6P News

Week of March 7, 2016

Upcoming Events

3/11: End of 3rd Quarter

3/14: Pi Day Math Celebration

3/21-3/25: Spring Break

3/28: No School

3/29: School Resumes

Pi Day Celebration

Pi Day is a math holiday, dealing with circles, that occurs annually on March 14. As a sixth grade, we are going to celebrate this holiday this year on Monday, March 14. Each class will have a Pi Day party during our regular morning block where we will explore different aspects of circles. This also happens to be the first day of the fourth quarter and will help us start off our final quarter on a positive note.

Students are able to earn extra credit for completing various tasks for this holiday. The three options are listed below, and students may choose to do one, two, or all three of the tasks for to earn up to 5 points of extra credit. Completion of one task will earn students 3 points of extra credit and two or more tasks will earn them 5 points. Students can:

  • bring in circular snacks to share with the class
  • design and wear a Pi Day shirt to school
  • learn the "A Slice of Pi" song included below

I am also looking for a few volunteers to send in pies for us to snack on during our party because Pi Day is not complete without pies! Please let me know if you are willing to assist.

A Slice of Pi

Alternative Energy Unit

Next week we will kick off our alternative energy unit. Students will first work to learn about five renewable energy sources. They will weigh the pros and cons of multiple energy sources and will soon work to determine which energy sources are most abundant and realistic in various locations throughout the United States.

We will also begin discussing solar ovens, and students will prepare to build an oven of their own to cook a hot dog. I do not have a particular due date in mind at this time, but would like to mention ahead of assigning this task to students that the majority of the materials needed to design a successful solar oven are items that are already in our homes. The following is a short list of materials commonly used to construct solar ovens. Two to three of the materials together are generally enough to serve the purposes of our assignment.

  • Shoe box/small box
  • Plastic container/Tupperware container
  • Aluminum foil
  • Black paint
  • Black paper
  • Saran wrap
  • Skewer
  • Small Mirror

Build With Chrome

I would like to recommend a really neat website for students that like to build with Legos or that are interested in video games where they build things, like Minecraft. Build with Chrome is powered by Google Chrome and allows users to build Lego structures. It is fairly simple to use and I know that many students in our classroom would enjoy creating their own worlds. It would be beneficial to student spacial relation skills and should encourage their creativity. Here is the link: https://www.buildwithchrome.com/