From the Nest

The Sixth Grade Newsletter

This newsletter provides information on activities and concerns of sixth grade students and teachers. For more detailed information on individual subject areas, please refer to the teacher's School Fusion page, linked beneath their picture below. For information on school wide events and initiatives, please visit the Pennington homepage. If you have a question or concern, please email us directly using the information below.

Mr. Anderson - Language Arts

The essay is due on Monday. Detail counts for a lot in a descriptive essay. Make this piece as detailed as possible. Assignment details are on School Fusion.

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We will complete a couple of tests to check student progress in reading, including the STAR test and a released SOL Test. Students need not study for these assessments, but please make it a priority next week to come to school well rested. We will begin the next round of novel groups on Friday after the vocabulary quiz.

Ms. Bosse - Math

We will continue the decimals problem solving unit, and start the week by practicing decimal operations and end the week with word problems.

Mr. Cardone - Social Studies

On Tuesday January 12 we will be having a quiz on vocabulary and the English colonies. We will be continuing our colonization unit by learning about life in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies as well as how they relied on interdependence and specialization.

Mr. Cardone - Science

Now that we have examine our use of renewable and nonrenewable resources, we will begin looking at how we can manage our natural resources and what environmental issues we are currently debating. Students have been working on a chart of advantages and disadvantages of renewable resources in class. The deadline for their charts was moved to Monday January 11.

Introduction to World Languages – 6th grade – 18 weeks

Konnichiwa! This week and next week the students and I are learning about the Japanese culture and language.

Sayōnara!

Sra. Lowe

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Creating Lego movies with an iPad, Lego's and Brictek is not just promoting technology skills; it is the blending of cross curricular objectives while it includes problem-based learning, inquiry/discovery methods, role-play, simulation, and cooperative learning. To many of our ESOL students, speaking English is difficult, but playing with Lego's has its own universal language. Creating animations allows students to convey an idea, concept, or thought in a way that words can't.