We all can learn from these amazing 6th graders.
Our first day of Speak Up was a success! Students from 6th grade took time during their recess to better the community by picking up trash around the playground and meadow. The truly amazing thing is these students create, planned, and executed this group entirely by themselves. It's unbelievable what these students can/will accomplish. I am so proud of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We all can learn from these amazing 6th graders.
It is a perfect time of year for a run! We were able to practice our math and science outside multiple times today by running! In math we ran to different parts of a number line (created by the students) to compose and decompose numbers through expressions. In science we demonstrated our knowledge of analyzing distance and time graphs by recreating their motion in real life. The students analyzed the graphs then ran at the speeds and distances that were displayed. What an awesome way to get outside, exercise, and learn!
Our crickets are busy, busy, busy! They have been chirping all day and all night--it always feeling like we are outside with these guys. Quite relaxing really. Our students saw today that they were beginning to plant their eggs (again). Last time we tried to hatch the eggs we used a thick mud instead of a loose dirt. This time they were able to easily plant the eggs deeper into the dirt. I have a feeling this time we will have better luck with our cricket farm.
In the picture below you can actually see a female (top, left) burrowing their "tails" into the ground to plant their eggs! The 3 closest to it are also planting eggs! The one on the bottom right found a lovely worm to eat! COOOOL!
This week we decided to do our service project on Wednesday instead of Friday. We spent some time in our deciduous forest picking up trash and searching for artifacts that tell us a little bit about the people that lived here or what stories these artifacts might tell. These are just a few things that we found:
Today I began to see students evolving into true detectives of history. They are beginning to think deeper into the "stories" that are told by the items, artifacts, and people around us. So COOL!!!
Green Friday was planned today. We plan to utilize our detective skills and pick up "artifacts" in the woods to clean our environment and learn about the people, era, and stories behind the items we find. Make sure to have your students wearing proper gear for a hike through our campus forest.
We also made some plans for future Green Fridays. : )
Tomorrow, the students have decided to make a cricket farm to help teachers in our school feed their classroom pets and save money. What a chirp way to have fun, eh? Wednesday we spent about 45 minutes researching them and making sure we were prepared to care for... 2000 crickets!!!! o.O
Today, we focused on describing and explaining different mathematical problems. We become historians and detectives in Social Studies. Lastly, we thought about what we know about FORCE and MOTION (not the Jedi force... the other one).
Ask your child: What board games are fair and which games are not? Which ones are mainly based on luck and which are mainly based on skill?
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In this section I will be posting daily/weekly (depending on how busy we are) blogs about what our class is up to.
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This first week has been an awesome week full of team building, exploring, reflecting, and laughter. This week has mainly focused on building a solid classroom community by familiarizing ourselves with each other and the classroom rules.
Next week we will begin to talk about the history of Minnesota and finding “artifacts” in our own home. We will also start our College Preparatory Math by discovering different ways to display data and patterns. Lastly, we will review the scientific method and start the study of motion.
What an awesome start to the year! Getting to know you all was the highlight of my day! We will continue to spend the rest of the week getting to know each other and our daily routines.
I can tell this is the start of a GREAT year!
It was awesome seeing all of you today and yesterday! This year is going to be a great year full of adventures, experiments, debates, problem solving, and much, much more. I can't wait to go through this journey with these talented students as we become engineers, scientists, and explorers together.
The purpose of this website is to allow students and parents to connect with the teacher and stay up-to-date with their student's assignments, projects, and events.
I will continually make blog posts to this site, so stay tuned!
WELCOME TO 6th GRADE! WOOHOO!
Mr. Walters and Mrs. Penning