Sunday, September 29, 2013

Keynote Presentations and the Jog-a-thon

Students had a very eventful time last week. In class we learned about physical landforms. Then the children picked a partner and are now preparing keynote presentations on their iPads to show ten landforms and some real world examples. We are discovering some amazing geography as we locate famous fjords, glaciers, calving icebergs, and others places we did not even know existed.
In Hawk Time students prepared for the Jog-a-thon. They also worked to complete posters representing Hazelbrook’s code: Safe, Respectful, and Responsible. All Hawk Times are in a competition to earn points so that at the end of the term they can have a milk shake party. Things are getting pretty competitive, but it creates great team building and team pride. If you came to school, you would see some great posters.
There are a lot of pictures for this week. Below you will see students working on their keynotes and running the Jog-a-thon.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Back-to-School-Night (Week of Sept.16-20)

It was great to meet so many parents on Back-to-School-Night. Hopefully the evening helped you to know what to expect for your child this year and what resources are available for you online.
This last week students continued to practice with latitude and longitude, and most were successful in mastering the homework.  They were also introduced to the Five Themes of Geography. We defined themes one and two. The second theme is called “Place”, which describes what a place is like. So students will learn about landforms this next week and then work on a project where they define and show examples with a Keynote presentation.
So far students have done well in turning in their assignments on time, but homework for this week will not be as prescribed. Instead students will need to make sure they have chosen a list of their ten landforms and examples to show in their Keynote presentation.
Below are some pictures of students in class doing keyboarding and looking at maps.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Starting the Year with Geography Skills

We are off to a great start for the 2013-2014 school year.  This past week students reviewed what they knew about continents, hemispheres, and latitude and longitude.  Next week we will continue to look at latitude and longitude. In fact the homework for the week is a practice page for students to show their skills. We will also begin learning about the Five Themes of Geography by covering themes one and two.
Besides great things in the classroom, students have also been learning in Hawk Time. We have talked about school rules, students’ rights and responsibilities, and we are engaged in friendly competition with other Hawk Time classes. We earn Pride Points by creating posters, learning important skills for school success, and participating in school activities like the Jog-a-thon to be held Sept. 27th.
Parents don’t forget to come to Back-to-School Night this Tuesday, Sept. 17th. You can see some of your student’s work, meet teachers, and pick up a class syllabus.
Below are a few pictures of students learning about continents in an activity called Continent Rip.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Big Hello for the 2013-2014 School Year

Welcome to Mrs. Bigelow’s Seahawks 6th Grade Social Studies class for the 2013-2014 school year. I have some fun things planned for this year that I hope you will enjoy. On the agenda are some of the following: world geography, planting with the city of Tualatin, a field trip to see a water treatment facility, learning about famous Egyptian pharaohs, experiencing medieval Japan, and looking at Machu Picchu.
Please use this blog to help you keep track of homework assignments through the calendar, and for remembering what we have done in class. There is also an “Important Links” page that you can use to find important web sites that you might need for research.