6th Grade Content Update | October

Each month, we will update you with what is going on in Crew, Math, Science, & Humanities for 6th Graders. If you have any questions, please reach out directly to your child's teacher.


Crew & Social Emotional Development

“By mid-adolescence, friends are the major providers of social support...close friends promote the social competencies and self-esteem of children...suggesting that close friends support resilience”

Making Grateful Kids


October is Bully Prevention Month, and our habit of focus is Compassion. Middle Schoolers will be working through a variety of lessons during crew in order to promote compassion and support towards themselves and others within and outside of the school community.


All Middle Schoolers have a lesson planned for them through crew in order to learn about the impacts of cyberbullying, and how to respond to cyberbullying. In our world of changing technology, quick disappearing pictures and messages, it is important for kids to understand how their actions impact others, and what to do if they feel bullied. Thank you for continuing these important conversations at home.


Here are a few resources for you regarding Compassion & Bully Prevention:

Stop Bullying

100 Affirmations for Kids


Second Step

All middle schoolers are working through their first unit within Second Step - Mindset & Goals. Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply it to their social and academic lives.


Family Discussion Prompts:

  • Ask your child to describe their own personality. Describe how you see them, how their personalities have changed, and the good that can come from that.

  • Ask your child about an adult they have met at school that they connect with. Tell them about an adult who has impacted your life growing up.

  • Ask your child if there is something new they would like to try, even if they are scared. Share something new you would like to try.


MATH

October will be the month of Ratios! This unit is another long unit that will focus on Ratios, Equivalent Ratios, and Rate Problems. We will take a mid-unit quiz over equivalent ratios October 11th and our end-of-unit assessment will be October 18th. After we finish our unit, we will do our first project to finish out the quarter. Please look for information about this after our assessment. When we return from fall break and start 3rd quarter, we will expand our knowledge about ratios through our next unit about Unit Rate and Percentages.


SCIENCE

6th grade is working hard to understand the scientific method and how to show our collected data. Students will continue to ask questions and carry out labs in order to best answer these questions. We will soon be moving onto our wild unit of Ecology and Ecosystems!


HUMANITIES

We are continuing with reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief By Rick Riordan. We will use this book to delve into Greek Mythology and the Joseph Campbell’s idea of the Hero’s Journey. This will culminate in the students creating a comic book with a hero who embodies these ideals and follows the story arc of hero and his journey.


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