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Week of October 31, 2016

Happy All Saints' Day! November is the month the Church prays for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. I will be passing out a prayer card with the prayer from St. Gertrude. Please pray it with your children and remind them what a wonderful thing it is to be united with all souls...the Communion of Saints!
This is what the week will look like:
Math 7Y - We continue to work on Integers. Look for a Quiz on Thursday that would evaluate how well your child can add, subtract, multiply and divide them. We will also revisit prime factorization this week!
Math 7X - We have been working on the Pythagorean Theorem. Look for a quiz on Thursday!
Math 6X - We are multiplying and dividing decimals this wee.
Reading - We will be working on inferences as we look more closely at two of my favorite pieces of poetry, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Lee Frost and "Hope is the Thing" by Emily Dickinson. If we have time this week we will look at a plot diagram, discussing each of the 5 main elements.
Religion - We will be studying for our Unit 1 test and then talking about Abraham and how he made a Covenant of faith with the One, True God!

Week of October 24

It was so very nice to meet up with parents during our conferences last week. Thank you for taking the time to come or to notify me by e-mail. If there is someone who would like to connect/chat/e-mail me about their child, please do not hesitate to contact me!
A big "thank you" goes out to Fr. Chris, who came into the classroom to bless our rosaries. Before he would bless them, he gave the kiddos an informal quiz on the rosary. You would have been very proud of them. They impressed Fr. with their knowledge!!!
Here's what the week should look like:
Math - 7y - We have finally moved into Chapter 2 - Integers. We will be adding and subtracting integers!
Math - 7X - We start the week estimating square roots and learning how to factor them. Toward the end of the week, we look at cube roots!
Math - 6X - The 6th graders will be using Math on Monday as the Tech Day they earned during the Run4Fun campaign. The rest of the week we will continue our work with decimals - adding and subtracting. Look for a quiz on Wednesday or Thursday.
Reading - We are finishing our second novel, A Year Down Yonder and looking at elements of a story, particularly point of view and tone/mood of a story.
Religion - We take a look at Noah and the Tower of Babel, finishing up Chapter 4. Chapter 5 is a review unit that will prepare the students for a test over Unit 1. We will also prepare for hosting Mass for All Saints Day!

Week of October 18

So sorry to get this out late! Hope everyone enjoyed their extra day to  relax! We teachers were busy working on our faith journey. That was such a great treat for me to read Scripture and reflect...all before meeting and conferencing with parents!
Here's how our week should go:
Math - 7y - Finishing some work on Order of Operations and then moving into Integers.
Math - 7x - Looking at square roots and vocabulary and estimating and simplifying roots.
Math - 6x - We are working on decimals, determining value and putting them in order.
Reading - 6th Grade - We asre working on finishing A Year Down Yonder!
Religion - Finishing Chapter 4 about how sin entered our world and what that has done to the world we live in.

Week of October 10

Please do not forget that the final day for turning in pledges/money for the Run4Fun will be Thursday! 6B, we are so close to that Electronics Day!!!
 
Because the 6th grade is at Camp Kern until Wednesday, most of this post is dealing with the 7th grade Math. Here's what is going on:
7Y - Math - We will be working with integers. That means being able to put them in order from least to greatest or greatest to least, adding them and finally subtracting them. If there is time, we will be working with multiplying and dividing them!
7X - Math - We will be working with exponents, taking a look at what happens to a number when using negative exponents. There will also be work with scientific notation and where it is used in the 'real world'.
6X - Math - We will be introducing integers on Thursday!
 
Religion - On Thursday, October 13, (which just happens to be the feast of the Miracle at Fatima) we will be making rosaries! If any parent would like to come in and offer assistance, you are more than welcome. Please be here by 11:00. I will have a refresher course on how to tie those knots!
 
 

Week of October

Welcome to October, Month of the Holy Rosary! Here's what's happening this week:
Religion: We are working on Chapter 4 which describes how sin entered our world and how important forgiveniss is to us. We will also identify components of good moral choices.
Math - 7Y - We are spending time revisiting Chapter 1 concepts in preparation for a retake of this chapter...combining like termd and solving vs simplifying equations are some of the key concepts we will take a look at again. Test will be Wednesday. At the end of the week we will work with identifying integers and absolute value!
Math - 7X - We are working of representing functions with tables, graphs and equations. Looks like a quiz over this should happen on Thursday.
Math - 6X - The students will take another look at solving for  a variable by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Expect a quiz on Wednesday. By the end of the week we will be moving into decimals!
Reading - 6th Grade - We will work on story elements, particularly point of view and then have some fun with the idioms from our novel. Expect the Vocabulary Workshop test on Friday!

