English with Mrs. Shebley
Upcoming Due Dates: Inquiry Chart (Formative) - Due Monday, February 1st
Here are highlights of the important lessons and concepts we covered in class this week:
- Our class finished reading Iqbal. Students completed Reading Assignment #3 and continued working on their inquiry charts. (Click here and here for Mrs. Shebley's model.) Here is the link to the article, "Why Are Your Clothes So Cheap?" for Source #2.
- We also completed the "After Reading" section of this unit's Anticipation Guide and had a great discussion on the ideas in it. (This is found on page 76 of students' notebooks and is a great conversation starter for this unit's big ideas.)
- Proofreading - Students practiced proofreading a paragraph with multiple spelling and grammar errors in it. Our class discussed the importance of editing work before turning it in.
- Source Credibility - Our class discussed the ways to determine if a source if credible or not. Students practiced with sample websites. Click here for more information on how to determine the credibility of an online source.
- We also reviewed "theme" as it relates to texts, and we read this children's picture book to determine its theme. We also discussed the similarities and differences between this author's representation of Iqbal and Malala and the texts we read in class.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
**Remember to bring a rock to class on Monday!
February 5th Aerospace Day at BSU
February 6th Science and Engineering Festival at BSU
Essential Question: How do we read the story of Earth?
- Be able to use the principles of relative age dating to sequence a series of geologic event.
- Be able to explain how the geologic time scale is organized.
This week sixth graders inquired into techniques used by geologists to piece together the history of Earth. In particular, students learned about the principles of cross-cutting and superposition. Students practiced using these techniques to sequence a series of hypothetical geologic events. Students also explored the development and organization of the geologic time scale by creating an analogous time scale (formative assessment) of events in their lives. Next week, students will be exploring sedimentary rocks in order to make inferences about paleoenvironments. Our bird of the week was the red-winged blackbird.
Follow the links below to extend your learning
Dinosaur Extinction Hypotheses
More Ideas About Dinosaurs
Geologic Time Scale
Geologic Time Scale
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week on Monday, we took our Summative Test on Rate, Ratios, and Proportions. Most students did finish on Monday during class, however there is a small amount of kiddos that still need to use their office hours and Sage Time to finish the test. There is a list on the board in my room and they know who they are, but please remind them as well!
On Tuesday we started Unit 3: Expressions. This is leading into equations (beginning Algebra) that we will start in one more week. Here are some videos that help cover what we learned about expressions so far this week:
Listed here are some additional videos that students can use to preview some of the content that is coming up in the next couple of weeks:
Science with Stelzner
This was our final week of genetics. Last week, the students wrote a detailed paragraph as they developed an argument for or agains the use of CRISPR technology as it relates to human gene editing. The papers were amazing. The students provided insight and passion for their side of the argument. This week, we focused on Punnett Squares and the probability of showing a certain phenotype over another. Next week, we begin a new unit: Geologic Time!
PE with Stelzner
Students collaborated to design a game to teach their peers. Their game has to be original, have one strategy component and also a minimum of 2 components of fitness. They will have a chance to teach their game to their peers and field any questions that may arise. So far, the games are great! Very inventive and great strategies.
Visual Art with Ms. Newstadt
Students continue to work with Value, Shape, Form, and the use of compasses by Shading Spheres with graphite.