This week in English, students completed their first summative of the year. This assignment was the culmination of the practice we have been doing in class these first few weeks, and it required students to write a detailed paragraph using our class text, A Long Walk to Water, on this topic. (Please see previous posts for information on what a detailed paragraph is.) I am SO incredibly proud of students' hard work on this piece writing! If you were unable to attend student-led conferences, please encourage your child to bring their interactive notebook home so you can review this summative with them and see what they have accomplished, as well as their next steps as a writer.
We also began working on our new creative project, the Paper Bag Character Analysis. Here is the assignment sheet for this project, and here is the "Describing My Character" packet students were responsible for completing. Students' learning goal for this project will be to really stretch their thinking in their commentary sentences and discern what the strongest evidence is from the text for each of their points. The final product will be due on Thursday, September 24th, for in-class presentations.
Students, here is a link to continue learning about world water related issues. If you are practicing your spelling this weekend, here is a handout with fun ways to do so! :)
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
Learning Goal: Design and conduct a scientific lab investigation that includes independent, dependent and controlled variables. This week, sixth grade learners designed and conducted their first lab experiment in science. The experiment investigated the question, “How can we change the rate at which ice melts”. Students worked in pairs to design and carry out their study. I was so impressed by how principled the students were in using the lab equipment and materials. Way to be IB! In addition, students read about different materials used to melt ice from roads and sidewalks across the country. Did you know that cheese brine is used in Wisconsin to melt ice from roadways? Learners are currently in the process of formally writing up their lab using this outline (click here). We will complete the lab write up early next week and jump into our unit on water by taking a trip to the Boise River. Learners also completed a summative assessment over scientific processes on Thursday. Results of this assessment will be posted to Skyward by Monday. Finally, students constructed a small nature journal in which they will be recording data about birds observed in class, making outdoor bird observations and sketching our birds of the week.
Here are a few resources to extend your learning. School Start Times (Can you identify the variables and constants in this study? How about the hypothesis?)
Replicating Studies Cheating Scientists
Students are continuing their learning journey of tennis. They are making wonderful progressions from racquet control into forehands and backhands. Some groups even began rallying and learning the basics of an overhand serve.
In PE, they are designing games. Collaborating with a partner, they are able to design a game using strategic thinking while incorporating a minimum of two components of fitness into their game. They will be responsible for teaching the class their game then will reflect on what went well and what they would change if they could teach it again.
We will get back into the classroom next week for health as Monday is our last day for tennis at BSU.
Science with Stelzner
This week the students finished their lab report from the lab they designed and completed last week. They had the opportunity to provide each other with peer feedback prior to turning it in.
Students also completed a summative assessment over scientific processes. The results are posted in Skyward and some of you have received an email regarding the reassessment process. If you received the email, I need your student to come in to SAGE Time on Tuesday for practice with Variables. They will be expected to reassess by the end of next week.
We begin next week with a walking field trip to the Boise River. This will be the starting point of our next unit, The Water Cycle.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week students reviewed place value (including playing a really fun game), continued practicing all 4 operations with decimals, and used their knowledge of place value to learn and practice "powers of 10" using multiplication and division. Next week students will once-and-for-all master long division. Students can expect a formative quiz on Thursday covering all of the above mentioned topics. For good measure, I will throw in a GCF and LCM problem to make sure students have really mastered that skill! An email went home for students that need to complete their powers of 10 independent practice.
Please, use Khan Academy to cover past concepts or get a preview of what's coming up! This is a great resource! After break, we will dive into the world of fractions!