Grade 6 – Mr. Ferriero


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Today’s Notes

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Test, Quizzes, Projects …

  • Jan 16 – Religion Chap 5 Test
  • January 22 – Hatchet Test

What We Are Learning…

Social Studies

In math we are currently learning about algebra and number theory.

Students will...

  • learn how to use the Order of Operations to simplify numerical expressions
  • learn to write, simplify, and evaluate expressions involving exponents
  • analyze algebraic expressions and draw diagrams to represent their structure
  • learn to analyze and evaluate algebraic expressions
  • write expressions for areas of complex figures and surface areas of prisms



  • algebraic expression

  • expression

  • numerical expression

  • Order of Operations

  • term 

  • variable


MN Standard:

  • Apply the associative, commutative and distributive properties and order of operations to generate equivalent expressions and to solve problems involving positive  rational numbers.

We are currently in our Gary Paulson Author Study.

We are reading our Mentor Text Hatchet.  We are loving this adventure.  The students have a comprehension and vocabulary booklet that they are working through as we read chapters.

Up next we will break into literature circles where students will be assigned one of these books:

  • Dogsong - Jack, Ely, Jacob, Allie, Nora
  • Tracker - Max, Jonah, Lincoln, Clare, Anne Marie, Joshua

We will end with the book Brian's Winter.

MN Standards:

  • Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

Our next unit is a nonfiction unit where we will focus on Biographies and Women's Study.  Read Mr. Ferriero's introduction note about that unit - click here.


We are currently starting our unit on weather!



  • air pressure
  • atmosphere
  • convection cell
  • Coriolis effect
  • insolation
  • land breeze
  • ocean current
  • sea breeze
  • troposphere


MN Standards:

6E. Collect data and use digital data analysis tools to identify patterns to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather
6E. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.

Social Studies

We are starting our unit on the fur trade in Minnesota.



  • profit
  • resource
  • fur trader
  • pelt
  • hunter
  • guide
  • interpreter
  • clerk
  • voyageur 

Key Concepts:

  • Compare and contrast the purpose of trade in American Indian and European cultures.
  • Why did explorers and missionaries come to Minnesota?
  • Why was North American fur so valuable?
  • How did each group benefit from the fur trade?
  • Name five nations involved in the fur trade in Minnesota.
  • What were the roles of people involved in the fur trade?

Current Topic: God's Saving Actions (chapter 5)



  • To identify the early life of Moses as an example of God’s saving power
  • To practice good moral habits
  • To learn the meaning of the Passover and the Eucharist


  • Passover
  • Exodus
  • Last Supper




We are now working on descriptive writing.  In this unit the students will learn to describe a person, place or thing in such a way that a picture is formed in the reader's mind.  Descriptive writing will improve students writing by making it more interesting and engaging to read.


eLearning Day for Jan 17.

Math: Read the “Mystery of the X Values” and answer the ‘Read-Thing-Write’ questions throughout the book and the 4 questions on the last page.

Reading: Write a short essay: Select an event from ​Hatchet​. What did Brian do to aid or hinder his survival? Does ​Hatchet​ have instructional value as a survival guide?

Science: Keep working on your weather project.

Social Studies: Work on your study guide (attached below)

You should also read independently for 20-30 minutes.

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