Week of September 26

Religion - This week we are working on finishing our Coat-of-Arms. Within this project, the students are learning how God created them as a unique and totally "love"-able human being! They will be completing this project by Wednesday and then we move on to Chapter 4.
Math 7Y - We test over Chapter 1 and then move into our study of Integers.
Math7X - We begin Chapter 3 which is working with graphs and functions.
Math 6X - We test over Chapter 2 on Tuesday and then move into decimals.
Reading - We started our new novel, A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck which is the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago. We are taking a look at how the character, Grandma, has influenced the other characters and how important point of view can be in a story.

Week of September 19

What's happening this week?
Religion 6X - We are beginning Chapter 3, highlighting vocabulary and taking a look at Genesis. We will be identifying all God's creation and the students will be introduced to their Name Shield Project.
Math 7Y - We are working with equations and identifying coefficients and like and unlike terms. By the end of the week we will be solving equations.
Math 7X - We begin our chapter on Rational Numbers. I was hoping that this would be review and we could test by Friday! Keep working on your notebooks!
Math 6X - With part of the class we will be re-visiting Chapter 1 concepts, reviewing order of operations. By the end of the week, I hope to have all students working solutions to equations.
Reading - 6th Grade - We will be finishing up our fist novel of the year and working on Unit 2 in our Vocab Workshop. I am expecting to grade the exercises for this unit on Wednesday so that they will be ready for test on Friday!
 

Week of Sept. 12

This is how our week should go:
7Y - We are working on identifying rational numbers and simplifying expressions and will have a short quiz on the first 5 sections of Chapter 1. Then we begin working algebraic equations and how these differ from expressions.
7X - We open up the week solving equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and work with inequalities. Students should expect a quiz on Thursday that should help them prepare for the test over Chapter 1 on Friday!
6X - The six grade Math students are finishing up Chapter 1. We will work together the chapter review and then give the Chapter 1 test. Chapter 2 finds us moving into Algebra where we will work on the vocab of Math. I hope to do a little perimeter/area activity to keep those geometry terms 'fresh'.
6X Religion - The students will work on a review of Chapter 1 concepts and then move into Chapter 2 where we will take a closer look at our Bibles and, specifically, the books of the Old Testament. They will finish up their personal Bible Bookmarks.
6th Grade Reading - We continue in our novel, A Long Way From Chicago. We will check our vocabulary for the chapters covered as well as identify some of the many idioms within this read and try to figure out what they really mean! As we begin the seventh chapter, the students are going to have to predict what Grandma Dowdel is going to do this visit!

We celebrated the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a small treat and a "Hail Mary" before each class today. Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!

Week of Sept. 6

I wanted to thank you for all of your support on the night of Meet the Teacher! It was wonderful to see everyone again! This week will be a quick on because of the Labor Day holiday and an early dismissal on Friday. By class, here is how the week looks:
7Y Math - Working on scientific notation; doing some technology lab with graphing calculators and finishing the week with order of operations review. I will be checking notebooks this week!
7X Math - We are working on integers this week, reviewing adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing them. There will be a quiz on Friday to assess skills.
6X Math - We are working on order of operation this week and looking to have a quiz Thursday and I will take a look at notebooks.
6X - Religion - We discuss how God reveals His plan to us. We are also taking a look at what the Old Testament is and WHERE it is. Our prayer journals have also been used as we are writing reflections from Mass as we work on deepening our relationship with Jesus.
6th Grade - Reading - We are moving through our novel, A Long Way from Chicago have had very interesting discussions about Richard Pecks hilarious Grandma Dowdel! The talk has focused about what is making her such an interesting character and trying to discover some of Mr. Peck's talent for creating such a unique character. We are also working on our first Vocabulary Workshop unit. The test for this unit has been moved to Monday! 
 
 
Just a side note: Tomorrow is the Feast of Mary's Birth. Wish all those named Mary a happy feast day!