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Language Arts

What is Argument Writing?

Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning


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 the region of Europe & Russia. Our mapping lab will introduce us to the physical & human geography of the region and then we will investigate supranational cooperation in the European Union (chp. 14),


Chapter 14 Essential Question:

What forces work for and against supranational cooperation among nations?


To answer this question, students will:

  • learn the definitions of and be able to explain the importance of the following key geographic terms (Geoterms 14):  centripetal force,  centrifugal force, common market, supranational cooperation.

  • analyze a population cartogram of selected European countries

  • experience the forces that unite and divide members of the European Union

  • examine other examples of international cooperation


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


Reading at least 20 minutes each evening is expected.           

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.

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



     Math

Connected Mathematics Project  (CMP3)                        
 This is the 3rd 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 fifth unit, Variables & Patterns, students will learn how to recognize, describe, and analyze two kinds of relationships between variables: 1) change in the value of a single variable over time; and 2) change in the value of a dependent variable as it responds to change in the value of a a related independent variable. Students will reason about these relationships using tables, graphs, equations, and inequalities.    Click here for family information about Variables and Patterns.


Variables & Patterns 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: 
student 5 digit ID # @woodlands56 and their 
FHPS password (4 digits with fhps at the end)

Unit learning target sheets (see link above) have the codes that correspond to the concepts we are learning in class.


  Science

Can I Believe My Eyes?


Students will be involved in the inquiry process to understand:

  • how light moves through space
  • what happens when it meets objects and materials
  • how our eyes detect light
  • how colors of light can be perceived to be different than what they really
  • what UV and nonvisible light are
The inquiry process will focus on answering the driving question "Can I Believe My Eyes?"  Students are encouraged and expected to participate in discussions, revise models, and apply their learning in various formats.



          


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