6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 6th Grade Families,

On Thursday and Friday we welcomed professional storyteller Robb Dimmick into our classrooms. As part of their study of Ancient Ghana, students are learning about the role of griots in African culture, as well as the specific story, the "Legend of the Ouagadou-Bida." Students are learning about this story, as well as writing their own stories about their respective imaginary countries, as one way of knowing. We will also be learning about other ways of knowing throughout the year. The ability to internalize a story, make it your own, and tell it orally in an interesting and compelling way has intrinsic value. Additionally, students are building towards the ability to tell their own personal stories in a public way. We are using the "Legend of the Ouagadou-Bida" and the work we are doing with Robb as an opportunity to develop the attitude, courage, and skills they will need to tell their own stories later in the year. We want to students to find and use their voice as storytellers. Their study and training culminated with dramatic performances of the story to TPS students in Preschool, Kindergarten, and the Primary Unit.

On Monday students studying trade in Ancient Ghana. They learned the process by which Ancient Ghanians silently bartered. Our work in math has been closely tied to our study of the trade of items in Ancient Ghana. In class, students received goods and they bartered with their peers to obtain different items. Students have begun to use our study of trade to form algebraic equations with one to three variables. Our trading unit will continue into next week and after Mini-Courses.


  • Mini-Courses are begin on Monday!!!
  • Pictures will be added to the 6th Grade Weekly Note page soon! Check out the gallery in the upcoming days for pictures from our class.

Questions to ask your 6th grader:

  • What song was used to introduce the H2Olympics?
  • Why did Amadou cut the head off of the serpent?
  • What was the best part of performing your story? What was most challenging?
  • What dangers kept traders from traveling to Ancient Ghana?
  • What was your Ideal Equations on Day 1 and Day 2?

Have a great weekend,

6th Grade Team