Writing: In writing, students completed their ancient Greece or Rome research. From there, they examined a sample table of contents and thought critically about how to organize their own writing in a powerful way. We discussed the importance of including various text structures in order to help teach readers effectively. To end the week, students started the exciting work of creating a picture book to share knowledge of their topic.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article on Achieve3000 about three African American leaders who changed the world (Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass). Next the class continued to read and summarize nonfiction texts. We discussed the importance of finding the main idea and keeping that a focus of a summary. Also, how to determine the most relevant details and tying it all together with transition words. Students were able to practice this skill both in small groups and independently with their Achieve3000 articles.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists learned about weather from meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan and Snow Monster. They asked thoughtful questions and were treated to a tour of the awesome jeep. 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.