Learning Previews - Grade 6 - December 2017

Learning Previews - Grade 6 - December 2017
Posted on 11/28/2017
Math: Ms. Alexandra Spencer

Students will be showing off what they learned about multiplying fractions and decimals through their recipe pages. Each student is contributing one page to our class cookbook. We will be celebrating their hard work at the start of the month with a potluck in class! This project is an opportunity for students to get creative with math, ask them what recipe they chose to include in our class cookbook and why! Coming up next is a unit on ratios and proportions where students will continue to use real-world contexts and apply their understanding of fractions to help them learn about ratios.

Science: Mr. Phil Nerboso

Our emerging scientists are still hard at work investigating the nature of light and how we see. We recently discovered that white light is really a mixture of all the colors in the visible portion of the light spectrum. Ask your student to describe for you how three colors (RGB) can be combined in different ways to create the millions of colors we see on our electronic devices. The last phase of our unit involves exploring the portions of the light spectrum that are invisible to our own eyes with a focus on Infrared and Ultraviolet light.

Social Studies: Ms. Saillant

Our social studies scholars wrapped their Geography unit by taking virtual tours of countries they researched. Stay tuned for an end of the unit social studies newsletter that compiles student work. This week students begin the Early humans unit by learning about the work of social scientists and will hypothesize and analyze primary sources from Paleolithic times! Our essential questions for this unit are the following:
  • What does it mean to survive in an environment? (to thrive?)
  • How do we know what happened so long ago?
  • What do we owe to early humans?
ELA: Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin

Shortly before Thanksgiving, we wrapped up a unit determining how Percy Jackson follows the framework of The Hero’s Journey in The Lightning Thief. The final assessment asked students to write a well-structured paragraph detailing this connection. This week we move onto “Elements and Theme of Mythology in The Lightning Thief,” exploring associated mythology, like the tales of Kronos and Prometheus. We’ll figure out how these structures echo the book we’ve been reading, and we’ll build toward writing students’ first full literary analysis essay of middle school.