NFS Curriculum Update :: May & June 2016
We will begin the month with a unit on dating and relationships. The class will define relationships and explore the various ways people communicate in a relationship. We will study types of relationships, what makes for healthy relationships as well as qualities to seek in others when entering into a relationship. We will examine dating and the appropriate ways people behave towards each other. The unit ends with the explanation and definitions of sexual harassment and dating violence along with our theme in Health class of making responsible decisions and avoiding dangerous situations. For the remainder of the year, we will focus on male/ female human sexuality. Through studying the male and female reproductive systems, students will learn to identify the various parts within both systems as well as describe the functions within the process.
We will continue our discussions on the reproductive systems, both female and male. The girls watched the puberty video last month and we discussed the changes that occur during puberty. We discussed the menstrual cycle and will continue to do so to make sure they all understand what is happening to their bodies. STDs and HIV will be introduced, and contraception methods will be touched on lightly. Relationships between friends, and also between the opposite sex will be discussed. It's been a pleasure teaching the girls this year!
Sixth grade students will spend the first part of May immersed in geometry, and we will focus on the properties of three-dimensional shapes. We will work with geometric nets to create different shapes and students will complete an in-class assessment where they will be challenged to create their own geometric net for a specific shape. After we finish with nets, students will review surface area and we will explore different ways to measure volume. We will then move on to studying circle properties and students will discover the relationship between pi and the area and perimeter of a circle. Finally, we will examine angles and their geometric properties.
Sixth-grade Spanish class will continue reading the Spanish text, Patricia va a California. Students will apply vocabulary learned to summarize and discuss story events. They will practice new vocabulary in games / activities, pronunciation and fluidity skills in out loud reading exercises. In warm-up and exit activities, the class will continue to practice the future tense and the preterit tense will be introduced in oral work to state in the "yo" form what I did last weekend.