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Team News 2015-16

  • Welcome and Supply List
    Welcome to Turquoise Team! This will be an exciting year.  We are looking forward to meeting everyone.   The supply list is attached.  Click on the heading to access.
    Posted Aug 21, 2015, 12:51 PM by Louise McMinn
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Math 2015-16

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    Posted Sep 4, 2015, 5:46 AM by Louise McMinn
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Technology 2015-16

  • May 19, 2016

    May 19, 2016

    This week students who had not completed their Scratch Dance project, were given additional time to do this. Students were introduced to our final project, making a Scratch Game. Students will create a game in Scratch with an academic theme, a clear way to start the game, instructions, three or more sprites and coding. We will be working on this project until the end of the school year.

    Posted May 19, 2016, 7:23 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • March 28-April 1

    Students were introduced to Scratch. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. Grading for this project was based on the following requirements:  Creation of a sprite, originality, four views of the sprite, a script with 10 positions, a background, and music.



    Posted Apr 15, 2016, 6:28 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • February 29- March 4, 2016

    The 6th Grade Turquoise Team was in the computer lab this week, exploring more Photoshop techniques to express their creativity. Students completed the following two lessons:

     Cityscape: In this Photoshop lesson, 6th Graders created a city at night by using the following tools & techniques: linear and radial gradient, color picker, elliptical and rectangular marquee, feathering, layers, paint brush, and lasso.

    Party Balloons: Students combined the previous techniques they had learned and added to them: pattern brush, filters, pencil, and type tool. Finally, students used the move tool, and shuffled their layers to revise their original designs. 

    Students were also introduced to a pilot program that Scofield is participating in with the Ferguson Library. Students set up their accounts at school, and can now order books from the library on their computers at home or school to be delivered to them and returned at school. 


    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 2:17 PM by Heidi Beutler
  • January 25-29, 2016

    Students completed their PowerPoint book projects in the computer lab this week. They used information from the paper they wrote in Language Arts to create a PowerPoint that promoted one of their own favorite books.

    They were required to do the following:

    1.     Choose a Slide Design

    2.     Add 8 or more Slides

    3.     Change some of the slide layouts. (ie: pictures, type font, size, color)


    They had a choice of doing 2 or more of the following:

    1.     Add a Gif

    2.     Add Animations to Pictures and / or Text

    3.     Add a Hyperlink to a Website

    4.     Create Slide Transitions


    They were asked to save their work in their Google accounts, so they can show their parents the presentations they created!

    Posted Jan 31, 2016, 10:23 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • January 5-6, 2016

    Students learned the fundamentals of how to create a Power Point, and some skills to “jazz up” their presentations. Students will be back in the computer lab at the end of the month. They will use these skills to create a Power Point to promote a book they have read independently or in Language Arts class. Below is a list of the techniques they learned this week:

    Choosing a Slide Design

    Adding More Slides

    Changing Slide Layout

    Adding a Gif

    Finding Gifs Online

    Adding Animations and Pictures

    Adding Hyperlinks to Websites

    Changing Order of Slides

    Slide Transitions

    Different Views

    Posted Jan 8, 2016, 12:19 PM by Heidi Beutler
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Science 2015-16

  • Mr. J. Gleason                          jgleason@stamfordct.gov
    Log-in for Science texts - www.lab-aids.com   Top right: Student
                                           User name: stamford678    Password: student
  • Fri. 5/27
    Today we:
      1. Recapped the difference between plant and animal cells.
      2. Covered "carrying capacity" of an ecosystem and how factors (predators, food supply, disease, rainfall, temp.) can cause it to go up or down.
      3. Looked at an Elodea leaf through the microscope and saw chloroplasts!
      4. Wrote down the TOC (attached). 
      5. Reviewed the study guide for the Ecology Test coming this WEDNESDAY.
    H/W: Prep notebook and study for test.  Study guide and TOC were posted yesterday - use them.
    Posted May 27, 2016, 11:22 AM by James Gleason
  • Thurs. 5/26
    Yesterday we:
      Tested for Photosynthesis in a lab.
    Today we:
      1. Examined the photosynthesis results and concluded that all 4 things are needed for it to occur (CO2, H2O, Sunlight, & a plant)
      2. Compared Plant cells with animal cells and identified where the photosynthesis occurs.
      3. Started to review for the Ecology Unit Test on Wed.
    H/W: Invasive species project is due tomorrow.
    Posted May 26, 2016, 12:29 PM by James Gleason
  • Tues. 5/24
    Yesterday (while the network precluded posting) we:
      1. Reviewed decomposers.  Organisms that breakdown the dead, mostly bacteria and fungi, recycle nutrients back into the ecosystem.
      2. Watched the rest of the "Jungle" segment of the BBC Earth series, including slime mold and fungi.
    Today we:
      1. Recalled the inputs and outputs in "photosynthesis".
      2. Remembered how BTB turns yellow when CO2 is present.
      3. Planned to test for "photosynthesis" in a lab tomorrow.
    H/W: Finish your optional "Invasive Species" mini-project by Friday.
    Posted May 24, 2016, 11:48 AM by James Gleason
  • Wed. 5/18
    Yesterday (while I was getting training) the students completed Habitat analysis.
    Today we learned:
    1. How producers in every ecosystem make the food photosynthesis.
    2. This food is the energy source for ALL organisms in the ecosystem.
    3. The difference between phytoplankton and zooplankton.
    4. How Lake Erie's food web was severely impacted by the invasion of Zebra Mussels. 

