This Week’s News

Students, on Monday, you submitted your free choice research report topic, along with your research questions.  Each research question should evoke at least a paragraph-long (five to ten sentences) answer in response, which will become part of the body of your report.  Questions that can be answered in one sentence or less do not make good research questions.  If you find that you cannot answer a question, or that a question provides minimal information, add another question to research. Remember also that in addition to the research report, you must also create a three-dimensional project that enhances the information in your report.

Lastly, Kenilworth information and registration forms went home with your child on Monday, and these forms are due back to school by next Wednesday. Vaccination information can be sent to Kenilworth at a later time if it is not possible for you to have that information so soon.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 15

In each chapter, there is one or more topics that are identified as a Checkpoint skill. It is a skill that students should be close to mastering when they reach that problem in the book. It is marked in the book with a graphic check mark. The answers to the problem are in the Checkpoint Materials at the back of the book. Included are more examples and more practice problems. You can look at the unit your child is in now to find the Checkpoint Problem(s) for that unit.

For Students:

Model with Mathematics

Focus on modeling with mathematics this week.  You can make a complex problem easier by making assumptions.  Use symbols, diagrams, and vocabulary to represent the math in a real world situation.  When you are finished, reflect on your answer to see if it makes sense in the context of the situation.

This Week’s News

I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday and were able to take some time out to rejuvenate and to enjoy time with your family.  On Monday, many of the students shared with the class about what they had done during the time off, and most everyone spoke of the good times had with family and friends, whether travel was involved or not.

Students, please remember that on Monday, you must submit your free choice research report topic, along with at least ten to fifteen research questions.  Your questions should be written so as to evoke at least a paragraph-long (five to ten sentences) answer in response.  Questions that can be answered in one sentence or less do not make good research questions.  In class, we reviewed his site, How to Write a Research Question, which has some helpful tips for writing effective questions to guide your research.

Our next sixth grade fundraiser is the Holiday Store, which will take place Wednesday, December 6; Thursday, December 7; and Friday, December 8. Every sixth grade student will work a shift in the Holiday Store, helping younger students shop and also helping with wrapping presents.  Each sixth grade student will also have an opportunity to shop for gifts for family and friends.  Our class will shop at the store the morning of Wednesday, December 6, so students interested in purchasing presents, ranging in price from $1 to $10, should bring shopping money on that day.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 14

While working on the mathematics lesson, each student has a team-related job. The Resource Manager seeks input from each person and then calls the teacher over to ask a team question. The Facilitator begins the team discussion and keeps everyone involved in the discussion. The Recorder/Reporter shares the team’s findings with the class, makes sure that everyone knows what to write down, and encourages agreement. The Task Manager keeps everyone focused on the problem, listens for reasons, and asks for justification from team members. Ask your child what their role is this week.

For Students:


Are you keeping up with your practice problems outside of class?  The best way to get better at anything is to practice!  Make sure you are doing your homework nightly.  The more practice, the more successful you will be in math class.


This Week’s News

Sixth Grade Families, thank you for the wonderful conferences where we were able to share our work together and look ahead to the coming months of continued growth.

Next week is a vacation from school in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the extra time with your families.  Students, if you find yourselves with some unexpected free time over the break, read your mystery book, noting key plot elements for your comic strip or work on spelling for the week after vacation.  Your  spelling packets were distributed today, but are also available here in the spelling section of the website.  You can also spend some time in contemplation of all you are thankful for, and then craft a piece of writing—essay, poetry, personal narrative—or multimedia piece to share with the class and for extra credit points.  Here are two poems for inspiration:

Te Deum

Not because of victories
I sing,
having none,
but for the common sunshine,
the breeze,
the largess of the spring.

Not for victory
but for the day’s work done
as well as I was able;
not for a seat upon the dais
but at the common table.

~ Charles Reznikoff

A List of Praises

Give praise with psalms that tell the trees to sing,
Give praise with Gospel choirs in storefront churches,
Mad with the joy of the Sabbath,
Give praise with the babble of infants, who wake with the sun,
Give praise with children chanting their skip-rope rhymes,
A poetry not in books, a vagrant mischievous poetry
living wild on the Streets through generations of children.

Give praise with the sound of the milk-train far away
With its mutter of wheels and long-drawn-out sweet whistle
As it speeds through the fields of sleep at three in the morning,
Give praise with the immense and peaceful sigh
Of the wind in the pinewoods,
At night give praise with starry silences.

Give praise with the skirling of seagulls
And the rattle and flap of sails
And gongs of buoys rocked by the sea-swell
Out in the shipping-lanes beyond the harbor.
Give praise with the humpback whales,
Huge in the ocean they sing to one another.

Give praise with the rasp and sizzle of crickets, katydids and cicadas,
Give praise with hum of bees,
Give praise with the little peepers who live near water.
When they fill the marsh with a shimmer of bell-like cries
We know that the winter is over.

Give praise with mockingbirds, day’s nightingales.
Hour by hour they sing in the crepe myrtle
And glossy tulip trees
On quiet side streets in southern towns.

Give praise with the rippling speech
Of the eider-duck and her ducklings
As they paddle their way downstream
In the red-gold morning
On Restiguche, their cold river,
Salmon river,
Wilderness river.

Give praise with the whitethroat sparrow.
Far, far from the cities,
Far even from the towns,
With piercing innocence
He sings in the spruce-tree tops,
Always four notes
And four notes only.

Give praise with water,
With storms of rain and thunder
And the small rains that sparkle as they dry,
And the faint floating ocean roar
That fills the seaside villages,
And the clear brooks that travel down the mountains

And with this poem, a leaf on the vast flood,
And with the angels in that other country.

~ Anne Porter

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 13

This week would be a good time to revisit the three videos that are available in the Parent Support section at . Go to Professional Development: Workshop Videos. The first video is about the CPM program. Another video shows students discussing study team guidelines. Interactions between study team members is the topic of another video. All three will provide you with a snapshot of a CPM classroom in action. There are others that are worth watching.

For Students:

Constructing Viable Arguments and Critiquing the Reasoning of Others

Look at each other’s work and critique their reasoning.  Can you push your teammates to explain their work to you?  Ask them to explain it in another way and think about if the explanation makes sense to you.

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