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6th Grade

We will work hard this year to maintain and build our love for learning in all subjects. I will rely on parents, guardians and fellow staff members over the course of this year to work with me to ensure that your student works to his/her full potential. I look forward to working with you throughout the year, to help make your child's school year a successful one.

 

Math (Homework 40%, Tests/Quizzes 60%)

Textbooks: Saxon Math, Course 1 and Ready Math Common Core 6. Daily lessons focus on math fact automaticity, mental math and problem solving. Sixth grade students are required to complete daily lessons of approximately thirty problems along with weekly tests. If your child does not finish his/her math lesson in school, he/she will have math homework. Math lessons/homework are due daily.

 

Math Fact Tests/Power Ups for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division will be given daily throughout the year. In addition, a Math Facts Test will be given after the 1st month for a grade. With the Common Core Curriculum, 4th graders are expected to have all their single digit math facts memorized and to be able to recall them instantly. 6th graders will need to demonstrate full automaticity with Math Facts through 12s or they will be required to practice at lunch, after school and/or at home until they have complete mastery and fluency.

 

Students are also introduced to new concepts that they have to apply using a daily warm-up to prepare them for PARCC-style questions and to develop problem-solving skills. This will challenge students with thinking outside the box for math problem solving.

 

Science (Homework 40%, Tests/Quizzes 60%)

Textbook: Science Fusion - We will be covering many interesting topics from our three units including: Introduction to Science and Technology, The Diversity of Living Things, and Earth’s Water and Atmosphere. Our textbooks are “write-in” student editions that will help students be attentive readers. We will read lessons aloud in class and your student will be assigned worksheets, virtual labs, digital lessons and/or videos to watch online at home to reinforce learning. Students will be expected to take notes in class and they are strongly encouraged to reread at home to expand their knowledge. These practices will help students engage the content and rich vocabulary found in science. Science promises to be full of fun experiments and hands- on activities! 6th graders will also be participating in the School Science Fair this year.

Reading (Homework 40%, Tests/Quizzes 60%)

Textbook: Reading Street, Ready Common Core 6 Reading, Daily Language Instruction 6. Language Arts is the largest subject area for the sixth grade. It is broken down into three different subjects: Reading, English, and Vocabulary (Latin/Greek stems). With reading encompassing a large portion of their literacy block, the students are required to read both fiction and nonfiction, along with some poems and short stories. We will continue using the Daily 4 and CRAFT structure during our Reading/ELA time. Students will also read novels and chapter books including The Secret Garden and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Reading is an exciting discipline that can open up many doors for your child to explore. We will learn reading strategies, develop the ability to express ideas, and respond to information both orally and in writing. In addition, students will be required to read at home a minimum of 1 hour per week and to keep a reading log with parent signatures. This will count as a reading assignment grade.

 

English (Homework 30%, Tests/Quizzes 30%) Includes grammar, spelling and writing.

For grammar we will supplement the Daily Language Instruction packets with Scott Foresman materials with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt English/Grammar textbooks and other material as needed.

 

After the initial few weeks of school, when we review 100 basic "no excuse" words. Plus throughout the year, students will be memorizing latin/greek stems and will be tested weekly with cumulative tests. 

 

We are using the Step Up to Writing and Every Child A Writer writing programs for daily writing practice. The T.A.P.P. (topic, audience, purpose and plan) system for writing makes use of four main genres: reading response, narrative, opinion/argument and informative/explanatory. We have whole group instruction as well as small group, and independent work times. We learn how to plan, draft and publish work. Children do differentiated writing according to their writing stage, not their age. We will also spend time on writing a few research essays, writing poetry and entering poetry and essay contests where appropriate. Students are required to complete many different writing assignments to help prepare them for the writing component on the PARCC test.

 

If you would like a copy of our 6th grade handbook, please let me know. Mrs. Jordan 970-437-5351, cjordan@prairieschool.org