Writing: In writing, students continued to research their Ancient Greece or Rome topics. They used the specific questions they generated to focus their efforts. As a class, we again practiced reading nonfiction texts critically to find detailed information. We also looked at ways to organize information into chapters with various subheadings.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article on Achieve3000 about school a cold snap in the U.S. that took place in February, 2014. It led to a thoughtful discussion about the science behind changing weather patterns. Next, the class continued to read nonfiction texts and examine their structures. Specifically, students worked to identify the various types of structures and explain the author’s purpose for using it. Finally, sixth graders read two texts written on the same topic. They compared/contrasted the author’s use of different text structures to get their point across.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists spent time reviewing the types of heat transfer and the connection this has to weather on Earth. They created their own visual aids with definitions and drawings. In social studies, students continued to learn about a country from the Caribbean or Central America and create Google presentations to share with the class.