This is my tenth year teaching at Frazeysburg and I am so thankful for everything that has happened in my life. I wish you and your family nothing but the best as you watch your student(s) grow this school year. If your student needs extra assistance in math or science, please contact me. I am willing to help out any way possible (at recess/before school). We will cover several rules the first few weeks of school and get to know everyone. As the role models of this school and community, I expect a lot out of every sixth grader. If you have any questions/concerns, please let me know through email: firstname.lastname@example.org Check in periodically below to see what is going on each week!
Three days in and we have completed our Science S.L.O. Ask your student what percent they earned. It is perfectly fine if they earned an eleven percent or an eighty percent. This assessment gives me the chance to show improvement over the 6th grade Science standards/indicators. We will begin in chapter 3 on Monday after we complete our STAR assessment. Your student should be memorizing their math facts. If they do not know them, they will be pulled out for R.T.I. (response to intervention) during their computer lab time (1:15-1:45) to practice both L.A. and Math.
Have a great weekend!
We are covering chapter three in our math journal. Your student will get back their first in-class/homework assignment Friday, August 30th. If he or she missed several questions they will be pulled for RTI (response to intervention) by a variety of teachers and aides. This is an opportunity (1:15-1:45) to get caught back up on whatever topic needs more practice. Please talk to your student about practicing their math facts and also asking questions throughout the school year. Currently, we are working on a fifth grade topic (adding and subtracting decimals) and multiplying decimals. We will have our first quiz (ten points) on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. If your student(s) need more practice, please let me know.
In Science, we are working on the three different types of rocks, soil, the rock cycle and our hands on project "Settling on Sediments". Remember, we work roughly eighty percent on math and twenty percent on Science. A lot of the Science projects will be completed outside of class.
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We have finished Chapter 3 (adding/subtracting decimals and review of multiplication). We will continue with these topics and go more in-depth. In math, we will work toward mastering ratios (Chapter 1, page 3). We will be getting in our small learning groups daily starting on Monday, September 9th, 2019. In groups, students will be able to have one on one instruction, practice ratio blaster (game), work on ALEKS, complete Science assignment (Think/Talk/Write pg. 323 #1-5), and practice 5-A-Day with their peers. This fifteen minute "center" per day will allow students to practice specific topics throughout the school year. It allows me the opportunity to pen point where they need assistance and which students are ready for advancement. This differentiation process allows students to reach their upmost potential in math/science.
Have a great week!
If you ever have questions/concerns, please let me know.
Today we have mastered LCM & GCF. If your student(s) have not yet memorized their math facts, they will need to continue to practice over the week. There is no homework over the weekend; however, students should be reading every night, and continue to earn blue ribbons on Study Island. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please let me know. On Laca, I update the grades as quickly as possible to solve any issues with your student(s). The first quiz, students had the opportunity to stay in at recess to "retry" the quiz over decimals (adding, subtracting, multiplying) but only one student stayed in. Please work/talk with your student(s) about these critical opportunities.
Have a great weekend!
We are working on Ratios (pgs. 23-25) currently and reviewing the following topics: LCM, GCF, Ratios, Multiplying, Adding/Subtracting Decimals. In the next few days, we will cover the following: Tenths, Hundredths, Thousandths, Rounding, Rates, Unit Rate.
I am planning on our Unit 1 Exam to be on Friday, September 20th, 2019 after grandparents/grand-friend's day. I will send study guides home Friday, September 13th.
In Science, we are working on our own Rock Cycles (drawing), discussing rocks/minerals, and completing our "Settling on Sediments" project. If your student(s) needs assistance, please let me know.
This week we are finishing up chapter 1 and taking our assessment on Friday. Study guides went home on Friday (13th). During centers, we will go over whichever topics are necessary for mastery. In Science, we discussed streak, different ways to classify minerals, how minerals have the same properties throughout (while rocks do not) as well as talked about the importance of rocks and the rock cycle.
If you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.
