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.