G6 ESL, 16-20 January

What is happening in G6 ESL?

It’s a very busy week with three core assessments for the second week of the second semester.

Mon 16 Tues 17 Wed 18 Thurs 19 Fri  20
Eng Cornerstone Assessment in class # 1 Eng Cornerstone Assessment in class # 2 SS Service Learning group presentations
Science Quiz Science Quiz

EAP

Students will begin each lesson with a game or activity to practice their speaking and listening skills. There will then be a rotation of station activities where students circulate between energy vocabulary games (prep for the new science unit), publishing their holiday haiku on the computer, short story reading and ePortfolio reflections.

English

Students will prep, draft and write the Cornerstone writing assessment over two days in class time. They will continue reading short stories in preparation for writing their own.

Social Studies

Students will work on their Service Learning projects and present the work and ideas they have done so far. Group presentations will take place in class on Friday.

Science

Students will undertake the Matter quiz on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Check Google Classroom EAP or the ESL Resources to help review.

They will then learn about the different forms of energy on Thursday and Friday. Be sure to review the vocab cards on this topic. There are also plenty of books to read in class.

Energy Vocab Matching

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G6 ESL, 9-13 January, 2017

What is happening in ESL this week?

Welcome to 2017 and welcome back to school! It will be exciting to hear all the holiday stories from around the world. We are about to embark on the second semester of Grade 6 and it will be as busy as the first!  I trust that  2017 will be a marvellous year for all of us.

Changes:

Remember there is no Wellness this semester. Advisories are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tutorials are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Mon 9 Tues 10 Wed 11 Thurs 12 Fri 13
Student HOLIDAY Semester 2 and Quarter 3 begin
Advisory (just for day 1) Advisory Tutorial

The theme for Quarter 3 is DISCOVERYThe essential questions for this unit are:

  • How do discoveries happen?
  • How do new discoveries affect the truth?
  • Why would a discovery not be accepted?
  • What makes things true?

EAP

In EAP students will discover themselves as poets by writing haiku about their holidays. They will discover what phonemes are and how to use them in writing and spelling. They will also reflect on their semester 1 work and update their eportfolio.

ENGLISH

The new unit in English is focused on discovering yourselves as writers and what makes a good story. Students will read short stories together in class from different books and an anthology collated by Avi, called “Best Shorts.”

All students are encouraged to read selections in this book and any other short stories they may come across. Students will be analyzing and looking at techniques and strategies authors use to write an effective short story in order to prepare and guide them through the process of writing their own short story later in the term.

Students will also be reading short stories in preparation for the G6 Cornerstone writing assessment that will take place next week. This will be an expository piece of writing that reflects all the skills students learned and practiced in semester 1.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies students will rediscover their Service Learning project. They will review the work their group has done to date, and make plans for implementing their service.

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SCIENCE

Students will review the Matter unit for an upcoming quiz.

When that is done next week, they will “discover” different forms of energy while undertaking a variety of tasks in the lab.

G6 EAP 20-22 March, 2016

What is happening in G6 ESL?

It was wonderful to see so many parents participate and contribute to the PCA Cultural Show last Friday. Thanks also to all the parents and students who participated in Student Led Conferences on Wednesday. I hope it was helpful to share your middle school learning journey. I am also meeting many parents to touch base and confirm ESL goals for the last quarter of the year. This meeting is optional. If you have not signed up and would like to do so, please put you name on the schedule (sent out in a previous email), or email me personally.

It is a short 3-day week this week at school. I hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable spring break and are full of energy when they are back at school on the 4th April.

Remember on Wed 23 April you can wear traditional dress from your country or the colors of your country for International Day. There will be a flag ceremony in the ES playground at 8.30am and a special MS Assembly during Advisory.

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EAP

Only A block has EAP this week due to the holiday. Students will undertake a reading comprehension assessment, continue practicing reading skills and put into practice all the grammar skills they have been learning by writing fluent and correct paragraphs.

ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES

Research for the Future Forecast project will continue and should be completed by Wednesday. Presentations for the project are scheduled for 20th April.

Copy of MISO Research Method

Future Forecast Project Guidelines 2015-2016

Of course students are expected to continue reading and completing their summary surveys for the Genre Wheel. The second part of the GW Challenge will be introduced using a Compare and Contrast brain frame. The teachers will model conferencing about a book during library on Wednesday.

GW Summaries ESL Scaffold

SCIENCE

Students will continue their investigation of electrical circuits. It may be shocking!

