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Title: Sixth Grade Curriculum Night

Sixth Grade Curriculum Night
  • Mrs. Fredrickson
  • Mrs. Iyer
  • Mrs. Miller
  • Mrs. Tibke

Welcome to Sixth Grade!
  • M/Th/Fri
  • 850-1000 Specials, Homeroom,
  • 955-1050 1st Period
  • 1055-1150 2nd Period
  • 1155-1235 Lunch
  • 1245-I40 3rd Period
  • 145-240 4th Period
  • 215-310 Homeroom
  • Tues/Wed
  • 850-1000 Specials, Homeroom,
  • 1000-1130 1st (Tues) 3rd (Wed)
  • 1130-1155 Homeroom
  • 1155-1235 Lunch
  • 1245-215 2nd (Tues) 4th (Wed)
  • 215-310 Homeroom

Our Goals
  • To give students the academic and social skills
    they need to progress to the seventh grade.
  • To provide a supportive and challenging
    classroom environment.
  • To encourage students to take a leadership role
    in their education.

Class Subjects
  • Reading/Recitations/AR Mrs. Tibke
  • Math Mrs. Miller
  • Science/Social studies Mrs. Iyer
  • Spalding/Writing/Grammar Mrs. Fredrickson
  • Music, Library, PE, and Computers

  • Literature appreciation, vocabulary,
    comprehension, decoding, and fluency.
  • Titles of lit sets A Wrinkle in Time, Kira Kira,
    Dragonwings, The Giver, Out of the Dust, and A
    Single Shard
  • Poetry Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost and Walt

Common Core
  • Preparing students to be College and Career
    reading before graduating high school.
  • Greater emphasis on the depth of knowledge,
    critical thinking, and analyzing fiction and
    non-fiction pieces.

Lexile Score
  • Preparing students to be College and Career
    reading before graduating high school.
  • Greater emphasis on the depth of knowledge,
    critical thinking, and analyzing fiction and
    non-fiction pieces.

Accelerated Reader
  • Reading software program which guides free choice
    reading during AR Time in class and the
    required reading for homework. It does not
    replace the reading curriculum.
  • Motivational for students and allows teachers and
    parents to monitor reading activity and progress.
  • Your child will have an individualized AR points
    goal to meet for each quarter.
  • The AR goal is obtainable if your child is
    reading regularly and taking AR quizzes.
  • Please note We will no longer monitor the number
    of pages read for each quarter, we will now
    monitor points/percent towards the AR goal. Your
    child should reach 50 of his/her goal on the
    progress report and 100 of their goal by the end
    of each quarter.

Accelerated Reader
  • How does it work?
  • Student reads a book at their own pace.
  • Student takes a 10-20 question AR comprehension
    quiz on the computer.
  • If the book was read well and they pass the quiz,
    they earn points towards AR goal.
  • Log on to Home Connect to keep up to date with
    your AR activity.
  • Newly expanded program.. AR tests for ANY book in
    the AR database!
  • Visit to search for available

  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Editing
  • Parts of speech

  • 61 Traits of Writing
  • Weekly Vocabulary Tests
  • Writing process
  • Final drafts typed or in Spalding cursive
  • Rubrics
  • Types of Essays
  • Argumentative/persuasive
  • Cause and Effect
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Descriptive
  • Expository
  • Literary Analysis
  • Reflective/Narrative
  • Research
  • Long term projects cross curricular

  • Spalding Method
  • 30 words bi- weekly
  • Daily Spelling Homework
  • Quiz on Friday
  • Phonogram Test bi-weekly
  • Tues or Wed

  • Saxon and McDougal Littell
  • Daily note-taking
  • Homework
  • Spiral Review
  • Real Word Labs and Activities

Where weve beenSnorkeling
  • 2009-2010
  • Narrowed the content
  • Beginning of deep investigation into mathematics
    problem solving
  • Much less repetition

Where we areScuba Diving
  • 2011 to present
  • Standards are fewer, much deeper
  • Even greater focus on problem solving
  • Each grade level has only the domains (major
    topics) relevant to their focus

Key Advances in 2010 Mathematics Standards
  • K-12 Focus on problem-solving,
  • reasoning about numbers, and modeling
  • K-5 Focus on number sense and operations
  • K-7 Fractions, ratios, and proportional
    reasoning to support algebra
  • 6-8 Modeling with ratios, geometry, statistics,
    and probability
  • High School Rigorous algebra, geometry,
    modeling, statistics and probability

Building Foundations across K-12
Critical Areas 6th Grade
  • Connecting ratio and rate to whole number
    multiplication and division and using concepts of
    ratio and rate to solve problems
  • Completing understanding of division of fractions
    and extending the notion of number to the system
    of rational numbers, which includes negative
  • Writing, interpreting, and using expressions and
  • Developing an understanding of statistical

Standards for Mathematical Practices
What does that mean for mathematics instruction?
  • Procedural fluency is one-fourth of the focus of
    mathematics instruction.
  • Fluency is defined as accurate and flexible.
  • The other three-fourths of mathematics
    instruction include
  • Strategy in problem solving
  • Reasoning
  • Reasoning about connections (transfer)

How Parents Can Help
  • Word problems, especially problems of the day,
    may seem very complicated and advanced.
  • Students will need support thinking about these
    ideas before they begin to solve
  • What they know about the problem
  • What they know about the answer
  • Whether this looks like a problem they have seen

How Parents Can Help
  • Often times students will be encouraged to use
    sense-making strategies to solve mathematical
  • These strategies will support their growth.
  • Teachers may delay showing students short cuts or
    standard algorithms.
  • Please honor that delay, it is by design to
    develop a deep understanding of the concept.

