Our primary endeavor this week has been crafting Big Idea Papers. After studying each of our four spotlights on modern Africa, students developed big ideas, or thesis statements, about the legacy and influence of outsiders on the continent. Last week students took information from Spotlights, interviews, and online research to craft outlines. This week they transformed their outlines into body paragraphs, created hooks and conclusions, and learned how to format their works cited page. The week ended with making captivating titles for their research papers.
In math we began our understanding of prisms. Using the 3-D paper cubes, or rectangular prisms, that they created, students began to understand the difference between triangular prisms and pyramids. In science students finished a unit on meiosis and mitosis. Mitosis Matt and Meiosis Mike wowed everyone with their lyrical talents in a rap about the wonders of cell division.
Questions to ask your child:
- What title are you giving your Big Idea paper, and why did you choose this?
- How does meiosis differ from mitosis?
- What is the difference between a triangular prism and a pyramid?
Have a great weekend,
The 6th Grade Team