Grade 6 Overview
A Summary of Academic Subjects and Classroom Expectations
Mr. Kernan, Grade 6
Eastford Elementary School
P.O. Box 158
Eastford, CT 06242
Grade 6 is a self-contained classroom, meaning that most academics will be taught by the classroom teacher in the students' homeroom.
Grade 6 math is a continuation and mastery of skills developed in the elementary grades, as well as an introduction to more advanced concepts of geometry, pre-algebra, and problem solving techniques. We will primarily work from enVision Math, published by Pearson/ Scott Foresman.
Science will mainly be taught by Mrs. Mead in her recently renovated and updated Science Lab classroom. Grade 6 will continue to use the Scientific Method of questioning, testing and analyzing results to draw conclusions about the world around us. Units will focus on Chemical, Physical and Earth Sciences, and will include the use of a variety of lab equipment.
Reading Street is the name of the game! It's our new textbook series for Grade 6 Language Arts. Using it, students will read from a variety sources and genres both fiction and non-fiction, contemporary and classic. Students will be asked to communicate understanding and draw conclusions about what they read, while putting the work into a historical world context.
The area of emphasis in Writing is to enhance a student's ability to accurately communicate his or her ideas and feelings to others. To that end, Writing encompasses organization, spelling, grammar and fluency within a piece of written work. Students will primarily focus on writing as a tool to support their own opinions, using specific details and content area vocabulary.
In Grade 6, students will learn about our own history by studying the earliest civilizations and their influence on modern Western culture. We will relate the art, technology, governments and mythology of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome and others to the present day world around us.
Health will be taught by Mrs. Tedisky.
Academic Expectations and Grading
In sixth grade students will be developing the necessary organizational skills and self-discipline to succeed in the future and to have a great school year.
Students need to come to class with all materials needed for their class. This includes having a pencil and a pen, agenda, and a reading book with them at all times.
Students need to take responsibility for handing in neat and organized work on time. Students are given ample time and notice so that they may be completed in a timely fashion. It is for this reason that assignments will be done well and passed in on the day they are due. Late assignments may receive a reduced grade or a zero.
Each subject, including specials, will be broken down into basic standards as determined by the Common Core State State Standards and the CT State Department of Education. These standards will be evaluated using the following codes:
The following percentages are considered when issuing students’ grades for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics:
o Tests/Projects = 100 points each
o Quizzes = varies
A board game that focuses on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers with unlike denominators.
A time trial experience where students are asked to convert mixed numbers to improper fractions - remember to simplify!
Under the fractions heading, select activities such as "Fruit Shoot" that focus on finding the least common denominator and greatest common factor.
Video from class
Remember to "Stop! Multiply and Flip! Do the math now!"