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OPS At Home Learning: 6th Grade

Grade level resources

Math

Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes

15 minutes of math activities (choose one below)

10 minutes of Khan Academy (see suggested grade level starting point)

5 minutes of XtraMath

ACTIVITIES:

  • If you have a bank account, why would it be better to have a balance of $0 than -$10?  
  • A mean is a statistical measure of central tendency. Another word for mean is average.  John, Ruby, Emilio, and Natalie are playing dominoes. John has 3 dominoes, Ruby has 4, Emilio has 7 and Natalie has 6.  What is the mean or average number of dominoes per person? Look up the mathematical formula for calculating a mean. Is this how you found the mean? How was your method similar to the formula?  Each of six children had 5, 7, 4, 3, 4, and 1 dominoes? If one more kid joins the group, how many should she get, why?  
  • Sam and Becky both had the same mean for their test scores in science class—84. However their scores were very different from each other. What do you notice about their scores? 
  • Sam’s scores were 86, 71, 92, 84, 76, 95.  
  • Becky’s scores were 85, 81, 82, 85, 80, 91. 
  • Sam has the two highest scores and claims to be better at science than Becky. Becky noticed that Sam also has the two lowest scores and thus claims that Sam is not as good at science. Who do you agree with?  How could you fairly figure out who did better in science? 
  • Audrey swam every day for 9 days and kept track of daily laps which are 4, 5, 2, 7, 6, 8, 9, 8, and 6. Make a box plot of the data. What do you notice about the graph?  What could the box plot be telling you about this data?  
  • Kenji kept track of how many free throws were made in in 12 basketball games: 8, 13, 9, 4, 1, 6, 2, 2, 14, 6, 9, 11. Make a box plot of the data from Kenji’s games. 
  • Kenji made the following statements about the free throws. Are Kenji’s statements accurate? How do these statements connect with the graph? 
  • The range of my free throws is 13. 
  • 50% of the time, I shot between 3 and 10 free throws.  
  • 25% of the time, I shot 3 or less free throws. 
  • 25% of the time, I shot between 10 and 14 free throws. 
  • My interquartile range is 7.   
  • Carlos went to several stores to see how expensive skateboards were in Omaha. What do you notice about the prices? 
  • $50, $30, $20, $60, $40, and $140. 
  • How much better does a $140 skateboard need to be for it to be worth getting instead of a $20 skateboard? 
  • If you were writing an online review of Omaha skateboards, which 2 measures of center and variability would you include in your report (mean, median, mode, range, interquartile range, outliers, or range)? You might need to research what each of these terms means before you decide. Explain why you chose those measures. 
  • Draw a number line from -10 to 10 on a piece of paper.  How far is -10 away from 10?  Place dots on the number line to go with the following statements. 
  • You owe a friend $10 
  • Another friend just paid you $3 
  • You are floating on the surface of the ocean 
  • You dive down 5 meters 
  • You are sitting on a boat 2 meters above the surface of the ocean 
  • Research and find out what a histogram is. What do you notice about the histogram? How is a histogram similar to a bar graph, and how is it different? Find a histogram in a book, magazine, newspaper article, or website. How do you think this data was collected? Who might want to collect this data? Statistics help people make smart decisions, what kind of decisions could this histogram help a person make?   

 

RESOURCES:

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Social Studies

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

ACTIVITIES:

  • Listen to this read aloud of Roxaboxen.  Go outside and collect rocks, sticks, leaves, etc with permission of an adult.  Use your imagination to create a small-town.  Be sure to include things like homes, stores, roads, etc. 
  • Draw a picture of what it would be like to visit a beach or draw a picture of what it would look like to visit the mountains.  Write three things you would like to do while visiting. 
  • Write a poem about living in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Make a list of things you want to do before starting back to school. 
  • Read this book Let's Have a Picnic then go out and have a picnic with your some adult members of your household. 

Resources:

6th Grade in Middle Schools:

  • Keep connected with 6th grade Social Studies using PBS Learning Media resources & Khan Academy lessons over the following topics:
    • A History of Africa through Maps
    • Natural Resources of West Africa
    • Agriculture and Commerce in West Africa. 300-1000 CE
    • Ancient West African Empires
    • Introduction to Mesoamerica
    • Maya, Aztec, Inca Empires
       
  • View “On this day in history” clips from C-Span
     
  • Learn more about Omaha’s hidden history, and how local people, events, and places are connected to history.
    • View student projects from Making Invisible Histories Visible
       
  • Stay connected to current events, global issues, and reading with the NY Times Lesson of the Day, as well as resources located on the OPS Library Services page.

RESOURCES:

Language Arts / Reading (Elementary Schools)

Language Arts/Reading 6th Grade (in Elementary Schools)

Recommended minutes per day:  45 minutes

20 minutes Self-Selected Independent Reading

15 minutes Reading Activities (choose one below):

  • Keep a list of all the texts you read or hear this summer. Include within the entry a brief summary of the text. Draw illustrations to support each entry. 

  • Journal about your experiences during the Pandemic. 

  • Clean and organize a closet with a family member. 

  • Write a story about a summer in which it snows every day. 

  • What current fashion in clothing do you particularly like or dislike and why? 

PBS Learning-Upper Elementary. Engaging and interactive online resources for students to use at home

Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books

ReadWorks Create a free account to access authentic and engaging texts to read

Science

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

ACTIVITIES:

  • Draw a plant, label its essential parts and tell someone in your family what each part does. Record your sharing. 
  • Research facts about your favorite animal. Write five facts and include a detailed illustration of your animal in its habitat. 
  • Draw a diagram of a circuit that includes a wire, a battery, and a light bulb. 
  • Choose an animal from your ecosystem and create a food web showing the transfer of energy between organisms. 

RESOURCES

These websites provide interactive learning opportunities, virtual field trips, and videos for your students:

Mystery Science

Exploratorium

PBS Learning Science

 

Language Arts/Reading - For Secondary/Middle Schools

GRADE 6: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (Secondary Middle Schools)

READING:

Independent Reading:  30 minutes per day

  • Student chooses a book of interest.  This includes literary text (novel, short story, biography, autobiography, memoir, play, poetry, science fiction, fantasy, graphic novel) or informational text (topic-centered on a topic of student’s choice).  Use Sora to check out materials digitally for free (connects to the Omaha Public Library and the Omaha Public Schools Library).
  • Structured Reading Support
    • Readworks.org contains grade-level informational text with comprehension questions attached.  Currently offers an “Article a Day” for grades 6-8.  Free.
    • Achieve 3000 offers one article every day that is leveled to students’ reading level with comprehension questions for each.  Archived articles also available.  Free but requires online registration and some training to implement.
    • Scholastic Learn at Home offers day-to-day projects to keep kids reading and learning.

RESOURCES:

WRITING:

Independent Writing:  15 minutes per day

  • Student journals (diary) on topic of choice.  Can include reflections on current events, daily life, content of independent reading.
  • Students can write a play and submit for feedback using newplayexchange.org
  • Structured Writing Support
    • YouTube videos provide targeted information on topics and subtopics that include the writing process, grammar usage, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure and style, writing modes and genres.  Free.
    • Each week playwrights are offering free lessons on playwriting.
    • NoRedInk offers interactive tutorials to teach writing and grammar concepts.  Free.

RESOURCES:

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

  • TED Talks offer short speeches and presentations by a variety of speakers on multiple topics.  Free.
  • TEDx Talks focus on topics of a more global/international nature.  Free.

RESOURCES:

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