6th Grade Weekly Note

Dear 6th Grade Parents,

As winter asserted itself, we had a shortened but focused week. We spotlighted gold in Mali, and we considered the impacts, both positive and negative, that natural resources have on a country. We widened our scope by examining data, images and materials showing diamonds, oil, and conflict minerals in Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. As we weigh the costs and benefits, as well as who pays and who benefits, we are asking ourselves, “Is having natural resources a blessing or a curse?”

This week in math, we began exploring geometry and the relationship between shape and size. In language arts, we read poetry from the Harlem Renaissance, considered the power of self-expression, and began the process of writing a poem about ourselves. In science, we used microscopes to look up close at human DNA extracted from inside our students’ cheeks.

Thank you to everyone who donated toys to this past month's Helping Hands collection. This Sunday, Student Council will be cleaning and packing up the hundreds of items, and we'd love some more help. Please come by the Multipurpose Room on Sunday, January 31, 1-4 p.m. Friends and family are welcome!

Questions to ask your 6th grade child:

  • What is inside my cellphone that comes from Africa?
  • What was special about Harlem Renaissance?
  • What is the ideal shape of a bumper car track?
  • What does DNA look like?

Have a great weekend!

6th Grade Team