The Humanities classes are in the midst of an exciting fourth quarter. We are all working on the The Giver and deep within our Informational Writing Units of the Calkins Writer's Workshops. All classes have been using non-fiction close reading strategies and conducting purposeful and powerful research on teen activists, Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. We have studied Canada and will soon learn about modern Latin America and the effects of European conquests along with writing books on teen activism and creating a technology - based presentation on an activist casue. In addition, we are learning Greek Stems and readying for the last round of ISTEP testing along with getting ready to wrap up an an exicting year in sixth grade!!
Honors Humanities began the quarter with a major writing project. Each student researched a topic of their choice, writing an informational paper that was then be turned into a website. We are reading Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster in which we will learn about how the smallpox vaccine was created. We will use this book as the inspiration for the narrative will write this quarter. Literature Circle book choices this quarter are wonderful and each student will enjoy reading the book as well as working on the final project. Somewhere in there we will also find the time to study the Americas.
The 2014-2015 school year is winding down and with that wind down comes math finals. All Creekside math students will be taking a final exam, most on May 21-22, which will cover all the material they have learned this school year. As we approach the end of the year the majority of math classes will wrap up with some probability work and any additional curriculum content that previously might not have been covered. Please help us by encouraging your child to finish their sixth grade year strong.
It’s hard to believe, but we are just weeks from wrapping up our 2014-2015 school year! While the students are anticipating summer, we are keeping their minds busy through various forms of inquiry in the classroom. We are in the midst of our Matter Unit which takes us back to key concepts and scientific skills acquired during Quarter 1. It’s been wonderful seeing our students grow in this aspect! Our days are filled with understanding just what the world around us is made of. During ISTEP week, many students will have/had the opportunity to either conduct their own scientific investigations or problem solve using the 4D’s through other topics of inquiry. We are looking forward to our last and final unit, Energy, where we will discover all of the different forms and even apply them to constructing our own simple mechanical devices. On the agenda: Catapults!