Math with Ms. Rodgers:
Students have spent several weeks studying all operations with fractions. This is a topic that students will revisit again in 7th grade and mastery of fractions is essential for success in future math courses. If you would like more resources to help your student continue working on fractions, please feel free to let me know. The second half of this chapter is a review of decimal operations as well as introducing students to working with negative rational numbers. There will be an end of the unit test the week of February 15th. Students will then begin to learn about algebraic expressions and equations and inequalities.
These students are completing an extensive student of equations and inequalities. After reviewing how to solve one step equations, the difficulty quickly ramped up and included solving fairly complicated two-step equations, inequalities, and word problems. I am very impressed with how quickly these students have mastered solving these equations! We are now beginning a unit on ratios, proportions, and percent.
Science with Ms. Rodgers:
Both Marigold and Emerald are in the midst of a study of plants. Students have learned about plant types, needs, structure, and flowering plant reproduction. We are in the midst of a 4-week experiment in which we are observing the impact of removing one factor for plant growth from each plant to determine which has the greatest impact on the plant growth We will also be germinating different types of seeds. In the next two weeks, we will continue our study of other types of plant reproduction, plant adaptations and then conclude with an introduction to Gregor Mendel’s genetic experiments with pea plants. We are using interactive student notebooks extensively in this unit. If you are curious about what your student is learning, take a look at their notebooks! Some might think the study of plants is a little dry, so to keep students engaged, we are also learning about carnivorous plants such as drosera, roriridula, and the famous Venus Flytrap
Literature with Dr. Thomas:
Emerald will be reading two 'nontraditional' texts this month! We will be reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, a National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner. This memoir is written in verse and paints a picture of her childhood growing up during the 1960s and 1970s. This book will help us learn more about literary devices and poetry. We will also be reading March by John Lewis. This graphic novel tells the story of Congressman Lewis's life and role during the Civil Rights Movement. Together these books will help students understand how we can learn a great deal about history through literature.
Writing with Ms. McGlathery:
Hello Parents! For the month of February, the Emerald group is continuing their work on Rhetorical
Analysis. They’re analyzing the thematic core of Martin Luthor King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech”, as
well as analyzing the language and literary devices used. First, the students annotated the speech:
defining unknown words and highlighting important language. Now they must assemble that information
into thoughtful and developed five-paragraph essays. Going forward, we will be diving back into
narrative writing, with a project that will have the students create “The Soundtrack of Their Lives.”
History with Ms. Freck:
We wrapped up Middle Ages Africa about 2 weeks ago and learned a great deal about the societies of Western Africa, King Mansa Musa, and the gold trade. We have now moved on to South America and have learned about the Aztecs and the Mayans so far. We have learned how they lived their lives, worshipped their kings and read over some very interesting myths. All the students have been assigned a very small creative project to think through an interaction between a historical figure that we have studied so far and someone else. They are able to tell this story in any way that they wish including a comic book, video, series of pictures or stop motion animation.
Art with Ms. Cornwall:
February has been an exciting month so far. The students were introduced to clay and learned how to make coils and pinch pots. Each grade is working on a different clay project and has been taught sculpting and hand-building techniques. The students really enjoyed playing with clay and learning about different ceramic artists. We focused on the importance of Black History Month and created projects after viewing several images of African American pottery. Students created their own pots out of paper and drew African inspired patterns on them. We will continue to learn about influential artists such as Ladi Kwali, Harriet Powers, and David Drake this month.
Yoga with Ms. Hurst:
This month our focus area is the spine! We will be learning new twists and backbends. We will be using deep belly breathing so that we can work deeper into the twist. I am excited to be back this month!