6th Grade ELA Update: December 2017

In E.L.A. class, the sixth grade has completed their end of unit assessments for Unit 1: Cities of Gold. Students that presented their speeches did an amazing job. Their speeches truly answered the unit’s essential question, “Why does place matter?”

Sixth grade is beginning their first novel study, Wonder, by R.J. Polacio. It is an amazing book that permits many opportunities for deep class discussion. The essential questions that will be focused on and discussed throughout the unit are: “What can we do to be more accepting of differences?” “How can we show others respect?” and “What is the impact of bullying on the victim?”  Parents, perhaps when children arrive home from school, you can ask your child to tell you about what they read in school that day. Discuss how the essential questions mentioned above not only apply to the book, but in our daily lives as well.


Ms. Kelly’s Spanish classes learned about El día de los Muertos

Students in Ms. Kelly’s Spanish classes learned about El día de los Muertos and created their own decorations!


As we enter the holiday season, students at PS102Q will continue learning about the different holidays that are celebrated in Spanish speaking countries around the world. Everyone loved learning about El día de los Muertos and creating their own decoration! They will also learn how to use expressions like “Me gusta & Me encanta”, to express things that they enjoy in life (ex. favorite hobby or subject). They will continue expanding their vocabulary and working on developing complete sentences that they can share both verbally and in writing.

6th Grade Art Update: December 2017

Ms. Leibowitz’s sixth grade art students posing with their self-portraits.

In December, the 6th grade art students will complete their preparatory sketches and will then start drawing their self-portraits, using direct observation. Direct observation requires using proportions and measuring alongside the development of hand to eye coordination. Line quality, value, and shading techniques will be explored to render three-dimensional forms. After drawing their self-portraits, using mirrors, the art students will develop a background space to convey a personal narrative. Once the self-portrait unit is complete, the students will explore drawing and painting figures in a landscape.

6th Grade Social Studies Update: December 2017

6th grade classes researched Otzi “The Ice Man” and watched a brief documentary on the impact of his discovery.

At the beginning of the month, students will have their mid-assessment for Unit 2 on the importance of the Neolithic Revolution. The students will have to write a paragraph supporting a given claim.

Following that assessment, the second half of our unit on River Valley Civilizations focuses on the characteristics of these civilizations. Students will research the important role geography had on the development of civilizations in Egypt, China, the Middle East, and India. Specifically, they will investigate the role rivers played in this development. A visual project will be constructed to display their information.

Please be sure to register for PupilPath/Skedula so you can have access to your child’s grades whenever you’d like. Feel free to email Mrs. Warren with any questions. Happy Holidays!