Sunday, October 26, 2014

End of the Term is Quickly Approaching

It was great to meet with parents and families this last week for conferences. I can hardly believe that the first term is almost over. I really think that students are finally becoming 6th graders. As we come to the end of the term there are some assignments that parents should be aware of in Social Studies. First, this week students need to complete a world map that will be due on Wednesday, Oct. 29th. There will be some time available in class on Monday and Tuesday to work on it, but students will need to work at home to complete it on time. Hopefully, you have noticed them working on it. Second, there will be a comprehensive geography test next week, Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Students should be preparing for that test now. We will go over a study guide this week, however reviewing concepts and skills everyday will help prepare for the test.

The second term begins November 12th. We will then begin our study of ancient civilizations by first determining what is needed for early settlements to develop and a civilization to be created. The first actual civilization we will look at will be Mesopotamia, or ancient Iraq. This is usually all new for students, but also exciting for them.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Continuing Geography

We are continuing our study of geography. This week we discovered the 4th theme of geography, learned about elevation and contour maps, discussed articles out of Jr. Scholastic, and applied the third theme of geography by reading about the coral reefs. That was just in Social studies. In Flex we worked to discover famous land features around the world, like the Grand Canyon, the Matterhorn, Mt. Everest, as well as the Everglades.

We have about four weeks left until the end of the first term. Coming up Oct. 22nd-23rd are parent/teacher conferences. Letters should be arriving soon for you to schedule a time to come in to meet with your child’s teachers. Please make sure to send it back to your student’s Hawk Time teacher since appointments are scheduled through Hawk Time. As for homework this week, students will be having a quiz, Thursday, Oct. 16th, over the five themes of geography. Please remind your student to prepare for this quiz by studying for a few minutes each evening..

Below are pictures of students looking up fantastic land features around the world.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The One Month Mark

It is hard to believe that we have already been in school a month. Students seem to be settled in and familiar with classroom routines. Our study of geography will last about another month and then we will be on to studying ancient civilizations.

This last week students learned how to measure distance using map scales, and we considered the third theme of geography, “Human-Environment Interactions”. This means that students learned construction of any building has an impact on the environment, and that the environment has its impact on man. In relation to this students learned the history of some famous landmarks of the world.

Since we have to share computer time with other teachers and classes, we will pause in our practice of keyboarding skills. However, students can practice at home and I hope that they will continue to this. However, I hope to be able to find some open time in labs to be able to practice typing skills again here at school.

Finally, this week students participated in the school jog-a-thon. Pictures below are pictures of my Hawk Time students preparing their poster, and other activities related to that event, including students running.
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