SEEDS TO SHORELINE: PORT ROYAL SOUND FOUNDATION
Morning Meeting: Red Light Green Light Socratic Seminar: Alex the Great, hero or villain
Check out what we've been up to in 6th grade...
The Seeds to Shoreline initiative is an opportunity to go into the marshes, collect Spartina alterniflora seeds, put seeds in cold storage, prepare seeds for germination in a greenhouse, and ultimately return to the marsh for Spartina alterniflora seedling transplanting and restoration. The sixth grade students at Riverview began participating in the Seeds to Shoreline initiative 4 years ago with the help from the Port Royal Sound Foundation (PRSF). The PRSF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to the betterment and conservation of the waters and lands of our unique salt marsh ecosystem that is the Port Royal Sound Estuary system. The PRSF mission is to advance the awareness of Port Royal Sound and its contributions to the environmental, cultural, and economic well-being of our area, the region, and the Atlantic Ocean. Students will return to the PRSF and plant their spartina grass this spring!
Expressions, Equations, Inequalities….Oh My! That has been our focus for the last month. Given real world problems, students were challenged to translate them into algebraic expressions, equations or inequalities. These lessons were rich in vocabulary with terms such as, coefficients, constants, variables, and a variety of words that represented one of the four operations. Now we are focusing on strategies used to solved one step equations and inequalities. Soon we will on to Geometry. We will begin to investigate the steps to finding surface area, as students transform the nets of two-dimensional shapes to three dimensional figures. Students are allowed to use calculators in class, on homework, quizzes, and tests (a simple 4 function calculator will work).
We have been busy in history learning all things Greek. Not only did we analyze how Alexander the Great spread the Greek culture throughout Egypt, Macedonia, Persia and Asia Minor during the Hellentic Era, we also participated in a Socratic Seminar to discuss the following: Alexander the Great...Hero or Villain? We busied ourselves learning about the SWAGGER of Greece, too. We better appreciate and understand Greece's Social Class, Writing, Achievements, Geography, Government, Economy and Religion. Next, we were challenged in developing ancient travel brochures to entice clients to book trips to ancient Athens and ancient Sparta, understanding that these two Greek City-States were VERY different.
Hero's Journey book clubs meet this trimester, and students were able to choose between eight different fantasy novels that feature heroes on a journey that leaves them changed. Students read either The Hobbit, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, The Hunger Games, Gregor the Overlander, The Lightning Thief, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone, or A Wrinkle in Time. Book club members discussed important themes, determined the story arc, and tracked their hero's changes over the course of the journey. Right now, students are working on final projects. They will either present a book talk or create a review poster about their book. We've taken a deep dive into narrative writing by telling our own stories, which are either real or imagined. Writers published 100 word memoirs first, then crafted longer narratives that develop a story over pages. Stories incorporate dialogue, description and the story arc to craft a narrative that resonates with the reader. Students are publishing these beautiful stories now.