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Upcoming Dates:

  • A-Math Testing: January 22nd (During math class)
  • A-Reading Testing: January 14th- (During social studies)
  • Fluency Testing: Week of January 13th (During language arts homeroom)
  • Junior High Math Placement Test: January 15th, 16th (During math)
  • Junior High Counselor Visit/Class Sign-Up Information:
        • NWJH: January 16th; 9am- Wickham Library,
        • NCJH: January 16th; Mr. Kurtz classroom
  • Junior High Parent Information Evening:
        • NWJH: Wed., January 22, 6:30 pm
        • NCJH: Thurs., Feb. 27th, 6:30 pm

Science: Students recently began their study of chemistry. They observed a mystery mixture comprised of two white substances and completed a variety of tests to determine the the identity of the mystery mixture. After winter break we will study the periodic table and learn that elements are the basic substances from which all common matter is made. We will study the lists of ingredients in consumer products to discover what elements are present. From there we will move on to investigate the macroscopic properties of gas and develop a particulate model to explain the invisible interactions that account for observable behaviors of gas.

Math: Testing over Topic 4 coordinate grids before break. Students can have their parents sign Topic 4 tests and bring them back. After break we will start Topic 5, which will cover dependent and independent variables, patterns and equations, and graphing equations. As soon as we come back from break, we will also have our winter testing for our aMath. That January score along with their 7th grade math placement test will be combined and used to determine their 7th grade math placement.

Social Studies:

Unit 2: Ancient Egypt and the Middle East

  • Chapter 8: The Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs
        • What did the pharaohs of ancient Egypt accomplish, and how did they do it?
  • Chapter 9: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
        • How did social class affect daily life in ancient Egypt?
  • Chapter 10: The Kingdom of Kush
        • In what ways did location influence the history of Kush?

Junior Achievement: Our seventh (and final) session of JA will conclude on January 9th, 2020. Students have explored; Goods vs. services, cultural etiquette, global trade, trade interdependence, trade barriers, ____, and _____.

Language Arts:

In the new year, new rounds of literature groups are beginning! We will focus on extending reading comprehension of deeper level texts.

Whole class lessons will continue revolve around a guided, modeled, and independent work model geared toward Common Core Skills.

Middle School Literature: Students will also have access to middle school chapter books through Grant Wood AEA book box resources that are delivered to our classroom. Students will be asked to show you the book they are reading to ensure its appropriateness, but no permission slip is required to be signed in order for students to check out these books from the classroom. If you do not want your student reading a particular book, please let them know, and the book can be returned to the book box, and exchanged for another. The books being delivered are ones that can be found at the Junior High Schools.

Remind text messages will continue to be sent home with the weekly vocabulary words. Please discuss these words with your students as the week progresses!


Upcoming Dates:

  • ISASP Testing reports to go home, Dec. 13th
  • Winter Sing Along; Dec. 20th, 2pm
  • Winter Party- Morning of Friday, Dec. 20- More information to come soon

Science: Students will be wrapping up their study of Earth History and will be diving in to Chemical Reactions. We will begin the unit by observing a "mystery" mixture and and observing the reactions of the mixture with other substances. Students will begin to explore the periodic table of elements and consider the categories and properties of the elements. They will then re-create the mystery mixture reaction and study the resulting gas. This will lead them to the study of air.

Math: Students will be bringing home Topic 3 tests to sign. Topic 4 will cover integers on the coordinate plane, rational numbers on the coordinate plane, distance on the coordinate plane, and polygons on the coordinate plane. Topic 5 will cover dependent and independent variables, patterns and equations, and graphing equations.

Social Studies:

Students have just finished up their speeches from the perspective the ruler of an ancient empire. They presented speeches to their classmates trying to convince them their reign was the best for the people in their civilization.

Unit 2: Ancient Egypt and the Middle East

  • Chapter 7: Geography and the Early Settlement of Egypt, Kush, and Canaan
        • How did geography affect early settlement in Egypt, Kush, and Canaan?

Junior Achievement: We will continue to learn more about the global marketplace through Junior Achievement lessons. These lessons are held each Thursday during social studies, and will conclude at the end of December.

Language Arts:

In language arts, students are continuing to develop further elaboration on their claim, evidence, and reasoning. We are focusing on adding stronger evidence (quoted and paraphrased) to support their thoughts, and expanding in more depth on reasoning.

In addition to whole group lessons that focus on specific common core skills, small groups will continue to examine short stories and/or novels, while applying reading comprehension strategies. Please ask your student what text their small group is focusing on!

Grammar lessons have been concentrating on the use of commas in sentences (connecting incomplete and complete, and/or two complete sentences to form compound/complex sentences). Mini-instructional groups are also in full swing, focusing on a variety of skills such as; descriptive detail, using dialogue in text, and figurative language.


Conference Sign-Up: Please refer to the email sent home by your student's homeroom teacher for a link to the Sign-Up Genius conference link. Conferences will be held Thursday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 19th.

Science: Students will study new rock samples, including igneous and metamorphic rocks. They will learn how these rocks are formed and where we might find them. We will also study volcanoes and earthquakes with the opportunity to learn about patterns of geological activity. Subduction, convection, and the theory of crustal plate tectonics are introduced to explain continental drift, plate boundary interactions, and the patterns of volcanoes and earthquakes.

Math: Tests for Topic 1 Algebra are coming home to be signed. Remember this is the first exposure to algebra concepts and we will continue with the concepts through our Common Core Packets all year long. Topic 2 will also be heavily loaded on algebra topics covering: properties of equality, addition and subtraction equations, multiplying and dividing equations, fractional equations, writing inequalities, and solving inequalities.

