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Students working on the Distributive Property.
ELA We have finished our novel, The Giver. Students are preparing for socratic seminar to close this novel study. The Socratic seminar is a formal discussion, based on a text or topic, in which the leader asks open-ended questions. Within the context of the discussion, students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves, and articulate their own thoughts and their responses to the thoughts of others. Our 6th grade students have been working within this framework to discuss quotes and issues tied to the novel. The following are a couple examples of questions we are breaking down : -How do contributions transform a society? -The Giver says,”Our people made the choice to go to Sameness… We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did a way with differences. We gained control of many things, but we had to let go of others (pg. 95) How would our society be different if we eliminated these kinds of diversities-(color,poverty,social-class,disease)? What would a community have to gain from this? What might it lose? Through this seminar format, they learn to work cooperatively and to question intelligently and civilly.
MATH Students are continuing to work through solving expressions using the Distributive Property of Multiplication. Students learned a variety of games to conceptualize this concept. They also spent class time setting up a template for their first 21st Century Career Project. Math will move on to solving one and two step equations and graphing inequalities. SOCIAL STUDIES "Et Tu Brute?" We continue to work through the Big Ideas: Geography, Economy, Government, Social Class, Achievements and Religion, as we discuss the power and chaos of the Ancient Roman Empire. We have discovered that once the mighty Caesar fell to the Senators' swords; the Roman Empire fell into chaos, what was to be done? Eventually, with the help of Augustus Caesar, there is a time of peace known as the Pax Romana, which lasted for 200 years. Unfortunately, after great leaders such as Augustus Caesar died, and with the Roman Empire as large as it is; one ruler simply cannot maintain rule/order efficiently. The decision to "divide and conqure" becomes the Empire's demise Rome's capital is relocated to Constanstinople by the mighty Constantine, but soon the Byzantine Empire crumbles. SCIENCE We completed our unit on PLANTS this month - whew! Students now are experts on all things green and growing from photosynthesis to cellular respiration, angiosperms to gymnosperms, and everything in between. But, we are not done with plants as we have just brought our SPARTINA seeds out of cold storage, rinsed them and placed them under the heat lamps start the germination process. As the seeds start to sprout - we will plant them and care for them until May when we head back into marsh. Science now moves onto ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS - we will focus on sea turtles and owls. We are looking forward especially to having a visit from Lowcountry Raptors and their rehabililtated owls at the end of the month.
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Shannon Duffy-Science Elizabeth Hargrove-Social Studies Betsy Holloway-ELA Deborah Mixon-Math
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