Published at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - 09:53:30 AM. **6th Grade Math**. By Beryl Ford.

We play a rendition of childhood game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, where I ask the kids to tape index cards containing the changes that happen during puberty on the appropriate gender symbol. Yes, more giggly! We then move on to basic anatomy and physiology, including an overview of the brain, glands, the pituitary gland, hormones, testosterone and estrogen, followed a discussion of the sperm, the egg, menstrual periods, wet dreams and ejaculation. The giggly is over, replaced with an occasional exclamation "Ewwwww, thats gross!" These outbursts are consistently normalized by reinforcement that the body is an amazingly intelligent and complex machine; that the miracle of life is indeed a miracle; and that each child in the room is, in fact, a miracle. We take some time for questions and then move on to an introduction to the emotional changes that happen during puberty as a set up for our next class.

The best part of the Middle school learning is that the students are given a lot of assignments, which helps the student in understanding the concepts to a greater extent. Most of the assignments include literary essays and this serves as a straight forward process for the students. This is because by now they are totally aware of the five paragraph essay formats that help the child in understanding and reproducing the same in the form of an introduction paragraph, followed by three body paragraphs and finally a conclusion. Such essays need to normally range between one or two pages in length. Here are a few tips to help the students in writing a literary essay: • The students need to begin the essay with an introductory paragraph. The thesis statement associated with the main theme of the essay has to be included in the introduction. This should also be supported with a few details that can support the thesis. One should ensure that the last sentence in the introductory paragraph should pave a clear way of transition from the introductory paragraph to the body paragraphs.

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