We are off to a great start in math & science. In math, we are in Unit 2 (Fractions, Decimals, Percents) and comparing the three. Our goal is to complete "2E on Study Island (Percents) by the end of September. We will not have centers this week; however, centers will resume Monday, September 30th. We will focus in on finding common denominators, adding and subtracting fractions, using the "blue beast" (calculators), and taking our pre-assessment to see what the students already know and understand.
In Science, we will complete our "Settling on Sediments" (due 26th of Sept.) project and continue learning about the three types of rocks. We will compare our water bottles to see the layers in Sedimentary rocks. Let's have a great week!
The last day in September and we are strolling into fall. In math we are in the middle of Unit 2 (Fractions/Decimals/Percents). We are in our centers again (new) working on ALEKS, 5-A-Day (due Friday), Math Playground and filling out our study guides for our Science assessment (Oct. 9th). The students have been working well together and learning from one another playing our fraction elimination game. Ask them about Go Figure and see what they can recall from the first episode. Have a great week!
This Wednesday is our Unit 1 Science Exam over rocks and minerals. Students have a study guide over all of the topics. On the other side of that paper, we are working on converting fractions/decimals/percents and choosing greater than or less than or equal to. This paper is the only math "homework" for the week and students had ten minutes in class today to work on it. In centers, we are playing the "yellow" card game, working on division of fractions (flip & multiply), ordering F/D/P, reviewing Chapters 1-3. Toward the end of the quarter, there is going to be a short cycled assessment over ratios, F/D/P, and Decimals (+, -, x) to see which topics have been mastered and which need revisiting. If your student needs extra assistance in Math/Science, please ask them to stay in at Recess on Mondays, Thursdays, or from 1:15-1:45 (in the lab) for RTI or re-teaching.
Have a great week!
Our Science Exams went very well. Students were able to distinguish the three different types of rocks, what makes them up (over thousands of years), discovered how to identify different properties of minerals and how different items are in different soils. Our average grade was a 17.5 out of 20. In Math, we are finishing up fractions/decimals/percents (Chapt. 2) with an assessment planned for Tuesday, Oct. 15th, 2019. A study guide with similar questions (like the assessment) should be coming home to practice. This up-comping week, we have a lot going on:
Monday: Deputy Brad Gearhart discussion on safety social media/etc. Work on ALEKS (no centers),1 on 1 questions over Chapt. 2 (Kidney Table)
Tuesday: Math Assessment Unit 2
Wednesday: Safety Day
Thursday: Last day of the quarter; "Awards Day"
Friday: Teacher work day: NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS
If you haven't scheduled a parent/teacher conference yet, please send in a note and a preferred time for Nov. 4th or 5th. If these dates do not work, I am able to complete a phone conference as well.
Have a great weekend!
Today was our Unit 2 assessment over Fractions/Decimals/Percents. In Mrs. Thacker's class, the class average was 18/22 (81.8 %). Most students struggled with changing a fraction to a decimal and/or converting a mixed number to lowest terms. Based on this assessment, we will re-visit converting from one another in next week's centers. Chapters 4 & 5 will be combined. These topics include: changing mixed numbers and improper fractions, multiplying and dividing such numbers, and plotting points on the coordinate plane. We will use our GEO BOARDS for a hands on activity, create different shapes in the four quadrants and determine the distance between two points on the coordinate plane. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please let me know.
websites below will prepare your student(s) for this school year.
Here are a few links that will benefit you and your 6th grade student! :
The following link is a practice test site from Oregon but is very similar to what I can tell this year’s test will look like.
To Help Prepare for the ONLINE ASSESSMENT:
Use to Gain More Knowledge in math and science us "study jams" and choose math or science for grade level equivalence and topic.
For Guided One on One Tutoring (when I am not available)
**Homework will be increasing to prepare them for 7th grade. Look for 1-2 assignments a week in math during the first quarter.**
The address below is used for AIR testing. Students can see sample problems, take practice tests, explore and contact ODE with any problems.