We have had such fun getting to know your amazing kiddos. Our monthly websites allow us the opportunity to show you a little of what we have been working on thus far. One of our most exciting opportunities is to have finally been paired with our 2nd grade buddies. We plan to do tons of fun things with them to help nurture the amazing "family" that is R.C.S. As always, thank you for your support and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Lastly, JupiterEd is up and running. We encourage you to remain up to date regarding your child's grades. Also, we send out weekly newsletters (each Friday) which will also keep you up to date on weekly quizzes, tests, projects, assignments and in general "the happenings of 6th grade."
ELA Enduring Understandings How do our life experiences transform us into who we are as individuals? Essential Questions How does our community and where we come from affect our identity? How can we use poetry to share where we’re from and who we are? What is “beautiful work”? Our first unit of study focused on figurative language through song lyrics and creating a “Where I’m From” poem. The objective was to have our kids write their own biography in prose.We used mentor texts and poetry to study how authors created imagery through words. Students worked on improving their personal poems “Where I’m From” through multiple drafts, and incorporating imagery and figurative language. In the end, their poetry relayed special memories of childhood- traditions, vacations, funny family sayings, heritage etc… and gave their readers an opportunity to know them on a deeper level. Students then created a “Points of Growth” and “Points of Celebration’ keynote. During and following projects, students are given “Points of Celebration” and “Points of Growth”. These points will GUIDE students as they move through projects. They will be a point of reference as they cross into new learning. These points will enable each child to make connections and become more INTENTIONAL with future applications. We look forward to presenting our poems at our upcoming Poetry Coffee House!
MATH In math, students have been going through the process of creating visual models to illustrate division of fractions. Although this has been challenging, students have persevered to achieve mastery. We have also been studying the Cartesian Plane and learning how to plot points in the correct quadrant. With Halloween approaching, students will complete a project that requires them to plot a set of points to create a Halloween image. Be on the lookout for a rubric that addresses the expectations for this project.
SCIENCE We have had a GREAT start to this year in SCIENCE! The students learned about the yearlong theme for our learning - GROWTH MINDSET. We discussed how the brain works and how scientists are now coming to understand that we can continue to grow and build our brains, much like a muscle, if we just keep USING them! So, our goal in 6th grade is to have more connections in our brains at the end of the year than we do now.
Our first unit of study in Science focused on - ENERGY! Looking first at what the students already knew about energy so we could later assess how much they had grown in their understanding, we tackled questions like: What is energy? and What are the five types of energy?
We then connected energy to weather as we answered the question: WHERE DO HURRICANES GET THEIR ENERGY? We found out extreme weather is powered by convection currents and set up a convection simulation lab. Convection is just one of the heat energy is transferred - the two others are conduction and radiation.
As a culminating project in Science students had the opportunity to build SOLAR OVENS and “show what they know” about thermal energy. Using pizza boxes, the students worked in pairs to create solar ovens using tape, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and black construction paper. Then on a sunny day, we took our ovens outside and cooked s’mores. The ovens worked GREAT! Some even got up to 70 degrees Celsius. We also learned how solar ovens have the potential to change the lives of people in the developing world - ask your 6th grader.
Right before Hurricane Matthew caused us to evacuate Beaufort, 6th graders took a field trip out into the Port Royal Sound as the kick off for our yearlong study of this unique ecosystem. We will be back there soon collecting Spartina grass seeds to grow in our yearlong project to help replenish the marshlands.
SOCIAL STUDIES In 6th grade social studies, students are asked to analyze very specific concepts of Ancient Civilizations: Geography, Leadership,Government,Religion, Social Class, Achievements, and Economy. This helps us look at the similarities and differences between and among various people/cultures. We have finished discussing the development of the first civilization (Sumer), as Hunter-Gatherers moved into Mesopotamia and found that life was easily sustainable in the "Land between two Rivers." (Think: Food, Water, Shelter). Soon however, as civilizations developed and law and order were necessary, we discovered the harsh laws of Hammurabi ("An eye for an eye") and we participated in a Socratic Seminar to discuss our thoughts on Hammurabi's Code. We have moved into Ancient Egypt and enjoyed performing a Reader's Theater entitled "Her majesty, Himself" to help us learn more about the many amazing accomplishments of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's first female Pharaoh. Students also learned about mummification and took a 3D virtual tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza. Ancient Civilizations are teaming with mystery, amazing facts and intrigue and we have enjoyed diving in to see what we can discover.
Shannon Duffy: Science firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth Hargrove: Cultural History email@example.com Karen Miller: ELA firstname.lastname@example.org Deborah Mixon: Math email@example.com