Sixth Grade

NFS Curriculum Update :: April, 2014


Sixth grade artists continue to investigate printmaking. After learning a bit about the history of political art and prints students learned about the Syrian crisis and created pieces of art work to bring light to this tragic situation. They are transferrring this pieces to linoleum blocks and learning to use tools to carve the designs. Students will be given the opportunity to create a "free" design on linoleum as well. Student will learn printing techniques and will experiment with color combinations and mounting.


Students will continue to meet with their book clubs twice a week for the first part of April. To culminate our unit on Afghanistan and Pakistan, students will complete an individual ekphrasis project. This project involves a poetic response to a photograph depicting life in either Afghanistan and Pakistan. We will continue to move forward in our vocabulary units, and spend some time exploring idiomatic language.


This month we begin our unit on relationships and dating. The class will define relationships and explore the various modes and styles people communicate in a relationship. We will study types of relationships, what makes for healthy relationships and qualities teens seek in the relationships they currently have and look to have in the future. We will examine dating and the appropriate ways people behave towards each other. The unit ends with the explanation and clarification on sexual harassment and dating violence, as well as a review on making responsible decisions and avoiding dangerous situations.


This month the 6th grade Latin students will continue their work with future tense verbs, learning to conjugate and translate the forms of this new tense. Once we complete Lesson 6, we will move on to Lesson 7, which introduces the indirect object. This construction uses the dative case to express the person who receives the direct object of sentence. Students also will learn to distinguish between indirect objects and accusatives of place to which, both of which use the preposition “to” in English. This new knowledge will enable students to translate and compose increasingly sophisticated Latin text.


In the beginning of April we will begin our unit on circles. We will focus on finding circumference and area in word problems and diagrams. Midway through the unit students will create their own word problem connecting diameter, radius, circumference, and area to real world experiences. After our Unit exam we will begin our unit on volume. Throughout both units students will continue to practice fraction and decimal operations.


The sixth graders did a great job with their music theory review and have also started vocal sightreading with much success. Students will be working together to play the handchimes and handbells in the month of April!


The month begins with our unit on floor hockey. The students will learn and practice the skills of stick handling, passing and shooting. Game strategies will be reviewed with the basic understanding of the principles associated with playing offense or defense, followed by actual game play. Badminton is our next unit and probably the most popular unit of the school year. Students will review the basic grip of the racket and learn and practice shots like the underhand hit, overhand smash and drop shot, including the proper technique of serving. Game play and tournament play will follow.


Sixth graders are continuing their studies of rocks and the rock cycle. Once they finish up with this unit, they will study another aspect of Earth science and jump into the Earth’s atmosphere to better understand meteorology. Their project for this month will be building a solar oven as an integrated unit on refugee camps throughout the world.


Sixth grade students will have one service day this April. Students will participate in story telling with the Pennswood residents.

Social Studies

This month the sixth grade social studies students will begin to explore a case study about the human rights issues that are currently affecting Syria. Students will use their research skills to learn more about the nation, its people, and the problems it is currently facing. We will synthesize our knowledge of the United Nations and its giant umbrella of organizations with our current learning about Syria to try to better understand the situation and find potential solutions. Students will also take a test that completes their work on the United Nations unit. The students will continue to improve on their primary source analysis as well as their internet research skills. They will also continue to weave document information into their prior knowledge in order to write paragraphs.


Sixth grade Spanish students will have to utilize the reflexive structure to discuss what their routine and someone else's is like. They will need to sustain longer conversations with partners during class activities to improve their communication skills. Conversations will include newly and previously learned vocabulary such as; reflexive structures, telling time, adjectives and conjunctions to create more interesting speech. Students will have to study and prepare for an oral and writing assessment in which they will need to provide, accurately, the reflexive verbs and corresponding reflexive pronouns. Students will create a digital program to show off their oral and writing skills describing routines and obligations. During oral warm up work, students will gradually increase their ability to discuss what they did in the past. We will start with the verb “IR” and then continue on to –ar, -er, and –ir verbs.

US 101

US101 is exploring both social and academic worlds this month. First, we are going to find commonalities, develop better and deeper relationships and build community by focusing on the social/personal life of our 6thgraders. This will help prepare them for their trip to Echo Hill where they will spend lots of quality time together! We will then shift our focus to academics. We will discuss how to stay focused and motivated through the end of the school year.
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