This week I challenged the students to become word problem problem solving experts. They were challenged to solve some real world world problems, make up their own real world word problems, and create a "How To" Guide to solve word problems. They were able to work with or without another students' help, tackling the challenge however they felt most comfortable. The students created some really beautiful guides to present to their classmates and some fun word problems to challenge their classmates to solve. Let's hope we now all feel a little better about taking on real world word problems. See a few student samples below.
This week we met with our buddies, Mr. Ferrante's second grade class, to work on an art project to be auctioned off at the Silent Auction November 18th. We split up around the the media center with a buddy or two from second grade to work on the project. The students got to work on teamwork, collaboration, and leadership while working with their buddy. Take a look at the beginnings of a larger project. We will be combining pictures of dogs and cats to create a collage of all the student's creations.
While preparing for our math quiz this week on fractions the students played a variety of fraction related games to work on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with fractions. The students played connect four, memory, and worked on word problems together. Why not make reviewing for a quiz fun?
As a sixth grade we viewed the documentary Racing Extinction to learn more about humans impact on the extinction rate of other beings. We will be following up with this documentary to work on our persuasive writing in Language Arts. Students will pick a topic from the documentary that they are most passionate about and complete a writing piece that allows them to share their views and encourage others to follow in their footsteps. As active stewards of the natural world we need to first become educated on the matter before we can be advocativates for change.
This week we started peer tutoring lunch bunch. The students volunteered to work with their classmates to improve their understanding of current math topics. Some of the students wanted extra help and support while others wanted to be supportive and help another student understand something they already know. Either way all the students involved will continue to get so much out of the experience and learn from one another. I hope that students continue to volunteer on their own accord for the extra help they need and deserve. Take a peak at our special lunch!
In order to prepare for our upcoming the tests, the students participated in a self guided review. The review required the students to go around the room in search of answers to different word problems that would be similar to those found on their math test. Once they solved the problems they would self check their answers, correct their answers, and move on to their next problem. The students were able to ask questions, review skills, and work towards better their own knowledge of the material.
Check out the math workshop model we use in 6th grade math. The students are paired in small, flexible groups to allow them to interact with the math in multiple ways. Some examples include hands on games, problem solving strategies, and intervention time with the teacher.
This week the students were asked to write about a memory from their summer. Once they picked a favorite part of the summer vacation they were asked to zoom in to a very specific part of that memory, a small moment. From that point we began the writing process, beginning with the brainstorming of memories and the initial outlining of our ideas.
As we continue writing using the writing process, we will model our small moment paragraph after the "sandwich" paragraph model. Using the bread as the opening and conclusion, while all the insides act as the support to make the sandwich taste better.
In our first two weeks beck and school we began to get to know one another better through activities that both had us sharing a little bit about ourselves and activities that had us engaging with people that we don’t always talk to. The students each had an opportunity to share about themselves through our Shoebox Autobiographies. Each student presented some objects, in a shoebox, that represented who they are and painted a picture of the things that make them tick. Some students shared trophies, pictures, and Jerseys, while others shared trinkets from collections or souvenirs from their travels. This was just one way we spent time getting to know one another. I appreciate how open each member of the class was in sharing the things most personal to them.
We also took time practicing acts of kindness. The students were each asked to compliment one another in a anti-bullying campaign activity. Throughout the year we will continue to practice anti-bullying strategies and finding ways to make one another feel safe and confident in the classroom. Enjoy some positive music to continue to promote kindness (and some pictures from our first week).