Reading - During the month of February, students are learning about poetry and drama. They will practice making inferences, recognizing the text features in each genre, explore figurative language and symbolism. During this time, students will read poetry and plays during IDR in order to apply their new learning to their independent reading.
Writing - Students are writing opinion essays this month. They will focus on developing opinions and using anecdotal evidence to support their reasons. Their writing will focus on developing a five paragraph essay.
5th Grade Math - In Unit 7, students explore positive and negative integers as well as order operations (PEMDAS.) They will build their understanding of how to add and subtract intergers. As they explore the order of operations, they will see the impact of PEMDAS on solutions. Students will explore line graphs as they read and draw line graphs using various data.
6th Grade math -
Our second science unit is Microworlds - In this unit, students examine everyday objects as well as microorganisms with a variety of magnifying devices. They begin by investigating several common objects with the unaided eye. Using a variety of lenses, including hand lenses, acrylic spheres, and water drops, they learn about to identify the characteristics of a magnifying lens. Next, students use a microscope to view inanimate objects. After learning proper focusing and lighting techniques, as well as how to prepare slides, students begin observing living organisms including onion cells including three microorganisms-Volvox, Blepharisma, and the vinegar eel. They study the cell structure of these organisms and observe how the organisms feed, grow, and multiply.
Social Studies. Social studies will begin again in the third trimester when students will delve into the cause and outcomes of the American Revolution as well as learn about elements of our US Constitution and Bill of Rights.