Reading: This month we are beginning our non-fiction reading unit. In the first part of the unit, students will be put into Book Clubs with their classmates who read at a similar level or have a similar interest. Book Clubs will choose books they are interested in reading together. We have books on life science, physical science, energy, genetics, ancient Egypt, and many biographies. The first part of the unit will focus on how to read the text features, how to find the central idea, and how to support the central idea with facts. They will begin by doing this with one book and then they will learn how to synthesize information across several texts. The Book Clubs will slowly morph into Research Clubs.
Writing: We are continuing our unit on Literary Argument. We are finishing up our second essay which is proving the theme of the book A Christmas Carol. It is due next Tuesday. In that essay, they picked a theme (moral/lesson) being taught and supported their claim through examples, quotes, and insight. Most students chose to prove their theme by showing the change in the main character throughout the story. We are moving through this five paragraph essay in a very slow, guided way. They will be asked to write the next one more independently.
Social Studies: At the end of the month, we will begin our next unit on ancient Egypt. Students will be doing another PBL style project where they create digital tombs with items they think are most important from ancient Egypt.
Science: We are currently in the middle of a science unit on genetics. This unit focuses on the survival and reproduction traits that animals and plants have. Students are incorporating this information into an ecotour project and presentation. The ecotours will focus on the plants and animals of Madagascar. Their presentations are set for Friday, January 19 between 8:55 - 9:55 a.m. Be looking for a separate email on this!
Math: Students are currently in Ch. 5 of CPM which is called "Multiplying Fractions and Area." In this chapter, they will learn how to calculate a part of another part, discover how to multiply fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals, find the areas of shapes, and break a complex shape into smaller pieces to find the area.
Sixth grade is the time in mathematics where we take foundational skills learned in years past and apply them to higher level concepts. This is especially apparent in their work with expressions and equations, where we introduce variables and start having students manipulate real-life algebraic equations.This is an exciting time for mathematics in sixth grade here in SLCUSD. We are in our first year using a new math program called College Preparatory Mathematics. Please see this website created by the district for more information about our math instruction and to learn how you can help your child succeed: Middle School Math for Students and Families
See the following website for information about our new mathematics program called College Preparatory Mathematics. There is HW help, etools and videos, toolkits, and a parent guide with explanations and extra practice available:
The website below offers information from our district about the new Standards-Based Report Card:
The following link has information about getting support for your family:
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