SS Law sort (read below for more info on that!)
As someone who never seems to have enough time to do all the things I want to do, short weeks just make me crazy! I can't believe that tomorrow is Thursday already - there's still so much to do!!!
We started the week off with an intro to themes in literature, and we started today with a RETEACH of an intro to themes because, frankly, yesterday's lesson didn't go so well. We all have those off days, and yesterday was certainly one for ALL of us! Today's lesson was a winner, though, and I feel much better about everyone's knowledge about themes. I'm excited to move on to more texts tomorrow so we can apply our new skills!
The COOLEST thing going on right now, though, is social studies where we are discussing laws: who makes them, why they make them, what principles they follow....it's been great! Yesterday the kids got to write new laws for our 6th grade civilization (Yeagle-Slavia....get it?) and today we read all of these laws together. Some were hilarious, some were impossible, and some were just plain rude (not allowed to talk about the Chicago Cubs?! REALLY??!!!). After assessing our new classroom laws, we read an article that shared the 5 principles that laws follow (as your kid about them - it's pretty neat!) - and now they are tasked with sorting the new laws into the correct principle that they connect to. (For instance, the rule, "Don't call Mrs. Yeagle a dictator" falls into the Statist Principle, because that's a law meant to protect the government (me) from harm (slander against my good name as Benevolent Leader!!!).) Of course the ultimate goal is that these kids will discover that a lot of the laws don't follow ANY of the principles...which means.....they aren't necessary.
This is going to be a great discussion tomorrow when we discuss what we discovered about our laws ----- and move on to making CONSEQUENCES for them!
Stay tuned for more excitement in 6th grade, and be prepared for a few tests:
1. Vocab quiz tomorrow (Thursday)
2. Map quiz Friday (over North American locations and the 7 continents)
3. Social Studies test over Early Humans and Mesopotamia - October 11!