NDMS 6th Grade
- Jan. 19 - No School, Holiday
- Jan. 23 - No School, Teacher Workday
- Jan. 28 - 2nd Quarter Reward, Ice Skating
- Jan. 29 - Report Cards go home
Students in Mr. Brooks' Language Arts classes have begun a unit on forming an argument and reading to form an opinion. Students will participate in several mini debates and be responsible for writing persuasive essays that support their opinions. Students will also read several opinion pieces and evaluate them critically. Vocabulary, fluency, and grammar instruction also occurs daily!
We have been reading a short story called "Through the Tunnel" which is a symbolic tale of a boy on a path to maturity. As soon as we finish this story, we will begin the book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. We are continuing to work on stems (word part meanings) as well as some grammar. We have changed reading homework some. Please check my webpage for each night's homework as well as an explanation of what is expected. Students are still required to read nightly. This is an invaluable way to increase your child's reading ability. Please encourage this every day!
Math classes have been working hard with ratios and unit rates. This is a major portion of the 6th grade curriculum. We have focused on real-world scenarios and examples. Some classes have done several 3-Act Math problems that help us see how we use ratios, rates, and proportions in our everyday lives.
In sixth grade science classes, we have become "rock hounds" who identify minerals by their color, luster, streak and hardness. Soon we will investigate soil, soil conservation and how, as 21st century citizens, we can protect and maintain our earth.
Students have been immersed in a study of Ancient Egypt. They are amazed (and a little grossed out) by the mummification process. Next week we will be discussing Egyptian religious beliefs as well as accomplishments of the Egyptian people.