Syllabus Class: Cambridge 6th Grade Instructor: Mrs. Janelle Flores Contact: [email protected] 928-753-6216 Course Overview: The curriculum is designed to help students build: Foundational knowledge and confidence for further study Learning skills to be able to read, write, and speak clearly and accurately Critical thinking skills to observe, interpret, and analyze information Problem solving skills to consider and solve problems, interpret and communicate results The core curriculum is designed to be accessible for all children. The Extended curriculum is available for students who are highly capable and highly motivated. Language Arts: Students will cover the following topics during the school year. ReadingFiction and Science Fiction Contemporary folk and fairytales Old literature, including drama Narrative and non-narrative poems Significant poems before 1900 Non-Fiction Texts Diaries, Letters WritingConventions and construction Greek and Latin Roots, Prefixes, Suffixes Journalistic writing Genres: Informative, Explanatory, Descriptive, Argumentative, and Persuasive Math: Students will cover the following topics during the school year. Semester 1Ratios and Proportional Relationships The Number System Expressions and Equations Mathematical Practices Semester 2Expressions and Equations Geometry Statistics and Probability Mathematical Practices While using and learning all of these mathematical processes students will also be expected to justify their answers in multiple ways. Science: Students will cover the following topics during the school year. Semester 1Scientific Method Unit 7.1 Living Things Unit 7.2 Solids, Liquids and Gases Unit 7.3 Energy Transformations Unit 7.4 Microorganisms and Disease Semester 2Unit 7.5 The Earth and Beyond Unit 7.6 Putting Things into Groups Unit 7.7 Habitats and Environment Unit 7.8 Acids and Bases Unit 7.9 Forces and their Effects Social Studies: Students will cover the following topics during the school year. Semester 1World Geography/Map Skills Archaeology/Early Humanity Hunters, Gatherers and Migration Dawn of Mesopotamia Ancient Egyptian Culture Ancient Greece The Dynasties of China Enduring Culture of India Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire Semester 2World Religions Byzantines to the Middle Ages Renaissance/Reformation Age of Exploration Life in Mesoamerica Aztecs Incas Mayans Grading Policy: Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies are all core classes. Each is worth one point towards promotion to the 7th grade. Please see the agenda for explanation of the point system. Grading Scale: 90-100%-A 80-89% -B 70-79%-C 60-69%-D 0-59% - F Quarter grades will be weighted per subject area: 60%- Classwork/Projects/Activities 10%- Quizzes/Tests 10%- Biweekly Assessments 10%- Participation 10%- Responsibility (Bell Work, Agenda, Papers Sent Home for Signatures) Semester grades will be weighted per subject area: Quarter 1– 45%, Quarter 2– 45%, Final Exam- 10% Quarter 3- 45%, Quarter 4- 45%, Final Exam- 10% Absent/Missing Assignments: If a student is absent they are responsible for asking for their missing work when they return. The student should ask for this work before or after class or during lunch. The student will have 1 week from the day they return to complete and turn in their work for full credit. If a student has a missing assignment they will have 1 week from the day it is missing to turn it in for HALF credit. After 1 week the assignments will become a zero and will not be able to be made up. Class Structure: This class will be student inquiry based with teacher support. Use of the textbooks will serve as the ongoing development of refined skills, but will not be the only source of information. The class will learn through a variety of activities, projects, exploratory writing, research, discussion, lecture, video clip, and power point presentations. The class will use technology, primary source documents, collaboration, and participant discussion. Communication: The preferred method of communication between school and home is by email or phone. All messages received will usually be responded to within twenty-four hours. Families are encouraged to use Synergy ParentVue/StudentVue and the WCMS website for grades, supplementary class information, and school activities. Meetings are handled by appointment only. It is expected that all conversations be student centered, positive, productive, and courteous. What is best for the student will remain the primary focus of all decisions. Textbooks: There will be an online textbook, for Science and Social Studies, which the students can use at home. The username and password will be given to the students during the first few days of school. The student will be writing this information in the front of their agenda. Language Arts: Students will possibly read the following throughout their 6th grade year. A class copy will be provided for students to use in the class. Students are not required to purchase the following books; however, if the student would like their own copy to take home, mark, or study in more depth, the student will need to purchase his/her own copy. The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World by Susan Mulclaire The Acorn People by Ron Jones The Golden Goblet by Jarvis McGraw Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table by Andrew Lang Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman We will also use Harcourt (Trophies) Text and other reading materials, throughout the year. Social Studies: Textbooks may be checked out from the library and must be returned the following day. If your family has internet access, students may use the online edition. This is the preferred method as there is nothing to lose, misplace, or damage. Math: Glencoe and Cambridge Checkpoint Series Science: Holt Science & Technology and Cambridge Checkpoint Series Classroom Expectations: Follow Classroom rules Be on time Be prepared for class Be considerate and respectful Show respect for school property and students Hand in assignments on time Wait to be dismissed Use an inside voice Classroom Rules: 1. Follow Directions 2. Complete Work On Time 3. Respect Fellow Classmates and teacher 4. Raise Your Hand And Wait To Be Called On 5. Stay On Task 6. Respect Other People's Property 7. Be quiet in lines, hallways, and restrooms. 8. Always Do Your Best Other rules may be added as issues arise that need to be addressed.