Spotlight on Sixth Grade
As the year comes to an end it's time to reflect on all of the wonderful learning that the sixth grade students have collectively experienced. During this year our students have refined reading skills that they have acquired in the earlier grades to read and interpret more challenging texts. Our students have also refined their writing skills by writing to entertain, to inform, to describe, and to persuade. They have learned to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish narrative and expository writing. They have learned to pay careful attention to the author's craft-examining the content and development, the organization, the quality of voice, and the correct use of Standard American English conventions in their own writing and in the writings of others. In social studies, our students have learned to expand their understanding of history through the study of people and events before the era of European exploration and settlement. Their study focused on the significance of geography in the development of the human story, but also on the everyday lives, problems, and accomplishments of the people and their roles in developing social, economic, and political structures of the major civilizations. Our students also excelled in math, they learned a wide variety of tough math concepts that challenged them every step of the way. Our students learned about - understanding the concepts of percentages and integers, applying an algorithm to add and subtract fractions, using inverse operations to solve one-step equations, applying strategies to estimate and determine perimeters and areas of irregular figures, and many more concepts.
~ Good Luck 6th Graders!!! ~
~ Mrs. Freels, Mrs. Reed, & Mr. Vanderhorst
Activities Parents Can Do To Help Their Child Learn
- Talk to and with your child each night.
- Read nightly with your child using a variety of texts: books, magazines, comics, etc.
- Together compare grocery store items (best buy).
- Have your child keep track of allowance.
- Do a family (self) budget
- Have your child read recipes and measure ingredients while working with you.
- Have a family game night and include games i.e. Scrabble,® Clue, ® Guess Who,® Boggle,® Pictionary,® Connect Four,® Dominoes,® Sequence,® and Yahtzee.®
- Have your child estimate time and elapsed time.
- Together figure out probability of winning games.
- Plant and garden together.
- Build and measure things together.
- Have your child read to a younger brother or sister.
- Read and discuss newspaper articles, such as sports, cartoons, etc. with your child.
- Have your child keep a diary.
- Have your child write daily – lists, thank you letters, invitations, journals about vacations, notes to family members, responses to letters/notes, telephone/answering machine notes, and post cards.