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6th Grade Science and Math

 

Mr. Palmer

 

2017-2018

 

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The School of Arts & Enterprise - 2017-2018

Syllabus: 6th Grade

(909) 622-0669

INSTRUCTORS

English Language Arts and History  

Ms. Mari-jo McPherson and Ms. Elena Brown

marijomcp@thesae.k12.ca.us

ebrown@thesae.k12.ca.us

Mathematics and Science

Ms. Evelyn Casas and Mr. Justin Palmer

ecasas@thesae.k12.ca.us

jpalmer@thesae.k12.ca.us


EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS

  • Be respectful.
  • Assume personal responsibility.
  • Come prepared to learn and UNLOCK your personal excellence.

EXPECTATIONS OF TEACHERS

  • A positive and safe learning environment
  • Well-planned lessons every day
  • To be challenged and to succeed
  • Help and support when needed

REQUIRED MATERIALS*

Two 1.5” binders (English/History) & (Math/Science)

Spiral Journal for Math

Dividers (10)

Calculators (Basic)

Pencils & Black Felt Tip Pen

Large Glue Stick

Paper (Wide or College ruled)

Scissors

*Please communicate with house teacher if student is unable to collect the necessary materials.


Grading Policy (also see Parent-Student Handbook page 9)

Final Marks

Standards & Scoring

A

88 – 100%

4.0

Advanced

B

75 – 87.9%

3.5

Approaching Advanced

C

63 – 74.9%

3.0

Proficient

No Credit

0 – 62.9%

2.5

Approaching Proficient

 

2.0

Basic

1.5 or 1

Below Basic

 

TESTS/RETAKES

Teachers recommend that students attend tutoring on a weekly basis. Assessments and content should be remediated before or after school.  

 

STANDARDS

Sixth grade Mathematics and English use the Common Core State Standards. Science uses integrated NGSS standards. Additionally, all four subjects will incorporate the English Language Development Standards, the 21st century UNLOCK goals, and the Visual Arts and Performing Arts standards into their lessons.

 

TARDY POLICY

* See Parent-Student Handbook page 15


HOMEWORK & CLASSWORK

Assignments are expected to be completed on time. Emailing the teacher the night before homework is due does NOT excuse the assignment. A parent/guardian must contact the teacher for emergencies to receive an extension.

 

FOOD & DRINK

* See Parent-Student Handbook

 

ELECTRONICS/TECHNOLOGY

* See Parent-Student Handbook page 58


ENGLISH

 

Course Description

Students will demonstrate understanding of the Common Core State Standards for 6th grade English Language Arts.  Studies will include grammar, composition, vocabulary, and skills for reading non-fiction, as well as literary themes and terms used in the study of short stories, novels, and poetry.  The theme of effective and purposeful communication will run throughout the school year as they compose autobiographical accounts, correspondences, poetry, and other written works.


HISTORY

 

Course Description

Sixth grade social studies investigates ancient civilizations which encompasses: early humans, Ancient Egypt and the Middle East, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. Students will learn about the founding societies and their developments.


MATHEMATICS

 

Course Description

The Mathematics curriculum will constitute of five main units, as dictated by the Common Core State Standards; Ratios and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions & Equations, Geometry, and Statistics/Probability.

Problem-based lessons will be derived from both the adopted course text and a wide variety of supplemental material.  The course will include collaborative student work and paced practice that develops conceptual understanding.

 

SCIENCE

 

 

Course Description

Throughout Integrated Science, Grade Six, students will learn about subsystems in order to describe and model patterns within the larger system, as well as interactions, influences, and activities that impact systems   The performance expectations show how humans impact natural systems and change patterns. Students will engage in learning related to: cells, body systems, climate, hydrologic cycle, mass and matter, temperature, energy, the solar system, focusing on the sun, genetics and traits, conditions that affect growth, atmosphere, geosphere, biosphere, adaptation, fossil fuels, and global warming. Students will also design criteria, evaluate solutions, analyze data, as well as test and modify procedures.


HOUSE

Course Description

House is a course that allows students opportunities to: reflect on their learning; receive academic advising; build friendships through icebreaker activities; work on interdisciplinary semester long projects; read, annotate, and discuss current events; participate in a community social outreach project; and receive social emotional support, and develop college and career readiness skills.

Justin W. Palmer, M. Ed

6th Grade Math and Science Teacher

The School of Arts and Enterprise

jpalmer@thesae.k12.ca.us