Updated: March 2020
Language and Literacy:
- Recites nursery rhymes, poems, and chants using expression
- Demonstrates phonological awareness(rhyming, alliteration, letter-sound knowledge)
Approaches to Learning:
- Explores the arts in multiple ways.
Cognition and General Knowledge:
- Demonstrates knowledge of the characteristics of living things and the physical properties of objects and materials
Physical Well Being and Motor Development:
- Takes care of physical needs and engages in discussions about health and safety.
- Retelling familiar stories, including key details.
- Identifying the main topic of a nonfiction text and retelling key details of the text.
- Identifying ending parts in words that are the same.
- Identifying and writing high frequency words quickly.
- Blending word parts together.
- Comparing weights of different objects.
- Estimating, measuring, and comparing amounts.
- Combining ten and more quantities to compose “teen” numbers.
- Comparing written numbers 0-20 on a number line using greater than and less than.
Science and Social Studies:
- Discussing how living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
This month we will be reading folktales and discussing the message of a story. Throughout the word study component, students will continue to work with long vowels and contractions. During writing, students will write opinion pieces. They will state their opinion and give facts to support their opinion.
Unit 6 is tightly focused on addition and subtraction to 20. During this unit, first graders continue to develop fluency with addition and subtraction facts to 10 and strategies for working with facts to 20. Students make extensive use of the number rack to model and solve number combinations and story problems of all types. In the process, they learn how to write and solve equations that involve unknowns in all positions and determine whether addition and subtraction equations are true or false. Throughout the unit, the interesting and sometimes amazing habits of penguins offer engaging story problem contexts for young learners.
We are focusing on identifying the main purpose of a text.
We are focusing on writing opinion pieces that introduce a topic express an opinion, supplies reasons to support their opinion and a concluding statement.
We are focusing on understanding place value up to 1000, adding and subtraction in multiples of 10 and 100, counting money in multiples of 5, 10, and 25.
In Unit 5 we will return to the study of multiplication, especially as it relates to division. Students again build arrays, but use them to model and solve division as well as multiplication problems. Story problems play a major role in the first two modules, helping students to connect their everyday experiences with division to more formal mathematical concepts. As they solve and pose story problems, students encounter two different interpretations of division—sharing and grouping—and have numerous opportunities to build understandings of both. Much of the work in Modules 2 and 3 revolves around fact families, while Module 4 features an introduction to area, a topic that will be revisited in Unit 6.
Reading: I can describe the relationship between ideas using keywords to show time, sequence, and cause and effect. Teacher along with students will develop anchor charts to go with each concept. Students will also continue to identify and understand character development within a story.
Writing: We will be finishing up discussing the pros and cons of our on demand opinion writing pieces. We will then move into write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly through the writing process.
Social Emotional Learning: Students will work in small groups to determine one thing that is unfair. Students will brainstorm actions children their age might take to address the problem.
English/Language Arts: In Reading we will continue to find theme and topics that are revealed through the character’s actions, the setting and the events that occur. Students will be reading excerpts in reading and writing and responding to them using examples and evidence to support their thinking.
Math: In math we will continue Unit 6, reviewing multiplication and division strategies. The following unit will be on geometry. Students will be learning about angles and how to use a protractor to measure. We will be reviewing geometric shapes and their attributes.
Social Studies: The focus will be on learning about Ohio inventors and their contribution to our lives.
Reading: Students will be exploring historical fiction, expository nonfiction, and revisiting traditional literature in depth and their big ideas. They will understand the elements that make up each genre.
Writing: Students will write about reading in relation to historical fiction. They will produce writing pieces including an opinion piece, expository nonfiction, and a response to literature.
Word Study: Students will be completing units of review, suffixes, prefixes, and regular & irregular plurals.
Math: We will complete multiplication of whole numbers, fractions, and mixed numbers by fractions and whole numbers and begin division of whole numbers and fractions using models and algorithm. We will also graph ordered pairs on the coordinate grid and return to determining volume of prisms.
Science: We will focus on the forces that affect motion, including changes in speed, the amount of force applied to an object, and the changes in mass of an object.
Social Studies: We will explore democracies, monarchies, and dictatorships in order to understand how governments work.
During the month of March, students will be analyzing writing prompts to determine the difference between argumentative and explanatory writing. Within the next few weeks, students will be reviewing literary and informative standards taught throughout the year.
The month of March will start off with an extremely important topic for sixth grade math students- measures of central tendency. This means students will be learning about mean (average), median, and statistical questions. These topics are usually covered heavily on both the AIR test and the NWEA MAP tests that students are required to take this year. That means students must focus and learn how to use each concept. We will follow that up with lessons on box plots, a topic that usually begins as a struggle for many students but once it is grasped is fairly easy. We will end the month with a review of unit rate and writing multiplication equations.
During the month of March, students in social studies will wrap up their studies on Ancient Egyptian culture discussing agricultural impact to their social structures and religion found within that culture in ancient times. Following the Egyptian unit students will move into studying Ancient Chinese culture in mid-March. Students will apply understanding through group work, projects, and quizzes.
During the month of March, students be at the beginning of their studies on physical science. Students will begin their learning about the atomic structure found in all matter that creates the known elements in our universe. We will have a guest from the SMARTS program to incorporate music into the curriculum. Students will apply understanding through group work, projects, and quizzes. Students will also present their independent science fair research project on March 6th.
In the month of March, 7th grade students will wrap up their learning of argumentative reading and writing with a formal writing piece. Students will also analyze the major components and differences between argumentative and informative/explanatory prompts. We will then review literary and informative standards taught throughout the year to prepare for the Language Arts Ohio State Test administered at the end of the month.
March will see the 7th Grade math students working with the percent increase, decrease, and solving linear equations. The students in Compacted Math will begin working with the slope and intercepts of equations.
The students will be finishing Medieval Europe and be heading into the importance of the Crusades. This will lead into the Renaissance.
Throughout the month of December, students in 7thgrade science will continue studying severe storms and what causes them. The students will then begin diving into the seasons, which will take us through the end of studying weather and climate. Throughout this unit, the students will be creating, investigating, and showing their knowledge with a variety of activities. The students will be able to show their knowledge through group work, posters, projects, and lab activities.
English/Language: During the month of March, 8th grade students will demonstrate their learning of argumentative reading and writing with a formal writing piece. Students will also analyze the major components and differences between argumentative and informative/explanatory prompts. We will then review literary and informative standards taught throughout the year to prepare for the Language Arts Ohio State Test administered at the end of the month.
In 8thgrade math this month, we are working on the standards in chapter 6 and 7. These standards cover similar figures, transformations, systems of equations, and scatter plots. The students are currently working on similar figures and justifying why and how they are similar. This will move into congruence and scale factor. Students have been applying their knowledge through group work, posters, and quizzes. All of this work is tracked on data trackers and students are able to track their progress as well.
During the month of March students in Algebra will explore exponential functions and their application in growth/decay problems. Students will also analyze the effects that domain has on functions.
During the month of March, 8th grade Social Studies students will focus their attention on Disputes over sectional issues between 1820-1850 and the nature of Federalism. students will learn how the 14th, 15th. 16th Amendments were added to the constitution. Students will engage in discussion that focuses on the issues of slavery and how it caused the nation to become divided. Finally the Emancipation Proclamation and early Civil War Battles
During the month of March, students in 8th grade will focus a majority of their attention on heredity in Science class. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how traits and genes are passed from one generation to the next. Students will use punnett squares to model the process of dominant and recessive genes and the likelihood that particular gene will be passed on to offspring. Lastly, students will learn how DNA makes each individual unique.