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Sixth Grade Learning Previews - November 2018

Sixth Grade Learning Previews - November 2018
Posted on 10/30/2018
Math: Ms. Alex Spencer alspencer@cpsd.us
During the month of November students will use proportional reasoning as they begin to learn about ratios and rates. Learning about ratios is like learning a new language, ask your student to share a ratio description of some items you have lying around the house! Students will be tasked with the math practice standard of making sense of problems and modeling with mathematics in their quest to draw models that represent real-life scenarios. Later on in this unit students will participate in their first project and get a chance to examine how ratios are all around us!

Social Studies: Ms. Gisel Saillant gsaillant@cpsd.us 
This week we introduced the Geography unit virtual brochure project.This project will be completed during our social studies class and it is 45% of their grade. 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?” 

The tentative due date for the project is November 9th. 

ELA: Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin dtobin@cpsd.us
We are beginning book clubs! Students are reading four different books, and over the next several weeks will be discussing them in small groups. The assigned reading schedule can be found here. As we read, we’ll focus on things like plot, character, and theme. This will eventually build to writing our third structured paragraph, on a theme from Seedfolks. Make sure your student is reading the assigned pages and recording thinking each night. If they finish early, read an independent reading book until they hit 30 minutes. 

Science: Mr. Phil Nerboso pnerboso@cpsd.us 
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 or so. 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.