Writing: In writing, sixth graders worked hard on personal narrative stories. They focused their attention on flash drafting so as to have a finished piece to edit and revise going forward. Also, students used their writing toolkits to practice zooming in on the small details when the moment was really big in a story. The class used a mentor text as a model and applied the skills in their own writing.
Reading: Sixth graders began the week strengthening their vocabulary skills with an article about cartography on Achieve3000. This article provided necessary background information students found useful later in the week when we worked on map skills in social studies. In addition, students worked with their newly assigned reading partners to discuss the different types of thinking required in order to comprehend various genres. Finally, sixth graders ended the week by thinking critically about characters to find sides that are less likeable.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists used Discovery Education to complete a webquest about the causes of weather. In social studies, students practiced reading various components of a map.