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Sixth Grade Sentinel – 02/19/21

Hello families,

The week was shorter than expected, but we still covered lots of new learning. In addition to our academic summary below, please note that we already have *Earth Week* on our minds! Please click here to fill out the form for sharing your 6th grader’s t-shirt size preference, by next Wednesday.

This week:

  • In ELA: students built on their understanding of connotation and denotation, ending in us selecting new “class”/team names. They also started the foundation of our trimester 3 unit on argumentative writing. Next week, students will be starting literature circle groups, (where they will read the same book as a small number of peers) and studying the genre of dystopia.

  • In Social Studies: students continued to make connections, and note differences, about River Valley Civilizations. They also started studying terminology for our newest unit, Ancient Egypt, with Ms. Chow. Their individual Wanted: Word poster is due Monday.

  • In Science: we are finishing up our lessons on Animal and Plant cells. We also started the conversation about inherited traits which will lead us into a further discussion of genetics. Next week, we will begin using CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) writing as it relates to the topic of GMOs.

  • In Math: both Math A and Math B are nearing the end of their modules. So you know what that means? Let’s check for understanding. Math A is wrapping up coordinate planes with reflections, distance, and quadrant labeling. Math B is nearly done with algebraic expressions with one and two step operations. Everyone has been working really hard!

One final note this week, specific to in-person students: please be prepared to venture outside for recess most days. Dressing for the weather at this time means snow boots, winter coats, etc (snow-pants required, if wanting to play in the snow).

Important Dates

  • Today, Fri Feb 19: Materials pick-up (remote only*) at the gym, 8:30-2:30 or after carpool

  • Wednesday, Feb 24: Earth Week T-shirt Sizes needed

  • Fri Feb 26: End of Trimester 2; Early Release, 1PM dismissal

*Note: Families with 6th graders in-person do not need to attend Materials pick-up today, since materials can be given to them on campus. However, please return any books AND your child’s canvas PCCS supply bag next time they are on campus, so we can use them again in the future. Thanks!

Stay warm!

-Ms. Turner & the Sixth Grade Team