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Thetford Elementary School

Thetford, Vermont



Hello Sixth Grade Families,


I hope you all had a relaxing holiday break.  It was a nice week to hibernate in front of a fireplace or brave the cold and get outside for some winter fun.  Whatever you did, I hope you feel ready to face the New Year!


In math, we are busy creating museum-style displays of the five Platonic Solids.  These three-dimensional shapes (polyhedrons) are unique in their structure and allow us to practice folding nets into solid figures.  This brief geometry unit is a nice change of pace from some of the more computational math that we have been focusing on.  Swing by the hallway in front of our room next week to learn more about Platonic Solids and check out our displays.  


In literacy, we are studying story structures.  There are so many different ways to structure stories and examine the framework that plots hang on.  Our focus over the next few weeks will be on the Seven Basic Plots as identified by Christopher Booker.  This breakdown of story structures will let us read any literature in a way that allows us to talk about how the author put it together.  


In our science block,  we are continuing our investigations, activities, and experiments around motion and design.  This unit will culminate with our TES Science Fair on February 13th.  As we develop skills and knowledge related our subject, we will create a motion and design project for display.  I am looking forward to the creativity and hands-on nature of this project.  


If you have any questions about our curriculum or how it is meeting your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I appreciate your input and feedback on your child’s education.  Stay warm!


Colin McLaughlin




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