6th grade students learn about empathy while reading “Wonder”

Students in Class 6-401 engaging in a discussion about the book, Wonder.

In E.L.A. class, most of the sixth grade is halfway through reading the book, Wonder, by RJ Palacio. Some classes have been working on creating hand puppets to send over to Bolivia and other countries for children who just went through surgery for their cleft palate through Operation Smile. These hand puppets are to help children with speech therapy as they are recovering in the hospital, and to continue when they return home. This activity will lead up to the question, “Is empathy an inherent part of human nature?” Now that students have analyzed the characters and their traits, they will be focusing on empathy.  Empathy is the ability to understand or feel what another person is experiencing, in other words “putting your self in someone else’s shoes”. Therefore, by using what they already know about the characters, students will determine which characters have or have not shown empathy in specific situations. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Padilla, Mr. Summo, Mr. Goldin, or Ms. Grabher with any questions about your child’s learning. 

Science Matters! Ms. Ranzie’s students learn about windup toys and matter

Students in class 2-213 invited 6-311 in to their class to teach them how to make a Windup Toy.

This month, 6th grade students will be learning about matter. Students will learn that matter is made of particles in constant motion. Students will be able to explain how matter changes states when thermal energy is introduced, while exploring how a change to a substances physical condition does not change its chemical composition and properties.

6th grade students are drawing self-portraits and portraits of peers in Ms. Leibowitz’s Art classes

Ms. Leibowitz’s 6th grade art students drawing their self-portraits or portraits of their peers.

In January, the 6th grade art students will have completed their direct observation self portraits or portraits of their peers. Direct observation requires using proportions and measuring alongside the development of hand and eye coordination. The art students will then develop and render a background space to convey a personal narrative.

Mrs. Warren’s Social Studies classes learned about the role of rivers in ancient civilizations

Students in Mrs. Warren’s Social Studies classes used trade books to learn about the role of the Nile, Indus, Huang He, Tigris, and Euphrates Rivers in the development of ancient civilizations.

Happy New Year!  We ended 2017 learning about the importance of the rivers in the development of the first civilizations.  We will begin 2018 and the third marking period learning more about the actual civilizations that arose near those rivers.  Students will be learning about the culture by studying the architecture, government, natural resources, religion, writing systems, and inventions.  Please ask your child for his/her planner each night to see what the assigned homework is.  As always, feel free to email with any questions you have.