Maddux 6th grade Meet the Teacher Night • Our Team: • Mrs. Brockman or Mrs. Smith – Math • Mrs. Barry – Intervention Specialist • Mrs. Lindsey – Language Arts • Mrs. Wilson– Science, Health and Social Studies
6th grade activities • Hall Monitors • Good Apples • Student Council • Chorus • Band • Strings • Musical • Olympic Day • Book Buddies • Beech Acres trips • VIE Tea • All 6th grade elementary district events
Planbook Routine • Filled out daily before leaving each class • Parent signature at least each weekend • Teacher signature weekly • Reading log daily (column 8) • The planbook is also signed for each bathroom trip taken (page 16ish)
Progress Book • The district uses Progress Book for all report cards, interims and grades. • Progress Book is a great tool. It is basically the teacher’s grade book. Other assignment details may also be found on this as well. • You should check Progress Book weekly to see your student’s progress in each class. • Students should also be checking Progress Book on a regular basis to see what they may be missing as well as their grades
Book Orders • These will go through the Language Arts class. • Please consider ordering online. If you are unable to order online please make checks out to the book club and not the teacher. No cash can be accepted.
Dismissal • ALL dismissal changes should be in writing. • We will always send your child home the routine way without written notification.
Absence Policy • We will follow the district’s policy on absence work. • It is the student’s responsibility to get missed work upon returning • 2 days to make up work for each day out • Requests will honored to send work for pickup in the office for more than 2 days out whenever possible
Phone Calls • The phone calls are limited to emergencies only. • Phone calls for after school events will not be allowed. • This is the school policy.
Cell Phones and other electronic entertainment devices • Students are not allowed to have these items out at school during normal school hours. • If an item needs to come to school it should be turned off and kept in a backpack. • Students bring these items to school at their own risk and we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Electronic Readers • Kindles, Nooks, e-readers, etc. are allowed at school at the students own risk. • If a student brings one to school a “device registration form” must be completed and on file in the office. • You can find this file on the district website or it can be emailed to you.
Language Arts • The main focus of this class will be reading and writing but we will also work on character development and organization. • We expect the students to use column 8 of their plan book as the reading log. They will need to log their daily reading (Just Right Book). Each night your student should plan on reading at least 20 minutes a day. As the year progresses the time expectation will increase. • The students will need to log daily and complete a reading response at least 3 times a week.
Just Right Book(Language Arts Class con’t) • Students should come to every class with a JRB. • A JRB is a book that is interesting and easy for your student to read. It should be a book like you would choose to read for pleasure. It should not be hard or have a lot of spots to “work on”. • The students should use the “5 finger rule” to determine if the book they have chosen is an appropriate level for them. • All reading should be recorded in column 8 of the planbook.
Reading • The students will study reading in a variety of ways using parts of the Scot Foresman text book series, the Social Studies book and science books, book chat books, just right book reading (JRB) and read aloud. • We will discuss many genres and tie that into our writing as well. The students should use the “5 finger rule” to determine if the book they have chosen is an appropriate level for them.
Writing • The students will have the opportunity to create many forms of writing such as: • narrative pieces • Poetry • informational reports • informal writing (journals, reading responses to novels and discussions) • The students will use many steps of the writing process for each of these pieces and some will be taken to the publishing stage.
Laptops • Another great skill we will help the students tackle will be composing and editing in a word processing program. • To aid in this process the students can use flash drives to save their work so they can compose at home and at school. • Another great way to get work from home to school is email. • We will also have access to Google documents as well as other internet sites that allow you to share work with other students and between home and school.
Other LA Topics • In Language Arts class we will also review: • Grammar rules • Parts of speech • Punctuation • Proofreading & editing skills • Vocabulary development and understanding • Spelling and patterns
Other 6th Grade Learning Opportunities • There will be many lessons and topics that allow for cross curriculum discussion. • Often we will work with Mrs. Williams (the Media/Library specialist) as well as combine the lessons for Social Studies and Language Arts.
Social Studies • We will work out of the district purchased Social Studies text book, by • The main topics of study this year will be the Stone Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, The Americas (Mayans, Aztec, Incas, Omecs). • The students will gain and practice map skills throughout the year. • The grade will be based on tests after completing each chapter as well as in-class work, homework, note taking and projects. • Participation is always important as well.
Big Bucks • Come in 5 Bucks, 10 Bucks or 20 Bucks • The 6th grade teachers are always on the lookout for hard working Big Buck earning deeds. • It is the students’responsibility to keep track of the Big Bucks. Treat them as money, if they are lost, replacements cannot be given. We would suggest getting a separate pencil case to carry theBig Bucks in. • Big Bucks cannot be shared or purchased with peers. Other peers cannot give out BB. • Studentscannot “purchase” items from peers with BB. • Only teachers can hand out big bucks to students
Why do I want Big Bucks? • There are 2 leveling days a year for Big Bucks: We will collect and award the highest Big Buck collectors with special awards. • There are 2 auction days a year for Big Bucks: On this day we will collect the Big Bucks by having an auction for the studentsto purchase items with the bucks. • There are also other “surprises” throughout each semester based on big bucks.
How do I earn Big Bucks? • Random “good deeds” • Being helpful • Following directions • For going above and beyond an average student • However, studentscannot ask for Big Bucks because a good deed just happened. Students should be working hard, above and beyond because theyare willing and able, not because theywant to earn Big Bucks. • For having an updated and completed plan book (including the Sat and Sun section) with a parent signature.
How do I lose Big Bucks? • Not following rules. • Forgetting materials for classes. • Behavior problems. • Rudeness or mean/poor attitudes. • Physically misplacing them • Missing assignments
Homework Policy • 45-60 minutes nightly • reading from Just Right Book • reading response • approximately 1 week notice before tests • late and missing work will affect the grade • Unannounced quizzes are probable
Lunch and Recess • The students have a 20 minute lunch and a 20 minute recess daily. • The only items allowed out of the cafeteria are water. Soda, sports drinks, flavored water, etc. are not allowed to leave the cafeteria. • No food can be consumed in the classrooms. • At first the students will sit by homeroom for lunch. As the year progresses the privilege to sit with other peers will be offered.