Sixth Grade Information
I am excited to teach sixth grade this year!
I look forward to reading, writing, and learning with the sixth graders.
Here is information about language arts:
We are using the Wonders series.
--The spelling list is the "Beyond" Spelling list. Spelling assignments are due on Thursday and the test on on Friday on Spellingcity.com. If your child earns a 100 on the pretest, he/she does not have to take the final test. He/she will complete the assignment with a different list of words.
--Vocabulary assignments are due on Friday if it is a five day week. The test is also on Friday. If your child earns a 100 on the pretest, he/she does not have to take the final test. He/she will complete the assignment with a different list of words.
--Students should also have an independent reading book at all times to read when finished other work. We will read independently for 10-15 minutes per day. They will be writing me a letter about this book about every other week in class.
--We will read at least two novels and have two literature circles during the year.
Scholastic Book Orders are due at the end of the month. Email me if you would like our class code.
Wenonah School Gifted and Talented Program Overview
Wenonah School's Gifted and Talented Program is just one way that our district meets the needs of all learners. Each week the gifted and talented teacher works with small groups of identified students to support their exceptional abilities, needs, and interests. Emphases of lessons is on exploring topics more deeply and in more complex ways.
The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Program at Wenonah school is to provide learning opportunities which will allow each student to attain his or her optimum potential. Expected outcomes, will, therefore, vary according to the needs and abilities of each student. Aims of the program will include:
Development of critical thinking and reasoning abilities, including higher level processes of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Development of divergent thinking abilities, such as fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration.
Development of creative productive thinking and problem solving strategies appropriate to varied content.
Development of research and information gathering skills using varied resources.
Development of the ability to create original products by application of critical thinking, creative productive thinking, and research skills.
Development of the ability to grasp principles, theories, and abstract concepts as well as facts.
PROCESS OF IDENTIFICATION
All Wenonah School students will be evaluated for the gifted and talented program each September.
Multiple measures will be used to identify students in the areas of intellectual ability, academic performance, motivation, and creativity. Instruments for this assessment will include teacher questionnaires, standardized test scores, and end of the year math and reading assessments. Additional assessment options include the TOMAGS (Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students), and/or SAGES-2 (Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary and Middle School Students) which will be administered in September to eligible students. If a student is not eligible for the gifted and talented classes by these measures, outside testing results or a portfolio of the student's work may be presented to the gifted and talented committee. A portfolio must include work done independently by the student. A maximum of two pieces that were produced at school may be included. This portfolio will be reviewed, and a decision will be made within two weeks. Students who are placed in the gifted and talented program after September will begin classes at the beginning of the next unit, marking period, or during a natural break in the curriculum.
The Gifted and Talented Math Program for second through sixth grade students will focus on a deeper understanding of math concepts such as problem solving, creative thinking, and project based-learning. Topics will be taught at a faster pace and at a more advanced level.
The Gifted and Talented Language Arts Program for second through sixth grade students will include reading short stories, poems and novels, advanced writing skills, conducting research, as well as other online programs.
Grade 2: Two times per week for 43 minutes (Math and Langauge arts combined)
Grade 3: Three times per week for 43 minutes (Math and Langauge arts combined)
LANGUAGE ARTS:Two times per week for 43 minutes
MATH:Two times per week for 43 minutes
Classes usually begin in late September after all evaluations are completed.
Students selected to participate in the Gifted and Talented Program will be assessed each marking period by the gifted and talented teacher using a checklist and comments.