Writing: In writing this week, sixth graders used a checklist to assess their writing and create new goals for themselves. From there, they rehearsed for writing by creating several different possible leads. These included inner thinking to hint at what the story is really about and utilizing the precise actions of the characters, helping readers to see how one action leads to another.
Reading: Sixth graders began the week with another exciting vocabulary lesson tied to an article about the South Pole on Achieve3000. From there, they began an intensive study of characters, working to choose a precise word to describe each one in a story and back it up with specific evidence. Finally, students read critically to rethink and revise their ideas about characters in the face of new evidence.
Science: Sixth grade scientists completed a fun lab activity designed to determine if a plastic bag retains heat. They transferred this knowledge to an in-depth discussion about the atmosphere. From there, students learned about each layer of the atmosphere and created a poster to represent them.