Hello Parents and Families!
ANN ARBOR HISTORY
We’ve begun our study of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor history. We’re in the process of picking and planning out our MCF projects, which range from Photos of Ann Arbor: Past and Present, Musicians, U of M Health Systems (Michigan Medicine), the Housing Market, and many more.
Next Thursday, Marlys Deen (Board Chair of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum in Ann Arbor and former student at Mack School) will come in to talk with us about her experiences growing up in Ann Arbor. We’re looking for more oral histories of Ann Arbor - if you’re willing to talk to our class OR if you’ve got some connections to someone, let us know. If you’ve got some knowledge or leads on resources/guest speakers for Ann Arbor, please let us know. Thanks!
We’ll need lots of supplies for MCF. For now, we’re in need of some tri-fold poster boards. If you’re willing and able to donate one (or more), send ‘em in. Thanks!
WRITING PROJECTS AND PEER REVIEW
As you may already know, we’ve been working on creating a story, complete with exposition, dialogue, detailed characters and setting, climax, and resolution. We’ve been working on these stories in Google Classroom and will soon begin the process of reviewing stories with peers in class to give/get feedback and edit these stories. Your child can access their story from any computer using their Google login, so feel free to encourage them to work on their stories at home.
WEEKLY MATH GOALS
This week, we introduced Weekly Math Goals. So far this year, we’ve been the ones who have assigned a minimum number of pages to do each week. Students are always welcome to do more, but we’ve set the minimum standard. This week, we talked with the kids about setting their own goals for the week. We discussed how to set a reasonable goal. For example, making sure to consider how time intensive their current math packet is, thinking about what other obligations they have this week, their other school work, etc. We also talked about how it’s possible to modify a goal over the week. If it turns out you were able to breeze through your goal in fifteen minutes, then perhaps it wasn’t ambitious enough. If you’re struggling to get it all done and your other work is being neglected, perhaps it was too large of a goal. Check in with your student about their math goal. We’ll be doing this each week for the duration of Multicultural Fair, so they’ll get a lot of practice at this valuable skill.
Don’t forget - our Realistic Fiction book projects are due this Friday!
For the month of December, our book projects will be our MCF projects. We’ll spend a lot of time in class talking about how to research a topic effectively, how to take notes, and how to summarize information gathered. The final project will be their MCF project!
Here are some things to chat with your child about this week:
Monday, 12/10, 7pm - 6th-8th grade Band Concert
Thursday, 12/13, 7pm - 6th-8th grade Orchestra Concert
Tuesday, 12/18, 1:10pm - Beginning Instrumental Informance
Thursday, 12/20, 6:30-8pm - Multicultural Fair!
12/2218-1/6/19 - NO SCHOOL. Winter Break!
Ko and Jason
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