This week in English, our class continued reading I Am Malala. Students worked on Reading Assignment #3, which is over Chapters 11-19 (pages 69-113) of the book. This will be due for formative feedback on Monday, November 9th.
In addition, our class practiced the skill of paraphrasing using a paraphrasing formula and these examples. Students: To continue practicing paraphrasing from home, you can use a nonfiction article of interest to reinforce the skill of being able to put others' ideas into your own words. This is a skill that becomes easier with practice!
Lastly, students worked on their narratives this week. Students' realistic fictional narratives center on characters who encounter an unfair situation, and through the characters they create, students are exploring in their stories how people are able to overcome unjust scenarios. Students' formative narrative story maps are due Tuesday, November 10th when they come to class.
Here are a couple of creating writing resources for students who wish to continue working on their narratives at home!
This week we are finishing up our water unit with an interdisciplinary project paired with English. In English, the students wrote a detailed paragraph on a problem with water around the world. In science, we are taking that problem and researching a solution, making a poster to display our knowledge. We didn't quite get finished with the posters this week, so some of them may be coming home over the weekend to work on. We will hopefully wrap things up on Monday before starting our new unit.
Health with Stelzner
As we continue to read the book Chew On This, we are diving deeper into the ramifications of the feedlots and processing plants for chickens and beef. There are consequences to our choices in what we eat and who we decide to support with that choice.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week sixth grade students worked on exploring how communities across the globe are impacted by issues related to the availability of clean water. Students began this exploration in English by reading an article about a water issue. Students then wrote a detailed paragraph arguing why the issue is important. In science, the students are working on creating a poster that outlines the issue they investigated from a scientific lens. This week students worked on writing a summary and creating an annotated illustration of their problem. In addition, students wrote a short paragraph suggesting a solution to this problem. Next week, students will illustrate their solution and work on citing their sources. The links below may be helpful for students needing ideas for solutions. Click here for the assessment description. Students should have sections 1, 2 and 4 completed when they come to class on Monday. The assessment will be due next Thursday, class time will be allotted on Monday and Wednesday next week to put the poster together and write final drafts.
Our bird of the week was the cedar waxwing. Look for these charismatic birds in the treetops.
Looking for a way to get outdoors this weekend? Join me, along with member of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society at Kathryn Albertson Park from 10 - 12 to participate in the monthly family bird walk. Binoculars and guide books will be provided. No birding experience necessary.
Five Toilets for developing countries
Solar Powered Toilet
Simple hand washing station
Two dollar water tank
Pet waste issue and solutions
Strategies to encourage pet waste clean-up
Preventing Pesticides and Herbicides from entering the water
How do pesticides get into water
Pesticides and water
Nonpoint source pollution facts
Desalinization in California
Gaza desalinization plant
Math with Axtman
This week students worked on converting rational numbers between percents, decimals, and fractions. Students then placed these numbers on the number line. We took our knowledge of number lines and extended it to the negative side, introducing the concept of integers. Next we will be begin basic operations with integers, absolute value, and opposites.
Art with Ms. Newstadt & Mrs. Rogerson
Sixth grade artists worked with capturing movement of the human figure by creating several gesture sketches. They looked at the artwork of Miriam Schapiro to observe the use of color, line, texture, and contrast to express mood and composition.