Thursday, September 26, 2013

Photosynthesis Webquest

Welcome to the photosynthesis webquest! It's time to learn all about photosynthesis and why it is important to you and me! Below are the websites you will need to complete your webquest. Remember to take good notes along the way, bookmark important websites and save pictures or video that you may want to use later in your Prezi! Good luck!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

LCM, GCF & Fractions

In math, we are currently working with LCM (least common multiple) and GCF (greatest common factor) to solve fraction problems. This can be a difficult concept for students if they do not know their multiplication facts and/or are not accustomed to prime factorization. We are working with multiple ways to solve these problems and giving students more than way to learn how to do this. However, students must know how to factor numbers properly and not use shortcuts. This is a key concept that students must master as several upcoming standards are based upon knowing how to properly find the LCM and GCF of two or more numbers.

In science, we are currently studying Ecology. This involves the study of ecosystems and the world's different biomes. Students are creating a Google presentation on ecosystems, biomes and food chains/webs. They will also be identifying what can/would happen when an animal is taken out of one biome and placed into one where it is not well adapted to survive. Following this, we will be doing a related web quest where students will learn about photosynthesis and how it is vital to our survival. Our science unit on Ecology will culminate with a field trip to Howell Wetlands where students will be able to witness firsthand, how plants and animals interact and depend on one another for survival in an ecosystem.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fractions, Decimals & Percents

We recently finished up a couple of standards (IN 6.2.8 & IN 6.5.10) that dealt with decimals and percentages of quantities involving real-world money application (tax, tips, discounts). We will now begin learning how to convert between decimals, percents and fractions (IN 6.1.4) and finding the whole given a part and the percent (6.RP.3c).

These are very challenging concepts for sixth graders. We will be revisiting and reviewing these standards throughout the year to ensure that they are mastered before ISTEP.

You can help your child at home by discussing common decimal/fraction conversions such as: (1/4,=.25), (1/2=.50), (3/4 = .75), (1/3 = .33), etc. Relating these concepts to everyday activities such as cooking and dealing with money can really help children begin to master this concept.