Grade 6 Mosaic

September 28-October 2

Mystery Monday

Tomorrow our class will be going on a 'quest' back in time to the Middle Ages! This is a mystery for the class, so please do not share with them at this time! For the next several weeks, we will be assisting a fictional character, Dr. Hank Carter, on his research on the Middle Ages. We will also be preparing for a Medieval Festival that will take place sometime in December (more information coming soon on this!). During our time on this quest, we will be learning a bit about the Fall of Rome, Charlemagne, Feudalism, the Crusades, Magna Carta, Bubonic Plague, medieval manners, along with differences in the lives of peasants, serfs, knights, and nobles. Throughout our journey, we will be analyzing and annotating informational texts, as well as reading portions of The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, Robin Hood, and a novel titled The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De'Angel. It is bound to be an adventure!

Algebra Concepts

We are diving right into several algebra concepts and important definitions. The students are working in an Interactive Math Notebook that contains a Table of Contents, Daily Lessons with 'Left-side Learning' and 'Right Side=Right Answers', various 'foldables' to reinforce concepts, and a section for vocabulary. We have defined and classified numbers in the Real Number System (i.e. real numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, whole numbers, integers, and counting/natural numbers). We utilized a 3-D visual to help sort numbers into these categories. Next, we reviewed the Order of Operations through PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication/Division, and Addition/Subtraction) and applied it to several equations and expressions. This week we will be continuing to differentiate between expressions and equations, and begin looking at inequalities.

Fall Conferences

Fall Conferences are coming up on October 8th, 9th, and 13th, These conferences are considered goal-setting conferences. This is truly another opportunity for your child to have a voice in 'driving their own learning'. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend their conferences. I realize that you may have already scheduled your child's conference without knowing this information. It is okay if your child cannot attend. We will be doing some pre-conference preparation in class that will be enough to guide our conversation. Also, if you are experiencing any difficulty scheduling your conference through Pickatime, please let me know. I can view my schedule on the site and assist with setting up a conference.