Category: Grade 6

Grade 6: Inquirying and Analyzing Museums & Learning Spaces

We are going to continue to inquire and analyze as we think about sharing our own knowledge and interests with our community through our current unit:

How do Japanese art, history and culture make Japan unique?

While you are not necessarily creating a virtual tour for your final project, it is important that you analyze more learning spaces (museums) to find great examples.  The power of the internet allows us to visit a lot more museums than we could ever take field trips to.

First, we are going to go to Paris and you to take a virtual tour of the Louvre’s Egyptian Antiquities Exhibit.

Then I want you to choose at least three of the following virtual museum spaces to take notes on:

Best Museums in Japan

What Makes these the Best Museums in the World? (Go further and go to the actual websites of the museums when you find an interesting one.)

Use these prompting questions to guide your analysis and inquiry:

What makes them interactive/interesting?

What is not so great about them?

What did you learn from this site?

What could they do differently to share the information?

Try to use visual note-taking for this activity…   Make sure you include what museum spaces you are analyzing!


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 Use this doc to share your topic with your classmates

Grade 6: The Teachers of the Future!

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Congratulations on finishing your tutorial videos!  This week we enter the last stage of the Design Cycle: Evaluating. Before you really reflect on both the process and the product, I want you to get feedback from at least ten people.

I know getting feedback for your work can be intimidating, but as a designer, it is essential.  You need to seek and receive feedback in order to continue to improve.

So today, follow the agenda (with resources below):

  1. Open the tutorial feedback form sent to you via email and embed/insert link to your video. (Video playlist here)
  2. Fill out your information on this document so others can easily find your video & feedback form.
  3. Give GOOD feedback: Objective, honest, kind, helpful, thoughtful
  4. Seek Feedback – you should have at least 10 people give you feedback on your video (at least 2 HS students/adults) by next class.


You are the Designers of the Next Generation


First, let’s start with this cool, extravagant, product, the pancake bot:

This is definitely an example of a remix.  This was probably born due to a love of pancakes and thinking about how popular 3-D printers have become over recent years.

Now, I also want you to take 10-15 minutes to look through KickStarter.  We’ll have a discussion when you are done.

Blog Round Up – Winter 2016

This post is a selection of blog posts published by CA secondary students in the past two months.  Students post work on their blogs from all subject areas and activities to demonstrate their learning, reflect and show growth.  Please read these posts and feel free to comment.  If you have a student enrolled in our secondary school, please check out your child’s blog. There are hundreds of good blogposts published by our community every month.

In February, all middle school students went ski trips.  Most students wrote reflections of their time and what they learned. Here’s George’s post about his time on the seventh grade trip.  Cherin also wrote a great post about the sixth grade trip to Hachi-kita.

Saakhi has been doing a lot of service and film work for CATV, read about her reflection from filming a recent soccer game.

Grade 9 students have just completed their Personal Projects and all students have been documenting their process journals on their blogs.  Check out Ray’s post of his final project. His passion for soccer led him to create tutorials for other players and develop his YouTube Channel: Ray the Goalkeeper while mentoring CA soccer players to improve their game.

Aimi has done a lot of great service projects this year through Eco Club and Student Body Council, read about them here.

Hazel recorded a podcast about cultures in Humanities class.

Read Jina’s reflection on her Perspective Art drawing in Art class.

In Grade 7 Humanities, students are writing journalistic articles on a world issue. Read Sophia’s post about Human Trafficking in Ghana and Ragini’s post on Education in Africa.

In grade 6, PE students learned about self-esteem during Health Class.  Students created PSA videos to share their learning and encourage others to have self-esteem.  Watch Martino’s PSA video!

Grade 9 Food Design class started second semester with a few weeks of skill building activities, like learning proper knife cutting skills, making pastry dough, reading a recipe, measuring and converting recipes.  Read Anjali’s and Andy’s reflections on how class has been going for them.

Yumi’s Service Reflection on a Sakura Planting on Rokko Mountain.

Read Karuna’s analysis of “Hazakura and The Magic Flute” (in Japanese)

Grade 6 are writing book reviews on their blogs.  Read Isha’s book review on The Sign of the Beaver.

Grade 9 students finished their interdisciplinary unit with projects in English, Humanities and Art.  Read Mirai’s experience in Hiroshima on the grade 9 trip.