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Sixth Grade Blog

6th Grade News: 3/13 – 3/24/17

Purim/Passover Sock Drive: Friday, March 10th – Friday, April 7th Our Senesh Sock Drive is the grassroots way to fulfill an unmet need of homeless men, women, and children. All sizes of new socks needed! The socks will be delivered to CAMBA’s Flagstone Family Center. Collection box outside of the library. HUMANITIES In History class this week, students were excited to begin their study of ancient Greece. Focusing on geography first, we discussed Greece’s location, its terrain, and how its land features impacted life. Writing class was busy this week as students began their ancient Greece research projects. All 6th graders are...
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6th Grade News: 3/6 – 3/10/17

HUMANITIES This week in History, we neared the end of our unit on ancient Egypt. Students learned about significant Egyptian symbols, and examined an average day in the life of both a nobleman and farmer. Now, we’re preparing for our test on Wednesday by looking over our worksheets and completing a review packet. Ask your child what he/she has learned about ancient Egypt; they’re becoming experts! In Literature, students focused on the idea of prejudice, as it is one of the major themes in our book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. We thought about what prejudices we hold ourselves, and how people...
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6th Grade News: 2/27 – 3/3/17

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS 1) Purim Celebrated in School: Friday, March 10th Parents are invited to a student-led Megillah reading from 8:30-9:30am followed by a costume parade at 9:30-9:45am. Come to school in costume! Please keep in mind that weapons and group costumes are not allowed. 2) Read-a-Thon pledges are due next week! Please collect pledges and send money in an envelope with your child before Friday, March 10.    HUMANITIES Sixth graders saw their classroom subjects come to life this week with visits to two museums: the Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum of Mathematics. At the Brooklyn Museum, students examined...
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6th Grade News: 2/13 – 2/17/17

Special Announcement: Pajama Day is Monday, February 27th During the month of Adar, the month of Purim, it is a tradition to do things that make us happy. To get ourselves into the Purim spirit, all teachers, staff, and students should come to school in pajamas on Monday, February 27th (Rosh Chodesh Adar – or the first day of the month of Adar)!  Students must wear shoes or slippers (no socks or bare feet). If your child has PE on Mondays, please remember to send him/her with a pair of sneakers. HUMANITIES: This week in humanities classes, students have been busy with a few final projects and papers. In...
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6th Grade News: 2/6 – 2/10/17

HUMANITIES Despite the surprise snow-day break, we had a productive week in humanities! In Literature, we finished The Golden Goblet and discussed how we felt about the ending. Students are now beginning to work on creative projects based on the book: they’re choosing between creating a character’s scrapbook, writing a news report, or designing advertisements. In History class, students had fun collaborating on a “travel guide” to the Egyptian afterlife. Ancient Egyptians believed that on this journey, the deceased person had to fight off monsters, answer difficult questions, and ultimately give its heart over to be weighed against a feather. Ask your child to share...
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6th Grade News: 1/30 – 2/3/17

HUMANITIES This week in humanities, we continued our study of vocabulary and classical roots with another round of “Wacky Word Olympics.” Students had a blast competing in vocabulary challenges such as “Heads Up,” Pictionary, and charades. At this point, the sixth graders have mastered dozens of Greek and Latin roots and Wordly Wise words, and they’re beginning to incorporate their new knowledge into both speech and writing. In History class, we delved deep into our study of ancient Egyptian rituals around burial and death, examining how and why mummies were made. Students were intrigued by the mummification process, and asked...
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6th Grade News: 1/23 – 1/27/17

HEBREW: This week the students focused on writing a three paragraph essay in Hebrew on the topic of clothing. In addition, we watched a movie on a design school in Israel and we discussed what is “Israeli clothing.” We also practiced describing what a person is wearing to each other. In addition, the students practiced complimenting each other on what they were wearing, which connects to the value of Kindeness- Chessed that we are constantly emphasizing in class. SCIENCE: This week students took their exam on the Circulatory System, also continuing to work on refining their essays for their disease...
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6th Grade News: 1/17 – 1/20/17

HEBREW: Dear parents, This week the students have focused on learning and practicing various aspects of verb grouping in Hebrew as part of our review and expansion of the past tense. In their studies, the students practiced various online assignments. In our review we continued to practice the new vocabulary and skills that we learned in our clothing unit. We ended the week with a Yom Ivrit Hebrew party in which the students served each other and conversed entirely in Hebrew. Shabbat Shalom, Andreea HEBREW HERITAGE: This week we worked on our new unit “World Travel Guide.” We asked what...
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6th Grade News: 1/9 – 1/13/17

Judaics This week 6th grade continued translating from the book of Shemot. As we read and translated, students acted out the epic scene of finding Moshe in the Nile. They made sure they represented each verb in their acting as well as adding in their feelings that they imagined the characters must have felt. Students also practiced asking text based questions (Kushiyot). In our Israel class students continued learning about WWI time in Palestine. We saw how there were many misunderstandings and confusing promises that created a lot of the original tensions we see today. We saw that at the...
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6th Grade News: 1/3 – 1/6/17

HUMANITIES After a restful and celebratory break, the 6th graders jumped right back into learning in humanities classes. We continued analyzing ancient Egypt’s geography, with particular focus on the Nile River. Students considered how the Nile was both a life-giving and destructive force. In Literature class, students presented their “Hero’s Journey” stories, showing off their artwork and video-making skills. We then began a new novel, The Golden Goblet, a historical fiction book about ancient Egypt. This story will complement our lessons in history class, bringing to life some of the places and customs we’ll study. Finally, students learned about the parts...
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