We have a packed week this week as we officially end our 3rd quarter performance task and begin working with our 4th quarter content.  To that end, all parents are invited (see my email) to our Future Forecast convention showcase this Wednesday.  There are different times for Phillips and Freeman home bases, so please feel free to email me for details.

Our new interdisciplinary unit is called Relationships.  This is a unit that builds learning in each core subject area throughout the quarter until the final couple of weeks where students will take their learning from each subject area and apply it to solve a real world problem.  This builds off of the product designs done in the Future Forecast, but this will be in the form of a TED Talk given at the end of the year.

In English this week, we will introduce the next (and final) part of our Genre Wheel project.  This task is a persuasive presentation where students will use a variety of texts (including their chosen novel) to convince other Grade 6 students that their favorite Genre Wheel book is the perfect choice for a new Grade 6 student.  The skills developed and nurtured here will apply to the final performance task of the year: The TED Talk.

Also in English, we have just started a new read aloud book that connects to our unit theme of relationships.  The book is called A Long Walk to Water.  It was written by Linda Sue Park.  Its both a true story and a fictional narrative as she weaves in the true story of Salva Dut and that of a young fictional woman named Nya.  It is a fascinating story about life in the Sudan during the revolution in 1985 and more recently during 2008.  I encourage you to ask your child about the book!  Some of the more interesting things they have learned so far relate to life in the Sudan and how terrifying Salva’s life turned after his school was attacked and he was forced to flee.

In Social Studies, we are going to begin our study of the materials economy.  This will begin with a viewing of the excellent video called The Story of Stuff.  Please feel free to watch this at home in order to understand what students are learning in the classroom.  By the end of the week, we will have developed a brief understanding of the whole process in the materials economy and we will spend a more focused lesson specifically on the extraction phase.

Have a great weekend!

Week 32
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