Grade 6

 

September 2020

Welcome Back to School!! September is a transition month for all classes.  We have been training and planning for months but implementing a new educational model is always challenging.  The hybrid plan we have adapted provides the best opportunity for children to be present in school.  It also is a tremendous amount of work for teachers, planning for (3) different groups of students.  We cannot answer emails during school class time so we give the students in school the attention they deserve.  Cycling all the special classes is also a challenge so class schedules will take some time to perfect.  Parents, please make every effort to have your children attend virtual classes on time and behave in a manner appropriate for school.  It is very disruptive when a student is distracting other children during an on line teaching experience. 

 

Every effort is being put into the best way to reach each student whether they are in class or not.  Your patience and understanding is appreciated and we are confident with everyone working together, only great things will happen!

Ms. Jennifer Ortner Grade 6 - jortner@cawb.org 

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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

 

PARENTS CAN KEEP UP TO DATE WITH THEIR CHILD'S PROGRESS THROUGH THE PARENT PORTAL AVAILABLE AT ESCHOOL DATA. THE PORTAL IS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE FOLLOWING LINK:

PARENT PORTAL: https://parentportal.eschooldata.com/Login.aspx

Ms. Jennifer Ortner - Grade 6
jortner@cawb.org