6th Grade Learning Previews - September 2019

6th Grade Learning Previews - September 2019
Posted on 09/04/2019
Ms. Alexandra Spencer | [email protected]

Scholars will spend the first week engaging in community building activities and learning about classroom procedures. In the second week they will be participating in the Week of Inspirational Math, a program designed by Stanford researcher and educator Jo Boaler. Our goal is to get students excited about doing math and feeling confident. Scholars will learn all about growth mindset and work as teams to work on problem-solving tasks and challenges. Ask your child to tell you what “The Four Fours” is all about and maybe you could try it with them!

Later this month we will kick off our year with geometry where scholars will engage in a variety of learning experiences to help them understand area, surface area, and volume! Don’t hesitate to encourage your scholar to come get extra help from me whenever it is needed!

Social Studies
Ms. Saillant | [email protected]

Our 6th grade social studies scholars will complete their first week by working collaboratively on what it takes to build in a learning community. From building balloon towers to deciding who gets to survive on a new planet, students will identify team building strategies like building consensus as essential to their work in our class.

Next we will begin our geography unit, which we will study for about 6-7 weeks. The essential questions for the unit are:Why does where matter? How should I live? What are borders: where and why do they exist?

Mr. Nerboso | [email protected]

The essential questions for these first few weeks are: What will middle school be like? What is a learning community and how do we build one? How can growth mindset help me be a better student? We will focus on how making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process for students as well as scientists. Science class routines and procedures will be learned and practiced by your budding scientist during the first weeks of school. Our success as a learning community hinges upon the mastery of this foundation. Students will get to know their new communities through a series of activities designed to help us get comfortable with sharing in class. Ask your student what they choose to share.

English Language Arts
Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin | [email protected]

The beginning of the year is about setting up our classroom and building a community of readers and writers. Across the school, the first four days focus on community-building and classroom routines. From there, we’ll start thinking about the big four areas of ELA: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. In addition to doing some early creative writing, we’ll launch our year of independent reading. Have your student tell you about their book and give a review. Most of the homework this year will be reading, and students are expected to complete 15-25 books of their own choosing throughout the year. Big readers should feel free to set a higher reading goals -- last year, seven students read 100 or more books!
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