6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear Sixth Grade Families,

Students continue to add elements to their imaginary countries. This week your child is 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 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 fair trade and students evaluated the fairness of this breakdown. 6th graders culminated this study by creating a chocolate advertisement for either a fair or free trade company and used data to market their company.

The interaction of water, land, plants, animals, and culture is evident in our science, theme and math work this past week. Students used a macro invertebrate biotic index to quantitatively assess the water quality the Wissahickon Creek.

In language arts the students worked with their team to finish final preparations for the Tuck Trial. On Monday, students worked with their teams to plan for their roles in the trial. Then, on Friday, the 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 the jury, the media, defense and prosecution teams, court reporters, or sketch artists. The jury designed and used a point system in reaching their verdict for Mae.

Questions to ask your 6th grader:

  • How did you decide to make your chocolate bar fair or free trade?
  • Which macro invertebrates were most surprising to find living in the water at the Wissahickon Creek?
  • What is one adaptation that your CYOC animal has?
  • Who won the Tuck trial?

See you at conferences. No school on Monday or Tuesday.

The Sixth Grade Team