Can you believe we are already starting the THIRD week of our last quarter? Wow! A few more days and it will be time for our much-needed and much-anticipated Spring break! After Spring break, we have ONE WEEK before we being our CRCT testing. Please make sure that you are doing all that you can do help your child prepare for that week. The students have access to SkillsTutor (for all subjects) and IXL.com for math. Please review as much as you can! Mastery brings confidence.

With that said...

**MATH** - This week we are testing on Unit 7 - Rational Numbers and Coordinate Planes. After that assessment, we will take an end-of-the-year assessment to see where the students' strengths and weaknesses lie. This will help both teachers AND students know what skills need to be reviewed (and practiced on IXL!). The students will fill out an error-analysis form based on which questionst they got right and wrong. Please check with your child to see what skills need the most practice.

**Homework:**

- Monday - Review and study Unit 7 notes in your math journals. Make sure ALL pages are completed. You will receive a grade on your journal. This is due by Thursday.
- Tuesday - Questions #1-5 in Inequalities on the Coordinate Plane (front and back of the first page in 2-page packet).
- Wednesday - Finish Packet.
- Thursday - IXL Practice!

**LANGUAGE ARTS** - This week we are continuing our Mystery unit. The students have enjoyed learning about some real-life mysteries. Ask your child about the mysteries of the Mary Celeste, Jimmy Hoffa, the Roanoke Colony, Anastasia Romanov, and the real Men in Black! What makes these mysteries? What are their theories on what could have happened? What clues (from the text) give us information about the mystery? We are also continuing the story of our friends from Horribly Hard Middle School with our Caught'ya sentences, which has already proven to help the students with their writing.

READ!!! READ!!! READ!!! READ!!!

The students are to have an independent reading book with them EVERY DAY and be reading at least 30 minutes EVERY NIGHT. However, it is evident that some students are not reading. I check in with them one or two times a week, and while some students are showing progress in their reading, many have not shown any growth. If the students are not reading, they are not growing. PLEASE, please, PLEASE check in with your child about the book he or she is reading!

**Homework:**

- Monday - Wordly Wise Lesson 12A, B; Read 30 minutes. (Due to Spring break, WW Lesson 12 is due on Friday, not the following Monday!)
- Tuesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 12C, D; Read 30 minutes.
- Wednesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 12E, #1-8; Read 30 minutes.
- Thursday - Wordly Wise Lesson 12E, #9-15; Read 30 minutes.

Parents and Students - Please take care to follow all directions on your Wordly Wise lessons. The purpose of these lessons is to not only improve and enrich vocabulary, but also practice reading comprehension and supporting questions with text evidence in the form of a complete sentence! These are life-long skills. Please make sure packets are complete and correctly done!

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!

Here are the direct links to practice skills covered in Unit 7 - Rational Numbers. (Don't forget to LOG IN so that you get credit for practicing.) The skill is named in the link and the links open in a new window.

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/understanding-integers

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/absolute-value-and-opposite-integers

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-7/integer-inequalities-with-absolute-values

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/number-lines-with-integers

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/compare-and-order-integers

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-7/compare-and-order-integers

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/working-with-temperatures-above-and-below-zero

http://www.ixl.com/math/algebra-1/absolute-value-and-opposites

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-7/absolute-value-and-opposite-integers

http://www.ixl.com/math/algebra-1/number-lines (This skill will help in knowing how to complete number lines on BOTH sides of the zero - positives and negatives.)

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/graph-points-on-a-coordinate-plane

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/coordinate-graphs-as-maps

****http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/coordinate-graphs-review****GREAT REVIEW

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/distance-between-two-points

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/reflections-graph-the-image

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-7/reflections-find-the-coordinates

**Math** - Last week we were introduced to integers (whole numbes, positive and negative) and rational numbers (positive and negative), and absolute value. We practiced comparing and ordering and writing integers for real-world situations. This week, we will extend the students' knowledge of graphing points on a number line to graphing them on a coordinate gride, which is merely a horizontal and vertical number line intersecting, right? Easy peasy lemon squeezy! We will plot points, identify coordinate pairs, draw polygons on the coordinate grid, find distances between points, and reflect points on the grid. Piece of cake!

BUT, FIRST....................... WE WILL BE TAKING THE COUNTY BENCHMARK TEST ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY. Please make sure that your child is here, well-rested and ready to show their learning!

**Homework: **

- Monday - Integers and Absolute Value - review worksheet
- Tuesday - Integers and Rational Numbers activity sheet
- Wednesday - TBD
- Thursday - TBD
- Weekend - IXL Practice!!!

**Language Arts** - We will be starting our new unit this week - Mysteries! We will be using a variety of articles, short stories, exerpts, and poems to look at different mysteries, myths, and brainteasers. Oh yes, this last quarter will be great fun!

We will also be looking into tone vs. mood and denotation vs. connotation.

