6th Grade Weekly Update for 5-25-18

Announcements

GO BOBCATS Countdown

Student Council is sponsoring a countdown to the end of the year. Check out the suggested attire for next week!

  • Tuesday--Wear a Game Jersey Day
  • Wednesday--Wear a onesie or single color
  • Thursday--Bluffer Wear Day 
  • Friday--Wear your Bluffer Games Team color!

News from the Nurse

Absences due to illness were primarily related to seasonal allergy symptoms.

Pollen and mold counts are unusually high and staff and students are miserable.

There were a few minor colds with sore throats, no fevers or Strep were reported.  Enjoy the beautiful weather and long weekend....don't forget your sunscreen as you head outdoors!

Thank you to those parents that submitted Dental Forms this week-I truly appreciate your efforts!



Next Week at a Glance

Monday, 5/28: Memorial Day; No School

Tuesday, 5/29: Set for Success/ELO

Wednesday
, 5/30: Set for Success/ELO

Thursday
, 5/31: Set for Success/ELO

Friday, 6
/1: Bluffer Games 
Course Updates
Social Studies- Mrs. Johnson
Students prepared for today's unit assessment on Early Humans and the Rise of Civilization by extending their content knowledge via independent research and whole group review practice of vocabulary connected to our unit of study. We considered Geography Standard 2: SS.G.2.6-8: Explain how humans and their environment affect one another as we reflected on patterns evident in all of the ancient civilizations we have analyzed this year. Next week and for the remainder of the academic year, we will study world religions as we celebrate all we have learned thus far and continue to explore our evolving wonders!!

Science- Mrs. Panjwani
This week in science students added an invasive species to their computer simulations model. Their task was to figure out what the invader eats. After many trials they figured out that it has competition with another organism (the rabbits) and it eats grass. They completed a group scientific explanation and proved their claim with their graphs that showed the inverse relationship between the grass and invasive species. They also looked at population data for the sea lamprey, trout, and chub to analyze if there is anything else that could be causing the trout to decrease.
 Students will have a Unit Test on Thursday 5/31. 
Standards: MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

Language ArtsMrs. Dunn and Mrs. Hominick
This week students continued on Doug's journey in the novel Okay for Now.  We have had some excellent analysis presentations-led by student partnerships-exploring point of view and symbolism in the novel.  Please ask your child about Doug's mission to get all the bird paintings back in place!  6th graders also completed their Spring Reading MAP tests on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Over the long weekend, students should read and complete sticky notes for Chapter 8 by Tuesday, 5/29. 
Standards addressed this week include...
RL 6. 1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL 6.3. Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves towards resolution.

RL6.6 Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or the speaker in the text. 


Advanced Math- Mrs. Carney and Mrs. Bishop
This week students completed their Spring MAP test and began Ch. 4 on Scaling and Proportional Relationships.  Students explored similar figures and practiced making a scale drawing.  Students began to dive into what makes a relationship proportional vs. non proportional.  Next week students will continue to work with representing different relationships in tables, graphs, and equations.  
Standards:
  • 7.G.1. Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.
  • 7.RP.2. Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.
Math- Mrs. Bishop
This week students had MAP testing and began the final unit of the year on volume, surface area, and ratio reasoning.  Next week students will be focusing on part to part and part to whole relationships along with calculating sale prices, tax, tips, and interest. 
Standards:
  •  6.RP.3. Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.
  • 6.G.2. Find the volume of a right rectangular prism with fractional edge lengths by packing it with unit cubes of the appropriate unit fraction edge lengths, and show that the volume is the same as would be found by multiplying the edge lengths of the prism. 6.G.4.
  • 6.G.4 Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
Algebra- Mr. Jakcsy
This week students continued learning about methods of statistical analysis and also explored several challenging, end of course problems that integrate many of the topics covered this year. Next week, students will finish chapter 11 and review prior to the end of unit assessments. The Chap 11 Team Challenge is scheduled for Wednesday 5/30 and the Chap 11 Individual Test is scheduled for Thursday & Friday 5/31 & 6/1.

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 finished up Unit 4 with presentations of students' ideal parties! Students prepared their presentations and presented in front of the class. There were some very fun ideas presented and everyone worked hard to do their best. Next week we will wrap up the unit with a reading assessment, and begin watching a cartoon Spanish movie. 
  • Presentational Standard: WL 3.5) The student can present orally on familiar topics using a variety of words, phrases, and sentences. 

Français- Mme Szostak
This week in French we began our café unit! The cafe unit revolves around the cultural importance of the cafe in French society. Students learn about the cafe in every day life and also about the foods served there. This week we practiced the various food and drink vocabulary. Students identified cognates to "reduce" the list and then matched words with pictures. Next students will create a cafe menu for their own Parisian cafe. 

Standards addressed:
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WL 1.3 Student can express self on familiar topics using sentences and series of sentences. 


   
Health- Miss Fink 

Students will be reviewing and learning more about puberty and proper hygiene. Students will be able to understand how to take care of their bodies during this time of change due to the increase in hormones.


Standards Assessed:

  • Standard #1:  Comprehend concepts and knowledge related to health promotion to enhance health.  
  • Standard #2: Analyze the influences on healthy behaviors. 

STEAM- Mrs. Olmstead
This week in STEAM, the students finished their third engagements and shared their products/presentations with the class.  For their final engagement students will participate in a free exploration of an engagement of their choice and be able to work independently or with their partner.  Students will only use their project planner as a reflection tool and not conduct any formal presentations.  Have a great holiday weekend!
Standards Assessed:
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.

Athletics

BOBCAT CAMP WILL NOW RUN AUGUST 6th - 9th and 13th - 16th!

Camps are offered in Field Hockey, Volleyball and Basketball!

Sign up online or follow this link: Bobcat Camp Sign-up!



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