This week in English, our class continued working on the skills of citing evidence to support a claim, as well as building an argument around a given topic and prompt.
To support students in this, we went over a student exemplar detailed paragraph. As a review, students highlighted the different components and gave the students feedback in the form of stars and stairs. After, we reviewed our feedback as a class and discussed how to show high order thinking skills in a detailed paragraph.
On Tuesday, students read this article about the dangers of being a political cartoonist. Students practiced constructing a strong thesis and selectively highlighted evidence to support their argument in a close reading. Students then shared their theses in class.
As a summation of the work we have done in our first semester of sixth grade English, students wrote a detailed paragraph in class. Here is the article they used for this detailed paragraph. This summative reflects all of the skills we have been working on in English thus far in the year, and I am incredibly proud of the growth students have shown, as well as all of their hard work! :)
Ancient Civilizations with Mrs. Shebley
This week in Ancient Civilizations, students continued working on and finalizing their projects. Students finalized their research and filling out this research sheet. In addition, students wrote a reflection analyzing why their selected topic is important for students to learn about, as well as what contemporary societies can learn from their research. As the culminating activity, students presented their research projects in small groups. Here is the group sheet each student was responsible for filling out. The projects and research blew me away, and I learned so many new things from the students' research! :) It was a great end to our Exploratory class together.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week, we continued our learning of expressions and equations by learning how to make equivalent expressions. We also learned how to solve for the variable by solving one-step equations-things like 7x=49 or x-18=-2. The kids learned about "inverse operations" and used this principal to keep the equation balanced, while applying the inverse operation to get the variable by itself on one side of the equation! We also started practicing writing expressions based on a word problem or contextual situation-here is the assignment we completed in class yesterday to practice this skill! To finish off the week, we played BINGO using one-step equations!
Here are some online games students can use to practice these beginning algebra concepts!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week, the students took their final assessment over how cell organelles contribute to the overall function of a healthy cell. Many students chose to take advantage of the extension by creating models of different types of cells. Next week, students will transition from life science to Earth science. We will start off by investigating the structure of the Earth. Questions to consider are “Why does Earth’s surface look like it does?” and “To what extent can we really know what is in the center of Earth?” In addition, we will be investigating plate tectonics. Below are some resources to get you thinking.
How do we study Earth’s interior?
Images of the surfaces of different objects in the Solar System
Exploratory Art and Foundations of Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students revisited the questions of "What is Art?" & "Why is Art Important?" via a writing activity and small group and whole group discussion to wrap up the 6 week session (Exploratory) and Semester (Foundations). Exploratory Students put the finishing touches on their Mozaizine Collage Self Portraits!