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Title: Sixth Grade Curriculum

Sixth Grade Curriculum
  • Santan Elementary

Welcome to Mrs. Portugals and Mrs. Buis
Class 2013 2014 School Year
Pairing General Information
  • Pairing is when two teachers pair up to teach
    the grade level content.
  • Mrs. Portugal will be teaching reading and
    writing while Mrs. Bui will be teaching math and
    science/social studies.
  • Students will spend about half the day with each
    teacher. They begin the first half of their day
    with their homeroom teacher and the second half
    of their day with the pairing partner.

English Language Arts
  • Literature Studies
  • Independent, partner reading and whole group
  • Guided reading to meet individual needs
  • Daily CAFÉ (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and
    Expanded Vocabulary)
  • One on One conferencing

Common Core State StandardsEnglish Language Arts
  • Elements of a plot and how a character responds
    to it
  • Cite textual evidence from all types of text
  • Determine a theme or central idea
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases in
  • Explain how an author develops a point of view
  • Analyze a particular point of view or cultural
  • Compare and Contrast reading a story to another
    version of the story
  • Compare and contrast texts in different forms or
  • Elements of Non-Fiction Text Structure
  • By the end of year, read and comprehend
    literature, including stories, dramas and poems
    in grades 6-8 text complexity.

  • Words their way is an instructional approach to
  • phonics, vocabulary and spelling to improve
  • skills.
  • Topics covered
  • Words Their Way sorts specific to skill level.
  • Dictation Sentences
  • Students will be leveled for spelling this year
  • switching classrooms for fifteen minutes each

  • Write From the Beginning is a developmental
  • vertically aligned writing program for all
  • Writing is modeled with focused mini lessons
  • intended for specific skills. Thinking maps are
  • Genres of writing
  • Argumentative
  • Personal Narrative
  • Imaginative Narrative
  • Informative/Explanatory
  • Poetry
  • Literature Response and Journal writing
  • 61 Writing Traits are integrated in writing.

  • Modeling through mini-lessons
  • Daily grammar review
  • Application in every day writing

  • The overall goal within the curricular area of
    mathematics is for students to have a not just a
    basic knowledge of each concept that they learn,
    but for them to apply it with a certain depth of
    knowledge. Due to this, students will be
    required to solve more detailed questions and
  • Visit the Arizona Department of Education or
    Chandler Unified School District website to see
    more about standards changes.
  • Arizona Department of Education homepage
  • Chandler Unified School District homepage

Math Common Core Standards
  • Topics covered in Sixth Grade
  • Rates, Ratios, and Percents
  • Dividing Fractions and All Decimal Operations
  • Integers and Exponents
  • Graphing and the Coordinate Plane
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Data Analysis/Statistics

World History
  • Topics Covered
  • Stone Age and Early Cultures
  • Mesopotamian Era
  • Greece
  • India
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Rome
  • The Dark Ages
  • The Renaissance

  • Topics Covered in Sixth Grade
  • Earth Process
  • Weather and Natural Disasters
  • Energy
  • Plant and Animal Cells
  • Inventors and Inventions
  • Science Fair

Field Trips and Events!
  • How you can help is by volunteering at any of our
  • fundraisers, field trips or grade level events
    this year.
  • Fundraisers- Grade level T-shirts, Grade level
    calendar, Fall Carnival, and jingle jog.
  • Tax Credit Donations. See form.
  • Field Trips and Events
  • - Youth Frontier
  • - Childsplay
  • SRP Bike Presentation (conserving energy)
  • - Chariot Races (Optional)
  • Biosphere
  • Mesquite Pool
  • 6th grade dance

Anti-Bullying Rules 1.We will not bully
others.2.We will try to help students who are
bullied.3.We will try to include students who
are left out.4.If we know that somebody is being
bullied, we will tell and adult at school and at
home.5.We will practice each pillar of character
each day Respect, Responsibility,
Trustworthiness, Caring, Fairness, and
Citizenship.These rules will be recited after
the pledge daily!

  • This year homework will be assigned on a nightly
    basis. Anything that is not finished in class
    will be taken home and finished for homework.
    This really reinforces to the students the
    importance of using their class time wisely.
    When they use their time wisely, they will have
    less homework on a nightly basis however the
    continuation of class work will not always be the
    students only homework. Students will be given
    math problems nightly that will allow them to
    practice the math concepts we have worked on that
  • Students will have a reading goal of 30 books
    this school year. Read a minimum of 5 days a
    week consistently.

  • Students should write down what they are working
    on in class, as well as what they have for
    homework assignments each day.
  • Parent signatures once a week and will be checked
    on Mondays.
  • If a student has a missing assignment Mrs. Bui
    and Mrs. Portugal will initial and make note of
    it in their agenda that day.

  • We will continue to use Infinite Campus as our
    grading system
  • Pick up an instruction sheet for how to log in to
    the student portal before you leave.

Late Work Policy
  • Any work that is turned in one day past the due
    date will automatically result in a 20 reduction
    in score. After that it will be a 50 reduction
    in score. We expect students to complete their
    work and turn it in, even if it is late, or it
    will result in a zero.

Website Registration
  • Please go onto our school website and register.
    You will then be prompted to subscribe to
    specific teachers and other areas here at Santan.
    Please subscribe to our room and PTO.
  • http//
  • The purpose is to receive notification for any
    updates along with newsletters.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of
your childs life!
  • If you have any questions dont hesitate to
    contact me via email at
  • Sincerely,
  • Christine Portugal and Mary Bui
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