6TH GRADE BIG IDEAS: CONTRIBUTIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS
Students finished their book club novel study. They analyzed their book by writing text dependent essays on either the theme, character analysis or conflicts. Students also created a visual image to represent their topic and included a thought provoking quote.
In math we are working hard to master statistical measures and examining how mean, median and mode are helpful in describing data. We are also exploring how to graph data in a variety of statistical displays. We look forward to putting our geometry skills to the test as we plan, design, and build our castles! Students gain a clearer understanding of the CONTRIBUTIONS of geometry and how it helped in TRANSFORMING building designs throughout history.
We have moved through the beauty, majesty and often times, sorrow that makes up the amazing continent, Africa. We viewed a powerful, 4 part mini-series, which provided a great overview of the Geography and Culture of Africa. Students practiced manipulating informational text by using Discoveryeducation.com and then practiced extensive constructive responses. Now students have moved into Mesoamerica and will look at the Big Ideas: Geography, Economy, Social Class, Religion, Government, and Achievements of the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan Empires. Students worked on identifying the Empires of a map, as well as compared the similarities of these 3 civilizations. As we near the end of the year we will begin to shift our attention on Medieval Europe. Students will participate in researching their ancestors, will report their findings in a research paper and as a culminating activity, will prepare a dish from their area of ancestry for a Medieval Feast.
We are fully immersed in our ENERGY unit - we have been reviewing sources of energy and conducting labs. The students tested electromagnets through a formal lab where they manipulated the variable of number of coils to see if increasing the number of coils would affect the strength of the magnet. The students are also building a working motor using a battery, a magnet, safety pins and a coil of wire. The students will be creating a presentation to demonstrate their understanding of the workings of a simple motor as well as documenting the process of their build. We will soon move on to SIMPLE MACHINES and investigating how work and energy are interrelated.