REMINDERS 

Mon 20 Tues 21 Wed 22 Thurs 23 Fri 24
Sign up for Activity Day 3.30pm onwards International Day HOLIDAY HOLIDAY
Science Electricity packet finished HOLIDAY HOLIDAY
FF Research finished HOLIDAY HOLIDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G6 ESL, 14- 18 March, 2016

What is happening in G6 ESL?

Last week students registered for their G7 elective choices. Most students received a confirmation letter in their email. If you had a problem, make sure you see Ms Pekin or your counselor.

EAP

In EAP students will practice and review sentence structure and dialogue for the upcoming English Quiz. They will prepare for their EAP SLCs, and continue practicing their reading and comprehension skills with short stories and articles. Students will also continue to review the vocabulary needed for the science electricity unit.

ENGLISH

English is connected to the SS Future Forecast assignment. The language of advertising will continue to be studied. Brain frames will be used to help plan and structure thoughts. Research skills will be developed through the MISO process and culminate in an advertisement.

Copy of MISO Research Method

Students are again expected to continue to read and complete their summary surveys for the Genre Wheel. Some students have been doing this diligently and reading a wide range of books; others need to make more effort. Your organization grade in EAP reflects the effort you have been making for this task.

GW Summaries ESL Scaffold

SOCIAL STUDIES

Last week in Social Studies, students brainstormed topics and selected an area of interest to study. This week students will develop their questions and figure out how to gather information through the MISO and the Big 6 Research process.

Future Forecast Project Guidelines 2015-2016

SCIENCE

Students will continue their investigation of electrical circuits. It will be electrifying!

REMINDERS 

Mon 14 Tues 15 Wed 16 Thurs 17 Fri 18
Sentence Structure and Dialogue Quiz PTA Cultural Show
12pm school finishes.Student Led Conferences Current Events: Koki & Hafizh,Takeru
12.30- 2.30pm A- K conferences Sentence Structure and Dialogue Quiz
  3- 5pm L- Z conferences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G6 ESL 8-12 March, 2016

 

What is happening in G6 ESL?

Wow, what a busy week last week. Students had MAP tests, a science presentation, a SS presentation, and their short story final due. This week should be a bit calmer, although there will be an EAP quiz on sentence structure and verb tenses.

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If you were absent, or did not finish a MAP test last week, you may go to the Loft House to finish on Tues, Wed, Thurs, or Fri 3-4pm, or Wed morning 7.15- 8.15am.

During EAP this week students will sign up for their G7 course registration. At this stage all students will write that they are doing EAP in G7. End of year testing will be conducted in May, and students will be informed if they will be remaining or exiting EAP towards the end of the school year when all their grades, assessments and results are in. If they exit, they will select another language or elective at that time. Please make sure you know what your elective choices are and that you have discussed them with your parents. Course registration can only be done at school. Block EAP A will sign up on Tuesday 9th March. EAP H will sign up Fri 12th March.

EAP

In EAP students will have a quiz on tenses and sentence structure. They will then focus on the skills for verb agreements needed in writing and speaking. Students will also practice reading skills and comprehension with short stories and articles. Finally, they will also go over vocabulary need for the science electricity unit.

ENGLISH

English will be connected to the SS Future Forecast assignment. Research skills will be developed and culminate in a presentation of your choice that will communicate learning.

Students are also expected to continue to read and complete their summary surveys for the Genre Wheel. Some students have been doing this diligently and reading a wide range of books; others need to make more effort. Your organization grade in EAP reflects the effort you have been making for this task. EAP students are expected to have completed two books by the end of this week in order to do a comparative task based on their reading.

GW Summaries ESL Scaffold

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies, students will be introduced to the Future Forecast project.

Future Forecast Project Guidelines 2015-2016

SCIENCE

Students will investigate electrical circuits. This will be the start of an inquiry similar to the magnetic inquiry students just completed; only this time based on electricity.

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REMINDERS 

Mon 8 Tues 9 Wed 10 Thurs 11 Fri 12
MAP Math MAP Math   Poo reading comprehension due (H)   Current Events: Lain, Mitsuki, Constantin
  Course Registration A     Course Registration H
  EAP Quiz A   EAP Quiz H Circus reading comprehension due

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G6 ESL, 29 Feb- 4 March, 2016

What is happening in G6 ESL?