**Homework:**

- Monday - Wordly Wise Lesson 11A, B. Read 30 minutes.
- Tuesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 11C, D. Read 30 minutes.
- Wednesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 11E, #1-8. Read 30 minutes.
- Thursday - Wordly Wise Lesson 11E, #9-15. Read 30 minutes.

It's the FIRST week of the FOURTH quarter! Can you believe that we are already into our last quarter of 6th grade? It's hard to believe! Although the year is winding down, and Spring has sprung, there is still a lot of learning to be done here at Floyd Middle School. Don't sit back and let the opportunities pass you by!

**Math** - This week we will begin Unit 7 - Rational Numbers. We will be working with integers (whole numbers) and rational numbers (any number that can be plotted on a number line), positive and negative numbers (opposites), absolute value, comparing and ordering numbers, plotting these numbers on the coordinate grid, and drawing polygons on the coordinate grid. Keep practicing in IXL, and you will do GREAT this quarter!

**Homework**:

- Monday - Finish Math Minutes packet (#21-24)
- Tuesday - Understanding Integers sheet (one side only)
- Wednesday - Finish Math Journal page - Absolute Value: It's simply easy!
- Thursday - Finish the "Above and Below Sea Level" performance activity.
- Weekend - IXL Practice!

**Language Arts** - This week we will be making our writing concise and grammatically proper with "Caught'ya Sentences". Students' warm-up activity will be making sure a selection of text is written precisely and grammatically accurate, hoping not get a "Caught'ya!" from Ms. Hodges! We will also be doing a "close" reading of our Wordly Wise reading text (activity 10E) from their packets, making sure we understand fully what question is asked and how to support our answer with text evidence.

**Homework:**

- Monday - Wordly Wise Lesson 10A, B. Read 30 minutes. (It is due Mon. 3/25)
- Tuesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 10C, D. Read 30 minutes
- Wednesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 10E (#5-10, as 1-4 were done in class). Read 30 minutes.
- Thursday - Wordly Wise Lesson 10E (#11-15). Read 30 minutes.
- Weekend - READ! Make sure that your WW Lesson 10 is complete and correct. It is due Monday.

Mark your calendar! The 6th grade teachers are requesting your presence at a 6th Grade Chat on Thursday, February 28th, at 6:00 P.M. in the Library Media Center. It is intended to be a time to reflect on the year and focus on the road ahead of us (to 7th grade!). Please plan to attend. A flyer will be sent home as a reminder, AND a call-out will be made by Mrs. Hargrett on Wednesday.

**MATH** - We are continuing with our Statistics unit, adding Box-and-Whiskers Plots as a way to visually represent data. The box-and-whisker plots show five main value points - and it's all about the median - the median, the upper and lower quartiles, and the extreme high and low values. What percent of data is in each section of a box-and-whisker plot? Ask your child to explain it!

Homework:

- Monday - Box-and-Whisker Plot - Try It! Problem 2
- Tuesday - Finish the Box-and-Whisker Plot practice packet (This was started in class today, as I was at a training this morning, so students were working on the packet as class work.)
- Wednesday - Box-and-Whisker Plot practice sheet - both sides!
- Thursday - TBD

**LANGUAGE ARTS** - We will continue our novel study on The Pinballs. Our first quiz will be on Tuesday (Ch. 1-5). Students are not paying attention to what is being read, and their grades are certainly reflecting the lack of attention. Please have a discussion with your child about the importance of studying, listening, practicing, asking questions, etc.

Homework:

- Monday - Wordly Wise Lesson 7A,B, Read 30 minutes
- Tuesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 7A,B; Read 30 minutes
- Wednesday - Wordly Wise Lesson 7C,D; Read 30 minutes
- Thursday-Sunday - Wordly Wise Lesson 7E; Read, read, read!

We are in our Statistics unit, so any of the IXL skills that cover frequency tables, line plots, dot plots, stem and leaf plots, histograms, box plots (box and whiskers plots), and the like are great skills to practice!

I have included 3rd-6th grade skills. Within the links, you will find the grade and name of the skill. The lower the grade, the less rigorous the task will be. So, if you need to start out easy and work yourself up to grade level, that's okay! Find your confidence level and THEN challenge yourself when you feel you've mastered the previous level.

If you feel confident and need a challenge, 7th grade also has some of the same skills, just a bit harder.