    H/W:  Complete 79-1 attached.  Question #2 Should read: Select something you have eaten in the last 24 hours (or just a single ingredient) and trace the "food chain" for it back to the plant it came from, showing that the energy in everything we eat can be traced back to energy from the sun.

    Posted May 18, 2016, 10:18 AM by James Gleason
  • Mon. 5/16
    Today we:
      1. Read about habitats, adaptations, ecosystems, populations, and Biomes.
      2. Learned why Mr. Gleason doesn't run a "habitat" lab (worms are not able to find their proper habitat - they die as well).
      3. Looked at videos showing various unusual animal adaptations (attached).
    H/W: IF you are doing the optional project, Write your story using the research you finished last Friday.
    2 Videos of unusual adaptations:
    Posted May 16, 2016, 8:39 AM by James Gleason
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Language Arts 2015-16

  • Mrs. A. Chakravarti                     achakravarti@stamfordct.gov
  • Next week
    Next week we will be working on reading the book club books and doing individual and group response activities.
    Tuesday, May 24--The Ferguson Library representatives will be here to present information about Summer Reading.
    Turquoise Team will attend the presentation in the Media Center at 10:30.
    Wednesday, May 25--Early release day; no pizza.

    Independent reading/ record the title and the time spent reading on the May chart.

    Posted May 20, 2016, 12:33 PM by Anna Chakravarti
  • Update for the week of May 16
    Could you please send in one food item from the following list?  This is part of Stamford's celebration of its 375th anniversary.  The deadline is Friday, May 20.  The flyer was sent home last week.  List:

    1. Cold Breakfast cereals
    2. Dried Milk
    3. Peanut Butter, or Grape Jelly
    4. Mac and Cheese packets
    5. Bottles of Fruit Juice
    Thank you for your help with this!

    Today all the classes took the SRI test.
    After students finished the test on computers in the Media Center, I asked those who had no independent reading book in school to check one out.
    We are currently working on reading/ responding to and discussing book club books.

    Every evening all students should be doing independent reading at home.  Parents, please check that they are reading and filling out the chart.  Thanks.
    Thursday evening:  in addition, read the piece that will be sent home and answer the questions.

    Next week, I will offer all students the chance to do an extra credit assignment, if they wish.
    Posted May 17, 2016, 12:03 PM by Anna Chakravarti
  • Homework change for tonight and tomorrow
    We had a modified schedule today because the Math SBAC testing took longer than expected. 
    So--no homework tonight, except to read and record it on the May chart.
    Tomorrow--in class we will continue to work on adverbs.  Homework:  Finish the last page of a grammar packet on adverbs.
    Thursday--independent reading/chart. 
    Posted May 3, 2016, 1:09 PM by Anna Chakravarti
  • This past week and update for next week
    During the week, students worked on creating their own poems about a particular feeling.
    All L.A. classes went to the Book Fair on Wednesday.
    They learned about prepositional phrases and adverbs, grammar tips that add description into their writing.
    They were introduced to ways to show communication between characters without using actual dialogue, also. 
    Yesterday they did Part 1 of the 4th quarter reading assessment (a non-fiction test followed by multiple-choice questions).
    Today 4 out of 5 classes selected books that they will be reading in school and working on in in their book clubs.

     Parents:  If your child did not submit his/her signed reading chart, please have them bring it in on Monday for partial credit.

    Next week:
    Tuesday--2nd part of the Math SBAC (1 hour in the morning).
    Friday--STEM day with Science, Math and Engineering workshops all day for 6th graders.

    In L.A., students will start reading their book club selections. 
    They will start responding and working in their clubs.
    They will continue to learn how to write complex sentences, formal vs. informal language and how to avoid run-on sentences.

    Every night, independent reading/ new May chart.
    Tuesday--written assignment about their book club book(attached)
    Wednesday--grammar assignment about fixing run-on sentences.

    Posted Apr 29, 2016, 1:51 PM by Anna Chakravarti
  • Homework Update
    For today--all classes need to turn in their completed poems.  They were working on the poem in class today, and the final version is due Tuesday, April 27.
    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 10:48 AM by Anna Chakravarti
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Social Studies 2015-16

  • Google Classroom Go to Mr. Fallon's Google Classroom
    Posted Mar 31, 2016, 5:00 AM by Louise McMinn
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Art 2015-16

  • Congratulations to State winners: David Jahaj & Manar Deggouj As an extension on their study of waterways in 6th grade science, Turquoise Team students were asked to use their imagination and use art as a visual language to ...
    Posted May 27, 2016, 11:11 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • April 25-May 13, 2016 A Bestiary of Imaginary Illuminations As an extension on a lesson about illuminated manuscripts from medieval times, sixth grade turquoise team students viewed a PowerPoint about illuminated manuscripts and mythological ...
    Posted May 17, 2016, 9:42 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • May 3, 2016 Abstract Watercolor Collages on Display April 11-20, 2016 Students were introduced to the works of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky, one of the “inventors” of Abstract Art. They learned that Kandinsky listened to music while ...
    Posted May 3, 2016, 12:01 PM by Heidi Beutler
  • Congratulations to Manar Deggouj! As an extension on their study of waterways in 6th grade science, Turquoise Team students were asked to use their imagination and use art as a visual language to ...
    Posted May 3, 2016, 10:39 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • April 25-May 6, 2016 A Bestiary of Imaginary Illuminations As an extension on a lesson about illuminated manuscripts from medieval times, sixth grade turquoise team students viewed a PowerPoint about illuminated manuscripts and mythological ...
    Posted May 3, 2016, 10:28 AM by Heidi Beutler
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