Beginning Instrumental Music 6: The 6th beginning ensemble will continue our work on reading notes on the grand staff and learning new key signatures and scales. As we develop a foundation of music theory, we will use these new skills to increase our tone and intonation, and continue to work together to achieve the goals we have set as an ensemble.
Advanced Instrumental Music 6: The 6th advanced ensemble will continue our work on reading notes on the grand staff and learning new key signatures and scales. As we develop a foundation of music theory, we will use these new skills to increase our tone and intonation, and continue to work together to achieve the goals we have set as an ensemble.
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. 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: After our March 4 concert, we will complete a unit on evaluating musical performances. We will also be diving back into music theory and sight reading skills and start work on modern pop/broadway style singing and music.
Art 6: In 6th grade art we are just beginning our exploration into the Book of Kells. We learned about the history of this amazing illuminated manuscript by watching the wonderful animated film, The Secret of Kells, then spent some time studying and discussing images from the actual book. The students will draw inspiration from this, as well as the “doodle-notes” they took while watching this film, to create their own illuminated page. We will use India ink and watercolor to make our Celtic-inspired designs come alive.
PE 6: The 6th graders will begin the month of March playing badminton in PE. You will not want to challenge them at the BBQ’s this summer after they learn the different shots, rules and strategies of the sport. We will also start our unit on Fencing. The students will learn about the history, basic techniques and strategies of the sport.
Health and Wellness 6: We have been delving into the world of technology and social media, particularly studying what kind of presence we want to have on social media, the role of social affirmation, the positives and the negatives of social media. Our class discussions have focused on the decisions we must make regarding our digital lives, critically considering the positive and negative effects of various technology platforms.
Science 6: We are diving into science inquiry! Students are forming ideas and will be placed into groups based on their interests, early this month. From there, they will fine tune their research or engineering plans and complete background research. Students will plan their projects, gather materials and learn skills. Data collection and the building phase will occur following spring break.
French 6: The first week of March brings Mardi Gras! Sixth graders will take the celebration down to the LS to teach about this exciting international holiday. Students will edit and rewrite their first in-class composition and wrap up Unité 2. Afterward, we will build a study guide together and they will have a major assessment of a unit test on all lessons A, B & C (3/14). Also this month, we will watch an annual favorite, Howl’s Moving Castle, in French. We start Unit 3 this month. Students will review and learn more vocabulary for classroom items and take a deep dive into how articles work, and how to choose the right one. We continue to enjoy Tintin on Fridays, learn new songs in French, and play many speaking games in class to deepen their understanding and skills.
Chinese 6: 6th graders had a good time celebrating the Chinese New Year with a cook and share class. They helped to decorate the classroom and each got a red bag from China. They also brought amazing Chinese dishes to share, including very authentic and delicious bamboo steamed dumplings. What a treat! In March we will be focused on food, both American and Chinese. Students will learn how to order food and drinks in Chinese. This is a good time to take them for a treat in a Chinese restaurant, and encourage them to order their favorite items, to greet and thank the waiters in Chinese!
Spanish 6: This March we are working on Unit 5: Shopping! In addition to a lot of clothing related shopping vocabulary, we are introducing another important irregular verb; IR = to go. Students will learn to use IR to also talk about what they are going to do in the near future. Culturally we will look at some differences in shopping and we will learn a bit about some types of currencies. One of our songs this unit is “Vivir mi vida” which helps reinforce the grammar component of IR + a + (verb). This shopping unit will also include two days of role-playing buying and selling items in a “market”.
Technology 6: Students continue practicing their touch-typing skills, measuring gains from the beginning of the year and setting speed and accuracy goals for the end of 6th grade. We are also designing with Blocks Cad for the 3D printer. As we gain more experience, we are exploring complex loops and coding elements to produce mathematical designs on three axes. We are also exploring our digital footprint and beginning research for our group projects on this topic.
Pre-Algebra Prep 6: Welcome to solving algebraic functions! This month the pre-algebra students will use their skills of operations with integers and rational numbers, as well as their understanding of the mathematical properties and learn how to add and subtract linear expressions and to use inverse operations to one and two solve equations.
Pre-Algebra 6: We will continue our work with the basic idea of ratio, use ratio tables to solve real life related problems, explore the difference between rate and ratio problems and look at percent as a ratio. We end the unit with a mini-project where students will need to use their ratio knowledge to solve a fictitious situation and figure out who is siphoning gas from “local” gas pumps.
Humanities 6: We’re looking forward to taking a dive into Greek mythology between now and Spring Break. Students will begin by exploring the Ancient Greeks’ gods, goddesses, and demigods. Bernard Evslin’s Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths will be a main resource. On Monday, March 11, we’ll begin Odysseus, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean. Please see recent emails about locating a copy if your student still needs one.
Library Skills 6: We will continue to look at developing ways for analyzing and critically thinking about information found online. We will also look at note-taking tools to help track questions, keywords and content that is found in order. We will also look at the question of copyright and fair use as it applies to images, sound recordings and written works. Finally, we will look at media bias and the publishing cycle and how that determines what sort of information a student might need for a research project.