Mr.Chapman - 6th Grade

chapmanProject D.C.: The return from Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend will mark the start of Project D.C.! It’s hard to believe, but we are just ten weeks away from our trip to our nation’s capital city.  Project D.C. will prepare this group by helping them learn about the museums, monuments, and buildings that they will visit.  We will also explore the question, “What is the American experience?” We will further the topic by asking, “Does Washington, D.C.  represent the American experience of all Americans?”
Thank you to all the families that supported this evening’s Project D.C. Read-a-thon.  The students and I greatly appreciate your help through delivering of pizzas, serving as guest readers, setting up breakfast, and making pledges to our readers.  The read-a-thon is a great way for the students to take some ownership over the fundraising that makes this trip possible, while having a lot of fun in the process.  Thank you.
Language Arts: We are nearing the end of Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief.  The students are becoming quite skilled at applying the Notice and Note Signposts and using them as a tool for reading comprehension.  During Project D.C., we will be reading James L. Swanson’s Chasing Lincoln’s Killer.  This book gives the history behind the events leading up to and following President Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.  This books is the middle school version of the book Manhunt, by the same author, and it gives the students a great understanding of the time period, an opportunity to explore the question, “What is the American experience?,” as well as deeper understanding of the significance of the theater that we will visit on the third night of our trip.
The sixth graders are also wrapping up their ancient Greece focus topic research.  Over the next few weeks they will write about what they have learned and create a museum piece for our Ancient Civilizations museum.
Students will also begin planning a short story that takes place in Washington, D.C.  While in the city they will take notes, photographs, and short videos of the locations where their stories take place, and then use this research to further enhance the aspect of setting in their stories.
Math: The Upper Multiage Veterans are halfway through the fourth unit of Everyday Math.  Currently they are learning about the coordinate grid, and soon we will be learning how to add and subtract using decimal numbers.
The sixth graders just finished Unit 3.  Their next unit will focus on algebraic expressions and equations.  This will include order of operations, the distributive property, inequalities, and absolute value.
Science: Students have been learning about chemical reactions. They have studied what to observe to determine if a chemical reaction has taken place. I have really enjoyed seeing them further the discussion beyond the scope of the FOSS program, as they have chosen to use temperature probes to observe which reactions are exothermic (giving off heat) and which are endothermic (absorbing heat).  They have also done some Google searching and experimenting to determine the chemical compounds of certain reactants and products that were not clearly defined in the program.  Great work by these sixth grade scientists!

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