Sixth Grade Teachers
Sixth Grade Program Description
The sixth grade homeroom teachers are responsible for social studies. The students rotate to each of the teachers for instruction in reading, math, science, language arts and writing. This schedule helps to tailor instruction to meet the students' needs and also aids in their transition to the junior high schedule of changing classes. Instruction in all areas is based upon AZ College and Career Ready Standards. Please refer to detailed curriculum descriptions below.
Delivery of instruction in sixth grade includes teacher directed lessons in whole class or small group settings with individual progress closely monitored. While instruction is quite often textbook driven, students' application of skills and concepts is demonstrated in projects, demonstrations, reports, exploratory and investigative units of study.
Instruction in curriculum areas include:
- READING - Harcourt Brace is the adopted basal reading textbook used for instruction to ensure students' exposure to a wide range of comprehension levels and literary skills.
- SOCIAL STUDIES - Sixth grade textbooks/materials, Harcourt World History, are used along with interactive social studies simulations to supplement the curriculum: Egypt; Renaissance; Romans; Greeks.
- SPELLING - Houghton Mifflin spelling book emphasizes word structure, decoding, and vocabulary development.
- WRITING is an important integrated component of the sixth grade curriculum. The writing elements include: ideas; organization; voice; word choice; sentence fluency; conventions; and presentation.
- ENGLISH focuses primarily on grammar and mechanics using the Houghton Mifflin language book. Review and reinforcement of spelling and English mechanics are provided through the daily practice and application of skills.
- MATHEMATICS - Houghton-Mifflin - Larson Big Ideas Math series is used in instruction along with supplementary materials, technology, and manipulatives.
- SCIENCE core curriculum includes three science units developed by the school district and designed to meet the district and state science curriculum objectives. The units are: Cells to Systems; Powering Our Future; Oceanography and Extreme Weather. In addition, the students participate in the MPS/Boeing Space Integration Module and in district science competitions.
- SUPPORT PROGRAMS offer students regular instruction in the computer lab and in the Media Center. Intermediate students receive instruction in vocal music, art, and physical education. Interested students may participate in the band or strings programs. In addition, the students participate in field trips, assemblies, and grade level activities designed to support the curriculum.
Homework is assigned to reinforce skills taught and is considered an important facet of the students' learning experiences. Each student's progress is reported quarterly on a report card. Conferences, phone calls, and notes are means of communicating students' progress to parents. Parents are considered vital to the child's success in school and are encouraged to volunteer and contribute.