English with Mrs. Shebley
This week in English, students continued their formative practice of paraphrasing, determining central ideas within an article, and using this information to create a summary of a nonfiction article. After creating a summary, students gave each other peer feedback in class using this handout. (Our class will spend lots of time this year giving each other feedback on in-class writing!) All of this formative practice was in preparation for our in-class summary summative. For their summative, students read this article on the Colorado River delta. Just as we have practiced in class, students wrote a summary on the central ideas of this article.
Students: Click here for directions on how you can achieve an "above proficient" for this summative! :)
We also went over nouns and the rules of creating plural nouns. Click here for the handout and notes we covered in class.
Lastly, our makeup for our Spelling Test #1 is Monday, 9/22. Students: Here is a list of additional spelling strategies to practice if you are studying this weekend.
Math with Mrs. Axtman
This week in sixth grade math we wrapped up our practice on long division of multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm. They spent the week working on a project where they could see long division in a real-world context-building a movie theater. They worked through the process of designing their own movie theaters and practicing long division along the way. Next week we have a summative on long division with multi-digit numbers. This assessment will help inform me of their current level of ability in moving on to more complex types of division involving decimals and fractions.
I will be out of the classroom (possibly) next week with jury duty and I have talked to the kiddos about being leaders and using their IB attributes in particular when there is a guest in the classroom. Next week will be a time when being principled is especially important. It was a great week! Keep working hard, 6th grade! (for extra long division practice-log on to khanacademy.org). An additional worksheet for practice on long division can be found here.
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week the students completed their paragraphs detailing their inference about the hidden side of our puzzle cube. The purpose of this assessment was for students to demonstrate their ability to construct logical inferences based on evidence. On Wednesday students participated in a simulation of the water cycle by moving through a series of stations. The roll of a die determined movement from step to step through the cycle. This activity helps dispel the myth that a water molecule follows a predictable path through the cycle. Next week we will finish up the simulation and begin looking in depth at each stage. Here are a few resources to explore the water cycle.
Interactive Water Cycle
Climate change and the water cycle
Exploratory with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week students created guidebook pages to local plants and animals. These pages will be scanned in to create a PDF form that can be used by students after exploratory ends. In addition, students were assessed on their knowledge about the birds of the week and other topics covered thus far. Keep reviewing those twenty birds (see last week's post) for the test next Thursday.
World Geography with Mrs. Shebley
This week, our class finished up the Country Bio Projects and presented in class. The research and presentations were a ton of fun to see, and we all learned many new things.
Our class also began our final project, the Sailing Around the World project. (Click here for this assignment packet and handouts!) We will spend all of next week in class working on these projects, as students create their very own trip around the world. This project combines all of the skills and content we have studied in World Geography these past weeks.
To be on track to finish these projects by Thursday, here is what needs to be accomplished each day in class:
Thursday, 9/18 – Complete the “Planning Sheet” and the first travel journal entry
Monday, 9/22 & Tuesday, 9/23 – Complete country research pages and travel journal entries 2, 3, & 4
Thursday, 9/25 – Complete map and final travel journal entry
Design with Ms. Newstadt
Artists continue working with various Elements of Design including line, shape, form, space, texture, color, and value in class. Students are studying color relationships and experimenting with paint to create their own color wheels and hue value studies. They are still utilizing compasses and now also rulers as design tools before experimenting with color mixing.
Thank you all for stopping by the Art Room to chat about our great Sage artists and the Design class these last few days. Please collect yogurt containers, baby food jars, paint brushes, Styrofoam meat trays, magazines with lots of pictures, etc., for donation to the Middle School Art Room. Thanks!!