Syllabus

April-May:

  • Mathematics: Students will be completing chapter 7 of our math program, College Preperatory Mathematics (CPM). This chapter focuses on division of fractions using multiple strategies, finding rates and unit rates, and strengthens students' understanding of algebra! Students are using algebra tiles to work with variables, a tool they will be using in middle school as well. We will then move into chapter 9, which has a main focus on surface area and volume. We will finish the year working in chapter 8, focusing on statistics.

Sixth grade is the time in mathematics where we take foundational skills learned in years past and apply them to higher level concepts. This is especially apparent in their work with expressions and equations, where we introduce variables and start having students manipulate real-life algebraic equations.This is an exciting time for mathematics in sixth grade here in SLCUSD. We are in our first year using a new math program called College Preparatory Mathematics. Please see this website created by the district for more information about our math instruction and to learn how you can help your child succeed: Middle School Math for Students and Families

  • Reading: In the middle of April students were put into literature circle groups and selected a book to read together. They take on a different role each week, either preparing discussion questions, listing key words, finding important sections, connecting the book to other books, or summarizing, and then share their work at a weekly meeting. Our minilessons have a fiction focus, in which we study word use, author's craft, summary, and theme.
  • Writing: Students are working with Mrs. Greenelsh on a Research Unit. They are learning how to develop an idea around a topic, do research on that topic, and then use that research to support their position on a topic. One major piece of this unit is starting to learn how to cite sources in writing.
  • Science: Students recently finished a unit on Heat and Energy called Save the Penguins. We studied the movement of heat energy and learned about how insulators and conductors either help or hinder this transference. Come check out their projects at Open House!
  • Social Studies: Students are working on a Project Based Learning unit on Greece throughout April and May. Mr. Morgan and Mrs. Greenelsh will be teaming up to co-teach this unit as well! Come check out their products at Open House!