6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Sixth Grade Parents,

A reminder: TPS is not celebrating Halloween as a school on Monday. Students should not come to school in costume. 

Students continue to add elements to their imaginary countries. This week your child began creating an imaginary animal that somehow interacts with one of the existing plants. The basis for this new creation is our spotlight on adaptations that monkeys and midges use to interact with specific adaptations of the cacao tree.

In math this week we continued our percent and chocolate study. Students learned about the production of chocolate and what members of the supply chain receive the most money. The distribution of profit for free-trade chocolate is different than that for fair-trade chocolate, and students evaluated the fairness of this breakdown. Sixth graders culminated this study by creating a chocolate advertisement for either a fair- or free-trade company and used data to market their company.

In science we took a look -- a microscopic look -- at how adaptations allow plants to survive and work within the water cycle. The basics of experimentation were considered while using microscopes to examine roots, xylem, and leaves to determine why certain adaptations prove useful. We also made glue from natural materials found in The Schuylkill Center's Pine Plantation.

In language arts students worked with their teams to finish final preparations for the Tuck Trial. On Monday, students planned their roles. On Thursday, students participated in a mock trial, complete with costumes and props. Sixth graders presented evidence and questioned witnesses to discover the fate of Mae Tuck. Students were assigned to be jurors, members of the media, sketch artists, members of the defense and prosecution teams, and court reporters. The jury designed and used a point system in reaching their verdict for Mae and the Tucks.

Questions to ask your 6th grader:

  • How did you decide to make your chocolate bar fair or free trade?
  • What is one adaptation that your CYOC animal has?
  • Who won the Tuck trial?
  • What was your recipe for the pine glue?

See you at conferences.

Have a great weekend,

Mike, Jess, Katrina, and Terry