Success in Sixth Grade
Volume 9, Issue 1
A Note from Mr. Nakano
"Accept what you cannot change. Change what you cannot accept." - Unknown
This has been a wonderful first few weeks with your children. They are collaborating well and using critically thinking skills to find solutions and innovative ideas. Look for this newsletter to be sent periodically to keep you up to date with our curriculum and important events.
Students are now part of their Google Classroom, have available technology choices for Daily 5, can do Digital Check-Ins, and can have greater participation in collaboration activities like Mystery Skype.
International Dot Day
Make Your Mark
To celebrate, we will be Mystery Skyping with a 5th grade class somewhere else (we'll reveal the destination after the students figure it out). We'll discuss what it means to make our mark, or "dot," in the world. What are we doing to make it memorable?
While your child is still the best communicator and anthropologist about what goes on during the school day, I wanted to offer you glimpses into our classroom to cure those "nothing" moments during conversations with your child.
Remind - this service is how you can receive quick reminders (about 1-2 a week). These may be test reminders, special day reminders, or no homework notifications. Important information will still be initially e-mailed first, without having to subscribe to this service.
If you have a smartphone with push notifications:
http://rmd.at/gobearscv (for just class announcements)
http://rmd.at/cv61617 (for reminders for all of 6th grade)
To receive text notifications:
Text @gobearscv to 81010 (for just class announcements)
Text @cv61617 to 81010 (for reminders for all of 6th grade)
Seesaw - We still haven't started this service yet, but this is how you will be able to view your child's online portfolio. This is helpful especially for group projects where all students can't take the same assignment home.
Calendar - Important dates will be updated here and on our Canvas page
Instagram - Our main feed of images and videos throughout the day. When we're not posting, we're enjoying ourselves too much wrapped up in the moment!
Facebook - a combination of our Instagram and Twitter feeds
Twitter - Starting this week, we'll be tweeting our daily end-of-the day tweets and mnemonic devices.
Our first novel unit started this week, although we won't be delving into the actual book until next week. It is Maniac Magee, written by Jerry Spinelli. We have plenty of copies for the students to use. However, some students prefer to write in or have their own copy. If that is their preference, they are more than welcome to purchase their own copy.
However, while you're at the bookstore, we are also reading Pax, by Sara Pennypacker as part of the Global Read Aloud next month. We'll talk about it more later, but the Global Read Aloud is a month long event where students around the globe read the same book. It is a read aloud, so there's no need to purchase the book, but once again, some students prefer to have their own copy to follow along.
Our current unit focuses on decimals and fractions - adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and everything in between. We'll notify you when a test is upcoming.
Students are learning about the first civilization. They started with a simulation about how difficult it is to survive alone, but easier when forming a community. Their imaginations are really getting a workout as they try to imagine life without buildings, irrigation, or even electronics.
Science inquiry leading to their Science Fair project is taking place with Miss Rolfe this month.
Last week, we were introduced to Mr. Covey, our new P.E. teacher. P.E. will be with Mr. Covey on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I will also teach an additional section on a different day (usually Fridays).
Right now, our curricular focus is on communication and personal space.
Dates of Notes
International Dot Day
Friday, 9/16 - Constitution Day
9/19 - International Talk Like a Pirate Day
9/20 - Math Decimals Quiz
10/3-10/7 - Student Parent Teacher Conference Week
10/4 - Non-Student Day
10/3, 10/6 and 10/7 - Minimum Days
Every Thursday morning at 7:30 am - 100 Mile Club Fun Run