Science Panel Presentations: ER Medical Equipment

The 6th graders presented their original hot pack and cold pack designs to a panel of representatives from ER Medical Supply Company (parents and a former beloved LES teacher, Nancy Gibavic). Each group designed either a hot pack or a cold pack that met the following conditions:

  • Able to be used without electricity
  • Safe
  • Easy to transport
  • Inexpensive

Working in a team of 4 or 5, the students worked independently to test the chemicals and find the perfect combination for their pack, design and test prototypes, and create a marketing plan.  They presented their ideas and showed their prototypes to the panel who then decided whether or not the product would be added to ER Medical Supply’s collection of medical products.


Testing the chemicals for a cold pack:

Testing prototype designs:

Presenting to the panel:

January 2018 Updates

Chocolate Milk at Leverett School

On Thursday, December 21st, 2017, the 6th graders made presentations to a panel regarding whether or not chocolate milk should be served at Leverett School.  The panel consisted of Principal Lacey, Superintendent Haggerty, school committee members Craig Cohen and Tara Acker, school nurse Annie Clarke, and Food Service Director Molly Snedden.  After listening to the carefully crafted presentations which included research from experts as well as survey information from students here at Leverett School, the panel is willing to consider adding chocolate milk as an option at lunch.  They have asked the students to create a parent survey and if the parents agree, they are willing to do a 6 week trial of chocolate milk.  During the trial, the 6th graders will need to keep data and then present a report regarding the outcomes of having chocolate milk at lunch.  Do students drink more milk?  Are more lunches sold?

Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions

We have started a new unit in science exploring chemical reactions. Students have completed two labs where they have combined different chemicals (a liquid and a powdered solid) and recorded how the temperature changes.  The first lab had students testing beef liver and hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and baking soda, and yeast and hydrogen peroxide.  The second lab was a mix and match using water and acetic acid (vinegar) as the liquids and calcium chloride, magnesium sulfate, and citric acid as the powdered solids.  The students then mixed each of the liquids with each of the solids and recorded their observations about the evidence of a chemical reaction and recorded the temperature change.  After each lab, students created a graph and wrote up their conclusions.


Read-A-Thon 2017

The day before Thanksgiving break, we had a fun day of reading!  Students wore their pajamas and brought lots of blankets and pillows to get comfortable.  In between the sustained silent reading, they spent time in Preschool with their reading buddies, listened to two guest readers (Carol and Deb), and did some reader’s theater.  

Here Ye, Here Ye!

As part of our study of the American Revolution, 6th Graders worked in groups to research one of the causes of the American Revolution. Each group then put together a dramatic “Town Crier Announcement” in which they explained what happened and why. Check out their videos below!

The Boston Massacre
Luka & Veda Ruth

The Stamp Act
Ben & Tanner

The Boston Tea Party
Geir, Griffin & Dara

The Intolerable Acts
Ella & Devon

The Townshend Acts
Come into the classroom if you’d like to see this video!


Art Gallery

On Thursday, March 10th, students presented the original works of art they created based on the novels they read independently this month.  We had a wonderful audience who came to view the art and hear the artists’ presentations.  We also enjoyed cookies and lemonade!

Here is a copy of their assignment:

Project: Art Gallery Opening

The Leverett Elementary School Library is hosting an Art Show and is seeking submissions of art inspired by books.  Any medium of art is acceptable.  Some ideas include a watercolor painting, a sculpture, a 3D collage, a realistic pen and ink sketch, a photo exhibit, or a mixed medium project.  All projects must have a title and must state what book and author inspired the work.  Additionally, each project needs to have an artist’s statement that clearly explains the piece and how the art is related to the book.  Each artist will give a brief (1-2 minute) introduction to his/her work of art before patrons will be allowed to peruse the gallery.


Valentine’s Day Fruit Salad

The 6th grade had a great time creating a fruit salad for our Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday, February 12th.  Students brought in different fruit, prepared the fruit, set all the fruit out on the table and built individual fruit salads!  The room was very colorful and smelled delicious!  What a great celebration of friendship the afternoon before vacation!

