It was another exciting week in sixth grade! In math, students focused on long division with decimal dividends and divisors. They worked hard to make an estimate and use that estimate to check and see if their answer makes sense with the problem. The class also applied their knowledge of all decimal operations to solve real world problems. Next, sixth grade readers worked with an article on Achieve3000 about the importance of getting enough sleep at night. They also continued to focus on author’s claim and how it is supported by specific reasons and facts. Also, in writing students finished their work with ancient Greece and Rome research and had a wonderful time sharing their final products/at home creations with the entire school. Finally, sixth grade scientists examined several different maps of the world and thought critically about different aspects of weather and climate such as average rainfall and temperature.
Math: In math, sixth graders continued their work with decimals this week. First, they utilized the strategies learned for multiplication to solve real world problems. From there, students moved on to a study of division. They started by reviewing methods learned in previous grades including partial products. Next, sixth graders began to use the strategy of long division. Ask your sixth grader to sing the catchy tune they learned to help remember the steps. To end the week, students used the long division strategy to find quotients that were not whole numbers.
Writing: In writing, students worked to create final drafts of their nonfiction books. They used a checklist and applied editing and revising skills. In addition, sixth graders used Google Slides to create digital presentations that convey the information they learned. Students whose books and slides were completed worked hard to write historical fiction stories about their topic. This allowed the sixth graders to utilize new factual knowledge in a creative way. All of this wonderful work will be on display for the school and families to see at our Greece/Rome museum on March 29 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Reading: Sixth graders began the week with an article about homework on Achieve3000. They were able to read the information with a critical eye and think about the author’s point of view on the topic. Next, as a class we discussed what it means for an author to make a claim in a nonfiction text. Students worked with their language arts partners to analyze a text and determine the various claims made within it. They also found the various pieces of evidence used to back up the claim.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists continued their study of ocean currents and weather this week. They learned about debris that washed ashore after the tsunami in Japan and how scientists used this to study the way ocean waters move. In addition, sixth graders learned more about the Caribbean/Central America and practiced their lines from The Gettysburg Address.
Math: In math, sixth graders continued their study of decimals this week. First, they used place value and fractions to reason about multiplication. Students then applied these skills to the creation of diagrams to represent multiplication problems, particularly involving area of rectangles. To end the week, sixth graders took their skills to the next level by using partial products to multiply decimal numbers.
Writing: In writing, students worked to create final drafts of their nonfiction books. They used a checklist and applied editing and revising skills. In addition, sixth graders began to use Google Slides to create digital presentations that convey the information they learned.
Reading: This week, students continued to analyze texts and determine how parts fit into a whole. Specifically, they looked at a paragraph in an article that served as a bridge between the first and second sections of the text. Sixth graders thought critically about the purpose of this paragraph and discussed how the article would be different if it were not there.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists were fortunate to have another visit from Miss Carrie this week. She taught the class about the various species that live in Connecticut. Students were so excited when Miss Carrie introduced her special guest-a real live owl that lives at White Memorial. In addition, sixth graders learned more about the Caribbean/Central America and practiced their lines from The Gettysburg Address. To end the week, we had our last Skype session with Miss Rachel from Ford’s Theatre. She helped students practice their lines and gestures so we are ready to videotape on March 29.
It was another exciting week in sixth grade! In math, students focused on using diagrams to represent addition and subtraction of decimals. From there, they thought critically about real world decimal problems and used various strategies to solve them. Next, sixth grade readers worked with an article on Achieve3000 about women who fought for the right to vote in America. Students also read a nonfiction piece as a class and discussed how a certain paragraph fit into the text as a whole. In writing, students analyzed quotes and how they are used to enhance the writing of nonfiction texts. They worked hard to include various quotes effectively in their own work as well as create a final draft of their picture books.
Math: In math, sixth graders concluded their study of fractions this week. First, they worked with real world problems involving various operations. From there, students moved into the next unit on operations with decimals and the long division standard algorithm. They began with an exploration of estimating decimal money amounts by creating a menu for a dinner party. To end the week, sixth graders focused on using diagrams to represent and reason about addition and subtraction of decimals.
Writing: In writing, students worked to create a picture book for their Greece or Rome research topics. They started by looking at text features to bring their writing to life. Next, sixth graders studied examples of introductions that grab the attention of a reader. Students also worked to conclude their books in meaningful ways.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article on Achieve3000 about a soccer league in Mexico for blind athletes. Sixth graders utilized their background knowledge from visiting Chapter 126 to help comprehend the material. Next, the class thought critically about nonfiction texts to determine the author’s point of view. They used a checklist of techniques authors use to reveal their point of view to write about their Achieve articles.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists thought critically about the question, “Would you rather go swimming off the coast of San Francisco or Cape Cod?” They used their knowledge of ocean currents combined with new research to make their decisions. Students were also fortunate to have another visit from Miss Carrie from White Memorial. She taught them about plants that are native to Connecticut and how to identify them. In social studies, students continued to learn about a country from the Caribbean or Central America and create a Google presentation to share with the class. Students are almost ready to present. Finally, sixth graders practiced performing the Gettysburg Address to prepare for videotaping in three weeks.