We recently celebrated the completion of a project on Early Man. Students utilized Google Documents to highlight the capabilities and skills of each evolutionary stage of man. Students focused on summarizing key facts during the unit. During our reflection, students were fascinated to learn about the different stages of evolution, especially Homo erectus. Students stated how impressed they were to know that it was Homo erectus who first looked human, controlled fire, and migrated to different parts of the world.
We also completed a brief study of the Agricultural Revolution. We concentrated on learning the importance of obtaining a constant food supply through the development of farming and domesticating animals, and how this led to our ability to develop special skills and jobs. We discussed how technological achievements paved the way for developing cities, empires, and civilizations.
We kicked off our unit on Mesopotamia by completing one-minute movie previews on the Mesopotamian civilization. Other highlights of this unit of study included: creating cuneiform tablets, studying the impact of Hammurabi’s Code of laws, trading, and the importance of rivers, especially how the Sumerians developed the first mass scale irrigation system.
We had an amazing bridge design competition. Congratulations to Tyler Crudo and Rowan Knight for winning with the lightest bridge that held 8 kg of mass.
Students worked as young scientists and applied the Scientific Method to find the optimal condition to germinate pinto beans. Students presented their projects to the class. Next we will study Plate Tectonics.
Our language scholars are off to a strong beginning as we examine elements of plot structure. We have been discussing SETTING, CHARACTER, CONFLICT, and the 5 PHASES OF PLOT DEVELOPMENT. We are enjoying taking notes both on handouts in class and in our new Interactive Readers. You will notice on my weekly agenda that handouts are listed beginning with “RM” and followed by a page number. For example, RM 1-2. This stands for Resource Manager, pages 1-2. These are handouts we do together during class time.
The Interactive Reader is abbreviated IR, followed by a page number/s. The Interactive Readers are booklets we use in class only, and should not show up at home. The big blue book, Holt-McDougal Literature, is the one every student should have at home; it contains all the stories, poems and essays we will be reading throughout the year.
We are continuing with our Daily Oral Language Logs and our weekly spelling units. If you would like a look at my weekly agenda, go to my website at:
You will also find tabs for the DOL, Spelling Unit information, and a special tab called “Helpful Links” just for parents.
As always, if you have questions or concerns please email me or call and leave a message. I will get back to you within the day. You are also welcome to drop by right after school to ask questions or get clarification on assignments.
It has been great to see so many of you around campus already. Thank you for all of your help with school activities and events! We are extremely lucky to have such a supportive and involved group of parents.
The mathematics department put together an information evening for parents concerning the new math program and how it aligned to the Common Core. For more information you can visit the RLS website and then choose academics from the pull down menu. At the bottom of the list under academics click on RLS SpringBoard Math or you can type in this web address:
For more information please feel free to contact me.
During the year please encourage your son/daughter to come into my classroom for extra help when they need it. I am available to help them during break time, lunch time, and after school. We are currently working on the following concepts: Statistics, Fractions, Decimals and Percents.
I really enjoy working with you and your child. I am so pleased to hear that your sons/daughters are enjoying their 6th grade year. Please know that my door is always open if you have any questions during the school year.