6th – Hope
Welcome back from winter break sixth grade families!
I continue to be delighted working with your amazing, engaged, respectful children! This is a year of building the knowledge, work ethic, and organization skills sixth graders will need for success in middle school. We will be doing lots of engaging hands on projects to enhance students learning about our key curricular topics.
A big highlight of our sixth grade year: We are working toward the goal of all students participating in a three day-2 night outdoor school in the spring as a culmination of our placed based learning. Our dates are booked for this great experience Monday, May 16th- Wednesday, May 18th. Students are earning school/community service credit to earn their way to outdoor school.
We are also busy fundraising. We had our first successful Poker tournament fundraiser at Lakeside casino. Thanks to Stacy Noyes for setting this up. Thanks to Michelle Gurner for helping to advertise for this event. We plan to do another Poker night this winter and will be having our “sweetheart dinner” in February. Be checking the friday folder for more information on how you can help support our sixth graders with this placed based education endeavor.
Important this month of January:
- We are beginning a new math unit on Algebraic expressions and integers. This includes operations with negative numbers and navigating integers on a number line.
- We are in the final month of our Ancient China unit in Social Studies. Students will be participating in a China Festival as a culmination of this unit including cooking, making homemade paper (the Chinese invented paper) and more! Also, as a end of unit assessment, students will be applying their learning to creatr a travel brochure for visiting China.
- In Science students are learning about the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Tahoe Rim Trail. We are focused on reading trail maps, animal and plant species, as well as wilderness survival. This 5 week unit will lay the groundwork for our outdoor school experience this May in Portola, Ca.
- With all the great snow falling, our class jogs on Friday have changed to snowshoeing! Please send your child dressed for the outdoors including good boots, socks, pants, gloves, hat, and coat every Friday. Parents are encouraged to join us for this; Fridays from 9:00-9:45 a.m.