Instrumental Music 6 (Introductory and Advanced): The sixth grade instrumental music ensembles will be continuing to prepare for the concert coming up on November 20. We will be making recordings of the rehearsals and sharing them onto the Google classroom for the students to practice with at home. The third practice vlog will be posted right after the concert for the students to review their performance.
Acting 6: The sixth grade acting students have started working with more sustained storytelling. The prompts for these longer forms comes from young reader picture books. Many of these books are familiar to the students and it always makes me smile when I watch them excitedly grab books that they are familiar with from their kindergarten days and begin to prepare them for a stage performance. We will go through this process a couple of times over the next month expanding the students understanding of stage picture and visual storytelling.
Vocal Music 6: Aside from practicing music for upcoming performances (MS Chapel on Nov. 15; Grandparents Day concert on Nov. 26; St. Nick’s Chapel on Dec. 20), sixth graders are starting to work consistently on strengthening rhythm skills. We do this by practicing, “Around the room” rhythms in which each student needs to perform a rhythm in time following the person next to them. We also are working on transcribing rhythms onto music manuscript paper. They had a good first performance of the year during gathering in mid-October!
Art 6: Sixth grade art students will start a clay sculpture project. Looking at figurative clay sculptures from China and Africa students will focus on how the characteristics of the human face can be represented differently. Experimenting with how the human face expresses emotion and character, students will draw 50 faces, each with a different personality and expression. Afterwards, they will create their favorite face in clay focusing on pinch and coil sculpting techniques.
PE 6: In sixth grade PE we will finish up our unit on Speedball. We will also dive more into our unit on the different Fitness Concepts. In this unit the students will learn about the various fitness components and how to take their heart rate. They will learn about Target HR Zone and many other physical fitness concepts. A written test will be given at the end of this unit. We will then begin our unit on Volleyball. The students will learn the rules, skills and strategy for the sport.
Health and Wellness 6: This month we will explore how mindfulness can be used to reduce stress and to access a calm and joyful state. Ms. Hicks will come in to introduce some related brain science and various mindfulness tools. We’ll also learn about how mindfulness can apply to participating in community and communication. We’ll discuss and practice social skills related to teasing, making apologies and expressing gratitude.
Science 6: This month students will be exploring the health of the OES wetlands. We will start by measuring the water quality in the wetlands, looking at pieces like temperature, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, nitrates and phosphates. Students will learn how to use LabQuest sensors to get accurate measurements for these readings. We will then begin the process of analyzing data, drawing conclusions from data and noticing trends. Afterwards, students will be looking at various other ways we can measure the health of an ecosystem, creating food webs and energy pyramids for our local wetland populations. Lastly, students will engage in a number of citizen science opportunities. Students will be managing salmon in the classroom as part of the ODFW fish to fry program. Students will also be measuring daily precipitation for CoCoRaHS, a community supported weather monitoring group.
French 6: This month, we will be practicing how to invite someone and accept or refuse invitations, and to give an excuse. We will discuss teens in France and texting. In continuing to address the question, “What is a francophone world,” students will read about Sub Saharan Africa and the Caribbean, and francophone influences there. Students will learn a song about a French singer’s Cameroonian heritage (Yannick Noah). We are wrapping up the final lesson in Unit 1 and their first unit test will be mid-November. It will cover all three lessons of Unit 1. They will show what they’ve learned with vocabulary, culture, and introductory grammar concepts. We switched two projects, so students memorized and performed dialogues in October, and in November they will do The Great Cognate Search. Through this project, they will approach the questions: “Do English and French share a lot of the same words? Why is that?”
Chinese 6: This month, we will continue learning how to greet and introductions in Chinese. Students finished learning how to use the courtesy expression to ask questions and introduce yourself and others. Also, we finished their first project, which is making a Chinese teaching video. We will work on ask and answer questions pertaining to age and numbers from 0 to 100. For the grammar piece, students will learn ye to indicate sameness. For the cultural piece, students also learned about the special meaning behind each number for Chinese people. For the final project for unit 1, students will create role plays with all the sentences they have learned in the last three lessons. Students will have a unit test for the first three lessons this month and after that, then we will be moving on to unit 2.
Spanish 6: November has us diving into significant grammar. We will be introducing and working on the verbs SER and ESTAR. This is a very tricky area because they both mean To Be but are used in specific situations. Going with this we will be using many adjectives. Also, we will learn how to form questions and answer them in complete sentences. This will lead us to interviewing each other. Later in the month we might get to working on our family tree. Supporting all of this we will be singing a couple more goofy songs; “¿Cómo es ella?” and “Hoy es domingo.”
Technology 6: Students completed an in-depth look into the hardware components of the micro: bit and shared their learning with each other. Using this knowledge, we are now designing robot pets for our class partners, practicing our coding by design, inquiry-thinking process. This month we will complete the making and coding for these pets and share them in a gallery walk. Coming up next is the “Do your Bit” challenge to address UN Sustainability goals by prototyping solutions using the micro:bits.
Pre-Algebra Prep 6: Unit one is completed and the first binder check is coming up. We are beginning our fraction and decimal review of all operations and then will combine these concepts with order of operations and real world applications. We will be doing a two day more open ended problem in late November. If students are interested I post an optional less algorithmic problem called “Problem of the Week” about every other week on the Google Classroom. Students are welcome to try these and turn them in if they so desire.
Pre-Algebra 6: After completing their review of all operations with fractions and decimals, the students will launch into the introduction of the variable, algebraic expressions, and math properties. Building upon what they already know about the order of operations, and learning about like terms and various mathematical properties, they will gain new insight into how to simplify algebraic expressions. They will have extra practice with games and puzzles.
Humanities 6: Ask your student to show you work from the first quarter, which will be sent home on Monday, Nov. 4. Sixth graders can look forward to their first “Sacred Spaces” field trip of the year on Thursday, Nov. 7. We’ll be visiting the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Oregon in West Linn, where students will learn more about the story of the Buddha, practice meditation, and meet one or more of the monks who live there. These opportunities provide an invaluable experience with one of the world’s oldest faith traditions. Learning about Buddhism provides a natural shift in focus toward India, where we’ll turn our attention for the next several weeks. Students will also learn about Hinduism later this month. Other endeavors will include the Caste System, India’s geography, a close reading of Gloria Whelan’s Homeless Bird, writing an Indian-style folk tale, and later, British influence on India and the life and impact of Gandhi. Lots to look forward to in November!