Fantasy Reading

This week in sixth grade we are continuing our fantasy reading unit. In class we are reading the fantasy book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  The first week in library class we chose our fantasy books to read independently in class.  Some of the books we are reading include the Redwall Series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Striker, I am Number 4, and many more!

At the beginning of our reading period Ms. Bull tells us to write down thoughts on our reading. We have learned about the different settings in fantasy (medieval, futuristic, or everyday world with fantasy elements) and different plot lines.   We have learned to pay attention when the character is learning about the fantasy world and that sometimes we need to learn alongside the character about the magical elements in our books.

So far this year we have read 13,733 pages and have read for 158 hours and 33 minutes.  That is the equivalent of 6.5 days!

We tallied our individual pages read and then added them up to get a class total!

We tallied our individual pages read and then added them up to get a class total!

By Ethan and Grant

Class Games

By Noah and Ruby

This year we have been playing lots of games in between long hours of working on subjects like math and writing. One game we like to play is Dinner Party.

In Dinner Party, everybody closes their eyes and one person is chosen. That person is

the MURDERER. You go around shaking peoples hands and saying “nice to meet you” in a fancy accent. The murderer tickles peoples hands while shaking them, and that person shakes three other hands before dropping dead! Any person can J’accuse anyone at any time as long as they haven’t been tickled. If the person that they J’accuse is the murderer, then the game ends. But if he/she isn’t, then the person who J’accused him/her is dead, DON, DON, DON…. The game continues untill the murderer kills everybody or someone J’accuses the murderer.


Shaking hands during Dinner Party.  Could it be the murderer?

Shaking hands during Dinner Party. Could it be the murderer?

See the discrete tickle?  That index finger is tickling the other person's hand indicating they have been poisoned!

See the discrete tickle? That index finger is tickling the other person’s hand indicating they have been poisoned!

Catching Up With the 6th Grade

We have been busy, busy, busy in 6th grade since the Fall.  So busy, I haven’t had time to keep up with the posts!  In this post, I will take you through the highlights of the past few months.

October: Book Contract Talk Show

Our October Book Contract was Prudence Pringle’s Talk Show.  On Halloween, students came to school dressed as a character from their books and participated in a talk show hosted by Prudence Pringle herself (our wonderful librarian, Susan Wells!!).

Prudence Pringle herself!

Quite the cast of characters!

November: Leverett 4H Trails Poetry and Lexington Field Trip

Early in November, before it got too cold, the 5th and 6th grades travelled to the Leverett 4H trails to explore and get inspiration for writing poetry. This is the second time the 6th graders have gone to the trails, as they went last spring as 5th graders.  Students spent time exploring the wooded trails, the large field, the beaver dam, the llamas and sheep.  They found an old hidden boat and walked through the blueberry patch, over the covered bridge, and through the Christmas tree lot.  When they returned to school, they wrote poetry and were visited by a local poet who helped them improve their writing.  The poetry is now displayed in poetry boxes on the 4H trails.

Later in the month, we travelled to Lexington, MA to learn about the important battle that took place there at the very beginning of the American Revolution.  Students examined primary sources that recounted the day of the battle to try to determine who fired the first shot.  Then they toured a tavern.

December: Crepe Day Party

Students building their crepes.

After successfully making it through 30 school days using only school appropriate language, we celebrated with a Crepe Party!  Thanks to everyone who brought in toppings and especially to Mr. Stewart’s son Robin, and Henry’s mom, Phyllis, who made the crepes!!

Yummy crepes!

January: Non-Fiction Picture Book Projects

This was such an important project, I feel it deserves its own post!  Stay tuned for a long post on the Non-Fiction Picture Book Publishing Project!

February: Valentine’s Day Fruit Salad

Preparing the fruit

Our Valentine’s Day fruit salad was a huge hit! Everyone brought in some fruit to share, and then the students washed, cut, and prepared it.  The fruit then went on a long buffet and everyone could build their own fruit salad.   It was a fun and healthy way to spend time celebrating Valentine’s Day!


The Fruit Bar