6th Grade





Sixth grade students have enjoyed their time with Adventure Stage's theater residency. Our teaching artist, Elizabeth, has been great! Students are excited for our field trip to Adventure Stage on April 12, 2018. 

In Reading, we are moving into our study of the food industry. The main text for this unit will be Chew on This. As we move on in the unit, we will also review in preparation for MAP. 

Please make sure your child is reading each night for 20 minutes.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mr. Barr


In Science class, students are continuing to work on the Weather Unit. Weather and climate is quite complicated, so we will begin with a review of the atmosphere, conduction, convection, radiation.  Weather and climate are both influenced by interactions with the sunlight and other factors on the earth’s surface. Students will realize our oceans can effect weather in many ways, along with air, masses, fronts, global warming.


Sixth grade students will be learning about medieval times in social studies class. This period of history includes the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, which contains many interesting thinkers, inventors, explorers, artists, and philosophers. The Thinking Skill that students will focus on is understanding point of view.


Our sixth unit, Relationships in Geometry, is divided into three modules; Area and Polygons, Distance and Area in the Coordinate Plane, and Surface Area and Volume of Solids.

In Module Thirteen, students will learn how to: model area formulas for parallelograms, trapezoids, and rhombuses by decomposing and rearranging parts of these shapes, model area formulas for triangles by decomposing and rearranging parts of shapes, write equations that represent problems related to the area of rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and triangles where dimensions are positive rational numbers, and write equations that represent problems related to the volume of right rectangular prisms where dimensions are positive rational numbers.

In Module Fourteen, students will learn how to: use absolute value to find distances between points in the coordinate plane, find the length of a side, and solve problems that involve drawing polygons in the coordinate plane.

In Module Fifteen, students will learn how to: identify nets and use nets to find the surface area of a solid, calculate the volume of rectangular solids, and use volume equations to solve problems.

We will focus on applying and extending previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers, as well as solving real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.


Mark Twain Elementary School

5134 South Lotus Avenue
Chicago, IL 60638
Tel: (773) 535-2290
Fax: (773) 535-2248

Laura Paull, Principal
Mary Ann Correa, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Crall, Asst. Principal

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