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Title: Curriculum Night


1
Curriculum Night
  • Cheatham Elementary
  • Sixth Grade
  • September 3, 2013

2
Welcome Parents!
  • 6th Grade Teachers
  • Valerie King _at_Cheatham6thVK
  • Julie Latos _at_Cheatham6thJL
  • Becca Penny _at_Cheatham6thBP
  • Steve Shuman _at_Cheatham6thSS

3
Communication
  • Email is easiest and most reliable way to get a
    message to us.
  • Agendas the Sixth Grade Website
  • Charger Communication Charts If a student
    receives a signature, he/she should get a parent
    signature that same evening.
  • Tuesday Folders Folders will come home each
    Tuesday night. Please check for graded papers and
    other important school communication.

4
Newsletters
  • Our bi-weekly newsletter will recap what we are
    studying as well as providing important news
    items and reminders.
  • Newsletters will be posted to our sixth grade web
    page.
  • There is currently one newsletter posted on our
    web page.

5
Parent Conferences
  • We will have times available for parents who
    would like to have a parent teacher
    conference.
  • If you would like to have a conference with us
    you will be able to sign up on our 6th grade
    website.
  • We will send an email when it is available on the
    website.

6
STAAR Testing
  • Students will take two STAAR tests in 6th grade
  • STAAR Math April 22
  • STAAR Reading April 23
  • We will be closely monitoring your students
    progress in all subjects this year.
  • District benchmarks in the fall and simulation
    tests at the beginning of the spring semester
    will also provide information concerning your
    childs progress.
  • Students will be taking an End of Course (EOC)
    test in Science in May.

7
Reading
  • Topics of study literary genres, point of view,
    characterization, figurative language, story
    elements, vocabulary, fact/opinion, cause/effect,
    and much more!
  • Reading materials We will work from a variety of
    reading sources, including novels, short stories,
    picture books, textbooks and other non-fiction
    selections.
  • SpringBoard, a College Board based curriculum,
    will be our main guide for both reading and
    writing.

8
ReadingWhat You Can Do
  • The best way to grow as a reader is to READ often
    and to read a variety of materials. Encourage
    your child to build this habit!
  • Read with and alongside your child to model
    lifelong reading.
  • Talk to your child about what you are reading.
  • Ask your child about what he/she is reading. This
    is a great way to learn about what your child
    enjoys and an excellent way to know if your child
    is understanding what he/she is reading.

9
Written Communication
  • Topics of study narrative and expository forms,
    stages of writing, grammar, poetry, conventions
    of English, spelling, listening, and speaking.
  • Grammar rules will be practiced and integrated
    within writing projects.
  • Cursive handwriting is not required. Students may
    write in whichever form (print or cursive) suits
    them best, but neatness is expected.

10
WritingWhat You Can Do
  • Encourage your child to READ! Good readers are
    more likely to be good writers spellers.
  • Hold your child accountable for neatness in his
    work! We have talked with students about this,
    and messy work that becomes a habit will result
    in students redoing assignments.
  • Help us hold your child accountable for spelling
    errors! If a student continually spells a word
    incorrectly, it will require much undoing to
    relearn the word correctly

11
Math
  • Topics of study place value, decimals,
    fractions, measurement (customary metric),
    geometry, algebra, statistics, graphing,
    probability and reasoning. The Students will do
    a lot of real world problem solving.
  • Vocabulary will be a vital part of the math
    curriculum and will be tested.
  • Pre-AP math will follow the same TEKS but will
    dive deeper into topics.
  • All classes will start to learn 7th grade TEKS
    this year!
  • Math Counts Program at Curtis Middle School-
    This is a competitive math team. They will test
    all who would like to try out and take the top
    students to competitions. They will meet every
    Tuesday after school at Curtis Middle School.
    This program is ran by the math teachers at
    Curtis Middle School. If you are interested in
    your child participating in Math Counts, please
    see Mr. Shu for more details.

12
MathWhat You Can Do
  • Master multiplication tables
  • Encourage your child to read and write!
  • Call to attention when you see math applied in
    everyday life, in society and in the workplace
    (New TEKS).
  • Have your child explain, and justify mathematical
    ideas and arguments using precise mathematical
    language in written or oral communication (New
    TEKS).

13
Science
  • Topics of study
  • The Nature of Science Physical Science
  • Physical Science Earth Science
  • Earth/Space Science  Life Science
  • Vocabulary will be emphasized in the science
    curriculum in a variety of ways.
  • All students will be required to participate in
    the science fair. More information will be sent
    home later this month.

14
ScienceWhat You Can Do
  • Help your child to think like a scientist. When
    he/she asks a question about why something works
    the way it does, etc., ask him/her questions to
    guide to the discovery of the answer instead of
    immediately supplying the answer or reason to
    his/her question.
  • Encourage your child to READ! Science is another
    form of informational reading, and students have
    to practice this in order to build successful
    comprehension strategies.

15
World Cultures
  • Topics of study include geography and
    contemporary world cultures.
  • We will focus on a variety of themes for each
    unit of study including economics, language,
    religion, customs, and the government systems of
    many countries from around the world.

16
World CulturesWhat You Can Do
  • Encourage your child to be an aware citizen of
    the world by reading and watching current, age
    appropriate news outlets.
  • Engage in conversation about class topics and
    current world events.

17
Reminders
  • Please regularly visit Family Access (Skyward) to
    view your childs academic progress.
  • We will let you know when the conference schedule
    is available on the sixth grade website.
  • Please make sure you have read our sixth grade
    handbook and signed the electronic signature
    page.
  • Are you receiving emails from us?
  • Thank you so much for joining us!
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