Writing: In writing, the class worked hard on their personal narrative drafts. First, sixth graders reviewed the various types of figurative language including similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification. They scoured drafts to find places where this technique could be used to bring their writing to life. Also, students reexamined the checklists for narrative writing. Students utilized these tools to self assess and set new goals for the future.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter on Achieve3000. Sixth graders focused on learning new vocabulary words and including them in daily speech. The class is tracking how many times during the week they can use particular words and competing with themselves to increase the totals every Friday. In addition, students continued their study of characters. They first read carefully to find traits that impacted the majority of the story. From there, our next focus was pausing during reading to capture our best thinking in writing. To end the week, sixth graders examined texts to find the pressures put on characters and discussed how these pressures impacted their behavior.
Science: Sixth grade scientists worked with their new science unit by trying to answer the question, “What is impacting the declining lobster population”. Next week we will continue this study and examine evidence to back up our claims.