Writing: In writing, the class began the editing and revising stage of their personal narrative drafts. First, they focused on using dialogue purposefully. Students also made sure to correctly punctuate their quotations. From there, sixth graders again examined the narrative writing rubric. The class reread their drafts with a critical eye several times. Each time they thought about different aspects of the rubric and used it to improve their work.
Reading: This week, students worked with an article about bats on Achieve3000. They also examined how the pressures of a place can change a character. From there, students thought critically about changes in a setting and how these changes impact the character. Finally, the looked at the opposite concept and discussed how the characters can influence the setting.
Science/Social Studies: Sixth grade scientists continued their exploration of the declining lobster population in Connecticut. They researched ocean salinity and temperature in order to create a hypothesis regarding whether an ice cube will melt faster in salt or fresh water. In social studies, the class took their first state quiz. They also began a study of the Caribbean by examining and labeling maps of the major islands.