The 6 Green Times

What are we doing in our classes?

What 's going on in science?- Ms. Ryen

Students have completed their first Learning Menu on the Scientific Method. The menu consisted of three sections: Imperatives, Negotiables and Options. Some of the activities included a coin lab which asked students to theorize how many drops of water a penny and nickel could hold. They also answered questions posted around the classroom and hallway. Once they finished answering these questions they used a QR Code reader and scanned the bar codes to check their answers. Another activity they worked on was creating a comic strip explaining the steps in the scientific method.

Students will now apply all their new learned knowledge in a Lollipop lab answering the question How many licks until I get to the center of a Tootsie lollipop?
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What's going on in Core 21? -Mr. Guizzo

Hello! September and October were busy months. We spent time trying to build a classroom community by participating in activities focused on creative problem solving, and sharing information about ourselves with one another. Academically, class got off the ground by learning how to evaluate internet sources, using key words to search the Internet more effectively,and applying strategies to create strong Essential Questions which lead to in depth research. We also spent some time discussing the Classroom Habitudes and what it means to have a growth mindset. In Core 21, we are working towards cultivating independent, confident learners who recover from mistakes and have the courage to persevere. The goal is always learning and moving forward.
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What's going on in Language Arts?-Mrs. Olivieri

In language arts, students have been learning how to actively close read a text and to generate questions and ideas that lead to a deeper understanding of the story. We recently used the Socratic Seminar format for a shared inquiry discussion of the short story, “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes. Students supported their ideas with evidence from the text and were often required to revise their ideas and evidence as they listened and responded to other group members. We will use this format throughout the year as we explore texts together.

Two of the most common writing problems for sixth graders are run ons and sentence fragments. Therefore, students have been learning about three different types of sentence structures. This will be an ongoing focus area in language arts for writing automatically improves when students can correct these errors and vary sentence patterns in their writing.

Since the beginning of the school year, all sixth grade teachers required that students have an independent reading book. At the end of this month, students in my classes will give a book presentation for one of the books they have finished reading. The requirements for this presentation are posted in Classroom.
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What's going on in social Studies? -Mrs. Braddock

At the beginning of the school year, students spent time learning about themselves and their classmates as learners. They filmed a collaborative commercial with the purpose of informing others about the positive aspects of working together in groups. Not only did they work together, they also learned the rewards and difficulties of making videos. Soon after, we learned about social scientists and their role in the study of history. Students took on the role of an archaeologist and analyzed cave art to develop hypotheses about the life of early man. Our next step is to look more closely at the early man and his development.
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What's happening in Math? Mrs. Tovino and Mrs. Linck

Currently, in math we are concluding our lessons on greatest common factor and least common multiple (6NS.4). We combined these lessons to review computation, including multiplying, dividing and applying divisibility rules. This will ensure students meet standard 6NS.3: I can add, subtract,multiply and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm. In addition, student will become more fluid when asking questions such as “Why do we move the decimals when multiplying and dividing?” We believe it is very important that students are able to work with numbers in multiple ways to solve problems. We will move forward with new concepts and students will work on perseverance and grit when problem solving. Next up we will study ratios, rates and percentages (6RP.1, 2, 3.) Students will apply some useful math concepts to real life situations, from baking recipes to coupon shopping. All classes have small group instruction to meet the needs of all. Please email us with any questions you may have.
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