March 28, 2017
In math we will continue our work with finding area on coordinate planes. Students will have a mid-module on Wednesday and we will continue with finding volume and surface area. In ELA, we are partnering with the 7th grade in their political campaign. We are participating in their revolution meanwhile making the connections that these experiences have with the Civil War. Students will need to be writing nightly reflections based off of their experience. We will be listening to the campaigns given by several teams, voting for who they believe will create a better government as well as participating in a lesson given by the winning party. At the end of the week we will hold a socratic seminar which evolves around the statement: Not everyone has been deeply committed to the cause or purpose of this activity but everyone has been changed by it.
March 22, 2017
This week in Math we will be finishing up our unit with coordinate planes. We will be wrapping up our unit with decreased and increased scales as well as finding distance. In ELA we will be discussing how to construct an argumentative essay. We will be focusing on the introductory paragraph for our final essay for this module. We will continue to read through Bull Run and Boys' War. The combination of both these stories gives a fictional and non-fictional perspective to gain a better understanding. We are working on inferencing in the novel taking background knowledge and what the text states to create reasonable guesses about characters and events.
March 7, 2017
This week in class we are starting our unit on a coordinate plane. We will be learning the coordinate plane basic terminology while practicing on the enlarged coordinate plane that is taped on the floor in the great hall. We will be continuously using this throughout our unit as we learn how to plot points, find symmetrical points, and reflecting over the x and y- axis. In ELA we will be continuing to read Bull Run as well as Boys' War. These books take into account the lives of many young boy soldiers from both the North and the South. Students will better understand the concepts behind the causes of the Civil War as we are putting them into a perspective in which they will understand.
February 21, 2017
The 6th grade students presented their play last Friday and they did such an amazing job! Their hard work surely paid off and was clearly seen through their performance. I am so proud of each of them. Thank you to those who were able to make it and I will be finding a way to display the video of their performance so that those who were not able to make it last Friday can still see it. Our new unit is based off of the civil war and we will be starting our new book Bull Run which is based off of the perspectives of many different people affected by the war including Colonels, soldiers, civilians, etc. There is an even mixture of Northerners and Southerners as well as Black and White characters. In math this week, we are still in the process of presenting our million dollar projects and will be doing a review of the past content we have done so far in the school year.
February 15, 2017
6th grade has been diligently working on their production of The Odyssey. We have been rehearsing daily and creating our props to showcase to the 5th, 7th, & 8th grade classes as well as parents. We have been working with Mrs. Kosofsky for stage direction, costume ideas, and prop making. In math, students have been working on ad presenting their million dollar projects. In this project they were given a million dollars to spend on a house, food, cars, college savings, and charities of their choice. Once they have gotten the necessities, they can then go on to purchase the rest of the money how they choose. In addition to this we have been working on decomposing polygons in order to find the area. For example, with a pentagon we can break it apart into a rectangle and a triangle. We know how to find the area of these shapes so we can then add these together to find the area of the pentagon.
February 7, 2017
January 31, 2017
This week in math we will learn how to find the area of triangles. We will discuss this by understanding the relationship between right triangles and rectangles. This will lead into finding the area of different kinds of triangles as well. In ELA students are researching Leonardo DaVinci in order to prep for our field trip this Friday. They are discovering the multiple ways in which he contributed to our society and how he is still relevant in our lives today. Students also continue to work on the play "The Odyssey" and are working closely with Mrs. Kosofsky to prepare. The play will be presented next Friday, February 10th at 1:30. Parents are welcome to attend!
January 24, 2017
This week in math we will be moving towards finding area. We will begin with a quick review of finding area of parallelograms. We will then build a connection between finding the area of parallelograms to finding the area of triangles. We will be using colored graph paper to manipulate and show the connection between the area of parallelograms and triangles. This week in ELA, we will be peer editing our monomyth as well as finalizing our final drafts of our story. Once drafts are finalized we will be sharing our stories with one another to hear what we have each created. In 6th grade Social Studies, we will be practicing our play, The Odyssey, and getting it ready to present! In 5th grade Social Studies, we are creating topographical maps of our own imaginary worlds that we have built on graph paper.