Welcome to 6th Grade!

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We are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together. We will change each other’s lives.  We will blow our minds with new ideas.  Sixth grade has never been lived like it is about to be lived by each one of you, together, in this class.  We can’t wait to get to know each one of you and learn together to become more powerful, more courageous, more informed, more driven, more collaborative, more ourselves.  Welcome, SGS Class of 2020!

Check back to find more news about SGS 6th grade as the year progresses.

Plant Extract Experiments with Planaria and Bacteria

Students have been busy learning about the neuroactive properties present in some plant extracts by researching different medicinal uses of plants.  In lab, they prepared their own extracts, then designed experiments to test the effects of certain plant extracts on planaria movement and bacterial growth.  Here are some pictures from the past few weeks:

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Spring Means Portions!

This spring students are tackling all things portion related! Learning targets for the spring include:

I can multiply fractions by fractions or mixed numbers.

I can divide fractions by fractions or mixed numbers.

I can change between fraction, decimal, and percent.

I can find the portion of a number, for example: 1/4 of 80, 30% of 90, of .12 of 200.

I can find the percent decrease, for example: what is 20% off of $50

I can write and compare quantities using ratios

I can find the unit rate of a relationship. For example: if a car travels 180 miles in 3 hours, how many miles does it travel in 1 hour.

Here are some pictures from our recent work!

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Ethics of Animal Research

Our current unit in Science involves exploring the ethics of using animals in biomedical research.  We started out the unit with a chalk talk.

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This unit involves learning the history behind animal research, some of the regulations and guiding principles (3 R’s) involved in animal research, the types of model organisms used in animal research, and the perspectives of different stakeholders.

Upcoming Attractions in Humanities

First, what an incredible night when our poets poured themselves out in their memoir poetry at the culmination More Than the Sum of My Parts!  Ms. Lulu and I hope to post the videos as soon as we can–stay tuned.  I am resisting posting the written poems here, as I don’t want to complicate any opportunities for publication as students submit their poetry to magazines and literary journals all across North America.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Two things:

1) We have begun our Literature Circles for the Spring Term.  Students were given a choice between nine different titles of books chosen for the characters’ complicated adventures in discovering more of their own identities as well as the alignment of the author’s cultural identities with the protagonists in their stories.  Read along with us, if you’d like!

First Light by Rebecca Stead

One Crazy Summer  by Rita Williams-Garcia

Icebreaker  by Lian Tanner

Ninth Ward  by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Weedflower  by Cynthia Kadohata

Nation  by Terry Pratchett

Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card

Project Mulberry  by Linda Sue Park

Kira Kira  another choice by Cynthia Kadohata

2) We are about to embark on a study of ethics and bioethics.  I adapt the excellent curriculum of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR), which our own Rosetta Lee co-authored.  We will work closely with Phelana in science class to conduct effective research to understand the science behind different bioethical topics, then write and rewrite persuasive essays on each student’s topic of choice.