6TH GRADE NEWS

LANGUAGE ARTS AND HISTORY:

Last Thursday, November 1, the 6th grade class hosted its annual Egyptian Fair for all classes and their parents. As a culmination of our Ancient Egypt history unit, students chose a profession common to Ancient Egypt, researched it, and wrote a descriptive paragraph explaining the profession. Next, students cranked their creative juices to role play and develop their own business based on the profession. Not only did students have to write a paragraph persuading customers to buy their products or services, but they also designed magazine ads and business cards. All of these elements were displayed on tri-fold boards and “shops” were set up around our focal point, the Great Pyramid of Kennley. One of our enterprising students asked if she could build a pyramid in the commons, and with the amazing eye and direction of our talented Ms. Denise, Kennley did. With Denise’s guidance, the students even created the Nile River, as our fair featured some professions that relied on water. Overall, the Egyptian Fair reflected St. James’ commitment to experiential learning, as students practiced the art of persuasion in their writing, their designs, and their delivery of speeches about their businesses. What a wonderful way to learn!

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MATH AND SCIENCE:

Roller Coasters

We are learning about force, motion, and energy in sixth grade science. Students are building roller coasters to test how potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy. They have approached the topic from many other angles as well, including online research, interactive digital investigations, and using photogates to measure the speed of a rolling marble.

“I liked making the roller coaster. Everybody, especially Nick though, had a cool roller coaster. They’re so fun to make and our conversations whilst making them are hilarious. I wanna build more stuff out of trash. :)” ~Alex

“I liked science because it is fun. I also liked that it involves building.” ~Charlie

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Katelyn Gunter
6TH GRADE NEWS

MATH AND SCIENCE:

Pyramids

Sixth grade students were issued the challenge of researching an ancient Egyptian pyramid and calculating its surface area. They had to create a two-dimensional net to represent the actual measurements, and then they made a three-dimensional model pyramid out of upcycled materials. Students created a variety of paper and digital presentations to share their findings.

“I enjoyed math because we were doing the pyramids. Making the pyramids was fun. Finding the area of the pyramid was sort of fun.” ~Hannah

“I loved math it was so much fun. What we did was: we were in groups and I was with my friend Annabelle and we built different pyramids. Mine was the Bent Pyramid; it was so much fun building the pyramid and a little bit of the slideshow.” ~Ella

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“I liked when we built our pyramids. It was fun, and people made really creative pyramids. It was fun making ‘JeffaMid’ and I want to do something like this again.” ~Alex

“I liked doing the thing in math with the pyramid. It was fun building our own pyramid. Also, the finding the surface area wasn't that hard.” ~Kennley

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“My favorite learn activity was finding the surface area. I had some fails and disappointments, but I got thru it!” ~Aimee

“My favorite learning activity from this week was the pyramid project. It was a little challenging but it was worth it in the end. I loved this project it was so much fun.” ~Abbie

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LANGUAGE ARTS AND HISTORY:

The Egyptian Fair is rapidly approaching, and sixth graders are working hard on developing their chosen professions. What fun they are having, too-- experiential learning always yields more interest and effort! We will feature a range of businesses from a baker to a laundress to an engineer, with a variety of professions in between. Not only have students researched their profession to write a paragraph explaining their role in society, but they have also created a few documents advertising their business and products. This week, as they have finished most of their requirements, students have enjoyed a small art project-- crafting Egyptian cartouches with hieroglyphics for their names. The Egyptian Fair will be set up as a perimeter around our grand masterpiece pyramid, envisioned by Kennley and constructed by her with Ms. Denise’s keen eye. Please visit the Egyptian Fair November 1-2.

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Katelyn Gunter
6TH GRADE NEWS

LANGUAGE ARTS AND HISTORY:

In our year-long study of ancient civilizations, 6th grade has ventured from Mesopotamia to Ancient Egypt. We have learned the importance of geography and natural resources, especially the Nile River, to the growth of Egyptian civilization. After completing a geography webquest with interactive maps, we learned about Egyptian social structure and religion. Following group summaries of various aspects of Egyptian religion, Mrs. Jordan and Mrs. Kirkland treated us to a virtual reality tour of Egyptian pyramids via Google expeditions. That was definitely our favorite activity, cites H.B. and B.B.

We have been time traveling between 1500 B.C. Egypt and 1919 America, as we also write essays about women’s suffrage for the annual Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. We are putting ourselves in the shoes of a character living through the passage of the 19th amendment and its impact on America. It’s difficult to imagine that 100 years ago, women couldn’t vote in America, at least not in national elections.

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MATH AND SCIENCE:

Who Dunnit?

Sixth grade had a great mystery to solve, a real-live CLUE investigation was set before them, complete with unknown white powders, clear liquids, metals, fibers, hair samples, and fingerprints. They had to research and apply chemical and physical properties of matter to identify nearly two dozen compounds. Then they used this information to synthesize a logical account of who commited the crime. After much deliberation and thorough analysis, they found Mr. Green guilty!

“I liked the "Clue" game where we got to find the out who was the murderer. The powders were a little hard to find out what they were. The liquids were also a little hard.” ~Kennley

“My favorite learning activity was science when we did the clue game. I learned some stuff about different chemicals. It was really fun and I can’t wait to do it again.” ~Alex

“I liked science the most because it was just plain out fun. I also liked it because it was very challenging. It was also neat that Mr. Green (now known as convict 18402) was going to be the bad guy.” ~Charlie

“My favorite learning activity was in science. I enjoyed when we had to figure out what were the mysterious liquids and powders were. I learned how to take clues, put them together, and find the answer.” ~Elle

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Katelyn Gunter
SIXTH GRADE NEWS

This year, blog posts will be written by students so that they can reflect on their learning. Please read on from A.W. and C.W.:

On the first week of school one of our subjects was Language Arts. In Language Arts we made lightbulbs. It was an activity where you wrote what you think, what you want to create, and what you want to do this year. This activity was fun. We also had some History classes. We got into 4 groups of 4 and each group had a different map from a different time period and a question sheet. Once we looked at the map, we searched for clues and answered the questions. Then we talked about the differences in the maps. We are also going to make our own maps. History was epic!

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Katelyn Gunter
GOING OUT WITH A BLAST!!

This year has gone by so fast...it's hard to believe it's almost over! The 6th grade ended the year with our traditional Bottle Rockets event. We studied Newton's 3 laws of motion, then constructed water bottle rockets out of 2-liter bottles, various types of cardboard, and duct tape. The kids got to choose their materials in conjunction with their hypotheses regarding altitude and trajectory. It was truly "a blast"!!

What a wonderful year it had been for this amazing group of kids. They made some awesome memories together, which they diligently recorded in their 6th-grade autobiographies. It has been my pleasure and my honor to teach them this year. 

Best wishes in 7th grade and have a fantastic summer!!

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Susannah Joyce