Carmen Williamson, Elwood’s new sixth grade teacher, and her students have been meeting new challenges this year together. For example, there was a big change in the elementary math curriculum, which has been a challenge for Williamson and the students. Currently, they are working on writing algebraic expressions; they have recently finished using nets to determine surface area. In science, they studied fecal transplants. Williamson says, “They have a yuck factor that all the sixth graders love. However, they also had to support claims with evidence and citing the evidence, which they do not enjoy.” In social studies, they studied ancient Egypt and mummified fruit.
The goal for the sixth grade is to improve math skills. Williamson is also working to get the sixth graders ready for next year, for doing homework and dealing with new teachers.
There are only 14 students in sixth grade, but a lot of excitement. The students enjoy participating in class and projects, and they all work well together.