Sixth and Seventh Grade Language Arts/Science

Week of 4/8-4/12/19

We are holding an ice cream social to raise funds for our upcoming fieldtrip to Mote Aquarium. Your child will be bringing home a letter of items needed to make this a success. 

6th Grade Science: Students will continue working in Unit 3 "Energy". Students will be working in groups to construct a Rube Goldberg machine with items brought from home. This week we will study lesson 3 and 4: Other Forms of Energy (mechanical, nuclear, electromagnetic, chemical, etc.) and conservation of energy. 

 6th Grade Focus in Language Arts - Students will be reading texts from Unit 2 - "Animal Allies". Students will focus on poetic devices and structures with a culminating activity in which we will compare and contrast two poems for structure, theme, and tone. We will read and review plot elements through the histrorical fiction novel "Bud Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis. 

7th Grade Focus in Science-  This week we will continue working in Unit 3. Currently we are focused on Lesson 2 - Plant Structures and reproduction and moving into Lesson 3-Animal Reproduction this week. Students will learn about how plants and anmials reproduce and the impact of enviromental factors on their survival. 

7th Grade Focus in Language Arts: Students will wrap up argumentative writing. We will read and study plot elements through the historical fiction novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" and study the civil rights era.

Students have a weekly/biweekly check in with me about their grade/standing in my classes. It is the student's responsibility to submit any late assignments or re-do any assignments that received poor scores. Please check folders/binders for graded work section to see how your child is performing. If you would like to make an appointment for a conference regarding your child's progress, please email ( or message me on Class DOJO or contact the school. Thank your for your active role in your child's education. 

40 BOOK CHALLENGE: Students should be reading a book of their choice daily for 20-30 minutes. THIS IS HOMEWORK DAILY. I generally do not "assign" homework in Language Arts with the understanding that reading is daily homework.                                                                         Research has shown the amount of free reading done outside of school has consistently been found to relate to growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency, and general information. Students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not. 


ONLINE TEXTBOOK LINK for 6th and 7th grade Language Arts and Science:


6th Grade "Bud, Not Buddy" online

7th Grade "The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963" online

Video Games and the Brain online sources

Practice Skills:


Science Skills