  • Life Science cells, plants, ecosystems.
  • Physical Science transfer of energy, forms of
    energy, electricity and magnetism.
  • Incorporating engineering and design challenges.
  • Earth Science water cycle, ocean, atmosphere,
  • Science Fair 1/24/13
  • Please help your students pick out their
    topic by visiting the district website and
    looking at the curriculum.
  • http//

Social Studies
  • Ancient Native American civilizations
  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Rome Greece
  • Middle Ages
  • Ancient Asia
  • Ancient Africa
  • World religions
  • Country Reports
  • Current Events
  • Geography is incorporated in the study of

  • Two poems are memorized per quarter
  • Improves vocabulary, allows for understanding and
    use of complex syntax, increases comprehension
    and fluency, and develops skills in presenting.
  • Essays and projects may include a memorization
    piece that would happen in lieu of a poem

Grading Scale
  • 90-100 A
  • 80-89 B
  • 70-79 C
  • 60-69 D
  • Below 59 F
  • Effort Grades in Special Areas will only be given
    twice a year at the end of each semester
  • Currently the district is switching grade books
    and Gradespeed is no longer available, and the
    current system is not set up for parents to check
    grades just yet.

  • Homework should take about 45 minutes every
    night. Sixth graders should also read for at
    least 30 minutes.
  • Students should be able to complete homework
  • Projects and recitations will require extra time
    and effort but are the most memorable parts of
    the year.
  • Homework is just not paper/pencil, they need to
    be studying for upcoming tests.

Study Hall
  • We have incorporated this year time in each day
    for study hall.
  • This is a great time for students to get help or
    clarification from content area teachers.
  • Students can get a jump start on homework
  • Students can AR read ( AR reading time also
    occurs for 30 minutes in the morning).

  • Procedures
  • 3 strikes and youre out (out being after school
    detention) format.
  • For each strike a slip will be sent home
    requiring parent signature and description of the
    offense. Examples include
  • 3 missing/incomplete homework assignments per
  • Chewing gum
  • Disrespect toward peer or teacher

  • Agenda
  • Please look over students work and sign the
    agenda Thursday night.
  • Do not sign if the work has not been completed.
  • If you see a large circle, your child has not
    written the assignment.
  • An X means the entire assignment was not
  • A / means the assignment was partially
  • A stamp or star indicates completion on time.
  • Newsletters
  • 4 separate ones ( one per subject)
  • Will be published at least once a quarter.
  • Thursday folder
  • Weekly assignments will come home in Thursday
    folder. The folder should be signed and returned
    with your child on Friday.

Human Growth and Development
  • Adolescents Toddlers
  • Might notice mental, physical, social, emotional
  • District has reviewed the content and it is now a
    3 day long program.
  • Boys (Mr. Morris) and Girls (6th grade teachers)
    are separated
  • Covers Puberty, hygiene, birth, conception, STDs
  • A signed permission slip is required.

Art Masterpiece Junior Achievement
  • Thank you for covering our 6th grade in these
  • We look forward to having you in our classrooms?

  • We have parents who are able to help in every
    area assigned to room parents spring fling
    basket/booth, class parties, pool party luncheon,
  • All 6th grade classrooms work together for the
    Spring Fling booth-cakewalk

  • The first bell rings at 835, and we pick
    students up on the playground.
  • If students arent in the classroom by the time
    the second bell rings at 840, they should check
    in at the school office before coming to class.
  • Five unexcused tardies one absence.

  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Students visit the principals office and receive
    a special gift and sticker on their birthday
  • Staff members wish your child happy birthday all
  • Classes will sing happy birthday to their
  • Do not send cupcakes or other food items
  • Students may bring a small token pencil, eraser,
    etc. to pass out to classmates
  • Parents may donate a book to their teacher in
    honor of the birthday
  • Join your child for lunch!
  • Need more information? See our school website or
    the July/
  • August school newsletter

Field Trips
  • Arizona Science Center
  • Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat
  • 6th grade pool party/luncheon

Class Parties
  • Winter party (end of 1st semester)
  • Valentine party
  • 6th grade pool party
  • Treats for the classroom should be purchased
    rather than homemade. And easy to pass out to
    each child.
  • Thank you to anyone who can volunteer to help
    plan parties or attend?

Lets Have a Great Year!
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