Friday, October 26, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

Touching The Sky

Read the article entitled "Touching The Sky" on page 4 of your Scholastic News.  Find the meaning of the words below:



What are the workers building in this article?

Age Limits on Trick-or-Treating?

Teens who trick-or-treat in some cities may get more than candy.  They could in trouble with the law!  Several cities in Virgina, Illinois, and other states, now ban kids older than 12 from trick-or-treating.  Violators face fines up to $100, though they are usually given a warning instead.  The ban in Belleville, Illinois, was put in to place because many residents were scared by tall teens in masks showing up at their doors.  Supporters of such laws say only young kids should trick-or-treat.  But many people say "Boo!" to setting age limits.  They say trick-or-treating is a fun, harmless activitiy for kids of all ages.  What do YOU think?
~ Scholastic News

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Hair-Raising Feat

On page 2 in your Scholastic Newspaper, it shows a picture of a man named Kazuhiro Watanabe.  What is he recognized for in the Guiness Book of World RecordsWhat would you choose to be in this book for? 

Sticky Situation

It's Erika's birthday and her parents want to take her out to dinner.  They tell Erika that she can invite a friend to join them.  But Erika has two best friends, Mary and Bridget.  Erika can't decide what to do.  She doesn't want to hurt the feelings of the friend she doesn't choose.  What should Erika do?
~ Scholastic News 10.22.12 edition

Ban Supersized Soft Drinks?

In this week's cover story, you read that New York City recently banned the sale of supersized soft drinks in restaurants, movie theaters, and sports arenas.  City health officials say that extra large drinks are a big reason more than half of New Yorkers are overweight.  They argue that the ban will raise awareness about making healthier food decisions.  Opponents of the ban say it's wrong to single out sugary soft drinks when many foods also contribute to weight gain.  They believe people should be able to make their own choices and that simply telling people what they can't have won't make them any healthier.  What do YOU think?
~ Scholastic News

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sticky Situation

Paul is playing a video game at his friend Jordan's house.  Jordan gets excited after finishing a difficult level and accidentally knocks over his glass of soda.  It spills all over the white carpet!  Jordan gets worried when he hears his mom coming up the stairs and begs Paul to take the blame.  What should Paul do?

~ 10.08.12 Scholastic News

Long Weekend

We (I mean you) have a three day weekend coming up!  What will all of you be doing over the weekend?    It's finally starting to feel like fall outside.  Will you be doing any fall-ish activities during your day off? (while your poor teacher is working all day)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Presidential Debate

During this election year, we will have our own mini election in our classroom.  In order to vote, you will need to be well informed on all of the issues both candidates are promising.  To start, what information do you already know about either of these candidates? Maybe you've heard this information at home, on the news, in the newspaper, or even at school.  Make a list of all the facts you already know. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Make The School Day Longer?

The final school bell is ringing later for many kids this year.  Some schools in Washington DC, and other cities have extended their school day.  Supporters say more class time will help students learn more and improve their test scores.  They also claim that longer school days give students more time for things like lunch and recess.  Opponents argue that kids may lose focus, and that longer hours don't always mean better grades.  They add that schools may not have the money to pay staff to work longer hours.  What do you think?

~ Scholastic News

Welcome Back....sort of

We have already been in school for a month!  Time has flown by so far this year.  How does it feel to be in sixth grade?  What things have you enjoyed this past month?  What things have you not enjoyed?  What are you looking forward to this school year?