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Mini Debates

In 7th grade L.A., we just finished up having mini debates.  Students had to find articles based on their chosen debate topic.  Topics ranged from: should teachers possess firearms in school, death penalty is inhumane, and are animals in captivity a form of animal abuse.  The topics were interesting, and the evidence to support their claims was straight from "A Few Good Men".  


Mr. Lara's Geography Class

In our 6 th grade classes, we have been busy with a number of things. We have just finished our National History Night projects. Our students worked on a fake Facebook profile page on a person who made a historic achievement. We are also currently learning about Japan. We have looked at a variety of topics, such as: the problems with population density, mechanical garages, customs, sports, and the difference between Japanese and American homes. To make this chapter more exciting we are corresponding with an American student who is studying abroad in Japan. It definitely has made our chapter much more exciting!

 


Physical Education

The Physical Education classes took advantage of the beautiful weather on January 30th and went outside and ran their first timed mile of the semester! There were some great times but also lots of room for improvement! Be sure to ask your student their time!! If you are interested in where your child’s mile time range is the chart below is an excellent tool and is based on the National Presidential Fitness One-Mile Run Standards.


Help Children Prepare for Standardized Tests

Stand for Children offers the following tips to help children prepare for standardized testing and perform their best:

Before the Test

  • Talk about testing – It’s helpful for your child to understand why schools give standardized tests and why it is important for their future.
  • Encourage your child – Praise your child for the things they do well. If your child feels good about themselves, they will have more confidence when taking the test. Children who become anxious when taking tests and who are afraid of failing are more likely to make mistakes.
  • Meet with your child’s teacher – Discuss the test with your child’s teacher, clarify the dates of the tests and ask the teacher for any activities that you and your child can do at home that would help them prepare for the test.
  • Make sure your child attends school regularly – If your child misses school, they are missing instruction that could help them do better on the test.
  • Provide a place for studying at home – This could be the dining room table, a bedroom or a corner of the living room. Make sure the space is quiet and comfortable for your child to provide the best learning environment.
  • Establish a daily routine – Even if life doesn’t always go as planned, you want your child’s routine on test day to be as close to normal as possible. Starting the day with chaos or disruption can affect their success on the test.

On Test Day

  • Ensure your child eats a good breakfast – Studies show that children perform better at school when they aren’t hungry. It’s important to give your child a good breakfast at home or ask your child’s school about options for breakfast. As long as your child arrives before the bell, most schools offer breakfast and some schools offer breakfast in the classroom.
  • Help your child get enough sleep – Your child will need to have a good night’s rest to perform well on the test. Children ages 7 to 12 need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night, while children ages 12 to 18 need 8 to 9 hours. Make sure bedtime the night before the test is early enough to provide enough sleep.
  • Dress your child in comfortable clothing – Students will sit for long periods of time when takings tests, and it’s important they feel comfortable in what they are wearing so they focus on the test rather than their clothing.

Prepare the night before – Lay out clothes and school supplies the night before the test to create a smooth morning routine. It’s important for your child to feel calm and organized as they prepare for a test. 

For more information, please visit www.standforchildren.com/oklahoma.


Science Presentations

This quarter we have started the life science lessons for the 6 th grade. We have just finished presenting the PowerPoint presentations that the students created for a living organism. Each student used the six traits used to classify a living organism to discuss an organism they chose. We had everything from the influenza A virus to a polar bear. We discovered that a virus is not a living organism because it does not fall into the six traits that define one. The students will include their PowerPoint in the student led conference slides that are coming up in just 2 ½ weeks.

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