Morning Meeting "Minute to Win it," Madness!
It's time to "DO WORK!"
And now...WE PLAY!
Cultural History: We have had such a wonderful start to the year. Each year I look forward to my new "cohort, " that is, my new "kids." I'm jazzed that they are really energetic about learning about Ancient Civilizations, my passion (who knew). We have so much to learn from our forefathers/mothers and I DON'T mean Lincoln, Washington, Hamilton, and Jefferson (although we do!) Hammurabi, Caesar, Martin Luther, Hatshepsut, and Siddhartha Gautama (to name a few), we will discover are all equally important and influential. We have worked through understanding that once humankind fulfilled basic human needs, they were able to put their attention toward interactive as a culture/civilization. The Mesopotamians provided us with contributions such as written language, the plow and the wheel to name a few. As civilizations continued to grow and develop we learn that later civilizations like the Egyptians observe what previous cultures and civilizations achieve, and go one step further (i.e. mummification, building the Great Pyramids, medical advances, etc.)
ELA: We began our year together by discovering how we each learn best. Students answered survey questions about themselves as readers and writers. Students worked with teams to read about all of the year’s projects and expectations for ELA class, then we played Family Feud to remember what we learned! Students are working towards publishing “Where I’m From” identity poems, inspired by the work of poet George Ella Lyons. Each child worked with writing partners and rubrics in order to strengthen their work, with the purpose of using figurative and descriptive language to tell their personal story. This week, students participated in their first ever debate in order to share our opinions about big themes in The Giver. For example, is freedom or security more important? Your children impress me with their passionate ideas and engaged reactions. We will wrap up our novel study of The Giver with a Socratic Seminar and a theme project in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to share it all with you at Portfolio Night in November!
We started our year in math exploring all operations with decimals. Students worked in groups to brainstorm ways we could apply this learning in the real world. Students were given opportunities to be persistent in their problem solving to express their reasoning and apply mathematics to real world situations.
ENERGY is the big idea that connects everything we do in 6th grade science, so we started off the year focusing on the Earth's greatest source of energy, THE SUN, and how it impacts everything else we'll study- plants, animals, machines, and weather. The students are working in lab teams to answer big questions and topple misconceptions. One of our favorite labs so far has been the MELTING BLOCKS LAB - where we saw conduction in action and were definitely surprised by the results - this lab really required us to STRETCH our thinking!