6th Grade Weekly Update for 5-10-18


News from the Nurse

There were not many absences early in the week.  The last two days, absences have increased. The primary reasons reported were low grade fevers, sore throats, allergy symptoms and stomach aches.

Dental Exam forms were due May 1st, please submit your form ASAP!

A Huge Thank You to those parents that have submitted their forms  :)

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/14:  Set Up for Success/ELO

, 5/15:  Set Up for Success/ELO

, 5/16:  Set Up for Success/ELO

Thursday, 5/17: 5th Grade Visit; 
Set Up for Success/ELO

Friday, 5/18: Bluffer Buddies
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Our focus this week centered on Illinois state level government in anticipation of our trip to Springfield. We connected civics standard, SS.CV.1.6-8: Describe the roles of political, civil and economic organizations in shaping people's lives, to aspects our daily routines. Ask your student about the significance of Article 10 of the Illinois State Constitution! 

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week students worked on their Scientific Explanation. Their claim was that the sea lamprey could have a major impact on the trout population. Students had to compile their evidence and pull from their experience from the dissection and research that they had previously done. Their reasoning behind the explanation ties into the scientific principle "Organisms in a food web are related through producer/consumer, predator/prey, and parasite/host and how this affects the entire population of the organisms. 
Standards Assessed: 
MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students completed and shared their information articles.  Excitingly, students will also share their articles publicly via qr codes-look for their qr code posters at the Lake Bluff Public Library at the end of the school year and over the summer.  Next week students will begin reading the novel for our final unit of the year: Okay for Now by Gary D, Schmidt!  Look for the reading calendar and talk with your child about completing the reading and assignments on time.  IDR continues. 
 - W2.B - Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

W.6.2.C - W2.C - Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
W.6.2.D - W2.D - Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
W.6.2.E - W2.E - Establish and maintain a formal style.
W.6.2.F - W2.F - Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the information or explanation presented.

Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students made sense of operations with signed numbers.  They learned how to represent the addition, subtraction, and multiplication of numbers using diagrams.  Students also were introduced how to divide and multiply signed fractions.  
Standards addressed this week:
Understand subtraction of rational numbers as adding the additive inverse
7.NS.2a:Understand the rules for multiplying signed numbers. Interpret products of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts.
Understand that integers can be divided, provided that the divisor is not zero, and every quotient of integers (with non-zero divisor) is a rational number

Math-Mrs. Bishop
This week students continued to work with graphical representations of data.  Students created histograms, stem and leaf plots, and box plots to compare data and to answer big questions such as, "is the temperature really getting hotter?"  Student learned about measuring spread by calculating the mean absolute deviations along with the interquartile range and also practiced describing the shape of data distributions.  
Standards addressed this week:
6.SP.2Understand that a set of data collected to answer a statistical question has a distribution which can be described by its center, spread, and overall shape.
6.SP.3Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.
6.SP.4 Display numerical data in plots on a number line, including dot plots, histograms, and box plots.

Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy

This week, students continued learning about transformations of functions, practiced writing the inverse of functions, and analyzed data using histograms and box and whisker plots. Next week, we’ll continue analyzing data using technology and complete the Spring MAP Test.

Standards Assessed in Chapter 11:

  • Standard 2: Analysis of Function Properties and Representations (F-IF.1, F-IF.2, F-IF.3, F-IF.5, F-IF.6, F-IF.9, F-LE.1b, F-LE.1c, F-LE.2, F-LE.3, F-LE.5)

  • Standard 3: Graph a variety of functions and apply/interpret those graphs in context (F-IF.4, F-IF.7a, F-IF.7b, F-IF.7e, F-IF.8b, F-LE.1a)

  • Standard 9: Represent data in various formats; create statistical models; interpret statistics in context and make predictions. (S-ID.1, S-ID.2, S-ID.3, S-ID.6a, S-ID.6b, S-ID.6c, S-ID.7, S-ID.8, S-ID.9)

Español- Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish we looked at different written invitations and applied our knowledge of making plans to the invitations. On Thursday students had the chance to create their own invitations to demonstrate their knowledge of some of the skills we've practiced. 
  • WL 2.5) Student can understand the main idea of short and simple texts when the topic is familiar.
  • WL 3.1) The student can communicate in writing on familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and sentences.
Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French students did a listening comprehension activity where they listened to French middle school students talk about the sports they like to do at and outside of school. Students responded to prompts showing what they understood. Students are also creating original dialogues. The set up is a phone conversation between Jérémy and Sophie. Students created an ending to a dialogue we practiced in class using current and previously learned content and vocabulary. The energy coming from them working has been amazing as they put their language skills to use! Can't wait until Tuesday when students perform their dialogues for the class!

