Peek at the Week
Week of January 3rd-11th
Common Core Standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Because of the short week, all reading work will be due on Friday, January 11th. Guided reading groups will discuss theme. Bingo Sheet activities will focus on plot. As your sixth grader is reading his or her independent book ask where the plot is on “Plot Mountain.” The Plot Mountain is a visual tool used to describe the elements of a plot. The sixth graders have all been introduced to the different terms involving plot.
Common Core Standard: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
January’s writer’s workshop focus will be on working on the independent projects that were started in Ray University. During this first week, every sixth grader will focus on identifying the questions that they had about the topic. They will identify the sources that they have previously used and identify what additional references they may need. When identifying sources, the sixth graders will be instructed on how to use the correct APA format. Throughout the month, the majority of class time will be spent on providing research writing instruction.
Common Core Standard: Describe how a text presents information
During the month of January, the sixth graders will be learning about the ancient civilizations of the Asia and the Americas as presented in Chapter 5 of the social studies text. The students will be introduced to the text through completing an anticipatory guide which will activate prior knowledge as well as provide a purpose for learning about these ancient civilizations. They will preview the text by identifying the purpose of the text features.