6th Grade Geography Ms. Erin Wasson Erin_Wasson@scps.k12.fl.us www.mswassonsclass.com
Curriculum 5 Themes of Geography Map Skills Asia Antarctica Australia Africa
Grades 90% Assignments 10% Homework Tests – 200 points Quizzes – 150 points General Assignments – various points
Classroom Management • We have a lot of class discussion, pair work and lab group work. Group work is based on Kagan strategies. If students do not participate appropriately, they will be sent to the solo seat and given a behavior contract. • Rewards:Extra Credit Tickets, Review Games, Class Activities, ROAR bucks • Consequences: • Behavior Contracts / Tracking Forms • Warning (Verbal or Non-verbal) • Parent Communication • Lunch Detention • Morning Detention • Referral to Discipline *If you wish to schedule a conference, please contact the front office.
Class Policies • Makeup work – number of days absent plus one • Class Materials • Keep an Organized Binder with Textbook Chapters in page protectors • Late Work – You lose points for late assignments – at least 15 points for each day late. I will not accept assignments more than a week late. This is already becoming an issue. • Bellwork– starts as soon as the bell rings. Students first must write down their homework. Then they must complete the bellwork activity or question on the board. • Planner – students need to write in their planner daily. Their homework is on the board and the class website EVERY day. You should check their planner occasionally to make sure they are writing their homework every day. I try to check also.
Successful Students • Ask for help if they need it! There can be complex concepts in Science – I am here to help them. Students who came to see me for extra help did really well on the test. They can arrange a time before or after school. I also make lunch appointments. • Stay organized! Keep all papers together in chronological order and use planner • Turn in and Make up ALL Assignments (there should be no zeros!) • Review notes/classwork daily so that you keep up with the material – then you can ask questions the next day in class • Be prepared – Come to class ready to work, immediately begin bellwork, have all materials out, be ready to learn
Extra Credit There are weekly extra credit opportunities. They are due every Friday and the points are added to the lowest assignment grades. The activities are found on the class website. • Wishlist • Computer Paper*** • Large Markers for Posters (or sharpies) • Expo Dry Erase Markers (black) • Construction Paper
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