It was lovely to have a long weekend, but now it’s full steam ahead to get all those major projects completed in English, Science and Social Studies this week. Students also have MAP tests to undertake.

EAP

In EAP students will continue to review verb tenses, practice their reading comprehension and will again have some additional time to complete the core projects listed below.

ENGLISH

In English, students are revising and editing their short stories.

Students should be continuing to read and complete their summary surveys for the Genre wheel.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies, students are working on their Otzi project and should be ready to present on Thursday and Friday.

SCIENCE

In Science the Magnetic Inquiry written lab report should be finished so students can practice their presentations.

REMINDERS 

Mon 29 Tues 1 Wed 2 Thurs 3 Fri 4
MAP Language MAP Language MAP Reading   MAP Math
  Science written report finished Eng Short story due SS Otzi Presentations SS Otzi presentations
    3pm Math Honors Testing Science magnet presentations Science magnet presentations

 

 

 

 

G6 ESL, 22- 26 February, 2016

What is happening in G6 ESL?

I hope you had a restful weekend have had recovered from our exciting CWW adventures last week.

This week is a three-day week for students. In all subject areas you will finish off tasks you started before CWW. Next week will be busy with major assignments due and MAP testing.

EAP

In EAP students will  review verb tenses, practice their reading comprehension and have some additional time to complete the core projects listed below.

ENGLISH

In English, students are revising and editing their short stories.

Students should be continuing to read and complete their summary surveys for the Genre wheel.

SOCIAL STUDIES

In Social Studies, students are working on their Otzi project and should be ready to present next week.

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SCIENCE

In Science the Magnetic Inquiry should be finished and ready to present next week as well

REMINDERS 

Monday 22 Tues 23 Wed 24 Thurs 25 Fri 26
EDSA Holiday for students ISM Holiday
Monday 29 Tues 1 Wed 2 Thurs 3 Fri 4
MAP

Language

MAP

Language

Short stories due Otzi Presentations
MAP

Reading

MAP

Math

 

G6 ESL: 8-12 February

What is happening in G6 ESL?

Happy lunar New Year to all those who will be celebrating this weekend!

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Mon 8 Tues 9 Wed 10 Thurs 11 Fri 12
HOLIDAY EAP Vocab Quiz English reading assessment
English short story drafts due Current Events: Ryo & Amanta

EAP

 Speaking and Listening

  • Games and challenges to practice speaking audibly (clearly), fluently and confidently.

Writing

  • There will be lessons on tense, especially third person and past tense, as well as characteristics of dialogue.
  • Students will review sentence structure and the use of punctuation.

Reading

  • Students will practice reading and comprehending non- fiction.  Genre Wheel reading and recording will also continue.

ENGLISH

Students’ short story drafts are due to be turned in on Wednesday.

Mini lessons on revising and how to improve your drafts will be conducted.

SOCIAL STUDIES

Research on how Otzi died should be nearly complete. Students will be preparing a presentation to persuade people to agree with their theory using the evidence they have gathered from their research.

SCIENCE

Magnetic Inquiry task continues. Remember to write in 3rd person, past tense.

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G6 ESL: 1-5 February, 2016

What is Happening in G6 ESL?

What a busy weekend with IASAS and The MS Play. Well done to all those involved. And now it is already February!

There is a full week ahead with a holiday next Monday for the lunar New Year.

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Mon 1 Tues 2 Wed 3 Thurs 4 Fri 5
EAP Vocab Quiz
Current Events: Maria

EAP

Speaking and Listening

  • Sneaky Conversation game. The focus is on speaking audibly (clearly), fluently and confidently.

Writing

  • There will be lessons on tense, especially third person and past tense, as well as characteristics of dialogue.

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Reading

  • Students will look at the characteristics of non- fiction texts, in addition to Genre Wheel reading and recording.

ENGLISH

Students will be drafting their short story scene. Mini lessons will be on “The Mix” which includes description, dialogue, introspection and action. Good writers include “a mix” of these elements in their writing.

Students are expected to be reading every day as part of their Genre Wheel Challenge.

SOCIAL STUDIES

This week students will be CSIs (Crime Scene Investigators). They will be researching about a Neolithic corpse, Otzi, and using research skills to figure out how Otzi died. This will include non-fiction reading and the deep thinking skills of hypothesizing, justifying, evaluating and analyzing.

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SCIENCE

Students will continue with their Magnetic Inquiry task. They will write up their lab report in the 3rd person, past tense.