Sixth Grade News


General Studies

Humanities with Ms. Davi:
Students read different dystopian novels with similar themes of oppression, government corruption, and making choices. They worked in groups to discuss the development of plot, characters, and to come up with real world connections. We then had our first (TWO DAY!) Socratic seminar that tackled challenging questions about the themes. Students made connections between texts and to real events happening throughout the world. Lastly, students were given a choice menu of assessments and had to pick two options. There were analytical and creative writing options, as well as visual ones. The work on the board are the visual products students created based on their books. Some chose to make propaganda supporting their book’s corrupt agenda, while other reimagined their book as a movie and made a promotional poster.

Science with Mr. Jackson:
While Mr. Jackson was away in Israel the 6th graders put together presentations on famous chemists throughout history, as well as a project researching careers in chemistry. This week before Pesach break students have presented their projects to the class. When we return from break we will continue where we left off in Chemistry, exploring chemical reactions and chemical equations through a series of hands-on learning modules.

Math with Ms. Levine:
In math we have been exploring angles: learning about adjacent angles, vertically opposite angles, angles at a point, complementary angles, and supplementary angles. Additionally, we’ve been reviewing different types of triangles and parallelograms and studying the types of angles they have. With all of that base knowledge we are learning how to solve for missing angles in simple and complex shapes, even getting into using ratios to find those angles. Students are working hard and enjoying the challenge of solving these geometric puzzles!

Pre Algebra with Coach Grace:
We just finished up a unit of transformations, dilations, and similar figures. The students showed an amazing ability to translate, reflect, and rotate shapes on a graph to show if two shapes are similar. We also revisited our web to show how patterns, graphs, rules and tables are all related. Given one part of the web, students were able to show what the other parts would be. We are now beginning our next unit on linear equations and recording data on pie charts and scatter plots.

Art with Ms. Esther:
We have paused the Influence Project with the middle school students and we are working on three bowls for the Passover table. Each student planned their designs for the three bowls with Dr. Beliak and they have been working on the construction and painting in art class. The students each made three bowls out of clay and now they are painting them with glaze. The bowls will be ready to take home and use for Passover.

Hebrew

Mastik Group with Dr. Beliak:
We are in the middle of a unit on shopping and eating in restaurants. Students are working on speaking for longer intervals of time in the classroom. We are also taking time to reinforce grammar in the past, present and future.

Shokolad Group with Gveret Aloni:
In Shokolad, we continue to read our chapter book Sara, Giborat NILI- learning about the actions of the Jewish underground in the land of Israel during the Ottoman rule. The book raises great discussion questions about the risks that the members of the underground took to protect the people and to help the British enter the land. Students reflected on the courage the NILI spies needed to stand up to protect themselves and others, as an active minority in their moshavot. Recently, the students were divided into pairs to work on a scene from the book and they described it through reading and drawing.

Workshop-Based Beit Midrash courses (Judaic Studies)

Why were Bnai Yisrael slaves in Egypt? with Dr Beliak
This course is a mini, “why do bad things happen to good people”, course. We are looking at different rabbinic responses as to why the slavery happened. Some of the ideas we have discussed so far are, promise fulfillment to Avraham and the idea that people are punished for their crimes. We will also look at the idea that the experience of slavery has given our people a tool with which to understand the suffering of others and the value of developing empathy. At the end of the course students will write a Dvar Torah to share at the seder that hopefully will start a discussion.

Passover Songs with HaMorah Ofra
Students study the songs of the seder, reading closely and learning about the history and deeper meaning of these songs.

How did Moshe become Moshe? with HaMorah Mimi
Students began the course reflecting on the leadership roles that they take in various aspects of their lives and which qualities are important to use. We looked at texts showing Moshe’s greatness as a leader, and his challenges when he was first called to be a leader, namely his lack of confidence that the people would listen to him. Students learned texts about the Hebrew Midwives and how, according to midrashic readings of their names, they used speech in powerful ways. We will continue to look at texts that demonstrate how Moshe’s successes show the qualities precedented by the midwives and other Biblical personalities who raised him, and reflect on how we might use these leadership qualities in our own lives.

Who are the Rabbis of the Seder? with HaMoreh Eliav
In this course we are learning about the story in the Haggada of the Seder about the 5 Rabbis that were sitting and talking about the Pesach seder until the morning.

From last quarter: Hilchot Shabbat – Rabbi Fox
We spent the semester studying in depth the background and laws of three primary Mitzvot of Shabbat- lighting candles, Kiddush, and Shabbat meals. We discussed the Mitzvah of Havdalah briefly as well. The students learned some of the material in the Beit Midrash with a study partner, which was beautiful to see. For the final project, each student selected a mini topic that we studied in class, and wrote a short article about it, while specifically finding and including one new source into their discussion that was not discussed in class. Overall, the learning was great, and I hope that they bring home new teachings and ideas to share at the Shabbat table!

General Studies

Humanities with Ms. Davi:
Students read different dystopian novels with similar themes of oppression, government corruption, and making choices. They worked in groups to discuss the development of plot, characters, and to come up with real world connections. We then had our first (TWO DAY!) Socratic seminar that tackled challenging questions about the themes. Students made connections between texts and to real events happening throughout the world. Lastly, students were given a choice menu of assessments and had to pick two options. There were analytical and creative writing options, as well as visual ones. The work on the board are the visual products students created based on their books. Some chose to make propaganda supporting their book’s corrupt agenda, while other reimagined their book as a movie and made a promotional poster.

Science with Mr. Jackson:
While Mr. Jackson was away in Israel the 6th graders put together presentations on famous chemists throughout history, as well as a project researching careers in chemistry. This week before Pesach break students have presented their projects to the class. When we return from break we will continue where we left off in Chemistry, exploring chemical reactions and chemical equations through a series of hands-on learning modules.

Math with Ms. Levine:
In math we have been exploring angles: learning about adjacent angles, vertically opposite angles, angles at a point, complementary angles, and supplementary angles. Additionally, we’ve been reviewing different types of triangles and parallelograms and studying the types of angles they have. With all of that base knowledge we are learning how to solve for missing angles in simple and complex shapes, even getting into using ratios to find those angles. Students are working hard and enjoying the challenge of solving these geometric puzzles!

Pre Algebra with Coach Grace:
We just finished up a unit of transformations, dilations, and similar figures. The students showed an amazing ability to translate, reflect, and rotate shapes on a graph to show if two shapes are similar. We also revisited our web to show how patterns, graphs, rules and tables are all related. Given one part of the web, students were able to show what the other parts would be. We are now beginning our next unit on linear equations and recording data on pie charts and scatter plots.

Art with Ms. Esther:
We have paused the Influence Project with the middle school students and we are working on three bowls for the Passover table. Each student planned their designs for the three bowls with Dr. Beliak and they have been working on the construction and painting in art class. The students each made three bowls out of clay and now they are painting them with glaze. The bowls will be ready to take home and use for Passover.