Welcome to 6th Grade Blue Pod! Mrs. Casarino Mrs. Johnson Mrs. Mapes Miss McGuffin Math Units Mrs. Mapes & Miss McGuffin • Number Theory • Percents • Statistics, Data • Measurement & Graphing • Geometry • Fractions • Pre-Algebra and • Decimals Integers Math • Emphasis on mathematical reasoning and problem solving • Oral & written communication about mathematics • Alternative strategies encouraged & valued • Actively engaged in working with materials and with peers to solve mathematical problems • Mad Minutes • Math maintenance sheets Social Studies Mrs. Casarino & Mrs. Johnson • Map skills • Ancient Egypt • Customs/Culture • Ancient • Iceman Mesopotamia • Ancient China • Ancient India • Ancient Greece • Ancient Rome Social Studies Unit Goals • How ancient civilizations are different from today. • How ancient civilizations emerged. • Impact of change on the early civilization. • Factors which caused the downfall of each civilization. Science Mrs. Mapes & Miss McGuffin • Populations and Ecosystems – Raising and observing multiple organisms – Analyzing types of environments and what is needed to sustain life. • Motion & Design – K*nex constructed vehicles test student hypotheses and determine the impact force, friction, and aerodynamics has on vehicles. Science • Planetary Science – Exploration of types of stars and the constellations – Discussion on NASA and what we have done to learn about space – Determining the phases of the moon, why it has craters, and its importance – Exploration of planetary features • Chemistry (Science Lab Special) Reading Mrs. Casarino & Mrs. Johnson • Skills for reading independently • Creating life-long readers • Emphasis on application of skills and strategies Reading Units • Novels • Poetry • Drama • Fiction • Non-fiction • Self-selected Reading – 25 books @ 150+ pages Language Arts Mrs. Casarino & Mrs. Johnson • Understanding & using writing traits • Key concepts in written expression • Emphasis on progression • Writing in the content areas • Study skills • Grammar MAP Testing Measures of Academic Progress • 3 times a year • 50-60 minutes typically (untimed) • Students will set goals for improvement • Tool for teachers to differentiate instruction • More information at www.nwea.org Flex Period • 30 Minutes at the end of every day • Differentiated time to meet the needs of all students in different areas • Not a study hall or homework time • Band, choir, and orchestra rehearsals • SSR Conferences • Parents will be meeting with their child’s homeroom teacher. • Prior to the conferences, forms will be sent home should you have any concerns regarding other subject areas. • Post conference questions can be addressed via e-mail or phone. EduLink • District communication system • Automatically calls home for important information from AGI or the District. – Snow Days – Reminders – Emergencies PTA Thursday Folder • Every Thursday all forms will be sent home in a folder with the youngest or only child at AGI. • Please look for these folders and ask your child to see it. Wellness Policy • Located online at the Avon Grove website. • Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher before sending any food into the classroom • Try to provide healthy alternatives when sending in treats. Keep in mind: We are nut free classrooms Check out the 6th Grade Blue team webpage! • Accessible from AGSD homepage at http://www.avongrove.org/agis/teachweb.html • Click on one of the 6th grade blue teachers • Check for AGIS calendar, announcements, assignments, due dates… • Assignment books will be used every day for daily assignments.
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