Peek at the Week
Week of October 29th-November 2nd
Common Core Standard: Cite textual evidence of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
While the students are reading, they will be able to make inferences in the text. They will be able to support their inference with specific text evidence.
Common Core Standard: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
Throughout the week, the students will continue to draft their research papers for their science fair projects in writer’s workshop. Mini-lessons will focus on the requirements stated in the rubric. The correct format for the title page and reference list will also be introduced. On Friday, the students will be able to take their rough draft and writer’s notebook home. The students should type their draft over the weekend. All final drafts will be due on Tuesday, November 6th. Students are to save their research reports so that they can make the necessary edits before they turn the research papers in with their science fair projects. Please bring the writer’s notebook back to school on Monday. The students will use their writer’s notebook to begin the new writing genre on the 5th.
Common Core Standard: Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies.
Using a timeline, the students will identify the dates and events of the building of the Sumerian empire. They will work with a group to illustrate and write the events building the first empire. To learn more about the cities of the empire, the students will be creating travel brochures of either Nineveh or Babylon. The students all received rubrics stating the requirements of this project. Travel brochures will be due for Group 2 on Thursday, November 1st, Group 1: Tuesday, November 6th, and Group 3: Thursday, November 8th.
Halloween Field Trip
On Halloween, we will be walking to the International Children’s Film Festival. We will not switch classes in the morning on this day. Please make sure that sixth graders dress weather appropriate for the walking field trip on this day. There are no other special instructions for this day.
Oriental Institute Field Trip for 512
On Friday, the students in Room 512 will be walking to the Oriental Institute to learn about the Mesopotamian culture. They will participate in an archaeological dig and tour of the magazine to see many primary sources of ancient civilization. Students are to bring in a lunch from home. We will eat at12:15 in the classroom and leave for the museum at 12:40.