Learning Previews - Grade 6 - October 2016

Learning Previews - Grade 6 - October 2016
Posted on 10/04/2016

Math: Ms. Katelyn Fournier  
During the month of October students will be working with number lines. Specifically we will be looking at positive numbers, negative numbers, statements of inequality, and absolute value. We will be moving onto new content, but will not be leaving number theory behind! Students will be showing off what they learned in Chapter 1 through their special number projects. This is an opportunity for students to get creative with math! Ask your child what his/her special number is. Can you guess why that number was chosen? The project is to be completed at home and is due Friday, October 28th. Expect your child to bring home his/her first math test to be signed during the second week of October. Perhaps you can take some time to review the assessment together.  

Social Studies: Ms. Gisel Saillant 
Our social studies scholars are building their geographic skills by determining locations on maps using latitude and longitude, modeling map projections with orange peels this past week. We’ll continue to explore the 5-themes of geography used by geographers to study places on Earth. For the geography project, students will apply those skills while researching a country and creating virtual brochures for potential visitors. The project will be done during class periods starting October 24th, students homework will be to complete that day’s unfinished project tasks. The tentative project due date is November 18th. Ask your student what the themes of geography are--and make sure they help you understand how knowing about a country’s geography helps you understand it better!
ELA: Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin  
We are knee-deep in Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief! We’re engaged in what’s called close reading, repeatedly rereading sections with new questions in mind, discovering what the text is telling us beyond what’s on the page. We’ll begin by looking at character as well as learning ways to solve unfamiliar words. Soon we’ll look at the “Hero’s Journey” archetype, and determine how Percy Jackson fits into this tradition. By the end of the month, we’ll be looking more closely at the mythology that’s woven throughout the book. On Reading Fridays, everyone is immersed in an independent reading book geared toward their personal interest and reading level. Ask your student what book they are reading and why they chose it!

Science: Mr. Phil Nerboso
Budding scientists have begun to delve into the fascinating and mysterious world of light and how we see. Our investigations have already lead us to understandings about what conditions are necessary in order to see objects around us. Ask your student to describe for you the four conditions needed to see an object. They include an eye, an object, an unblocked path, and light. You may also spark conversation by asking them to describe what the light box investigation taught them about these four conditions for seeing. Soon we will begin to develop a consensus model of how we see things by including the four conditions for seeing. Scientists use model to examine and explain phenomena of the world. In the coming weeks, ask your scientist to draw and explain the consensus model to you.