6th Grade Math: Algebraic Expressions

A student project that analyzes population data.

This month, students will start learning about algebraic expressions. Students will use variables (letters) and constants (numbers) to write algebraic expressions. Additionally, students will use order of operations, as well as addition and multiplication properties, to evaluate expressions.

Sixth Grade visits The New York Hall of Science

Students learning how to make gigantic bubbles at The New York Hall of Science.

This month, students will continue to learn how matter changes states when thermal energy is introduced. Students will be able to identify the difference between thermal energy and heat, while investigating the different ways heat can be transferred.

Sixth graders compare the novel, Wonder, to the movie adaptation

Students working in their character focus groups comparing how their character was portrayed in the novel, Wonder, in comparison to the movie.

As February commences, some classes will be completing their essays on the novel, Wonder.  Then, we will be moving back to Scholastic Common Core Code X.  Students will begin Unit 2: Live Your Dream.  Throughout this unit students will be reading two excerpts, a biography and a memoir.  Both texts will convey the youthful dreams and trials of two famous individuals.  In his own biography The Life You Imagine, Yankee great Derek Jeter discusses having a very unrealistic goal as a child, and explains what he did to accomplish that goal.  The second text, a memoir Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama bares how the challenge to identify with his father began his own pursuit for the meaning to life.  Some strategies students will focus on are colloquial language, questioning, key ideas and details, text structure, and temporal shift.  Students will reflect on the essential question: What does a dream reveal about the dreamer?

Ms. Warren’s sixth grade classes are researching ancient Mesopotamian civilizations

Sixth graders are using a variety of resources to research the Ancient Mesopotamian civilization.

During the first week of February, we will be finishing up our unit on River Valley Civilizations. Students will be comparing a minimum of two characteristics of the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations in either a visual project with a written component or an essay. Our next unit of study is World Religions. We will begin the unit by uncovering the difference between a religion and a belief system. This will lead to a study on Hinduism and Buddhism and how these religions developed throughout the eastern hemisphere. Have a wonderful mid-winter recess!