Oh my! I have not blogged in a while! Sorry about that! Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing March Break. I always find the weeks and months following this break fly by, as we begin to prepare for our "push" towards E.Q.A.O. There are many things to cover before the end of the year in Grade 6, and there always seems to be so many other school wide activities during the spring months.
Our novel study is wrapping up this week. We will finish the novel tomorrow and the unit test will be this Friday. The best way for students to be prepared is to read over their plot summary and character traits charts which they have been developing during the unit. Completed notebooks will also be due Friday. I think they have really enjoyed getting to know the Tuck family! If you have not already done so, please ask your son or daughter about this unique story.
Students will work on a media unit for reading and writing next. We will look at effective and ineffective advertising techniques. This unit will culminate in the students creating their own bruchures to advertise either a real or fictional place. If you have any brochures at home or in your workplace that would be suitable for us to use as examples, please send them in.
We are working on multiplication and division in math right now. The students have looked at a few different strategies to multiply large numbers. Many students can effectively use one or more strategies, but some students continue to struggle. A way to help at home is to continue to push those one digit multiplication facts and to ask your child to show you the different strategies to see which one works best for them.
In science, we have begun our electricity experiments with bulbs and batteries. Students will explore ways to make a simple circuit, and both series and parallel circuits. Safety is stressed during each and every lesson.
Look for book report assignments to come home in the next few weeks. This will be an at home project, but will not be due for several weeks yet. I would prefer that students not begin reading yet, as I have some criteria for them to follow in choosing and reading the book. More info will come home shortly.