I want to thank you all for your positive energy and support this year. I know my hair-brained schemes can be a bit difficult to swallow at first. I am very appreciative of all that your families do for our class. Thank you very much for the fabulous gift, as well. We will enjoy the break with well-fed tummies, indeed!
Stuff to Look Forward to This Week
ASA- 6th Grade Leads
Our class will be leading the All School Assembly this Thursday morning. It is a great opportunity for students to get on stage in front of their peers and make announcements, lead songs, and perform simple skits. Feel free to join us in honoring this month's Students of Integrity from each grade.
Field Trip- Tomorrow (Wednesday)
We will be taking the trip that was postponed in October. We will visit three different sites related to our study of ancient Greece and Rome.
Please use this as an opportunity to open the door to conversation with your child about their growing, changing bodies. Thank you for promptly returning the permission forms.
Winter Showcase- This Thursday Evening
We have been working diligently on our Core Knowledge Showcase piece this year. It should be different from anything you've seen them present before! Students should arrive between 6 and 6:15 ready to perform. Sixth graders should wear their uniform.
Parents, please find a seat in either the gym or the cafeteria. All classes will be performing in both locations. At the end of the program all students will be released to a parent from the classroom.
Stuff to Work on Over Break
Science Fair- Be Prepared!
We will begin composing our final pieces for the science fair in January. Students should come back on Monday, January 5, with all their data and observations recorded DIRECTLY into their science fair notebook. There will be no extensions at this point and all experiments MUST BE FINISHED before January.
Tale of Troy Play- Practice Your Lines
The script has been released and roles should be assigned by the end of Thursday. Please have your child practice their lines!
Editing Novels- NaNoWriMo at an end
Encourage your child to work on editing their novel over the break. This is something we are taking time to address in class, but many students could benefit from a little bit of attention over the break!
Typing Practice- Just Do It
This will soon become a short, required piece of homework each night for families who have internet access at home. Please have your child practice typing for 10 minutes a night. It does wonders for speed, which they must have for this year's state tests. Here is the link: chpcs6.typingclub.com
Science Fair- Open House on Thursday, January 22
-Presentation and Evaluations on Friday, January 23
We are hoping to schedule a field trip related to our French Revolution studies at the end January. Mr. Paulk has tentatively offered us access to his commercial kitchen, should our schedules match up!
Target Field Trip Grant- Good News
It appears that our class will be receiving a $700 grant from Target! I applied for this at the beginning of the school year, and it will go towards a field trip and supplies that tie into our study of ancient Greece. The timing isn't ideal, but the opportunity is fantastic: another classic 6th grade hair-brained scheme!
Upcoming Units of Study
Editing- We will be working through editing process, using our novels as guinea pigs. We started this week and will continue next month.
Publishing and Illustration- Our novels will be transcribed to a format that will be submitted for publishing. Students will hand-write and illustrate their novels, which will then be printed. Each student will receive a hard-back copy of their work. Additional copies will be available for purchase.
Short research reports- We will tackle this unit after our novels have been submitted for publishing. These reports will lay the groundwork for our efforts in our Night of the Notables projects.
Enlightenment- We will spend the beginning of January discussing the Enlightenment, its philosophers and philosophies, as well as its influence on European colonial revolutions.
French Revolution- January and February take us into the French Revolution, a politically complex era filled with grand ideas and a trove of violence. This is one of the largest history units this year, and I would welcome any expertise or ideas you may have!
Experiments and Labs- We will be resuming our weekly science experiments in the coming months, with a focus on the goopy and messy. Our remaining science units are Oceans and Astronomy, which we won't be addressing until outdoor school, so weekly experiments will keep our scientific neurons firing!