Grade 6

 

 

Sixth grade is certainly an exciting time in a young person’s life. I want to work with you to make the sixth grade experience as meaningful and memorable as possible. Throughout this school year, your child will look to you for support and guidance as you and I work together as a team to help your child be successful.
This year, students will be switching classes for Math and Science. Ms. Moore will be teaching Math and I will be teaching Science.
There will be opportunities for you, as parents, to become involved in your child’s education at school and at home. If there are ever any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school (885-6111) or by e-mail (emaruscak@cawb.org). I look forward to working with each and every student this year. It is my personal goal to make the 2018-2019 school year the best yet!

For the month of January 2019the Sixth graders will be learning the following:

English\Language Arts\Writing: Students will be working on several comprehension skills and strategies which will include: citing evidence from text, determining a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details, to engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly, and practicing summarizing from text. Students will also compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with another. The Sixth Graders will complete reading Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick and then beginning a new novel study on Bud, not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis. We will be using Mentor Sentences which will be practiced on a daily basis to improve the quality of writing.

Science: Students will begin a unit of study on rocks and minerals. In this unit, students will learn about the basic structures of minerals and identify different minerals by using their physical properties. Also, they will learn about the series of processes and classes of rocks that make up the rock cycle. Your son/daughter has received their informational packets, as well as due dates for the upcoming Science Fair, which will be held in the school gym, this coming February 12, 2019. Please be sure to have your child consistently review the information in the packet for the next several weeks. Most of the work for the Science Fair will need to be completed at home, however, students will have several opportunities to work in the computer lab, ask questions and get clarification on what is not understood, during class time.

Math: For the month of January, the sixth graders will be finishing up our ratios/rates unit by learning to calculate percent of a number. They will be assessed by taking the unit test and then will begin our unit on absolute value and writing expressions, including the introduction of the concept of negative numbers.

Social Studies: Students will begin a new unit of study on Ancient Greece. Students will learn that Ancient Greece was the birthplace of what we call Western Civilization. They will come to understand that more than 2,000 years ago, Greek civilization made great advances in art and science. Greek beliefs about learning, beauty, and medicine still affect our lives today. Even more important were Greek beliefs in freedom and worth of each citizen. From these beliefs came the idea that people should be free to rule themselves. This idea led to the creation of a democracy.

Religion: For the month of January, the sixth graders will focus on the concepts of “morality” and “conscience”. We will describe and define the covenant God established with his people. They will learn that we receive a heritage of faith from those who have gone before us and that we receive wisdom and understanding from God’s spirit in the Church which helps us to act. The students will identify that we are able to learn how to live good lives through the teachings of Scripture. Lastly, they will identify the moral values in the teachings of Christ.

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Reading/Language Arts/ Writing:The Sixth Grade students will learn and utilize several reading comprehension skills and strategies which include the following:*Author’s purpose*Author’s technique*Genres*Literary terms*Story structure*Inferring*Drawing conclusions*Sequencing*Cause-and-Effect

Not only will these skills and strategies be used within our reading series, they will also be incorporated into the other core academic subjects.

Grammar Concepts: including nouns, pronouns, verbs, sentence structure, tenses, adverbs, adjectives, plurals, possessives, prepositions, punctuation, capitalization, etc. will be practiced on a daily basis to continually improve the quality of writing. Journal Writing is also practiced on a daily basis to enable students to freely write and avoid writers block. Weekly Writing – Students will write for an audience on a weekly basis, utilizing all steps of the writing process.

The Sixth Grade class will be completing novel studies on the following titles: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, and Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick.

Social Studies: Sixth Grade students will be learning about Early River Civilizations during the first half of the school year. These include Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Indus River Valley, and Ancient Egypt. The countries of Ancient Greece and Rome will also be covered. Students will study their geographic features, climate, government, arts/entertainment and architecture. During the second half of the school year we will cover the Spread of Islam, Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Reformation/Age of Exploration, and the Industrial Revolution.

*For each of these countries/concepts, students will be involved in “hands-on” projects to show their understanding through creativity.

Science: Sixth Grade students will be studying Earth Science. Specific topics that will be covered are the following:*Scientific Method/ Lab Safety*Daily, Monthly, and Seasonal Changes on Earth*Erosion/Weathering*Rock Formation/Mineral Testing/ Rock Cycle*Weather and Climate*Students participate in a “hands-on” science lab once a week, testing various theories and hypotheses.*Sixth Graders participate along with the Eighth Graders in the Science Fair, which is held in the school gym every year. Each student will design their own experiment, test it and then present their findings to other classmates and the school community.

Religion: The Sixth Grade will focus on the Old Testament this year. Specific topics and concepts include the following:*Ancestors of Faith- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Samuel*The structure of the Bible *God’s Call and Promise*God’s Covenant with Moses and the Israelites*Judges, Kings and Prophets*Contemporary Challenges*Self-Respect and Conscience

Math: Sixth Grade students will be working with the following mathematical concepts:*Number Sense and Operations*Algebra*Statistics*Geometry*Probability

Specials: Sixth Grade students have weekly instruction with the following:
*Physical Education*Art*Spanish*Technology*Music*Library

 

Mrs. Eileen Maruscak - Grade 6
emaruscak@cawb.org