6th Grade News
Greetings from the 6th Grade Team!
In Physical Science we have been studying atoms, properties of elements and the Periodic Table. Students are now finishing up our unit on coordinate planes and graphs. The students were able to practice coordinate planes by playing Battle Graph. A more intricate game similar to Battleship using all 4 quadrants. In January we will be starting our chapter on Force.
In Math, students are working with algebra concepts in Units 4 and 5. We have recently created and solved exponents, prime factorization (using exponents), and solving equations using the order of operations. As a reminder, Mr.Vancura will continue to hold early bird specials on test days from 7:30-8:00 am. Your child can also access the website vancuramath.blogspot.com for additional help with homework.
Students are busy learning about expository texts. We are currently reading a passage about the Rainforest and learning how to read graphs, charts, tables, and diagrams in addition to printed text. All students should be reading each day 20-30 minutes or more at home as part of their homework. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home. Students should be completing a chapter book every 3-4 weeks minimum. Please take time to visit with your student about what they are reading.
We have been “digging” into ancient civilizations in social studies, and are learning about ancient Egypt, pyramids, pharaohs, and hieroglyphs. Students are busy creating mummies, pyramids, or their choice of an Egyptian project - I can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with!
Students are reviewing and expanding their knowledge of descriptive writing. We will be taking the district writing test this quarter. We will also be focusing on how to respond in paragraph form to text dependent analysis questions.
Many of the students are in need of scotch tape, pencils, colored pencils, scissors, erasers, etc. Please check with your student to see if their pencil bags need to be restocked or if new notebooks/folders are needed.
We wish you a great New Year!