3-6 November, 2015

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN ESL THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Welcome back to school! I trust you all had a wonderful holiday and are rested, relaxed and ready for the term ahead. We will begin our second quarter unit on Cause & Effect this week.

The overarching questions for this topic are:

  • How can an event cause a ripple effect?
  • What came first; the chicken or the egg?
  • How do you know?

These questions will be studied in all core subjects over the term.

Mon 2 Tues 3 Wed 4 Thurs 5 Fri 6
HOLIDAY Choose Novel. Start reading. SS Asia Map Quiz
EAP HCE paragraph assessment
Homework:

EAPA

Read CE articles

Homework:

Reading

Homework:

Reading

Homework:

Reading

EAP

We will have a quick write (to practice sentence structure), read and summarize a  current event paragraph for assessment, and ensure we choose a just right book for Novel Study.

Coming up:

In EAP classes starting next week, students will undertake the WIDA assessments, which are tests that ESL students take to check their progress.

ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES

Students will undertake two independent projects this quarter. The first project is a City Visitor Guide. This has a SS focus and will take three weeks. The second project is A Novel Idea, which has an English focus. This will also take 3 weeks. However, students will select a novel to read this week in order to start reading and be ready to do the work for the project in 3 weeks time.

We will begin the new Cause & Effect unit by looking at just what cause and effect means.

The performance task for SS is a progressive one that students undertake in stages to complete the final product. Students will choose a city in the world and are expected to write a Visitor Guide to entice people to visit that city.

SCIENCE

Students will finish their mung bean blogs, and review the properties of solids, liquids and gases. They will then conduct some experiments in the lab.

 

 

 

 

Typhoon Days- Update

Dear Grade 6 Students,

I trust you have stayed safe and dry these past two days off school. Hopefully we will all be back together tomorrow, Wed  10th Dec.

The schedule for all G6 students on Wed will be:

8.30am E Block- Science Assessment 

9.45am F Block- Ted Talk Presentations 

12.20pm C Block- Ted Talk Presentations 

1.35pm D Block- Social Studies Assessment

See you tomorrow!

5-12 December, 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Thanks to everyone for bringing items for the PCF Christmas boxes. You collaborated and did a great job. Asha & Zak were selected to be our Advisory reps to help take the supplies to PCF on Tues16th.

 ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES

All students have been working studiously at school and the units in all subjects are winding up. The final Ted Talk Presentations will be on Monday. For those presenting on Monday, spend some time over the weekend practicing your presentation. Rehearsing truly helps!

In class Mon- Wed, we will spend time reading, partaking in Writing Workshop and reflecting on the semester.We have Buddy Book Club on Wednesday to discuss the final chunk. Sticky notes should be on inferences you find in the text and a transformation of your thinking.

REMINDERS

Mon 8 Tues 9 Wed 10 Thurs 11 Fri 12
Ted Talks in Home Bases Blocks 3 & 4   Buddy Book Club: Chunk 3 Inferring Transforming SPORTS DAY HALF DAYSpecial schedule
Spirit Week: Twin or Triplet Day Spirit Week:80s Theme Spirit Week:Pajama Day Spirit Week:House shirt, PE shorts, hat water bottle Spirit Week:International Day 

Bring a swimsuit & towel

        HOLIDAYS!

 

 

1- 5 December, 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

Well done to all the students who were in music concerts last week. I also hope you had a great time at the Family Fun Day last Saturday.

It’s another VERY busy week in Grade 6 with all the end of term assessments. Hang in there- just two weeks to go before the end of semester break.

ENGLISH

The big goal of this week is prepare for your Ted Talk. Your script should be finished and you may have started to collect images and cite them in Easy Bib. If your script was not done last Thursday, it was expected that you got up to date by doing it for homework over the weekend.

I can’t wait to see your wonderful presentations, as you have been working really hard on them. From what I have seen to date, the work has been impressive!

Buddy Book Club will be on Wednesday. You need have read Chunk 2 and have sticky notes on a passage where you visualized and 3 notes where you used context clues. Of course you can also have notes to remind yourself of other strategies you use as you read.

Home Task:

  1. Prepare for Ted Talk. Script and Presentation should be done. Practice your speech.
  2. BBC 2

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will review all the concepts related to Sustainable Economic Development for an assessment next Tuesday 2ndh Dec. You will be expected to know what the main components of Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption and Disposal are, how they impact the world, and what some possible solutions for sustainability could involve.

Use your notes and the power points from class to help you review. Everything to review is in the Eng/ SS Resources folder. Watching “The Story of Stuff” again may also be helpful.

