Horseheads Intermediate School
Welcome to sixth Grade
6th Grade Academics Overview
|English Language Arts (ELA):
|We use the Guided Reading framework for ELA instruction. This approach utilizes literature and informational text to focus on comprehension, oral language, word study, reading, and language arts. Research and library skills will be taught to help the students realize the potentialities of the language arts learning outcomes and performance tasks. Students will engage in writing arguments to support claims, narratives to develop events, and informative/explanatory texts to analyze relevant content. The students will be completing district-wide common performance tasks at the completion of each unit. There will be two class novels that students will read this year. The first one is Schooled by Gordon Korman and will be tied into the unit 1 content and the second novel is The Unteachables, also written by Gordon Korman which will be tied into unit 4. Students will be encouraged to read a variety of genres throughout the year and strive to meet or exceed the 4K reading challenge. The two class novels we will read this year will count toward the 4K book goal of reading 4,000 pages between the summer and the end of the school year. Our curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Standards which can be found at http://www.nysed.gov/next-generation-learning-standards.
|We continue to implement the Next Generation Standards, which can be found at http://www.nysed.gov/next-generation-learning-standards. 6th grade will use components of Mid School Math and other resources to provide students with a variety of strategies and learning opportunities that provide a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and the application and transfer of knowledge.
|Using STEM based resources such as FOSS, the aim of the science curriculum is to increase students’ scientific literacy. This will be accomplished by developing skills, positive science attitudes, and acquiring knowledge about the natural world. Students will demonstrate their growth through collaborative problem solving, using hands-on activities and labs throughout the year.
|The Social Studies series, World Studies- The Ancient World by Prentice Hall Publishers, will give the students an opportunity to study the ancient civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe from economic and geographic points of view. We will also tie these ancient cultures into our current world today so students can make connections and understand why and how we have certain inventions and legacies that came from previous generations. Students will be involved in activity-oriented social studies experiences. These participation projects provide an excellent opportunity to reinforce the content, concepts, and skill goals of the state social studies requirements. Because the projects are activity oriented, they encourage students to participate with a wide variety of skills and abilities.
|Rachel Dickson, John Durr, Mandy Fravel, Patrick Herman, Katy Kashmer, Nicole Remchuk, Katie Rockwell, Rachel Schoonover, Dayna Telech, Vanessa Vegder, Kaitlyn Walton, Patricia Wandell, Cassidy Wilcox