Writing: In writing, students completed their teen activism essays. They began with a focus on introductions and beginning their work in an engaging way. Next, sixth graders thought carefully about crafting a conclusion to wrap up the essay. From there, the class used an informational checklist to edit and revise their draft. After completing the essays, students moved on to the beginning stages of a research project. They chose topics on either Ancient Greece or Rome and wrote questions to start researching next week.
Reading: This week, students continued working with an article on Achieve3000 about year round school. They focused on reading the text carefully to find specific information needed to answer questions. Next, the class examined specific strategies for determining the main idea of a nonfiction text. We began with short paragraphs and progressed to main ideas in longer articles.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists finished their water cycle posters and used a rubric to self assess. The class also participated in their first “table top twitter” activity to share ideas about weather in Connecticut. In social studies, we were fortunate to have a wonderful oratory lesson with Mrs. Connery. Following her visit, we watched an actor read the Gettysburg Address and discussed the perspectives of listeners in the crowd.