6th grade Morning Meeting STEM CHALLENGES
We have had a wonderful time learning about Ancient China. We are analyzing Geography, Leadership, Economy, Geography, Religion, Social Structure and Achievements of China. Speaking of Achievements, 6th grade's Big Idea is Contributions and Transformations. In other words, part of what we do in Social Studies is look at the various impacts of ancient civilizations to determine how we are still affected today (History does impact and repeat itself). Therefore, I'm excited to announce our upcoming project. Students have chosen an ancient Chinese contribution and following a rubric will either a) create a replica/model of the contribution or will b) demonstrate how the contribution was/is still used today through learning by "doing" activities. Projects are due February 17th and I look forward to seeing how creative get students get. Remember: "The skies the limit!" And now, enjoy a video on some facts and contributions of ancient China.
Our Enduring Understanding being explored with our novel is
Society’s structure has the power to promote or limit freedom and choice.
We are wrapping up our novel study! We watched the movie version of The Giver. Students had the opportunity to compare and contrast the novel with the movie. We had great discussions debating the two and through their group discussions, many of them agreed that reading the book enhanced the movie because they felt more connected to the characters.
To prepare for a more indepth study of theme for our book, the kids took a gallery walk with the objective of making observations and inferences of random images. Students had to attach one of the following words (ignorance, conformity, individuality, isolation, and choice) to each image and support why the image could relate back to The Giver. I was impressed with their willingness to make connections and think deeply.
Students have worked long and hard to master writing and solving algebraic expressions and equations. They have learned that there are constant Transformations in math and Order does matter for their contribution to be successful. Students put together a "Keys Words" guide in their interactive notebooks that were a great tool to use in the transformation of the verbal phrases and algebraic expressions. Students also included vocabulary sorts in their notebooks and participated in a variety of games to become more proficient with this skill. Next, we move on to writing and solving inequalities.
We have been immersed in our study of ANIMALS in Science this month- learning all about adaptations (both behavioral and structural), the difference between instincts and learned behaviors, and much, much more! We were thrilled to have a visit from Lowcountry Raptors and see three owls up-close and personal and then learn in depth about all the AMAZING adaptations of owls. We also took part in one of the student's all time favorite labs: THE OWL FAMILY LAB - where each student takes on the role of an owl family member in the struggle for survival.
Our next unit takes us to the weird and wonderful world of FUNGI and then onto PROTISTS- which the students are SUPER excited about!