We just concluded a really lovely Festival of Thanks assembly as a school! The 6th graders created a verse about how they are thankful for the Sun and shared it by reading in groups:
Your warmth gives us life and rules the four seasons: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. You illuminate our days and paint brilliant phases on the moon during our dark nights. You feed the trees and plants, which feed us all.We give thanks for our star, the Sun. Now our minds are one!
We sang together as well and watched the fourth graders’ play, “Stone Soup.” It was a wonderful way to send everyone off for the Thanksgiving holiday week!
At today’s shared meal, we enjoyed some lentil-vegetable soup and cornbread–made with the ingredients that everyone brought in (thank you!)– and had some time of togetherness with our color teams. The tables were adorned with the beautiful name plates that the 6th graders made. It was hard work, but we learned to work together and divide up the tasks so that we could finish the name plates on time.
- What are a few great things you have been noticing about your child?
- What do you perceive as the biggest challenges at home & at school right now?
- What are your hopes for your child this year?
- What is going well for you right now? What are you proud of this year so far?
- What are some challenges you are experiencing?
- What help and support do you need from the adults in your life right now?
- What are your goals for this year?
This week we concluded our Business Math block by doing more work with percents, and learning the stories of different businesses. We listened to excerpts from the NPR podcast “How I Built It,” where various entrepreneurs are interviewed, such as the ones who brought us Five Guys, Burt’s Bees, Evite, Dave’s Killer Bread, and Dippin’ Dots. The 6th graders were really interested in their stories.
This week, we also practiced procedures for different percentage problems: percent increase and decrease, and determining the percent of two numbers. It was difficult for the students to keep these procedures straight, so we made bookwork pages for how to do certain types of problems, and we practiced, practiced, practiced! We carried this work into math skills classes as well.
We ended the week with a Practice Test on Thursday and the Block Test today.
In Language Arts skills this week, we read from Hidden Figures and responded to the text in class discussions and in writing. The students continued to take notes for their Solar System projects, and started to plan out what would be in their Travel Brochures. We will continue to work on these when we return from the break.
In Math Skills, we reinforced our Morning Lesson work on percentage problems. We also did some logic puzzles, which really captivated the class.
I have not assigned homework for this break, as I strongly believe that this time should be spent with family. Enjoy this time!