Writing: In writing, students worked to complete final drafts of their essays. They used checklists and rubrics to ensure their writing contained specific details and sophisticated transitions. In addition, sixth graders who finished early spent time enhancing creative writing skills by working on a piece of their choosing.
Reading: Sixth graders began their week by analyzing a new Patricia Polacco book called John Philip Duck. This story deviated from the patterns we had learned about Polacco so far in that it did not contain any biographical components. Students thought critically about how she developed the setting and the impact it had on the text. We also read the book Mr. Lincoln and Me and compared/contrasted the two stories.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth graders began a new unit on energy transfer in science this week. They used prior knowledge to draft a potential habitat that can be used to successfully raise penguins in a zoo. In addition, students learned about the difference between statistical and non-statistical science/math questions.