Dear 6th Grade Parents,
In the midst of a chilly and rainy week, the 6th grade explored the essential question of “How do others define us?” by examining the colonization of Africa. To do this we studied the process by which European powers callously carved up Africa during the Berlin Conference in the 19th century. We also had the honor of interviewing Dr. Alden Young, Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Drexel University. During his visit, students were able to ask questions about his area of expertise, the colonial history of Sudan. Our 6th graders are taking what they learned from Dr. Young and applying them to their ongoing Create Your Own Country project.
In language arts, we have been looking at America’s own colonial history, the rights and laws that have favored whites, and African Americans’ brave resistance to this racism and discrimination. In math, students have added another dimension to their study of geometry and are now tackling the calculation of volume and surface area of cylinders, cubes, and other three-dimensional shapes. In science, students pieced together clues about rainfall, temperature, and location to discover how sickle cell anemia and malaria are connected and why sickle cell anemia rates are high in some parts in Africa, but not in others.
Questions to ask your 6th grade child:
- Is America a “color-blind” society?
- Who was King Leopold?
- Which 8th grade performance of Shakespeare did you enjoy more, The Taming of the Shrew or Twelfth Night? Why?
- What 3-D shape did you make and what was its volume and surface area?
Please note that at the bottom of this post is a message to families from the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.
Have a great weekend!
6th Grade Team