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Sixth Grade Blog

6th Grade News: 6/5 – 6/9/17

Reminder: We welcome you to the Greek Symposium, this coming Tuesday (6/13) from 9-10am.  HUMANITIES:  In Literature class this week, students completed creative projects inspired by The Graveyard Book. They wrote spooky stories and skits, acted in videos, and even planned puppet shows. Their projects feature characters from our novel as well as some additional mythical creatures we’ve learned about, including werewolves, vampires, and witches. We all look forward to seeing everyone’s projects next week! In History class, the students worked hard practicing for the Greek Symposium next Tuesday. They all had a chance to read their speeches in front of...
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6th Grade News: 5/22 – 5/26/17

REMINDER: Please join us at the 6th grade “Greek Symposium,” from 9 – 10am on June 13th. Students will be sharing speeches, essays, and artwork they created related to their ancient Greece research topics, and we’d love for you to celebrate their hard work with us! HUMANITIES This week in History class, the students learned about the famous conqueror “Alexander the Great.” His name and legacy led us to questions such as: “What does it mean to be great?” and “What kind of person deserves this title? Did Alexander deserve it?” Students then prepared for our history test on ancient Greece by reviewing...
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6th Grade News: 5/15 – 5/19/17

HUMANITIES This week was a bit different because of the ERB’s, but we were still able to be productive in humanities classes. Because students have now completed their ancient Greek research essays (hurray!), they were able to begin writing their speeches for the Ancient Greek Symposium. At the ceremony, students will be sharing two pieces of art they made related to their research topic and giving short speeches about their research. They’re excited to show off their hard work to parents, siblings, and 2nd grade buddies at the June 13th ceremony. Our history class this week was full of violence and fighting...
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6th Grade News: 5/8 – 5/12/17

HUMANITIES This week in humanities has been full of ERB prep, puppet shows, and witches. In History class, students designed their own characters based on what they know of ancient Athens and Sparta. Then, they performed “puppet shows” with their characters in celebration of the Dionysia, an ancient Greek theater festival. For their shows, students had to imagine how their characters would act in various settings, such as the agora (marketplace), the agoge (Spartan military school), or the Parthenon. In Literature, students learned about the history of witch trials and executions to complement Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Gaiman incorporates legendary spooky characters into...
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6th Grade News: 5/1 – 5/5/17

HUMANITIES It was a busy week in Humanities classes. In preparation for the ERBs, which will take place on May 16th and 17th, students practiced reading comprehension and vocabulary questions. We discussed how to use context clues, the process of elimination, and other strategies to find correct answers. In Literature class, we continued reading The Graveyard Book, taking note of the life lessons the main character learns during his early adventures. We also spent time studying new Wordly Wise vocabulary words; today, for instance, students had fun acting out the words in order to internalize and better remember their meanings. Finally, in History class,...
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6th Grade News: 4/19 – 4/28/17

Reminder: Students should wear blue and white on Tuesday to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. JUDAICS The 6th graders spent this week learning about Hilter’s rise to power and how the Nazi party gradually restricted Jewish life through the Nuremberg laws.  Students wrote essays about big ideas and essential questions such as “As Jews, it is our responsibility to teach future generations about the Holocaust and prevent events like it from happening to anyone ever again,” and “Why was Hitler so successful?”  On Thursday students made comparisons between the story of Pharoah in Egypt to what happened during the...
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6th Grade News 4/3 – 4/7/17

HEBREW: Dear parents, This week the students finished our unit on animals in our world. As an end of the unit project, each student designed a brochure for a zoo using learned structures and vocabulary. After Passover, I will be in Israel with the 8th grade. I am leaving a unit for the 6th graders to study with the subs. Please remind your children of the importance of showing up as their best selves with a substitute teacher. The units include three assessments and daily speech/ participation grades. I wish you all a happy Passover, Andreea HUMANITIES This week in...
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6th Grade News: 3/27 – 3/31/17

HUMANITIES In Literature class this week, we completed our novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. I am so proud of the students for having mature and reflective conversations about prejudice in the book and in our own lives. We talked about how racism manifested itself in the 1930s South (the setting of the novel), and the ways it appears today in more subtle ways. In History, we learned about the Minoan people, who established an early civilization on the island of Crete in ancient Greece. Students enjoyed hearing the Greek myth of the minotaur, a half-man-half-bull who guarded a massive labyrinth on the island and...
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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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