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Back to School
Transcript of Back to School
Ms. Closson's & Ms. Strayhorne's
~ 6th Grade
Who Am I?
*17 years teaching in North Hanover
*This year will be my 6th in 6th grade
*ELA (Reading/Writing & Social Studies)
*Grew up in an Air Force family
*Excited about our year!
Mini lessons conducted with the whole class ~very specific, intense lessons
Guided reading groups: differentiated instruction based on student need (can also be one-on-one)
Partner Shares~students meet often to discuss their books (awesome to see in action!)
Book clubs (nonfiction/research project, based on similar topic/author etc...) a GREAT WAY TO PROMOTE TEAM BUILDING!!!
Similar to our Readers' Workshop (mini lessons, guided practice, conferencing with individual students based on need)
Focus is on narrative, informational, and argumentative writing
Vocabulary with Greek/Latin roots (strategic groups based on areas of need)
PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)
Computerized test therefore Chrome Books will be utilized in every subject area
Assesses students multiple times throughout the year in ELA and math
Pearson Realize is an online math program which is used in 6th grade. It is used in conjunction with the workbook.
Pre and post unit tests are common throughout the grade level.
Mini lesson directed by teacher followed by independent/small group instruction
the number system
expressions and equations
Understanding scientific explanations
Generate scientific evidence through active
Reflect on scientific knowledge
Participate productively in science
8 Mathematical Practices
Make sense of problems & persevere in
Reason abstractly and quantitatively
Construct viable arguments & critique the
reasoning of others
Model with mathematics
Use appropriate tools strategically
Attend to precision
Look for and make use of structure
Look for and express regularity in repeated
Possible Units of Study
forms of energy
Earth Systems Science
history of the earth
properties/energy of earth material
Understand World History
Units of Study
Beginnings of Human Society
Global Current Events
Civics & World Government
Grading in all subjects are determined by our North Hanover School District
Assessments will be conducted daily and frequently
formative: class/group/partner/individual (conversations and/or activities
summative: tests and major projects
NHTSD: AOC~ area of concern
P~ progressing toward grade level
M~ meeting grade level
E~ exceeds grade level
Most grades for ELA/World History will be in student notebooks on rubrics.
Classroom RESPECT Policy
This is a Responsive Classroom! (see handout)
~Valuable items are not permitted within the
~School rules are strictly enforced. There are no exceptions.
~All students have a voice
~Issues are not resolved by just the teacher,
but through conflict resolution (students talk
~We give respect to those who EARN it!
Tips to help your child read CLOSELY!
*Note: anything that surprises or strikes them
as significant or important
*When students respond to a text this way,
it forces them to pay attention
*We begin to think with the author
about the evidence (contextual)
Look for Patterns in the things they've noticed about the text
*What did they notice in what they've already read?
*Make CONNECTIONS, but remember to tie them back to the text!
Ask questions about the patterns they noticed!
*How? (how did something happen)
*Why? (why did it happen, how does this effect the story/material being read)
*Look back at the text to see what else is going on.
*Look at the whole text this time for evidence to a theory instead of just one passage.
*Note taking is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to help build theories about what we read!
Through this process, we reason toward our own ideas!
Read with a pencil in hand & annotate the text!
Annotated from the Writing Center
at Harvard University
They must read at least 150 minutes per week!
*Reading should be logged from Monday through Sunday on www.reading-rewards.com
Please visit the parent portal for pertinent forms:
*PG movie permission
*Field trip permission
Science and STEM
We will be using the Next Generation Science Standards
"Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science..."
"Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems."
Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines.
In groups, we will be working on communicating effectively when investigating phenomena. Phenomena are facts or situations that may be observed in nature, especially phenomena whose cause or explanation is in question. For example, the world seems quieter when it snows. Essential questions and various scenarios are also ways to engage thought and experiments to be carried out.
Physical science, Life Science, and Earth Systems Science
Thank you for joining us for Open House!
6th year in North Hanover
3 years in 4th grade
This will be my third year in 6th grade.
This is going to be a great year!