Welcome to the Sixth Grade
Teacher: Ms. Ramos - Homeroom/Math and Ms. Fabriz - Homeroom/Language Arts
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FORMS & HANDOUTS
Middle School Orientation Forms and Documents
- Sixth Grade Supply List (2016-17)
- Middle School Check List (2016-17) - sign and return
- Locker Lease Agreement (2016-17) - sign and return
- Middle School Intramural Contract (2016-17)- sign and return
- Cell Phone Policy (2016-17)
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy (2016-17)
- Technology Acceptable Use Policy Signature Page (2016-17) - sign and return
- Parent Letter and Middle School Student Handbook (2016-17)
- Middle School Homework Policy (2016-17)
- What is Bullying (2016-17)
- Tardy Form (2016-17)
OVERVIEW & CURRICULUM
Sixth Grade Literature and Writing
Language Arts 6 is comprised of two strands, writing and reading. A separate grade is assessed for each aspect of the course.
Writing: The writing workshop model will provide explicit instruction and ample opportunity for writing practice. Clear goals and frequent feedback will support growth. Students will write the kind of texts that they see in the real world and will be mentored in spelling and conventions, as well as in the qualities and strategies of good writing. They will cycle through the writing process many times as they write: rehearsing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Three major writing units will focus on narrative writing, the literary essay, and research-based informational writing. On-demand writing will begin and end each major unit so that progress can be easily tracked. Cross-curricular efforts will occasionally connect our history studies to writing projects.
Reading: A variety of fiction and nonfiction mentor texts will be read and studied, some whole class, some in smaller reading circles, and some independently selected. Reading workshop stresses independent reading with the goal that students will read at least 25 books of their choosing over the course of the school year. Sixth graders will strengthen their active understanding of author’s purpose, organizational structure, main ideas, and supporting details. Critical thinking skills will include analysis, problem solving, inference, and evaluation. The study of setting, characterization, conflict, plot, and theme in fictional works will deepen as will the study of figurative language and vocabulary. Writing assignments, projects, discussions, and performances will expand student engagement.
Sixth Grade History
Students will study the lives of the earliest humans, the development of tools, the foraging way of life, agriculture, and the emergence of civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, ancient Israel, the Indus River valley, China, Mesoamerica, and the Mediterranean basin. With a focus on ancient events and problems, students will study with geography, environmental issues, political systems, power structures, and civic engagement. Students will engage with fundamental ideas about citizenship, freedom, morality, and law in both ancient and modern contexts. Through the examination of primary and secondary sources, students will learn how to analyze multiple points of view, cite evidence from sources, and make claims based on that evidence in writing and speaking. Cross-curricular projects, field trips, and personal research will enhance the learning experience.
Sixth Grade Grammar
Welcome to 6th grade grammar! The 6th grade grammar curriculum will include units on the parts of a sentence, parts of speech, complements, phrases, and clauses. Students will use the Holt Literature and Language Arts Warriner’s Handbook. In addition, each student will receive a password and instructions on how to access the online textbook and other supplemental materials.
For detailed information about 6th grade grammar, please visit https://smeds.haikulearning.com
Sixth Grade Mathematics
The middle school math curriculum at St. Michael's is designed to ensure that the majority of our students complete Algebra 1 in their eighth grade year. In fifth through eighth grade students are split into differentiated math groups. There is an accelerated group and a grade level group as well as differentiation within each group. Math sections vary by the pace at which the concepts are presented and by the degree of rigor. The two math groups allow for students to be among like learners and work at an appropriate pace. Each group will be presented with a core curriculum where the topics covered are typically the same but will vary in breadth and depth.
Students have been placed based on standardized test results, previous teacher recommendation and beginning of the year diagnostic assessment. Because math is developmental, students acquire mathematical reasoning at different times in their chronological and cognitive maturation, so their math placement is fluid. Placement is evaluated on a regular basis.
Sixth grade mathematics will begin to prepare students for the rigor of Algebra. Students work to master all operations with integers and rational numbers and then use their skills to write and solve single and multiple-step algebraic equations. Students learn about proportions and apply their knowledge of proportions to solve real-life percentage problems. To learn more about what will be covered over the course of this year, please see the list below.
The sixth grade textbook is Holt California Mathematics: Course 1 - Numbers to Algebra. It includes practice with varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate the different skill levels of each student. The content is presented in a variety of media to address individual learning styles.. The online support for this program is robust. Students have access to an online edition of the textbook, lesson tutorial videos, homework help Online, extra practice broken down by lesson and chapter, interactive quizzes and tests, workbooks, calculator, virtual manipulatives as well as resources for parents.
In conjunction with the textbook, students will use a variety of other resources, including the Khan Academy.
Sixth Grade Science
The 6th grade Earth Science curriculum will include units on Earth System’s and Cycles, Earth’s Material and Energy Resources, Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Structure, Weathering and Erosion, Earth’s Oceans and Atmospheres, and Ecology.
Students will use the Holt California Earth Science textbook and have access to the Premier Online Edition. Each student will receive a password and instructions on how to access the online textbook and other supplemental materials.
The primary goal of the 6th grade Earth Science course is for students to acquire knowledge about Earth’s systems through hands on, project based learning. Integration of art, math, and technology will also be a priority throughout the year.
For more information and specifics about the class, please visit https://smeds.haikulearning.com
Sixth Grade Spanish
Listening + Speaking + Reading + Writing
Spanish class will follow an immersive approach that incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each unit will include activities, homework assignments, projects or assessments that will incorporate one or more of these elements. Verbs and simple sentence structure will be taught along with each unit so that students’ writing, reading and speaking develop simultaneously. Grades will be based on homework, participation, projects, tests and quizzes.
Sixth Grade Computers
To start the year, Styx (sixth) grade will divide into touring bands...As the story goes, these bands have had success during their relative infancy here in the states and are now looking to expand their popularity abroad. They’re on a shoestring budget so they will be developing their own logos for cds and tshirts using PIXLR Editor (online photo editing software), planning their own travel, stay, and food (Google Sheets), creating their own blog (Google Blogger) with screencast Google Earth videos of their travel, producing a presentation(non-linear Google Slides) and recording a song or two (GarageBand).
Students will then begin their studies of digital safety and responsibility. They’ll openly discuss within groups and the class about the best practices and the actions they will take in certain situations. Common Sense Media, a research-based organization promoting digital responsibility, will be utilized for lesson content.
Sixth Grade Latin
There are multiple goals in sixth grade Latin this year. First, students are to learn the ways in which they best comprehend and retain material. It may be a movement, an acronym, a word association, a rap, repetition, et cetera. Second, students are to begin to recognize the contributions of Latin in many languages spoken today, thereby aiding the inference of vocabulary meanings. While keeping these objectives at the forefront of our studies, sixth graders will learn hundreds of vocabulary words, uptake and apply Latin grammar rules, and translate many sentences as they make their way through the first five stages of the Cambridge Latin Unit 1 textbook.
Sixth Grade Physical Education
Classes will focus on health-related fitness: body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Additionally skill-related fitness concepts such as agility, balance, coordination, power, reaction time, and speed will be incorporated into daily activities.
Field Trips, Class Parties, Lunchroom & Other Volunteers
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Sixth Grade Teachers
Ms. Sharon Fabriz
Homeroom, History and Language Arts
Ms. Marnee Ramos
Homeroom and Math
Mrs. Katie Abbott
Mr. Jeremy Bolt
Mr. Steve Grialou