6th Grade Weekly Note

Hello, 6th Grade Families,

During this past week the 6th grade has been looking closely at water and how it has shaped our fine city. With the historic fiction novel Fever 1793 as our backdrop, we took a walking tour of historic Dock Creek in Old City. This allowed us to see the locations described in the book, which focuses on the outbreak of yellow fever that devastated Philadelphia in the 18th century. We then visited the Water Department's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant and learned the "down and dirty" of how modern city planners ensure that we have clean and safe water both in our rivers and in our homes. Students also explored how and where water flows within TPS and their homes.

Another theme explored was trade in Ancient Ghana. We learned the process by which Ancient Ghanians silently bartered, and we engaged in our own bartering by exchanging goods with each other. Algebraic equations were used to keep track of the volume and value of this commerce.

Announcements: The 6th Grade Museum of Biome Adaptations is a major learning celebration. Please make every effort to be there on Wednesday, December 14, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. This event follows the 9:00 a.m. TPS Winter Concert (which some of our students are in).

Questions to ask your 6th grader:

  • What type of metacognitive annotations do you use the most? Least? 
  • Where does the water go when we flush the toilet? 
  • Is a cowrie shell a useful form of money? Why or why not?
  • What happened to the 6th Grade Market on Day Two of trading? 
  • How many drops of water can you place on a penny?

Have a great weekend,

Terry, Katrina, Mike, and Jess