6th Grade Weekly Note

Hello, 6th Grade Families,

This week we turned our focus to Rwanda and the legacy of colonization leading to civil war and genocide. Students studied how the country has been able to move forward after the 1994 genocide. Students have discussed how people from Rwanda have been able to reconcile with others after such tragedy.

Jess presented about her trip to Rwanda two summers ago that she went on through the Sandra Dean Teacher Fellowship. Jess reported on changes in Rwanda over the last two decades since the genocide based on her trip to East Africa this past summer. She also discussed Tanzania and cultural differences across East Africa. Students asked many insightful questions to gain more knowledge about this region.

Closer to home, we traveled back to The Schuylkill Center on Tuesday to continue our play unit. The 6th graders observed the SCEE Nature Preschoolers and took detailed observations of preschoolers in our ongoing investigation of the importance of play in defining one's self. We will be visiting the preschoolers this coming week to conduct play experiments and gather data about play.

Questions to ask your 6th graders:

  • How have Rwandans reconciled post-Genocide?
  • How are conflict and resolution related to the play study?
  • What is the unit rate for "20 books in 5 piles"?
  • What moment are you focusing in on for your micro-history project?

Have a great long weekend!

The 6th Grade Team