As if 6th grade wasn't good enough already, we were lucky enough to have a fabulous magic show last week. Be sure to ask your student about Mr. Joel Dwight Shoemaker and the disappearing dice trick...the bunnies in the hats...and my personal favorite, the reappearing Harry Houdini photo. Not only did we get to see some great magic tricks, but we got a comedy show, too!
The magic show is a fun supplement to Harry Potter... and offered us a chance to practice writing thank you notes as a language assignment. We discussed how to write thank you notes that are longer than a simple "thank you...goodbye....," and we got to practice formatting letters, too.
What other magic can we come up with in 6th grade? Just wait and see! We're planning a fabulous Christmas party (cookies, karaoke, trivia...what more can you ask for??!), and the kids are making their own magic with their Greek god projects. Some of the essays have started rolling in and they're really great so far - I can't wait to check out the projects!
Don't forget that the Harry Potter project needs worked on, too, but it's not due until December 16th, so there is still time. Ask your students to see the checklist for the assignment so you can help them complete the tasks to the best of their abilities!
What's going on this week?
We'll be working on more thank you notes so we can practice that skill (just in time for the holiday gift giving season!) and continue working on applying our knowledge of sentence structures. Look for a few language worksheets (more plural nouns and some new work on possessives, too), a social studies worksheet about the gods, and at least one more worksheet over Harry Potter. We'll be wrapping up our reading of the novel this week and will finish off with an end-of the novel test (completed online!), and a showing of the movie so we can compare the two.
Hard to believe we're nearly 1/2 done with 6th grade, isn't it??!!!
It seems like even the best things get pushed aside, and the Homework Blog has been one of those things. But we're back in the saddle, and hopefully this post will make up for the absence of Homework Blog in your lives.
A LOT has been going on in 6th grade, and it's only going to get better. The kids wrapped up an Egyptian god research project with Ms. Singler (the new district librarian), and now we're using those research skills to help us research Greek gods. This is hands down one of my favorite units to teach, and I think the kids are really going to enjoy it. We won't get into the nitty-gritty of Ancient Greece until we return after Christmas break, but we are starting off by researching one of the many deities they worshiped. Kids selected their god/goddess/monster/hero yesterday and will start researching today in class. We'll culminate their research with a project (a poster, mask, diorama, scrapbook, etc) and a short 3 paragraph essay.
If there has to be homework, there may as well be a blog about it.