As we continue with the hybrid and remote learning models, we felt it may be helpful to pass along a few tips and suggestions for you and your child to get the full academic experience during these tough times. Below is a list of tips to make for a successful academic day at home.
English Language Arts
Reading, writing, and oral communication are important life long skills. To enhance knowledge and practice in these areas, Grade 6 students will focus on:
1. Reading & responding to a variety of literary and informational text
2. Using the writing process and applying various formats based on the audience
3. Practicing and applying speaking and listening skills in the areas of collaboration and presentation
Resources to Support ELA
- This YouTube video will navigate you through the library book checkout process.
- This YouTube video will navigate you through the library eBook checkout process.
- We use Accelerated Reader to track student independent reading reading.
- We use Spelling City to practice weekly spelling and vocabulary presented in class.
- We use these digital learning tools often: Google Classroom, PowerSchool, IXL, Kahoot, and Edpuzzle. You can find more about these in the Digital Learning Platforms section of the site.
Key Ideas in 6th Grade ELA
In 6th grade math, we focus on ratios and rates, rational numbers, expressions and equations, and statistics.
Resources to Support Math
- We use Big Ideas Math as our main math curriculum.
- We also use IXL and Khan Academy, which you can learn more about in the Digital Learning Platforms section of the site.
- Powerschool is where you see the most updated grades and comments.
- Students can see their assignments in Google Classroom and turn in when completed. Students can also see notes, links, and other information related to each class day.
Key Ideas in 6th Grade Math
We will learn “big picture” concepts about planet Earth and its place in space, while developing essential science skills. Students will learn that the Earth has always been an extremely dynamic (active) planet, made up of many finely balanced systems.
The 3 primary units are:
1. Astronomy: Students will learn about the motions of Earth-sun-moon to describe the cyclic patterns of lunar phases, eclipses of the sun and moon, tide effects, and the seasons (a bit more complex) . Also, how we observe the Earth and Universe, as well as the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
2. Geology: Students will demonstrate understanding of how the surface of the Earth changes over time, how rocks form and matter is continuously recycled in the rock cycle, and the crust, with fossils, shows us Earth’s history.
3. Weather and Water: Students will demonstrate understanding of weather patterns, how water is cycled, what drives ocean currents, the primary causes for different climates and climate change.
Resources to Support Science
- NicolEarthScience is Google website all about the class, full of resources and links to what we are learning about.
- Phet Simulator is a powerful tool for demonstrating how plate tectonics work and the effects of gravity vs inertia, allowing active interaction during instruction. Note: For Plate tectonics, Java is required, so it cannot be run on a Chromebook. The teacher will use a Windows desktop to run and display the simulation.
- Students compete in a custom-made 45 question, challenging Kahoot game with visuals near the end of the course. The teacher will input comments during the game. This acts as a highly engaging, fun course reflection and review.
- We also use IXL, Edpuzzle, Google Classroom, and Powerschool, which you can learn more about in the Digital Learning Platforms section of the site.
Key Ideas in 6th Grade Science
Our social studies class is challenging and interesting. We will become better readers, writers, thinkers, and speakers, all while learning about some of the most interesting civilizations to ever exist!
Resources to Support Social Studies
- Like other classes, we use Powerschool for updated grades and comments.
- We use Google Classroom for class assignments and missing work.
Key Ideas in 6th Grade Social Studiers
The UA team consists of Health, Physical Education, Art, Technology Education, Music, and Computers. We believe that students have varied strengths and interests. The UA curriculum showcases this diversity and gives every student the opportunity to explore the key concepts in each discipline with both project-based and skill-based units.
Each class meets for 30 days before moving on to the next UA class. At the beginning of each term, UA teachers communicate by sending out an invitation to Google Classroom. Teachers will notify you about supplies needed. Google classroom is where students can find assignments and teacher feedback; PowerSchool is where official grades are posted. Please email teachers with any concerns or questions. We are available on Flex Wednesdays as needed to meet with students for support in reaching competencies. We appreciate your flexibility and support.
Key Resources to Support Unified Arts
- Art: “Art Kits” are available for pick up in the main office (for remote students) with the same or similar supplies used in Art class. You can find more information about art kids on the WRSD website.
- Physical Education: All workouts are posted on Google Classroom. You will need to wear comfortable clothing, and have space to complete a workout.
- Technology Education has VEX Code VR that we program and code our virtual robots in.
- Here are some Computer Class Project Examples. We sign in to code.org daily.
- Health: This is the health website. Kids Health and MyPlate are also websites we use often.
Key Ideas in Unified Arts
- You can find Unified Arts Competencies in this Google document.