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About Mr. Filson's classes:  
What We Have Done

In reading, students  have learned how to effectively summarize texts from different genres. This is a necessary skill for our current unit.

In math, students have completed their study of rates and ratios with a specific focus on using cross multiplication to solve problems.

In science, students finished learning about the Geosphere and created a mural that showed key components of the rock cycle.
What We Are Doing

Reading (Mr. Filson's Homeroom Only):
Reading takes place at the beginning and end of the day.  Instruction will center around a short lesson, conferring with individual students about their reading and small reading groups.  We are currently putting everything we learned this year together to be able to synthesize information from multiple sources across genres (fiction or non-fiction). The focus is on going beyond just comparing and contrasting and using information from more than one text to create a response that combines relevant information from both. Each student has an independent reading book from Mr. Filson's library. We are also working with short texts and articles. Mr. Filson is conferencing with students every day to support their higher level thinking skills.

Mathematics:
Students are learning about negative numbers, though calculations with negative numbers will be covered at the beginning of 7th Grade. Related concepts to negative numbers are the concept of Absolute Value (the distance a number is from zero without regard to its positive or negative value) and four quadrant graphing. The biggest thing that can be done to help students is to point out in the real world where we use negative numbers: altitude, temperature, bank accounts, etc. As always, familiarity with multiplication facts are essential for success in this unit.  Completion of homework is also vital.  Students will be using the Math Expressions curriculum with supplementary items from Mr. Filson.

Science:
In science students are again learning about the Hydrosphere, or the water systems on the earth.  Hydrosphere begins with a look at how the water is distributed on the Earth and how precious clean, drinkable/usable water is. We will look out how humans use water for a variety of purposes and how that has changed over time. We will look at threats to our water supply and the effect it has on the Earth. And finally we will examine what humans, and more specifically kids, can do to conserve this precious resource. Depending on time, students will complete a short research paper on water conservation.

Important Upcoming Dates:
April 26th - Jeffco Schools are closed.
April 27th - Early Dismissal
May 2nd - Flex Testing (sign up coming soon)
May 23rd - Pool Party at Carmody Recreation Center
May 23rd - Continuation at Carmody Middle School 6:00pm - 6:45pm
May 24th - No School for 6th Graders

Miscellaneous:
Introducing "Guacamole" the class Peublan milksnake (special thanks to Quinn Johnson and his family for taking good care of her over Winter Break): 
Guacamole


What We Will Be Doing

In reading, students will discuss and respond to more complex texts and explain how writers effectively use that compelxity.


In mathematics, students will collect data and plot that data. They will use mean, median, range, interquartile range and mean absolute deviation to analyze that data.


In science, Hydrosphere is our last unit.