Instrumental Music 6 (Introductory and Advanced): The 6th grade Instrumental Music students shift gears this month to focus on developing their individual music reading skills. As they practice examples from out of the book and from the Remote Learning Materials on their Google Classroom, the students will be able to set their own pace for growth. They will record their practice times and share successes on Classroom, where they will receive feedback and suggestions for new goals from Mr. Brown.
Acting 6: The 6th grade Acting students are collaboratively building, performing, and recording stories based on prompts that I am sharing with them. They will use costumes and props that they find or build to support their story telling. Over the course of the month, we will look at traditional folktales and myths and integrate them into our storytelling, as well as by constructing our own versions of folktales and myths generated by our exploration of traditional storytelling.
Vocal Music 6: Students are engaging in a variety of essential competency-inspired projects to build skills in vocal techniques, music theory, performance and service through music. The projects are built and guided by Mrs. Phelps, but the order and depth to which they are completed is student-driven. They will keep a journal of their work for accountability and so we can engage in reflection as a class.
Art 6: In 6th Grade Art, students are starting an Egyptian Hieroglyphic Cartouche design of their own name. We will look at the Rosetta Stone, learning about how Hieroglyphs are understood, making our own “papyrus,” and designing our own royal cartouche.
PE 6: Workouts, workouts, and more workouts. The students will do daily workouts and keeping track of what they do on their weekly fitness log. They are also asked to do a reflection at the end of the week to let me know how the workouts went for them. The plan is to make sure they get some daily exercise in and have fun doing it. They are also being asked to do a PE workout each school day regardless if they have class or not. They will have a variety of different exercises to do throughout each week of remote learning. Some days they will follow along with posted exercise videos, or just complete the list of exercises given to them to complete. They will also be given the opportunity to design their own daily workout. I am still asking the students to have you sign off on their workout in a way to get them to share what they are doing in class.
Health and Wellness 6: In Health and Wellness, students will establish healthy patterns of self-care. They will select and practice self-care activities from a menu including yoga, meditation, nature journaling, cooking nutritious meals and other activities. All students will also keep a gratitude journal and will explore the power of empathy by sharing messages of caring and inspiration with local hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Later in the month, we will dive into a unit on human development, focused on puberty. Look for an email in the coming weeks with more details on this unit.
Science 6: In 6th grade science, students will be beginning their unit on taxonomy and the levels of biological organization. Students will learn about Carl Linnaeus, the levels of taxonomy from kingdom all the way down to species—and how to identify organisms by their scientific names using the genus and the species. From there, students will be making a field guide to the organisms found in and around their house! Students will use a new app on their iPads, which allows them to create books in order to create this field guide and will be able to show you the taxonomy, important adaptations and characteristics, and habitats of the organisms that reside in and around your house.
French 6: How do I ask for what I need in French? How do I ask how much things cost? How do my language and manners affect the way someone might see me in French culture? Students are learning different ways to talk about school supplies, shopping, and prices. Later this month, they will build their vocabulary with adjectives to describe school subjects and other topics. We will delve into how to tell time and look at school schedules in francophone countries. Students will widely expand their communication skills this month when they tackle two of the four major verbs: avoirand être. We continue to build an understanding of nuanced grammar structures, like the gender and number of nouns, articles, and adjectives in French. This is known as agreement. With this under our belts, we can start to take a close look at what I call PFGs—petites fautes de grammaire. These little grammar mistakes can become learning tools to help students better understand how language works. And thank goodness we can continue to play games like Quizlet Live, Kahoot, and the crossy-offy game during remote learning.
Chinese 6: With some transition to remote learning, students in Chinese 6 class will still be offered opportunities to work in group settings, small groups with laoshi and also partner collaborations. This month, students will continue inquiring about how to describe the relative location of an item. After that, we are starting a whole food unit. Students will inquire about and express a preference regarding food; name a few common fruits and express likes and dislikes. For grammar, students will learn how to use degree adverb 最喜欢 and conjunction 那.
For the class project, students will make a fruit board game. They will create their own board game rules (traps and rewards) and Chinese questions to get through all the parts. And they will present their Chinese board game by playing with one family member. For the cultural piece, we are going to learn about the symbolism in fruits.
Spanish 6: Currently, we are finishing up Unit 5 on shopping, and soon we will start our last unit before final projects. Unit 6 focuses on pastimes, hobbies, and activities. In terms of grammar, we will introduce possessives and some tricky verbs like Gustar, which means “to be pleasing.” This will allow us to communicate likes and dislikes. The cultural components for Unit 6 include learning about unique aspects of Easter in the Spanish-speaking world as well as coming to understand the roots and meaning of Cinco de Mayo. We will continue singing to work on pronunciation with the song “Morena de Mi Corazón.”
Pre-Algebra Prep 6: Having completed our work with ratios and rates, we are moving onto all things integer (positive and negative numbers). We’ll look at what they are, how to compare them, how to graph them as well as all operations with them. This will let us also review past concepts such as order of operations, exponents, fractions and decimals, just with this new twist of positives and negatives.
Pre-Algebra 6: After completing a unit on rational numbers, we will begin learning how to use inverse operations to solve linear equations. Learning to simplify algebraic expressions is the first step. We will begin solving one-step equations and then advance on to solving multi-step equations. This will be tied into using formulas, and writing equations based on real-life situations.
Humanities 6: In Humanities this month, students will explore the world of Greek mythology. We will begin by questioning what mythology is and why it exists. Then, we will research specific gods and goddesses and do a variety of creative exercises to understand each of the archetypes they represent. We will investigate how these archetypes are connected to modern day as well as other religions and cultures. Students will have many different writing activities based on what they have learned about Greek mythology. We will also begin reading The Odyssey this month and continue our practice of close reading.