mentor texts, independent writing, and collaboration will be our focus for the new year. 

Word study will focus on exploring words through an interactive and inquiry-based approach. Instruction will be targeted for each student's learning progression.

Grammar and conventions will be integrated during language arts instruction.

Social Studies

This year's focus: World Geography 

We have begun our study of SW & Central Asia and Monsoon Asia.  Our mapping labs will introduce us to the physical & human geography of the region.  From there, students will research a country located in this region and create a PR firm with other students to represent their country.  Each firm will create and present their public "pitch" to SWAT Travel Magazine's Asian department to persuasive them to showcase their country in the next issue.


Driving  Question:

What recommendations can you present to S.W.A.T. Travel Magazine's Asian department to represent distinguishing cultural aspects, human adaptations, and geologic features from your country?


To answer this question, students will:

  • research their country to find unique cultural aspects, human adaptations, and geologic features to highlight for potential travelers

  • create a persuasive multi-media presentation to "pitch" their country to SWAT Travel Magazine for inclusion in the upcoming issue

Our textbook can be accessed from home online at this link:

You will need to enter Mrs. Peneycad's e-mail 
dpeneycad@fhps.net and then use your FHPS username (XXXXX) and password (XXXXfhps). 

Reading


Students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes each evening. 

Book Bowl Check out this year's Book Bowl titles and book trailers. Click here.

Destiny Quest
(online catalog of CW books)
For the website URL and a tutorial on using the website, see the Reading Documents section. 

AR BookFinder
See Reading Documents section for the website URL to check if your current book is an AR book and if so, find out the AR level.




     Math

Connected Mathematics Project  (CMP3)                        
  This is the 2nd year of implementation for the CMP3 curriculum resource that students will be using in grades 6 - 8.  Click here for the FHPS family brochure about CMP3. Click here for helpful information for families about CMP3.  

In our final unit, Data About Us, students will use graphs and summary statistics to describe the story a given distribution of data is telling for a given attribute.  Click here for family information about Data About Us.


Data About Us Learning Target Sheet

 
IXL
Central Woodlands has been given a grant through the PTO to use the web-based program IXL for student learning, practice, and review. 
CW direct access: IXL CW 
Student log-in info: 
FHPS username@woodlands56 and their 
FHPS password
Unit learning target sheets (see link above) have the codes that correspond to the concepts we are learning in class.


  Science

Layers of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, & Geologic Forces


"What geologic forces have shaped Earth's landscape?"

Through labs, discussion, activities, models, assignments, reading, and taking notes students will:


Layers of the Earth:

  • label the layers of the Earth

  • know characteristics of each layer

  • know definitions from  vocabulary related to the dynamic earth

Plates & Boundaries:

  • know the 3 types of boundaries

  • draw the direction the plates are moving at each type of boundary

  • know what results/forms due to the movement of the plates at each type of boundary

                              
Frequent review of unit vocabulary is essential.   
Supportive materials are in Science Documents

          

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