6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Families,

In this short week, your children spent a good deal of time outside. In the Wissahickon, students' map skills and powers of careful observation were challenged as we studied the shape of the land and correlated them to a two-dimensional representation. Teams planted flags in the woods, marked the locations on the topographic map, switched maps with other teams, and then found each other's flags. On Thursday, sixth graders led their family groups in games, songs, and crafts as they built important inter-age relationships through our k-8 Shelly Ridge Day. Even with this busy outdoor schedule, there was still time to explore symbolism, mood, and foreshadowing in Tuck Everlasting, to debunk African stereotypes, and to hone skills in multiplying and dividing fractions.

Remember that our Camp Dark Waters overnight is coming up, October 19-20. Permission slips are due this coming Tuesday, October 11.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What sources are you using to debunk an African stereotype?
  • What was difficult about placing and finding a flag in the Wissahickon?
  • What do you think is the purpose of the Camp Dark Waters trip?
  • When multiplying fractions, do you prefer to simplify after multiplying or to cross-simplify before?
  • What is an example of a recurring symbol used in Tuck Everlasting?

Enjoy the long weekend,

The 6th Grade Team