6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 6th Grade Families,

Although it was a short week, it was full of exciting topics and learning. In math, students are working towards mastering their use of integers. Using positive and negative numbers, students have been conceptualizing and learning algorithms to add, subtract, multiply and divide integers. This math work is complementing an ongoing timeline project in which the 6th grade is creating a massive timeline that will extend from our 3rd floor space all the way down the stairway to Patagonia. Using the number and year “zero” as our anchors, we are placing historical events from the history of Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and others to complete an educational display for the whole school.

We continued our research on the history of human migration, as students have been assigned a specific turning point in human migration history, with which they will create a timeline card that will be added to the timeline describe above.

In language arts, we spent the week discussing African poetry. We examined poems about an African boy making his way to the strange, wealthy and sometimes frustrating America. Students investigated the importance of "voice" in poetry.

Questions to ask your 6th grade child:

  • When one multiplies a positive integer with a negative integer, is the answer positive or negative? Why?
  • What event are you researching that impacted human migration hundreds of thousands years ago?
  • Explain the topic of the poem "How to Fall in Love with an African City".
  • Compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Have a great weekend!

6th Grade Team