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Learning Previews - Grade 6 - November 1, 2016

Learning Previews - Grade 6 - November 1, 2016
Posted on 11/01/2016

Math: Ms. Katelyn Fournier 
During the month of November students will be working on operations with fractions and decimals. Specifically we will be focus on multiplication and division. Can you think of a story problem that could be represented by
divided by ½? Ask your child! You will be impressed with their ability to model division using diagrams and also connect it to real-world situations. Expect your child to bring home their second math test to be signed during the first week of November. Perhaps you can take some time to review the assessment together.

Social Studies: Ms. Gisel Saillant 
We finished our research phase for the Geography unit virtual brochure project. This project will be completed during our social studies class. Students are pretending to be a Trip Advisor at the Cambridge Office of Tourism, as they research a country and create a Google Map virtual brochure and convince travelers to visit. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the Five Themes of Geography (location, physical characteristics, human characteristics, movement, and human-environment interaction), as they persuade their audience  to visit this country. Ask your students, “What places are you recommending your visitors to see?” Student Model >> 

ELA: Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin 

This week we wrap up our first unit of the year, determining how Percy Jackson follows the framework of The Hero’s Journey in The Lightning Thief. The final assessment asks students to write a well-structured paragraph detailing this connection, as well as to provide a summary of the last assigned chapter. Soon we move onto our second unit, “Elements and Theme of Mythology in The Lightning Thief.” We’ll begin to explore some lesser-known myths, like those of Cronos and Prometheus, and determine how these structures echo the book we’ve been reading. Simultaneously, students should be reading their own independent reading books, on Fridays and for homework. The overall goal is to complete 15-20 books this year, so students should have completed about 4-5 books by Nov 11. Ask your student what book they are reading now. And reach out to Mr. Tobin if your student is struggling to find a book to read!
 
Science: Mr. Phil Nerboso 
Students dove deep into the fascinating and mysterious world of light and how we see. Our investigations have already led us to further our understandings about how we see. Ask your student to describe for you how they know that light travels in straight lines and how that fact explains how shadows are formed. Light travels in straight lines until it reaches an object that scatter or absorbs it. A shadow is formed behind an object that blocks the path of light. Ultimately, less light reaches our eyes from a shadow than from the area surrounding it. You might spark conversation by asking your child to describe this effect while using a flashlight to create a shadow with their hand like we did in class. Lastly, we will have our first test coming up in the next week. This will be a good measurement of the progress students have made in science since the start of our Physical Science unit. Please check in with your student to see how they are feeling about their understanding of the science content so far this year. Help them review the study guide they will receive this week and encourage them to arrange to see me before or after school for extra review.