6th Grade Weekly Update for 5-22-15

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Encore! Auditions start next week.  
Dance workshops are on Tuesday during the first half of lunch and after school until 4:15 PM.  Dance Auditions are on Thursday, either at 7:45 AM or 3:40 PM.  Everyone must complete a dance and singing audition to be considered.  Information sheets are available for students on the call board.

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Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/25: Memorial Day-No School

Tuesday, 5/26: Final Weekly Goal Update

Wednesday, 5/27: Goal Letter; Academic Awards Assembly 7 p.m. 

Thursday, 5/28: Themed Thursday

Friday, 5/29: LBMS Book Swap 
Course Updates
Social Studies-Mr. Poukey
The writers workshop is buzzing as students draft their essay arguments, either for or against the idea that Alexander III of Macedonia deserves the title, Alexander the Great. Unofficial classroom polls reveal the classes are split down the middle on this question and students are eager to point to the evidence that supports their arguments.  Final drafts of the essay are due May 29th. I can't wait to read what our young historians have to say.
Globe Trekker country reports are pouring in. This batch of reports feature some of the best writing of the year!
Just a few more current event presentations before the end of the year. Students are still digging deep for interesting and important global news stories and the discussions that follow are always enlightening. Next week we continue to edit and rewrite our DBQ essays as we close in on the end of a "great" year. 

Science-Mrs. Bailey
This week the 6th grade students continued working on their pollinator research paper.  Students worked to complete an outline to guide their writing and spent most of the week writing.  The rough draft was due on Friday and students began the peer editing phase.  Peer editing will also take place on Tuesday and the final draft is due on Wednesday at the start of class.

Language Arts-Mrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
Students have been reading Boy, by Roald Dahl, during class and at home. They have been distinguishing between summarizing a text and reflecting or responding to a text. Also, they have been studying Roald Dahl's word usage in the novel, including the words' denotation and connotation.  They should be reading Boy along with an independent reading book at home each night for at least 20 minutes. We have finished Compass Learning for this year.  Next week students will learn about the Lake Bluff School District's summer reading assignment! 

Math-Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Rote Kay
Probability was introduced this week after we completed MAP testing. During this unit students will discover how to determine the outcomes of a simple event, create sample spaces, know the difference between experimental and theoretical probability, and make predictions based on experimental results. 

Español - Srta. Horner
This week in Spanish students learned question words such as  "Who?" "What?" "Where?" etc. Some of them were familiar, while others were knew. We used these new skills to ask each other about different events. Students also sat in the Hot Seat! while others asked them any question they wanted. 

Français-Mme Szostak
This week in French, students learned the numbers 4-100. Learning these numbers, students are now able to say any number in French up to 999!! We will also use these numbers to tell digital time. Hopefully you're hearing counting going on at home!

Health-Ms. Fink 
This week in health, students have been continuing to learn about the ill-effects of alcohol and marijuana.  As the week comes to a close, students will be given techniques to help cope with anxiety or nervousness.  We will be participating in visualization/meditation exercises to teach students a healthy way to cope.  Next week, we will be starting the growth and development unit talking about puberty and hygienic needs for students.  Have a great holiday weekend.

Chorus- Mrs. Cvitkovic
Congratulations to all of the choir students who participated in the Spring Choral Concert this week!  Your dedication and efforts really paid off... It was an amazing show! 

Band - Mr. Beese
I want to congratulate all of the sixth grade band students on an outstanding concert. I have enjoyed watching them grow as musicians and people. I look forward to working with them again next year. 

Visual Art - Mrs. Engel-Julian

6th grade art students have been enjoying open studio time.  Our clay sculptures have made it out of the bisque fire unscathed!  We will begin glazing them in the next few days. The art show was a success this year! Please be sure to visit the school and send us some art mail before the end of next week.  Thank you for the support.




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