Now that 4th and 5th grade have already been hard at work PARCC testing, it's time for 6th grade! 6th graders will be testing Tuesday-Friday this week, most of the morning. Please make sure your child is at school on time, as we start testing right away in the morning. Getting plenty of rest and a healthy breakfast helps as well!
Because of PARCC testing, our schedules are changing drastically. Spelling will be put on hold, as will Math, ELA, and Science instruction. Students will still have PE, just in the afternoon instead of the morning, and band will be taking place as normal. We will also be working on Social Studies (Ancient Rome) and the Science EXPO in the afternoons, in addition to some extra recess time.
On a lighter note, we found a fun, new way to review for PARCC! Today in math, we worked on some practice PARCC problems in teams using Lock box! Students had to solve problems to get codes for a variety of locks in order to open all of the boxes. Overall, the students seemed to have a good time! I am hoping to work another one in soon, especially since we know how all of the locks work now.
And just like that, it's March! As we start heading into PARCC testing season, we are trying to wrap up our core content units and find some time for additional practice with PARCC type questions. PARCC testing for 6th grade starts next Tuesday (March 13) and will take the rest of the week. Any makeup tests will be completed before spring break. Please make sure your student is starting/continuing good habits, like getting enough sleep and eating a healthy breakfast, so they are ready to rock the PARCC next week!
In math this week, we are finishing our unit on rational numbers. Today, we practiced finding distance between two points using a coordinate grid. Tomorrow, we will review graphing, with a formal test review day on Wednesday. Our test will take place on Thursday, with Friday being available if needed to finish those assessments. Any available time on Friday and Monday will be used to review some material from the entire year to help us for PARCC next week.
In social studies, we are continuing to review latitude and longitude, as well as continuing our lessons on Ancient Rome. Tuesday, we will be talking about the benefits and costs of the Roman expansion from republic to empire, and if the benefits outweighed the costs. Friday, we will be taking a quiz over latitude and longitude.
In spelling, students are still working on their new lists, with spelling tests taking place later in the week.