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Team News 2016-17

Math 2016-17

    To get homework and more information visit:

    Posted Sep 12, 2016, 12:32 PM by Louise McMinn
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Language Arts 2016-17

  • Ms. Amelia Shwartz               ashwartz@stamfordct.gov
  • Friday, Jan.20
    Good afternoon,

    Today, we continued work in our Grammar Packets. These will be very helpful for our future writing pieces. (Hint hint!)

    Have a great weekend!

    * Read for 30 min.
    Posted by Amelia Shwartz
  • Thursday, Jan. 19
    Good afternoon,

    Today was the second (and last!) day of our Language Arts midterm.

    Thank you to everyone for working so hard!

    * Read for 30 min.
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:58 AM by Amelia Shwartz
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Technology 2016-17

  • Ms. L. McMinn                                lmcminn@stamfordct.gov
  • Tech Homework
    Coding - Students are to share their Scratch assignments with their parents.  The Parents should sign, and comment on the attached paper.

    Due Thursday, January 12
    Posted Jan 11, 2017, 10:31 AM by Louise McMinn
  • Hour of Code
    We will be starting the Hour of Code projects on September 21.   Students are to complete each section accurately.
       Here are the links to the program.  Students have been given their passwords.
          Green A-H  -  http://studio.code.org/sections/DPQQCX
          Green  I-O  -  http://studio.code.org/sections/RJMTYS
    Posted Oct 13, 2016, 7:00 AM by Louise McMinn
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Social Studies 2016-17

  • Go to Mr. Fallon's Google Classroom 
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    Posted Nov 15, 2016, 6:21 AM by Louise McMinn
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Science 2016-17

  • Mr. J. Gleason                          jgleason@stamfordct.gov
    Log-in for Science texts - www.lab-aids.com   Top right: Student
                                           User name: stamford678    Password: student
  • Fri. 1/20
    Today we:
      1. Saw our midterm Test Scores and reviewed the tests.  These grades have been posted to grade book.
      2. Discussed/watched the presidential  inauguration.
    H/W: Watch out for the Nor'easter coming Sunday night/Monday
    Posted by James Gleason
  • Thurs. 1/19
    Today we:
      1. Reviewed/confirmed our lab data & the definition of an element (a substance that cannot be broken down to simpler substances).
      2. Compared the groups that students made with the "Families" of elements that Scientists have recognized.
      3. Examined the properties these "families" share by answering additional questions (analysis page 15-2).
      4. Started reading about the discovery of elements & the periodic table.  Concurrently filling in the "reading notes".
    H/W: None! 
    Posted Jan 19, 2017, 11:51 AM by James Gleason
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Art 2016-17

  • Ms. Brooker                                   kbrooker@stamfordct.gov
  • S.T.E.A.M. Based Art Curriculum

    S.T.E.A.M. Based Art Curriculum

    Turquoise Team and White Team                6th Grade Art with Ms. Brooker

    Art students in sixth grade will be working projects that both enrich and support topics and concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) as well as  language arts, math, social studies. First quarter, we are focusing on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design vocabulary, as well as practicing various mediums. The initial projects will focus on the Elements of Art – Form, Value and Color to create the illusion of 3 dimensional shapes. For the Principles of Design – we will examine Balance, Pattern, and Contrast.

    Essential Question: “How do life experiences influence the way you relate to art?”

    Students will be reflecting on previous art experiences, the techniques they find challenging, and what they would like to learn.  Week 1 in art will be an initial storyboard based on what the animation industry uses to show a sequence of events for producers. Week 2 students will do a brief study in type fonts creating a bold name tag for their finished nature based illustrations to be included in a final nature journal book in June.

        Art is always in the “service of science, math, language arts, and social studies”. Art supports each academic subject in some way by the inclusion of visual images. Science is very dependent on images for lab reports, charts, diagrams, and organizing data collection. Math often represents numbers by visual symbols, 3D manipulative objects, and 3D models. Language Arts is always enhanced by a strong ability to visualize while reading or writing. Picturing a scene in your mind or imagining while we construct meaning in language arts is critical for making sense of what is read.

        Quarter one projects will extend student understanding of tone and value by working with colored and watercolor pencils to create an initial page of a booklet. This booklet will be an ongoing project this year, focusing on Nature Journals as a reflective process. This assignment will allow students to choose an image of their choice, then illustrate it using geometric based forms that are hidden in the structure of your plant or animal. These forms are the basis of the skeleton or structure of most objects in nature. Time permitting; students may extend the information of their first page with facts or information gathered from the classroom sets of Field Guides.

    **A final note, most projects are graded using a rubric, there are clear expectations academically, for material use, and behavior. I look forward to a wonderful year of exploration with your students and hope to create a connection between art and all the academic classes throughout the year.

    Focus Vocabulary:

    ·    Art investigation Materials

    ·    Brainstorm Persistence

    ·    Context         Display

    ·    Creativity         Interpret

    ·    Engage         Image

    Below are 2 pages of great Zentangle Patterns for students to practice with for enriching their sense of textural patterning from Mrs. Cooks great blog.



    Posted Sep 9, 2016, 6:23 AM by Louise McMinn
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