Wednesday, February 1, 2017

As part of our current science unit, we have learned about the energy cycle of an ecosystem. These diagrams demonstrate the energy flow and the relationship between the producers, consumers and decomposers in the ecosystem.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

                                                                             Homework


I have had a few inquiries regarding homework this year. My thoughts on homework are that generally it is busy work that serves no educational purpose. Students cannot complete homework if they do not have an understanding of the concept. Likewise, if a student has an understanding of a concept, they do not need to complete homework. Research studies on the benefits of homework in academic achievement often contradict one another, and do not show results in favor of either side of the issue. There is also no correlation between homework and test scores. (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development 2004) 

All ACS sixth grade students should be doing at least 30 minutes of reading every night. If the wish is to foster time management, students can set an amount of time to work on Mrs. Trudo's blog to review math games. Any assignments that are not completed in a timely manner will become homework when necessary. 







Tuesday, December 20, 2016

As a conclusion to our cell biology and organ system unit, we are creating models of a plant and animal cell using clay.




We have also diagramed our organ systems to display in the hall.




Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Please help your 6th grader remember all that they need for a successful school day. This includes lunch, snack, appropriate outdoor clothing for the season, shoes/sneakers and musical instrument if they participate in lessons. My hope is to alleviate the calls home and allow you to have an uninterrupted day. Thank you!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

As we wrap up our unit on government and the election, each student will be writing a persuasive piece about the candidate they think will make the strongest president, based on our research of their platform stance on key issues.  We will also be holding a mock election here at ACS with the 4th, 5th and 6th grades on Election Day. Stay tunes for the results!

Monday, September 26, 2016

As we continue our work leading up to the presidential election in November, our study of the three branches of government concluded with each student creating a visual representation of the checks and balances that the constitution established between them.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Our class has been talking about positive character attributes such as trustworthiness and citizenship, that help to improve our school community. Along that theme, we created our bulletin board showing ways each of us can use our own talents, skills and attributes in a positive way.