Progress reports will go home on 12/7 & 12/8.
6th grade is beginning their interdisciplinary unit between science and ELA. All scholars should have purchased a copy of the young readers' edition of Hidden Figures by now. If not, please use the link on Mrs. Crismore's class website (crismoreclassroom.weebly.com) to purchase online. It is also available at the Book Fair until this Friday, 12/8, for $9.00. We will use this text in both classes to explore the development of scientific and societal innovations that led to American-manned space exploration and NASA's space missions. The unit will culminate with an IB task in January.
The month of December is sure to be exciting! Scholars will study Ancient Greece. They will explore the geography of Greece, military conquests of Alexander the Great, the Trojan War, Peloponnesian Wars, conflict and differences between Athens and Sparta, mythology, the Olympics, and more. They are building upon their prior knowledge of the 7 characteristics that build and maintain a civilization. Scholars will do a team activity in class, as well as complete a Greece Newspaper as their performance task/project. Scholars will look at how civilizations yearn for power and what that looks like in Greece. Why do civilizations expand and what is the result of their expansion? Why do people need government? How do people get the things they want and need? What are the technological impacts on modern society from Ancient Greece? The IB theme for this unit is: Global interactions and demand for sustainability results in acquisition of new territories which leads to conflict and compromise. Scholars will begin their study of Ancient Rome after Winter Break, once they have studied democracy and how it failed in Greece. Scholars will take their second interim test before the break. It will cover Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, and Ancient India.
Our winter concert is on Thursday, December 14th, 7PM, at North Meck High School. Our winter concert pieces are numbers 32, 34, and 36. In January we will continue developing our beginning orchestra skills. Please check my website for all information regarding my class orchestrajma.weebly.com
All classes have began their basketball unit and will be enjoying an in class tournament. Please remind your scholars to participate daily and bring the required PE shirt to change into every PE day.
In math, students will be beginning the month with their second IB project. The “All About Me” project will allow students to communicate their understanding of mathematics while sharing information about themselves. It is due on December 8th. Students should also be working on their December homework calendar nightly.Khan Academy is a great resource for students to use for extra practice for all concepts. Part 2 of the NC Checkins Test is scheduled to happen once we return from winter break; January 8-10th.
This month in science we have begun our Space Unit in conjunction with ELA reading Hidden Figures. We will first learn about Earth and the other stellar bodies in our galaxy. Science will then move on to NASA exploration, which will go with the project in ELA.
The dance scholars have enjoyed a guest artist for 2 days per grade level the weeks of November 27 and December 4. Kyndra Long teaches private lessons at Spirit Square and works as the Carolinas Healthcare System Athletic Trainer at West Charlotte High School in CMS. She engaged our JMA dance scholars in contemporary/hip hop choreography. It will be presented at the Winter Dance Concerts in January.In addition, the 6th grade dance scholars have been learning about the history and culture of hip hop.
The Winter Dance Concerts are scheduled for January 9 (A Day) and January 16 (B Day). I will send more specific information home with your scholar before the winter break.
If your child has ordered a JMA Dance T-shirt and has not received it, please let me know. All dance scholars are required to dress out for dance daily. It is part of their weekly participation grade. If you have questions about your child’s grade, please ask. As always, thank you for your continued support.
JMA Telephone #: 980-343-3830
Keyboarding and Basic Word Processing 4A and 4B
Scholars are completing the Personal Correspondence unit by writing a letter to a high school student. Scholars completed an electronic “ask questions” plan sheet. They will conclude the unit by writing a business response and write a memo to our principal, Ms. Blue. The CTE Post Assessment will be January 11 and 12, 2018. The grade is weighted at 20% of the final semester grade.