Biking and Kayaking on Monday!
The enthusiasm witnessed at Camp Sweet has continued to make the 6.1 and 6.2 learning communities an exciting place to be. In Humanities, we completed the story of "One on One" about some fictional sixth graders navigating themselves through life. The story had a fascinating twist at the end that left everyone in awe. If you haven't already, speak to your child and have them SUMMARIZE the ending of the book. There was an important meeting that revealed a lot of behind-the-scenes action that we weren't aware of. The plan is now to use the story and apply the reading skills that were reviewed as we read the novel. Students will be receiving a myriad of challenges that will allow them the opportunity to parade these critical reading skills:
2. Vocabulary building
5. Making Inferences
In addition to this, we have embarked on an inquiry into the role of municipal governments. We will be hosting a "Student Vote" for the upcoming civic election in mid-October. We have encountered a bit of snafu since Connect will be on our Fall Break when the Student Vote election is scheduled, but we will work around this by hosting the election on Thursday, October the 5th. We are crossing our fingers that the event planners will be able to furnish us with the ballots by that date. In the lead-up to the election, we will be learning about many aspects of municipal government. This week, we took a long and hard look at the current controversy surrounding the construction of a new arena. We read many articles and we have created a list of questions we need to research in order to become educated and informed on this topic. Below, are two photos of the notes we took during one of today's lessons.
We are in the stage of figuring out what we know and what we need to learn more about.
This week in mathematics, students shared solutions to questions reviewing the concepts of volume and place value. Grade 6's saw there were multiple solutions and the class discussed the merits of each. Place value regarding decimal fractions was reviewed and formative assessment was given in the form of an interactive iPad game called Kahoot. Grade 6's also began to review place value and volume on the mathematics app, Khan Academy. This app will be used at school and at home to get extra practice on concepts as the need arises or to explore new concepts before they are worked on in class.
In science, the precise language of tree classification was explored using various tree identification keys. Grade 6's put their nature journaling to the test, using descriptions of trees found at Camp Sweet to identify them later, back at school. Students explored their neighbourhoods and the schoolyard noting the various deciduous and coniferous species. Characteristics of tree species were identified and the concept of native and introduced species was uncovered. Students reflected that they were feeling more confident looking for the various attributes of trees that would be needed to identify unknown species. Leaf margins and arrangements were just a few key characteristics explored.