Reading: This month we are continuing our non-fiction reading unit. We have moved from reading non-fiction chapter books to focusing on research. We have had a schoolwide focus on the importance of water so our first research unit has been learning about water, especially the crisis that faces many countries who have a lack of clean, accessible water. Students are learning how to summarize and synthesize information across several texts. After we finish the research unit on water, students will be able to pick from several research topics to further their skills. Some topics they will be able to choose from are atomic bombs, GMOs, the Titanic, diseases and illness, and teen activism.
Writing: We are moving into our informational writing unit. That will be our focus for the spring. This unit will tie into our social studies unit on ancient Greece. Right now students are reading a lot about Greece and building their foundational understanding. Then students will pick topics that interest them and that they want to learn more about. We will go through the whole process of note-taking, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Some of our key areas of focus will be on organizing information into three sections, paraphrasing, using powerful quotes, citing sources within the writing, and using text features,
Social Studies: Our next big unit will begin after our science unit. Students will be answering this driving questions. How is ancient Greece still alive in the United States today? Students will be working in small groups to create projects and a presentation on how many things in our modern society originated in ancient Greece, such as architecture, democracy, language, etc.
Science: Next week we will begin a unit on heat and energy. Students will be studying an African Penguin and engineering a shelter for this penguin using their new understanding of the concepts of heat and energy.
Math: Students are finishing up Ch. 6 of CPM where they learned to represent division of fractions using diagrams, divide whole numbers and mixed numbers by fractions, use the order of operations to find the correct value of a numerical expression, combine like terms, and use a variable to represent any number. They will have a test next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday on this chapter. Then they will begin Chapter 7 which is called "Rates and Operations." In this chapter students will learn how to calculate rates (including unit rates), how to compare ratios and rates with different units, how to divide more efficiently with fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals, and how to rewrite expressions by combining like terms and using the Distributive Property.
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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