Math: The Veterans are currently working through the last third of Unit 1 in the Everyday Math program. They have been practicing their multiplication facts every day, and are getting closer and closer to “automatic”. In addition to their facts, they have been working on factors, prime numbers and divisibility rules. They should be ready for their first unit test by next week. The Sixth Graders have wrapped up Unit 1, which focused mostly on data organization and analysis. They were responsible for several types of graphs, as well as identifying data landmarks. The Sixth Graders have also completed their Unit 1 test, and have broken the ice on Unit 2. I was happy to see our Veterans and Sixth Graders collaborate on our first FAI-TO victory. FAI-TO is an online math competition in which the kids compete with other middle school students from around the world. During this particular competition we faced off against Colegio Ferreira Master in Brazil. Way to go everyone!
Reading/Language Arts: We have been following Jason and Gareth through time, and around the globe, in Lloyd Alexander's novel Time Cat. We have met some interesting characters along the way and have learned some thought provoking lessons. To compliment the story, each sixth grader is responsible for answering a variety of comprehension questions from each chapter. In addition to Time Cat, we have been trying to improve our grammar by focusing on sentence fragments, possessive nouns and commonly confused words.
Social Studies: After establishing an ancient time line on our classroom bulletin board, the Sixth Graders quickly explored the Fertile Crescent and Mesopotamia. We have discussed the importance of artifacts, and even brought in some of our own personal belongings for investigation. By next week we will be head long into Ancient Egypt, which always proves to be a time period of great interest.
Science: The decision was made to start this year with chemistry, and what better way to do that than with a little slime. Using the slime, we established safe lab procedures and made observations about the chemical reaction we created. Currently, the sixth graders are working their way through atomic structure and understanding the Periodic Table of Elements. We have enjoyed making model of atoms and learning more about the physical world around us. Ask your sixth grader how many atoms are in a drop of water.