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6th Grade News 1/21 – 2/1/19

HUMANITIES: This week in ELA, students began an exciting new writing unit related to research and debate. They chose “real world” questions that felt meaningful to them, including: Should schools punish cyberbullying? Should the U.S. continue giving foreign aid? and more. They are researching all sides of the argument using online and offline sources, and determining their own stance as they work. In order to ensure responsible research, we learned how to determine whether a source is reliable or unreliable. We had fun examining a wide range of websites — from amateur blogs to university publications — finding both trustworthy...
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6th Grade News: 1/7 – 1/18/19

HUMANITIES It was a pleasure to experience several special programs this past week in Humanities, including a special workshop on The Giver and a visit to the United Nations Headquarters. Mara Stephens, otherwise known as “Vera’s mom,” came in on Tuesday for an interactive program related to Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Mara actually used to performed her own one-woman show about this book, and we were so lucky that she was able to share some of her performance with us. She also led several movement and acting-based activities with the class, bringing the story in The Giver to life. As the students followed firm,...
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6th Grade News: Happy New Year Edition

MATH:  Hello everyone, I am Katie, the new 5th and 6th grade math teacher! The first few days back at school have been great; everyone has been so kind and welcoming. I am excited to jump right into learning about percents with the 6th grade! We have already used m & m’s to estimate percents on a circle graph we created, and made predictions based on the patterns we saw. Coming up, we will be creating menus and changing recipes…all while getting a better understanding of percents.  BAR/BAT MITZVAH CLASS: The sixth graders have completed the rough drafts of their dvar Torah’s! Phyllis...
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6th Grade News: 12/3 – 12/14/18

ADVISORY This week in advisory, students focused on team-building skills. They participated in several fun group challenges (ask your child about the marshmallow tower challenge!), and analyzed the qualities that make a successful team. We also celebrated Hanukkah with our 2nd grade buddies! Here are some photos from our activities:       HUMANITIES:  These past few weeks, 6th graders have been working hard to prepare for the Heroes Convention next Thursday. They finished up their independent reading projects about biographies, wrapped up their own digital hero stories, and thought about the heroes in their personal lives. Students also read...
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6th Grade News: Pre- and Post- Thanksgiving Edition

HUMANITIES We’ve had a busy week in Humanities since returning from Thanksgiving break! In ELA, 6th graders are working hard on several different projects. For their independent reading projects, students are writing paragraphs and designing a poster to share what they learned from the biographies they read. To tie their work together, they’re all focusing on one primary question: Is the person I read about a hero? Why or why not? Upon reflection, some students have decided they really admire the people the read about, while others feel that they’re not heroes at all. Simultaneously, students are writing their own,...
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6th Grade News: TEVA Edition

Dear parents, We hope you enjoyed our e-mail updates these last few days about our wonderful time at TEVA! Students had a blast hiking, exploring the natural environment, singing original TEVA songs, completing art projects with recycled materials, doing tefila (prayer) outside in the sun, and more. Throughout the week, they strengthened bonds with good friends and formed new connections with other classmates. It was wonderful to see the students outside the classroom, learning in active and creative ways. I know it’s an experience the 6th graders won’t soon forget! Feel free to browse our TEVA photos at this link....
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6th Grade News: 10/15 – 10/26/18

HUMANITIES It’s been a full and busy two weeks in Humanities. In Social Studies class, students are writing and performing creative pieces about life in ancient Mesopotamia. Some students are writing scripts for news shows, while others are writing op-eds and news articles. They are including true facts about Mesopotamian climate, religion, and culture while writing about such topics as: “Slaves ran away from a priest’s family!” and “The holy ziggurat (temple) was flooded!” Students had a great time using their imaginations to bring ancient times to life. In English Language Arts, we are finishing up our study of The...
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6th Grade News: 10/3 – 10/12/18

MATH This week, our sixth graders took their very first math quiz of the year. Two days before, all students took a pre-test to give them the practice they needed. The actual test followed the same format, so there were no surprises. Students will be given the opportunity to fix their errors (if any), and should use this as an opportunity to practice those areas they still need to master. Tests will be sent home for your signature, to be returned to me. We will then empty the math section in their accordion folders; those papers will be hole-punched and placed in a...
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6th Grade Blog 9/17-9/28/18

HUMANITIES This week in Social Studies class, students learned all about what defines a civilization, and which features all civilizations have in common. For example, all have organized governments, their own forms of art and architecture, and big cities. Students then “created” their own civilizations — describing their civilizations’ important jobs, languages, government positions, and more. It was fun to hear about their creative, made-up worlds, and to see how they all incorporated the key features of a civilization in different ways. In ELA class, we are just beginning our first class text: The Epic of Gilgamesh. This tale, which...
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6th Grade News: 9/4-9/14/18

HUMANITIES The first few weeks in 6th grade Humanities have been short but busy! I have so enjoyed getting to know this insightful, energetic, and intellectual group of 6th graders. In ELA (English Language Arts), we’re spending these first few weeks focusing on our summer reading book, Bridge to Terabithia. We’ve used this novel as a lens through which to discuss important themes, like “friendship,” as well as literary terms that we’ll discuss throughout the year, such as direct and indirect characterization. In Social Studies class, instead of diving immediately into the history of the ancient world, we began the year by talking...
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