The Story of Stuff

Home Task:

  1. Ted Talk Prep.
  2. Review for Material Economy Quiz Tuesday

REMINDERS

Mon 1 Tues 2 Wed 3 Thurs 4 Fri 5
Product GroupBlocks 3 & 4:Image finding, Presentation making, Speech practice. Materials Economy Quiz Buddy Book Club 3: Context Clues & Visualizing Blocks 3 & 4Ted Talk Presentations  
Advisory- PCF boxes filled and packed. Current Events:Ryuta, Thallia, Zak      
         

24-28 November, 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

GENERAL

There is a lot going on at the moment! We just seem to be in a whirlwind of work, research, reading, assessments, extra curricula activities, sport, concerts, service learning…and getting things finished before the midyear break. There is plenty of work to do in all subjects in 6th grade. It will help if you are organized and make sure you do chunks of homework each night. Do not leave things to the last minute, (hint hint), especially if you want to have some time off to enjoy at the Family Fun Fair this coming weekend!

ENGLISH

Students will also undertake the Cornerstone Writing Assessment at the start of the week. This will take 2 sessions and is embedded in our curriculum unit. Students will be writing about their product and can have access to their notes that they prepared last Thursday and Friday. Students will have the opportunity to revise and edit the essay they write for their Cornerstone, which will be the backbone of their Ted Talk presentation and a summative assessment for the unit that they submit following week.

On Wednesday, students will meet to discuss their first chunk for Buddy Book Club. There should be post-its with notes on them in your book recording your thinking as you read. The discussion foci are questioning and connecting.

HomeworkReading and post-it notes for BBC.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies we will finish the Disposal component of the Materials Economy (Vergel HB) and brainstorm ways to Redesign the System. You will have the opportunity to think hard and be creative in doing this. We will also review the concept of Sustainability.

Last week we looked at Consumption. These are some interesting videos to view if you would like to continue thinking on this issue.

The Cost of Cool Part 1

The Cost of Cool Part 2

The Cost of Cool Part 3

Let me know what you think; do you agree or disagree with the points made? Do you have any other ideas/ thoughts/ suggestions?

http://www.cartoonmovement.com/depot/cartoons/2011/04/s3tsmNACRKCzRZzCaMslRA.jpeg

Homework: continue to research if you need more information to answer the Guiding Questions and work on your Ted Talk visual presentation.

REMINDERS

Remember also to bring items for your PCF boxes. Try and have all items by this week.

Mon 24 Tues 25 Wed 26 Thurs 27 Fri 28
Cornerstone Writing Assessment Cornerstone Writing Assessment Buddy Book Club Chunk 1 Connecting & Questioning Product Groups blocks 3 & 4 Product Groups blocks 2 & 3
Current Events: Tenghuy, Kish, Maria.2nd Dec: Ryuta, Zal, Thallia
Wear your House shirt!

 

 

 

 

Sentence Structure Review

Below are some sites to help you review SENTENCE STRUCTURE.

You are expected to be able to understand what comprises a sentence fragment, a run on sentence and a complete sentence. You also need to be able to recognize them in writing and texts.

SUBJECT- PREDICATE

Grammar Rock Mr Morton Subject and Predicate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGN_NxKIIFM

Subject- Predicate Rap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnbG9weNBFU

Subject Predicate song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugGZPieO9ZI

Brainpop

http://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/subjectandpredicate/]

 SENTENCE FRAGMENTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRdLNT81Hio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Dfmg6EsaRs

Brainpop

http://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/sentencefragments/

 RUN ON SENTENCES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7547pb89cFU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbKwklevB5s&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpoEkFDgQa0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7547pb89cFU

Brain Pop

http://www.brainpop.com/english/grammar/runonsentences/

17-21 November, 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK?

ENGLISH 

This week in English we will continue with RAFT writing, and continue to practice adding the trait of voice to our writing by developing a role for our product research essay.

The Sentence Structure post quiz will be on Tuesday for Vergel HB and Wed for O’Regan HB..

You are also expected to keep on reading for homework and work on your product research project.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will also have lessons on the Consumption and Disposal  components of the Materials Economy, then think about ways to Redesign the System.

http://wronghands1.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/consumption-transumption1.jpg

Finally, you have all been allocated to a product research group with a Green Team Teacher Advisor on oil, coffee, electronics or plastic. You will again have double research blocks on Monday and Thursday with this Teacher. By Thursday, your research and notes are expected to be finished. You can also work on this for homework over the week.