Here are some of the exercises to use:

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-3/create-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-4/interpret-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-4/create-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/interpret-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/create-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/interpret-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/create-line-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-4/frequency-charts

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/frequency-charts

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/create-frequency-tables

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-4/stem-and-leaf-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/stem-and-leaf-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/stem-and-leaf-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/histograms

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-5/create-histograms

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/create-histograms

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/interpret-box-and-whisker-plots

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-4/mean-median-mode-and-range (Fewer data points than grade 6 skill)

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/calculate-mean-median-mode-and-range

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/interpret-charts-to-find-mean-median-mode-and-range

http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-6/mean-median-mode-and-range-find-the-missing-number

**Math** - We have started Unit 6 - Statistics. The students will be collecting, organizing, and displaying data using frequency tables, line plots/dot plots, histograms, stem and leaf plots, and box/box and whisker plots. Sounds like exciting stuff, doesn't it? :)

**Homework:**

- Monday - No school
- Tuesday - Frequency Tables with Intervals
- Wednesday - Stem and Leaf Plot
- Thursday - Histograms

**Language Arts** - We have started The Pinballs, our new novel. The students will also continue with their "Caught'ya" grammar and writing practice each day. Please make sure to bring your independent reading book EVERY day to school. It is expected, and when you come unprepared, it makes for a less than happy teacher!

**Homework:**

- Monday - No school
- Tuesday - READ 30 minutes and Wordly Wise Lesson 6A and 6B
- Wednesday - READ 30 minutes and Wordly Wise Lesson 6C
- Thursday - READ 30 minutes and Wordly Wise Lesson 6D
- Friday-Sunday - READ 30 minutes and Wordly Wise Lesson 6E (
*Packet due on Monday, February 22.*)

**The packet may be completed in any order, as long as it is completed and turned in on Monday, Feb. 22. Bonus points will be given to those who turn theirs in early! The above is simply a suggested outline for completing the packet in a timely manner. I am still only receiving the WW packets from about 8-10 students, which is terribly disappointing. Students are capable and need to be responsible for this work.

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**WISHLIST **

We are running very low on a couple of things. Perhaps you could help us out!

- Glue sticks (Elmer's is really the best!)
- Disinfecting wipes (I would like to clean the desktops regularly since it's still cold and flu season.)
- Colored copy paper (blue and yellow especially, but any fun colors would do)

**Math** - This week in Math we will continue practicing finding the volume of rectangular prisms. Our unit test will be on Thursday, and the study guide will go home on Monday. Students are expected to do at least 5 problems each night, coming to school ready to review. This is the time to ask questions! We are seeing a decline in students' academics, and much of this is due to relying only on what is done in class and NOT practicing at home. "Practice makes *permanent*" is something that is often heard in our classroom. Without the practice, the mastery is not met! Please help your child as much as you can!

Homework: *Unit Vocabulary Packet due Friday!*

- Monday - Volume practice sheet; Problems 1-7 on the study guide.
- Tuesday - Volume Review; Problems 8-14 on the study guide.
- Wednesday - Study for the Unit Test; Problems 15-20 on the study guide.
- Thursday - Unit Vocabulary Packet due Friday

**Language Arts** - This week we will be reading the book Hiroshima together as a mini-novel unit, as the book is very short. It is *imperative* that the students aer paying attention, asking questions, making connections, and thinking while they are reading. A quiz on the story will be given on Friday to assess their understanding.

Homework:

*Wordly Wise Lesson 4*packet - DUE Monday, February 11. Please be sure to work on at least one activity each night (there are 5). Don't wait until the last minute! If you work on it each night, you will be more likely to complete it or find where you might need help. If you have a question on something, please see me! Parents, very few students are turning in their homework each week, and it's very negatively affecting their grades. Please make sure to check your child's progress each night.*Six Flags Reading Log*is**past due**- If you have read the*minimum of 20 minutes*a day for homework, you would have already reached the necessary 360 minutes to complete the log. I have TWO students who have turned theirs in.**TWO! Out of 50!!!**I am so very disappointed in the follow-through that my dear students have demonstrated. Again I must say, if you are not reading every night and logging it for accountability, your grade will reflect your lack of effort. Make it happen, my friends!

**Math** - We continue practicing Surface Area using IXL in the computer lab. We will soon be starting Volume (Wednesday), so please be sure that you are practicing your area, surface area, and nets skills to have as a solid foundation! (Hah! Get it? *Solid* foundation?)

Homework:

- Monday - IXL Practice - at least 10 problems expected! If you don't have access, please draw 5 rectangular prisms or cubes, assign the length, width, and height measurements and calculate.
- Tuesday - Surface Area/Nets Take-Home Quiz
- Wednesday - Surface Area Real-World Problems
- Thursday - Volume Wkst.

**Language Arts** - We will finish typing our Writing Test essays in EssayScorer in the lab on Monday. We will then begin reading a new novel, Hiroshima. With our unit "Perspectives" still in mind, we will be looking for how the characters feelings change throughout the story using textual evidence.

Homework

*Wordly Wise Lesson 3*,**DUE**Monday, Feb. 4 (Some of you are already getting yourself WAY behind because you are not turning in your homework. It is your responsibility to make sure you have it, complete it, and turn it in!) Please stay on top of this work.- SIX FLAGS
*Reading log*- This should be completed by this week! You NEED to be reading 20-30 minutes**every**night and logging it on your Six Flags reading log - even if you don't want a free Six Flags ticket. The log IS a homework grade for the last few weeks. Get it done!!!