Learning Previews – Grade 6 – May 9, 2017

Learning Previews – Grade 6 – May 9, 2017
Posted on 05/09/2017
Math: Ms. Katelyn Fournier

During the month of May students will wrap up the last unit of the year and prepare for MCAS. MCAS will take place on Monday, May 15th and Tuesday, May 16th. Students will spend the remainder of the year creating the bedroom of their dreams! After designing their floor plan, students will calculate the cost of their flooring, trim, paint, furniture, etc. Throughout the process students will use the concepts they have learned this year. Ask your child what their floor plan looks like and why they chose that particular design. Perhaps they will find a career path they would like to pursue after acting as architects, accountants, and designers!

Social Studies: Ms. Saillant

This week we are starting to work on our ancient Egypt performance assessment. The unit project is a document document-based-question (DBQ) on the importance of the Nile river. Through their middle school years, students will do a number of DBQ performance assessments in history classes. DBQs ask students to examine primary and secondary source documents in order to answer an analytical question. They then write analytical essays in which they defend a position, using evidence from the documents as support. DBQ essay should be 5 paragraphs (intro, three body paragraphs, conclusion). 45% of their grade. This is an in class project, homework is to complete unfinished classroom tasks. Tentative due date Monday May 8th, 2017.

Science: Mr. Phil Nerboso

Currently, sixth grade science students are creating infographics of their final Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning for EcoMuve. Students have gained insight into the effects of population dynamics on an ecosystem. Ask your students to explain to you what can happen to an ecosystem when a species experiences a sudden drop in population. The last life science test will be coming up soon. Review sessions and extra help will be available next week before the test. Our final unit of the year is on earth science. Students will be investigating the impact of water on the Earth’s surfaces.

English Language Arts: Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin

Since vacation, students have been researching the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and now we shift into writing a newspaper article about it. We’ll make sure we have all our facts straight, as well as quotes from the eyewitness accounts we’ve been reading. Because of MCAS, field trips, a workshop with a graphic novelist, and more, it will take weeks to amass a half dozen working days. We’ll finish the year writing personal essays. We also say goodbye this week to Mr. P, our outstanding student teacher from Boston University who’s been with us all year and has made a great impact both in the classroom and around the school. Good luck wherever you land, Mr. P!