Writing: In writing, students continued to research their Ancient Greece or Rome topics. They used the questions they generated to focus their efforts. From there, sixth graders examined sample table of contents and used them to organize their notes into specific chapters with subtopics.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article on Achieve3000 about the Pokemon Go craze of summer, 2016. We focused on learning new vocabulary words and their possible relevance to the article. Next, the class continued to read nonfiction texts and examine their structures. Students read two texts on the same topic. They compared/contrasted the author’s use of different text structures to get their point across. To end the week, the class began a study of nonfiction summarizing. We focused on using the main idea as the central point of the summary and keeping it free of personal opinions
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists completed their review of the types of heat transfer and visual aids with definitions and drawings. They thought critically about the impact of weather and climate in the United States. Specifically, what role they play in the school calendars of students in Connecticut versus Florida. 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.