6th Grade Update: January, 30, 2017

6th Grade Update: January, 30, 2017
Posted on 01/30/2018
In social studies, students wrapped up their study of early humans and are beginning their next unit, “The Rise of Agriculture.” Students previewed this unit by attending a field trip at the Harvard Semitic Museum and the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (pictured are students using a model of a pump drill that ancient humans would use). During this unit, students will also spend some time exploring the idea of race as a social construct in order to better understand the composition of the earliest civilizations we will be studying.

ScienceIn science, students are continuing the unit entitled “How can I smell things from a distance?” which focuses on the particle model of solids, liquids, and gases and on chemical properties of different substances. At the same time, students are continuing to work on the “Genius Time” projects in class by using internet research to answer a science question of their choice. Eventually, they will present what they learned to the class.

In ELA, students are investigating possible career aspirations. Students will research possible careers, including the long-term outlooks of and lifestyle afforded by different career options. Students will complete three written reflections, research notes, and an essay related to the careers of their choice.

In math, students are continuing to deconstruct math prompts and apply the C.E.R (claim, evidence, reasoning) process when answering constructed responses. The goal is the return to this process at least once a month. Aside from that, most of January includes their journey of Geometry by exploring area and surface area.