REMINDERS

Mon 17 Tues 18 Wed 19 Thurs 20 Fri 21
Product Research groups Blocks C & D Sentence Structure Post Quiz (V HB) Sentence Structure Post Quiz (O’R HB) Product Research groups Blocks E & F Current Events: Risliana, Tanya, Hadar, & Joseph

Product Research Schedule

Interdisciplinary Product Schedule 2014

Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
13 Nov
Research #1
(2 blocks)
Q1 & 2
11 Nov
12 Nov
13 Nov
Research #2
(2 blocks)
Q3 & 4
14 Nov
17 Nov
Research #3
(2 blocks)
Q5 & Q6
18 Nov
19 Nov
20 Nov
Research #4       (2blocks)  Synthesis
21 Nov
24 Nov
Cornerstone
Writing
25 Nov
Cornerstone
Writing
26 Nov
27 Nov
Presentation Prep
28 Nov
Presentation Prep/ Revising
1 Dec
Revising writing
2 Dec
3 Dec
Oral Practice
(Eng class)
4 Dec
Ted Talk
Presentations
5 Dec
Oral Practice
(Eng class)
8 Dec
Ted Talk Presentations
9 Dec
10 Dec
Reflection/SS and Sci assessment
11 Dec
SPORTS DAY
12 Dec
Half Day
HOLIDAYS

10-14 November, 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK? 

GENERAL

Hopefully my family will stay safe and injury-free this week so I can enjoy a full week at school.

We start our interdisciplinary project this week.

ENGLISH

In English we will continue to look at the characteristics of non-fiction texts, and review sentence structure for a test next week. Check the Eng/ SS Resources folder titled “Sentence Structure Review” for sites to help you review.

We will also go through the Big 6 Steps in the research process (a step at a time) to help integrate our skills with the product research project.

Towards the end of this week and early next week, students will practice reading and writing with different roles or voices. This will be preparation for taking on a role and creating an expository piece of writing related to their product.

SOCIAL STUDIES 

We start out Interdisciplinary Product Research project this week. Students have selected a topic on oil, coffee, plastic or electronics and will be working through the research process with different core teachers guiding them. Green Team classes will have a double block every Monday and Thursday for the next 5 weeks to work on their product research project. It’s hard work, but should be great fun!

Homework:

  • Start reviewing the websites and resources for your product research project and taking notes.
  • Do a little each night  (20 mins) so it does not get overwhelming
  • Bring earphones

Remember the terms below are very important to help your understanding of the Relationships unit. You need to know what they mean and explain them:

  • Extraction
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Consumption
  • Disposal
  • Sustainability

Explain to your parents what they mean and how they relate to the world. Give some examples!

REMINDERS

Mon 10 Tues 11 Wed 12 Thurs 13 Fri 14
Interdisciplinary Project: Product Research #1 (2 blocks) Interdisciplinary Project: Product Research #2 (2 blocks) Current Events: Hee Seo, Javier, Sarina & Martina
Homework: Product Research & Note taking Homework: Product Research & Note taking Homework: Product Research & Note taking Homework: Product Research & Note taking Homework: Product Research & Note taking (for those that are behind).Sentence Structure  review

 

 

 

3-7 November, 2014

WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN MS  O’REGAN’S CLASSES?

GENERAL

Welcome back to school! I trust you all had a wonderful holiday and are rested, relaxed and ready for the term ahead. We will begin our second quarter unit on Relationships this week.

The interdisciplinary understandings for this unit include:

  • Relationships have different levels of complexity. 
  • Relationships impact other relationships.
  • Relationships fluctuate between states of balance and imbalance.

The Social Studies focus of this unit will be to explore the economic and the global impact of consumer choices- our relationship with the rest of the world, and think about sustainability.

The English focus will be reading non fiction and understanding the characteristics of non fiction texts. We will also continue to develop our expository writing skills and understand the relationships between role, audience, format and topic (RAFT) in persuasive writing.

The essential questions for this unit are:

  • How is a relationship like a see saw?
  • How is a relationship like an onion?
  • How is a relationship like a game of dominoes?

ENGLISH

We will look at the characteristics of non-fiction texts as mentioned above, and learn about the Big 6 Steps in the research process. This is integrated with SS.

We will also learn about RAFT writing, begin viewing videos, taking notes and practicing so that you will be able to write a piece for your upcoming interdisciplinary research project. This should be a lot of fun!

  • Role
  • Audience
  • Format
  • Topic/ Theme

In addition to RAFT, we will focus on the trait of voice in writing. We will be incorporating this into our research project and Ted Talk unit performance task.

We will also learn about sentence structure. We will review and learn about subject and predicate, fragments and what makes a complete sentence. There will be a test on this in 2 weeks so keep good notes, review them and ask questions if you are not sure.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We will think about the essential questions (above) and view “The Story of Stuff” to become aware of sustainable economic systems for our new Relationships unit.  We will also think critically about different points of view and making an informed choice from information presented.

REMINDERS

Mon 3 Tues 4 Wed 5 Thurs 6 Fri 7
        Current Events: Da Young, Asha, Marco & Lavanya

 

Homework:

Supplies updated-

pencils, pens, highlighters, glue stick, post its, scissors

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Reading

Homework:

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