6th Grade Content Update | September

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


“The more a piece of information is repeated or relearned, the stronger the neurons become, and the connection becomes like a well-worn path through the woods...the more frequently and the more recently we learn something and then recall it or use it again, the more entrenched the knowledge”

Frances Jense, MD The Teenage Brain


The habit of the month for September is Executive Skills. As you have likely gathered, explicitly teaching Executive Skills to Middle Schoolers is pertinent to their growth and success. We hope you can find ways to reinforce our instruction around responsibility, time management, impulse control, and organization at home. Students will be working on Executive Skill lessons during crew, and receive an additional 15 minutes a day focusing on organization and planning after Block 3.


Here are a few resources for you regarding Executive Skill development:


Social Skill Development:

Each month, middle school students are focusing on particular social skills, and will be taught these social skills within their crews. We appreciate any support in helping to reinforce these skills.


Participating in Discussions

Look at the person who is speaking

Wait until others are done talking before sharing

Raise your hand or wait your turn to share

Look at the audience and speak clearly

Share something related to the topic


Being Honest

Openly report responsibility for any problem behavior

Respond truthfully and completely when asked about problem or behavior; do not omit details or important facts


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

Students have finished up their first two weeks of middle school math and are rocking it! We started out with using our knowledge of area of squares and rectangles to find the area of parallelograms. We also took round 1 of NWEA to get a baseline of where students are at and we look forward to seeing their growth. As we move into September, we will continue working with area and surface area. We will have a mid-unit assessment over area around the 11th of September and the end of unit around the 24th of September. Please see the weekly update about more specific learnings for each week. The last week of September, we will start Ratios! A great way to be involved with this is using recipes and changing the quantity they server.


SCIENCE

In 6th grade, students are diving into the world of science. What is science? How can we do good science, and how can we be safe while doing science. Students will have multiple hands-on learning opportunities to discover all that science can be! After studying general science, we will move onto the study of ecology and ecosystems.


HUMANITIES

In our first unit students will study Greek mythology through the lense of the book “Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief”. They will use this book to more closely study Joseph Cambell’s “Hero’s Journey”.Through this they will gain skills around why we have myths, working in small group discussion and using literature to find values that are intrinsic to them as individuals. This included a parent interview in the first week to see where the roots of those values are and try to connect them to our own lives. This will culminate in a project where they will create their own hero’s journey story in a comic book or short story form.


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