Greetings! I hope you had as much fun in the snow this weekend as possible!
As it continues to look and feel like winter outside, we’ll continue to make progress inside the classroom. Students are still working on a world map and will begin adding major routes of immigration as part of our cultural studies unit. We have been in reading partners/groups studying immigration to the U.S. in this historical context of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, and will now begin broadening our exploration; eventually leading to the role immigration has in the U.S. today. This, of course, will take us to our field trip next week to the District Courthouse. Many permission slips still need to be turned in.
In science we will begin looking at electrical force (electricity!) This will include an experiment in circuits and conductors. Our assigned lab groups are mainly made up of a single 4th grader, 5th grader, and 6th grader, creating a group of three. Check in with your students to see what effort they are contributing towards their lab group’s success.
In math we are generally splitting time between algebraic work, multiplication facts, and geometry. Our fourth grade math group is exploring various methods of multiplication included expanded form and using partial products. In our fifth grade math group we will be focusing on line plots, graphs, ordered pairs, and intervals as well as decimal place values. In our sixth grade math group we will continue to practice working with fractions (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing).
In language we will continue analyzing plot and begin crafting a story in which we compile previous pieces of the unit together. Students have already written two paragraphs about a setting and have practice introducing a character. These tools, along with a story board they will create for the plot, will be the meat and bones of their story. As part of this process we will continue to look study what “Plot” is (the storyline), and begin comparing it to a the next element: “theme” (the moral). I’m hoping we can finish this project by the end of quarter but it will take dedication from everyone.
In addition to our literary elements unit, our language includes skyscrapers this week: abbreviations, phrases, and subject/predicates. In reading we will be completing our weekly graphic organizer, choosing a weekly reading task (fiction box cards, SRAs, or Research Lab), and reading for examples of plot and research on immigration. As always, students have weekly jobs to contribute towards their classroom community. Unsure about what some of these work choices and responsibilities are? Your child will tell you!
Another reminder to all families of sixth grade students: please turn in permission slips and money for KFT by the end of the week. If a scholarship is required please make note of that and let me know as soon as possible.