6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

This week your child began to put together the culminating work for the first trimester: The Museum of Biome Adaptations.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: The 6th grade Museum of Biome Adaptations will take place immediately after the Winter Concert (approximately 10:15 a.m.) on Wednesday, December 14. Mark your calendars. 

On Tuesday, we visited the Academy of Natural Sciences to study how dioramas are made and perhaps learn some techniques that can be used in our scaled down versions. 

Other units are coming to a close. Your child made the last trades in our introduction to algebra and wrote final equations for the value of cowry shells, stickers, mints, and bubbles relative to each other. In language arts, we are finishing the book Fever 1793.

In the interest of providing each of our students with the most meaningful service experience possible, we are making some mid-year changes to the TPS Service requirements. If your child completed a Fall service job, they do not need to complete another term of service. Students who did not complete a Fall job must sign up for only one of the remaining terms. Students who completed a Fall job and want to sign up for another term may do so, but students who have not yet completed their service requirement will be given priority. We also encourage families who already participate in service outside of school -- for neighborhood parks, with faith organizations, SEPTA Clean-Up Day, etc. -- to use that service toward completion of the TPS service requirement. There are also a number of events coming up that could be used to fulfill the service requirement, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. 

Questions to ask your 6th grade child:

  • Why do you think a paper clip can sit on top of the surface of water? Why? Why? (Yes, ask it twice!)
  • What was left in your bag at the end of the trading unit? What does this have to do with algebra?
  • What is the connection between the book Fever 1793 and water treatment in Philadelphia?
  • What materials will you use for your diorama?

Have a good weekend,

The 6th Grade Team