NFS Curriculum Update :: April, 2014
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.
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.
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.