Dear 6B Parents,
We had a great first week getting to know each other, setting up routines, joining Google Classroom, and establishing a Growth Mindset to help us learn at our best.
The Central Idea for our on-going Unit of Inquiry into Who We Are will be the focus of this year’s Exhibition.
Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
Central idea: Issues, interests and passions inspire change.
You can learn more about Exhibition at Curriculum Night on September 12th. More information to follow.
We have spent time identifying some of our issues, interests, and passions and the students will publish their initial thinking about that on their blogs today. In addition, we have been focusing on the PYP Approaches to Learning and each student has chosen one or two to focus on as we begin the year. See your child’s blog to discover what they have decided to work on.
Since Who We Are is an on going Unit we are also beginning our first science unit, How the World Works, this week. In this unit, we are investigating the different states of matter and how they change.
Transdisciplinary Theme: An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment
Central idea: Scientific inquiry helps us understand the physical world.
Our lines of inquiry are:
- Properties and states of matter (form)
- Physical and chemical changes of matter (causation, change)
- How understanding the characteristics of matter determines its use (function)
Our Guiding Questions
- How can matter change?
- What are the real-world applications of the changes of matter?
- How do scientists use scientific inquiry to deepen understandings of the physical world?
In math, we have dedicated some time to establish how we will learn and support each other as math learners. The focus will be on mathematical reasoning and concepts, rather than answer-getting or purely procedural knowledge. A procedural approach focuses on rules, tricks, and shortcuts, whereas a conceptual/reasoning approach focuses on deeper mathematical ideas and understanding which is crucial for higher-level mathematics. More about this on Curriculum Night.
Our language focus during this unit is on informational reading, writing, note-taking, and viewing. This is an interdisciplinary unit that incorporates science learning with language and math skills.
Home Learning has begun. I have pasted a copy of this week’s assignment below. Beginning next week, home learning will go out in Google Classroom. Students can share their weekly assignments with you at home.
- Lower School Acceptable User Agreement must be signed and returned by Monday, September 2 in order for your child to begin taking home his/her laptop. Students need their laptops for Home Learning so please be sure to sign and return the form on time. Please let me know if you have any questions.
- Friday, August 30- Free Dress Down Day
I am always available by email and will respond to your messages as soon as possible.
My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
6B Home Learning Grid Week 1
Choose 1 other activity to complete this week. Fill in your grid to show what you will do.
Record your reading in the chart below. You should read for at least 20 minutes each night. You should be choosing a just-right book (not too hard, not too easy, but appropriate for your level). If you need guidance on your level you can refer to your MAP Lexile Level as reported on your last MAP report. You can also seek help from me or Ms. Williams
|Home Learning Space
Organise your home learning time by making sure you have environment and materials well organised and easy to find. What does your home learning environment look like, sound like, feel like? Take photos, draw and/or explain.
How will you manage your time this week. Consider your weekly activities and commitments. Design a plan and submit it.
|Reflection on your first week(s) of school to post on your blog||Your choice from the grid.|
Home Learning Reading Log
Record your reading here Monday- Thursday
(include Friday- Sunday her if you choose to)
Insert new rows as needed.
|Date||Title||Time Spent||# of Pages|
All Home Learning is due back to class on Friday!
|Home Learning Space
Organise your home learning time by making sure you have environment and materials well organised and easy to find. What does your home learning environment look like, sound like, feel like? Take photos, draw and or explain
Responsible Use Agreement
In order to be allowed to take your laptop home next week, you need to read, sign, and return the attached Responsible Use Agreement. It must be signed by both you and your parents. This doesn’t count as an activity for the week. It s something you must complete in order to take your laptop home.
Choose something fun, interesting or exciting that you did this summer. Focus on the important details and write a journal entry. Make it come alive for the reader.
How will you manage your time this week? Consider your weekly activities and commitments. Design a plan and submit it.
How did your first week(s) of school go? How are you feeling about Grade 6 .What did you like, what are you looking forward to? Is there anything you are nervous about?
Summarize the two types of mindsets. Explain the importance of a Growth Mindset.
Record your reading in the chart attached.
|Greg Tang Math
Visit http://gregtangmath.com/ and play any math game on his website.
Four 4s Youcubed Task
Ask me for this task if you choose it.