Mr.Chapman - 6th Grade

chapmanHere in the Sixth Grade we are feeling the end of our school year and the students’ time at Sandwich Central School fast approaching.  For many of us it is a bittersweet time.  While they are looking forward to their next adventure, they will certain have some fond memories from their time here at SCS.  Personally, I don’t think I can adequately express how fortunate I feel to have been able to work with this great group of kids.  The next five weeks are going to fly by, but I am going to enjoy every moment.


Language Arts: The students have been involved with a number of projects in the language arts arena, including putting the finishing touches on their creative stories set in Washington, D.C.  These stories are truly a lot of fun to read.  While they are wildly different from one another, having a common thread of place gives them an appeal and an authenticity that the students were really able to embrace.  The students are also working on their final research projects.  These projects on life in the Middle Ages continue the research theme they started in the fall with their projects on Ancient Egypt.  I look forward to seeing their final Ancient Cultures Museum on Class Night. Lastly, we are just finishing up a couple of biographies on American inventor, Thomas Edison. With all the emphasis on STEM in education these days, it is quite inspirational to think of what some consider to be the heyday of American inventing and all the contributions made to the world at this time.
Math: Upper Multiage Veterans are coming to the end of Unit 7 in Everyday Math.  This unit has focused on the multiplication of mixed numbers, geometry, and the identification of patterns through graphing relationships.  We will soon start the final unit, Unit 8, which focuses on Applications of measurement, computation, and graphing.
The Sixth Graders are also in their seventh unit.  This unit has been heavy on the algebra and it has been a really good challenge for some of these students and their mathematical thinking.  For those who math comes naturally, this is a moment when they might first feel truly pushed beyond their comfort level.  Nevertheless, there is also a tremendous feeling of reward as they start to make sense of it all and apply all that they have learned leading up to this point.
With all that we have going on this spring, we are going to have to hustle to get through all eight units of the program, but I am optimistic that we will get it done!
Science: We are deep into a unit on electromagnetism.  The students are having a lot of fun experimenting with magnets and identifying their various properties.
Reminders: May 31-June 2—Merrowvista
June 7 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.- 6th to 7th Grade Parent Information Night at ILHS Library
June 15 - 6th to 7th Grade Transition Day - ILMT
June 20 - SCS Sixth Grade Class Night
I am currently working on developing a slideshow to share at Class Night.  If you have any photos of the current sixth graders from earlier years, please email them to me at justin.chapman@interlakes.org.  Thank you!

 

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