Interpretive Listening:
WL 2.2  Student can often understand spoken French on familiar topics
Interpersonal Speaking:
•  WL 1.4  Student can apply class material to conversation   
Presentational Speaking
•  WL 3.5  The student can present orally on familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and sentences.  

Health- Miss Fink 

As the week begins and ends, we are starting the Life Skills Training Program which is our drug education program. Lesson ONE: Self-Image and Self-Improvement - How does this relate to drugs and alcohol? Lesson TWO: Decision Making and Role-Playing - Using the three C’s to make decisions and being able to use/analyze the decision making skills to decide on other things, such as bullying, nutrition, etc. Lesson THREE: Smoking - Myths and Realities - List the organs that are affected by smoking. Activity: Smoking Wheel Project.

Standards Assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  
  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. 
  • Standard #4: Interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and reduce health risks. 
  • Standard #5: Demonstrate and identify circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision-making skills.

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in STEAM, the students began their third engagement.  The students were very excited because some wanted to try new projects based on the presentations of students on the last engagement (such as animation and home design) while others are discovering brand new opportunities (a motorized structure assembly kit called IQ key).  The STEAM lab is a hub of creativity and problem solving right now!  
Each engagement is assessed on:

  • ISTE.1.Empowered Learners:  Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. ISTE.3.Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, to produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
  • ISTE.4.Innovative Designer:  Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.
  • ISTE.6.Creative Communicator:  Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
  • ISTE.7.Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning  by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
Visual Art- Mrs. Engel-Julian

This week in art, students continued to work on their open studio piece.  Next week we will prepare for the Art Show! Please come support our talented students on Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th for two nights celebrating the Fine Arts!

National Core Art Standards Assessed:

  • VA:Cr1.1: Artist applies methods to overcome creative blocks.

  • VA:Cr1.2: Ideas are original, unique, creative and show personally relevant content.

  • VA:Cr2.1a: Accurately show an understanding of specific techniques.

  • VA:Cr2.1b: Artist demonstrates willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms and meanings that emerge in the process of artmaking or designing.

  • VA:Cr2.3: Demonstrate a high level of attention to the finish and overall presentation of the artwork.

BOBCAT CAMP HAS BEEN MOVED TO THE FALL! We will still run our summer camps in Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey, however the dates will now be in August! Camps will run Aug 6th-9th, and 13th-16th. 

Saturday: Track Sectionals @ Elk Grove HS 12:00PM
Monday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00
Tuesday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00
Wednesday: Golf Practice 3:45-5:00
Thursday: Golf Match vs. Oak Grove @ Heather Ridge GC 4:00-6:30
Friday: NONE

 After School Activities 

 PTO News

May 19th Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party

Everyone is invited to the PTO's first Lake Bluff Golf Scramble and 19th Hole After-Party. It will take place May 19th on the greens of Lake Bluff Golf Club followed by a celebratory party under the golf tent. This is a community-wide fundraiser to benefit Lake Bluff students and schools. Tickets are now available for purchase (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lake-bluff-pto-golf-scramble-and-19th-hole-after-party-tickets-44784702250?). You do not have to golf to join in on the fun. Tickets can be purchased three ways: Golf only ($100), after-party only ($75) or both ($150). The day will be full of golf, games, dinner & drinks, a silent auction and live music from Bushwood.


Volunteer for the LBMS PTO 

Would you like to be more involved with the LBMS PTO? We are working on filling the LBMS PTO slate for next school year. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please contact Megan Michael at mmichael11@comcast.net. 


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