6th Grade Weekly Note

November 9, 2015

Hello, 6th Grade Parents!

It was a pleasure to meet with you during conferences this week. Our conversations are an important element in our partnership. We look forward to using these insights to best support each of your unique children.

This week, students are learning about Ancient Ghana in two distinct ways. First, we read the “Legend of the Ouagadou-Bida,” a thousand-year-old folktale that tells the rise and fall of this ancient West African civilization. We examined the archeological and historical evidence about these same historical events. Students have been challenged to see how the folktale compares to the traditional historical “evidence.” With this knowledge in their back pockets, students next week will become griots, which are West African storytellers, historians, entertainers, and maintainers of cultural identity. More on that in next week's note!

As another element in the ongoing Create Your Own Country projects, each student is in the process of writing an origin story about his/her own imaginary country, as one way of knowing about a place, its people, and how the land defines culture. Just as the Ouagadou-Bida tells the story of Ancient Ghana’s creation, your child must determine how her/his country’s origin can be crafted into a meaningful and engaging folktale.

An ongoing homework assignment starting this week will be reading an SSR book for at least 20 minutes each night. Please remind your child.

Questions to ask your 6th grader:

  • How did you control the variables in your pine glue experiment?
  • Why did Amadou cut the head off of the serpent?
  • What dangers kept traders from traveling to Ancient Ghana?
  • How have you grown as a mathematical thinker during your study of percentages?

Announcement:

For Middle School students who are looking for a winter Community Service job, there is a fun, hands-on opportunity coming up that involves crafts, hikes, and s'mores. (This event will take place before the winter term officially begins, so this sign-up is happening now. All students must do two community service jobs over the course of the fall, winter, and spring seasons.) We are looking for students to help run stations at Winterfest at the Schuylkill Center on Saturday, December 12, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend the event with their kids for free. If your child can help, please email Virginia by Friday, December 4, at vfriedman@tpschool.org.

Have a great weekend,

Katrina, Terry, Jess & Mike