Sixth grade is working together to build towards 7th grade. Students have been building the social and academic skills necessary to be successful in the future.
In science sixth graders are finishing up learning about natural resources. Next we will be moving into biology, starting with "what does it mean to be living?" We will also be studying cells in our biology unit.
After finishing strong with MCAS the 6th grade ELA classes have started working on their Literary Analysis Unit. This unit allows all students to thoroughly analyze a short story and write an essay based on their findings. We have already read short stories like "The Goodness of Matt Kaizer" and "Fat Man Walking." Most recently, as we get closer to our writing phase of the unit, the 6th graders have been engaging in Fishbowl style conversations about texts.
In Social Studies, we're beginning our unit on Ancient Egypt. Right now, we're looking at the environment factors necessary for human settlement. Next week, we'll be looking at daily life in Ancient Egypt, and when we get back from vacation, we'll be doing a Document Based Question (DBQ) on the importance of the Nile River to the people of Ancient Egypt.
In math we are finishing our unit on algebraic expression which pushed students to think of math in new ways by using variables to represent unknown quantities. We are beginning our unit on coordinate plane. Students will be using what they have learned in social studies with maps to help them find coordinate points on a plane using x and y coordinates. Students have been encouraged to go ahead of the pace of class using the textbook and ask for a chapter test whenever they are ready.