Mr. Kernan - The 6th Grade Adventure!
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 2.0, 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 Mr Bridgewater
Spanish will be taught by Mrs. DePercio
We use a lot of technology in the classroom to enhance and extend students' learning while helping them to prepare for a rapidly changing world. Some of the major sites we use are:
www.pearsonsuccessnet.com (Language Arts and Math textbooks and learning activities)
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:
E: exceeds expectations
M: meets expectations
P: progressing towards expectations
L: limited progress towards expectationsHonor roll will be determined by conventional letter grades in core academic subjects only. Special areas, Spanish and Health do not receive conventional letter grades.
The following percentages are considered when issuing students’ grades for Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics:
- Class Participation: 30%
- Homework: very little, homework is sustaining a skill you've already met!
- In class assignments: 30%
- Tests/Quizzes/Projects: 40%
o Tests/Projects = 100 points each
o Quizzes = varies
Classwork is a reflection of a student's understanding of the material being presented. It is a chance for the student to practice, to make mistakes and to ask questions. A high level of effort is expected on every assignment.
Assessments can take many forms, both formal and informal: Some examples of informal assessments could be verbal responses in class, a quick series of questions at the end of a section of reading, graphic organizer activities, or a short game. Formal assessments include the more traditional quizzes, tests, projects and written reports. Informal assessments may cover material from a single class or a set of classes, while formal assessments are more likely to encompass larger units of study.
Assessments are the student's opportunity to “show off” what he or she has learned on a given unit or lesson. Assessments inform me and the student what his or her understanding of a specific topic is, whether we can move on, or if we need to stay on the topic a little longer. Student achievement is based on assessment performance.
Homework will occasionally be assigned to reinforce, practice or expand the concepts and skills being taught, and is often used as a stepping-stone for the next day’s lesson. It is designed to be completed independently, and without a lot of stress!
Class participation is vital to a student’s learning. Discussions and information covered in class are valuable and will often find their way into later response questions in class, or an essay question on an assessment. Many projects and final report assignments have begun as comments or questions that students have shared in class. It will be difficult for a student to excel without participating fully in class discussions and activities.
Classroom behavior policy follows the guidelines in the Student Handbook. Students are expected to treat each other and the educational process with respect.
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!"