Social Studies:

Classes just completed a mini-research project answering the question, "How did the development of agriculture change daily life in the Neolithic Age?" We practiced a five paragraph research outline by developing a hook, thesis statement, crafting topic sentences and expanding our writing in paragraphs, paraphrasing information from a text, and ending our informational paper with a closing statement.

Next chapters include;

Chapter 4: The Rise of Sumerian City-States

  • How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia?

Chapter 5: Ancient Sumer

  • Why do historians classify ancient Sumer as a civilization?

Chapter 6: Exploring Four Empires of Mesopotamia

  • What were the most important achievements of the Mesopotamian empires?


Language Arts:

Compare and Contrast: Students have been examining multiple texts to compare/contrast in relation to: genre, theme, topic, main idea, perspective, form, and use of facts. We have/will continue to work on using topic sentences and specific text details to explain similarities and differences between texts.

Speaking and Listening: Students have been working on their speaking and listening skills during whole class and small group speaking. A focus is put on: organizing ideas and facts in logical order/sequence, maintaining eye contact, and speaking clearly and audibly to the audience.

Reading Responses: Reading responses are completed weekly (or every other week) in response to what your student is reading in their independent book(s). A short summary of their text, along with response questions are working on the skills of summarizing with out opinion or judgement, and answering a question with a claim, evidence, and reasoning.

Vocabulary Stories: These encompass the weekly vocabulary words, and grammar skills. Small groups are then designed around sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing, word choice, figurative language, descriptive detail, perspective, etc. depending on your student's writing needs. You student is working on short, personal writing goals to enhance his/her writing.

Informational Writing/Research: In social studies students have been introduced to writing a five paragraph informational essay. Upcoming in science, students will be adding on to the structure of a five paragraph essay by using reputable resources to take notes, and research an era of geological time.

Other Notes:

  • Conferences: November 14, November 19th
  • Readers Are Leaders Day: Nov. 26th- More information to come

Science: Science classes will be studying fossils and past environments. Students will become familiar with the geological time scale and begin to comprehend the large spans of time that are described by geological time. This will assist students in putting the history of the Grand Canyon into the scale. We will study fossil records and begin to describe how rocks can be given a relative age based on their relationship to other rocks.

Math: We finished reviewing, and their quizzes came home to be signed. We are now starting with Topic 1 algebra. Students will be working on: exponents, order of operations, using variables to write expressions, identifying parts of an expression, evaluating algebraic expressions, writing algebraic expressions, simplifying algebraic expressions, recognizing equivalent expressions, and using formulas. So yes, Topic 1 (and Topic 2) will be with the most content, and one of the more difficult topics that we cover this year. We will keep reviewing Topics 1 and 2 all year through our Common Core Packets.

Social Studies: continuing.....Unit 1: Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization

  • We will be practicing the outline of an informational research paper. Our focus will be on the structure and formal language used in informational writing. The question being explored: "How did the development of agriculture change daily life in the Neolithic Age?"

Language Arts: We are up and running with the implementation of small reading, writing, and vocabulary groups. Students will be flexibly grouped depending on the needs they are exhibiting from formative assessments (short quizzes), strengths/needs in their vocabulary stories, reading responses, and whole group lessons.

Homework: Each week students will have a vocabulary story, reading response (students use their independent reading books at their personal level when writing these), spelling quiz, grammar/language work, and a short formative quiz over the reading skill we are focusing on for the week. Many of these items will be completed during class time, but will occasionally be brought home to be finished up. Math homework will continue to come home nearly every evening. Students should also be reading a minimum of 30 minutes, 5 days per week.

Other Notes:

  • School of the Wild will take place Oct. 21- 25th at MacBride State Park
  • 6th Grade Fall Celebration (Game Day!): Oct. 31st @ 9-9:45 am

Science: Earth History: Investigation 1 - Earth is Rock

Students will be introduced to the study of rocks and landforms that make up the Earth's crust. They will develop an awareness about the complexity of the Earth's crust through images and rock samples. We will explore the Grand Canyon and other landforms throughout this unit. Students will learn about the role of a geologist and how they determine the "story" of the Earth's crust. We will have many hands-on investigations as well as complex reading within our science textbook.

Math: Students will be starting with Topic 7, which will focus on estimating sums and differences, adding and subtracting decimals, estimating products, multiplying decimals, dividing whole numbers, and dividing decimals. We will not complete topic 7, but will come back to it later in the year to finish the algebraic lessons that go with it. We will then go into Topic 1 and 2 with a good foundation and prerequisite skills to conquer Algebra.

Social Studies: Unit 1: Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization: Students will be going back in time to study the ancient world by looking at the roots of human life and civilization. We will examine the spread of human begins throughout different parts of the world, early survival, and resources. Our exploration travels from early hominids, to hunting/gathering, the Rise of Sumerian City-States, and exploring the four empires of Mesopotamia.

Language Arts: This month in our literacy block, we will be introducing and practicing whole group, and small group expectations. In addition, teachers will be modeling and guiding students in vocabulary skills, writing vocabulary stories, developing reading responses and guidelines, practicing fluency strategies, and furthering comprehension techniques such as; determining the central idea of a text, and tracing/evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text.

Homework: Students are expected to be reading at least 20 minutes per night. From the different genres students are reading, 6th graders will be working toward a genre challenge where they explore varying genres of literature. Math homework will also be assigned almost every evening. When math homework is assigned, it is expected to be completed before the next school day. You can expect to see text messages from Remind detailing the homework assignment. Vocabulary words will also be text out each Monday through a Remind, and students are encouraged to discuss vocabulary words with their families at home. New spelling lists will be distributed each Monday, practiced during the week at home and school, with a post-test given on Friday.