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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

    To get homework and more information visit:


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

  • 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
  • 12/20/15 Hour of Code

    We finished working in class on the Hour of Code project this past week. Students who have not completed all 20 levels are encouraged to do so at home during the holiday break. Grades will be entered when we return. I will print out a certificate of completion to be hung in the 6th grade hall for any students who have completed all 20 levels perfectly.

    Posted Dec 20, 2015, 7:29 AM 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. 4/28
    Today we:
      1. Finished with the 5 major Phyla.
      2. Learned the characteristics of the 5 major vertebrate classes (amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds,  mammals)
      3. Started to categorize animals that could fit into different vertebrate classes, e.g. platypus.
      4. Learned which "Invasive" organism each student or team for ballots submitted on Thurs.
    H/W: Enjoy the great weather Saturday.
    Posted by James Gleason
  • Thurs. 4/28
    Today we:
      1. Got the 3.6 billion year story of life (single celled for 3 billion years)
      2. When genetic material got filed inside a nucleus (eukaryotic cells), multicellular life became possible (.6 billion years ago)
      3. Eukaryotic life started simple and became more complex - jellies to humans over the .6 billion years.
      4. Grouped animals based o their complexity, body parts/features.
      5. Compared our groups to the science groupings (Phyla) - saw that we came up with very similar groups.
    H/W: Be sure you've filled in the Phyla on the back of 75-1 (model attached).
    Posted Apr 28, 2016, 10:11 AM by James Gleason
  • Wed. 4/27
    Today we:
      1. Finished STEM survey
      2. Discussed/Described the optional mini-research project on an Invasive Species. 73-1 attached plus lists of Invasive species to choose attached.
      3. Learned how scientists first "classified" living things by their physical characteristics, then reclassified by genetics.
    H/W: Fill out our Invasive Species ballot (optional) if you are doing the extra credit mini-research project. 
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 8:26 AM by James Gleason
  • Tues. 4/26
    Today we:
      1. Got our "Water Unit" Test back & reviewed it.
      2. Completed Ecology Vocabulary (attached)
      3. Looked at introduced species examples.
    H/W: Complete the STEM survey if you haven't already completed it. Copy/Paste the link (posted yesterday) into a browser or TYPE it.
    Posted Apr 26, 2016, 11:57 AM by James Gleason
  • Mon. 4/25
    Today we:
      1. Reviewed last Thursday's reading about the Introduction of Nile Perch into Lake Vistoria
      2. Finished the reading learning about the benefits and drawbacks of the introduction.
      3. Obtained an update (NatGeo video) noting overfishing and decline of fish stocks in Lake Victoria
      4. Started on the Analysis questions 72-1
    H/W: Finish the analysis Questions 72-1 and complete the STEM survey at the link below:



    you may have to copy & paste this link into a browser....

    Submit at the end.

    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:35 AM by James Gleason
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Language Arts 2015-16

  • Mrs. A. Chakravarti                     achakravarti@stamfordct.gov
  • 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 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
  • This past week and the upcoming week
    Over the past week, students read Greek myths and then composed their own myth in L.A. and Social Studies classes.
    On Thursday, they started learning about lyric poetry and writing their own poems exploring a particular feeling or emotion.
    On Friday they took the MATH SBAC Computer Adaptive test.

    Next week:
    Monday--we will continue working on individual poems.
    Tuesday and Wednesday--we will work on grammar:  prepositions, prepositional phrases, how to punctuate dialogue correctly.
    (based on my review of their writing needs)
    Wednesday is also an early dismissal day.  I will take all the L.A. classes to the SMMS Book Fair during class time .
    Thursday--Begin reading book club books( students in each class will choose from a selection of books and form a book club; they will read a particular book over a few weeks)
    Friday--Part 1 of the 4th quarter reading assessment: read a non-fiction, biographical excerpt and answer multiple choice questions.


    Monday:  Finish the poem at home if necessary.  Independ. reading
    Tuesday:  Grammar homework about prepositions and dialogue.  Independ. reading
    Wednesday:  Independent reading.  

    Posted Apr 22, 2016, 12:53 PM by Anna Chakravarti
  • Last week and the week of April 18
    Last week we started learning about Greek myths in preparation for a joint interdisciplinary project with Social Studies.
    We also got ready for the L.A. SBAC by reviewing important terms and working on assignments similar to the SBAC questions.
    L.A. SBAC test was taken on Friday, April 15.

    This week:
    Students are working on creating their own Greek-style myths in L.A. and Social Studies classes.  
    They will have 2 class periods today and 2 class periods tomorrow in school to write their myths. (90 min. each day)
    Friday--Math SBAC


    Independent reading/chart every evening.
    Tuesday and Wednesday:  Work on your myth at home if you need extra time.
    Thursday:  Greek myth is due.

    Posted Apr 18, 2016, 5:23 AM by Anna Chakravarti
  • Week of April 11
    Welcome back!
    This week we have the Maritime Aquarium trip tomorrow (Tuesday).
    Friday--Language Arts SBAC testing 

    Today we started doing some interdisciplinary work with Social Studies.  Since Mr. Fallon is discussing ancient Greece, we are starting to work on writing a unique Greek myth.  We will be working on this assignment in  both classes, and it will count towards a grade for both L.A. and Social Studies.
    We are also preparing for the L.A. part of the SBAC test in class.

    Mon-Thurs--independent reading/ record your reading on the chart.
    Weds-- read an informational text and summarize it on the sheet that will be provided.
    Posted Apr 11, 2016, 1:15 PM 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

  • March 14-24 & April 11, 2016 Students viewed and discussed the art of Roy Lichtenstein, the famous pop artist who elevated cartoons to “high art” by enlarging them. They used technique of grid enlargement on one ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2016, 11:23 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • March 14-18 Turquoise Team students enlarged one illustration from Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” in honor of Earth Day. The students began by viewing and discussing the grid enlargement techniques used by Roy ...
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 5:57 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • February 25, 2016 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 Feb 25, 2016, 10:22 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • January 19-22 Students continued working on their “Greek” puppets, painting, varnishing with a gloss medium, and cutting out the fabric for the body. Students will be out of the art room in ...
    Posted Jan 24, 2016, 6:39 AM by Heidi Beutler
  • January 11-15 Students continued work on their Greek puppets. They built features, added accessories and covered the heads and hands with paper mache. Next week we will begin to paint.
    Posted Jan 18, 2016, 6:11 AM by Heidi Beutler
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