January has been a very busy month for our grade 6 students! They have been working very hard researching and presenting their hard work. Students presented their MINESING Talks speeches, demonstrating impressive speaking and listening skills. Our school MINESING Talks competition held on Tuesday, February 6th at 11:30 am. was a huge success. Congratulations to Grace, Mason and Kieran, who represented our class in the competition. A special shout out to Mason for getting third place!
In science, we have completed our unit on biodiversity. As a culminating task, students have chosen a specific biome and have researched that biome. They examined lifeforms from the five kingdoms (animals, plants, protist, monera, and fungi), and also researched threats and protections to the biome. Students shared their research findings using Google Slides or another format of their choice. We were able to enjoy a variety of presentations on many different biomes, including freshwater, saltwater, wetlands, mangroves, grasslands, wetlands, tropical rainforest, and boreal forest. We have since moved on to SPACE!
In social studies, students have finished their inquiries for Strand A: Communities in Canada: Past and Present. Students studied a particular event in Canada’s history, examining the perspectives of the different groups involved. We learned about a variety of Canada’s past events, including, the Underground Railroad, the M.S. St. Louis, Japanese Internment Camps, Chinese Head Tax, Residential Schools, and many more. Once students examined the perspectives of the some of the groups involved, they then came up with a thoughtful inquiry question and answered this question based on their research. Some students have even expressed interest in participating in this year’s Heritage Fair that will take place at the Simcoe County Museum in the spring! This week we began Strand B in social studies, Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community.
In math, we are finishing up our unit on measurement. We have converted metric units and solved problems involving the perimeter and area of 2-D shapes, and solved problems involving volume and surface area of prisms. Next, we will move onto geometry. If is is possible, students should bring in a math set for angle construction.
On Wednesday, January 31st, we were lucky to invite “Artist Sean” to our class for a half day workshop on cartooning. He worked with our students, explaining the importance and popularity of cartooning and illustration in today’s art world. Students explored various ways to create their own character and then produced ‘buttons’ of these characters using a Artist Sean’s button machine. With Artist Sean’s workshop, students touched on various curriculum expectations:
-produce a two-dimensional work of art that communicates a range of ideas for specific purpose and to a specific audience, using a variety of familiar art tools, materials, and techniques
-identify the elements of design and the principles of design and use them appropriately
-explain the interpretation of variety of art works, with examples of how the elements and some of the principles of design are used in the work
-use correct vocabulary and art terminology
In addition, they touched on many specific art curriculum expectations in the categories of Knowledge of Elements, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. It was a fantastic day!
February also marks Valentine's day, Carnival and the beginning of the Winter Olympics.
Please check your child's agenda and the remind app regularly for updates this month.
Yours in education,