WELCOME to 6-3 Howell Middle School South Home of the Huskies MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY • Academic Success & Personal Growth • Provide experiences all children need to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally to become productive members of society • Cultivate lifelong learning • Encourage children to be active inquirers, experimenters and problemsolvers Sixth Grade is a time of great TRANSITION • Physical growth • Mental growth (Piaget) - ages 7-11 begin to respond logically to objects and relationships, but can have difficulty putting thoughts and concepts into words -ages 11-15 begin to REASON and write LOGICALLY ! (explanation and example as proof) CLASS EXPECTATIONS •RESPECT yourself, other people, and their possessions • Have TOLERANCE for differences • Accept RESPONSIBILITY for your actions • Be RESOURCEFUL to solve problems •FOLLOW DIRECTIONS STRATEGY is the Name of the 6th grade “Game” From Checkers It’s Your Move! • More planning •More decisions •More responsibility To Chess •No excuses- always try HOMEWORK & CLASSWORK • Policies explained in letter home • Homework Hotline/Oncourse page • Stress student responsibility ALWAYS TRY ! • Grading scale (school-wide): A B C D 90-100 80- 89 70- 79 69-65 Outstanding Above average Average Below average effort & product Taken from….CLASSROOM POLICIES *It is the student’s responsibility to share grades with parents. Grades can be viewed via the Parent Portal on the district website. Paper reports will not be sent home unless there is an issue based on student performance. Parents can check my OnCourse page for notification that a test/quiz is coming up, or has been sent home. METACOGNITION SelfDiscovery/Self-Reflection BLOOM’S TAXONOMY • • • • • • • Levels of Thinking and Questioning Knowledge- recall & decoding Comprehension- understanding Application- using the knowledge Analysis- breaking into parts to create understanding Synthesis- putting together in a new way Evaluation- making a judgment MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCESARE YOU “SMART”? 1 Verbal/ Linguistic ~ “word smart” 2 Logical/ Mathematical ~ “number smart” 3 Visual/ Spatial ~ 4 Bodily/ Kinesthetic~ “movement smart” 5 Musical ~ 6 Intrapersonal~ “self smart” 7 Naturalist~ 8 Interpersonal~ “picture smart” “musically smart” “environment/world smart” “people smart” Supplies for LA/SS • • • • • • • • • • • Binder with 3 rings- two 2-3” Tab dividers ( at least 10 ) Pocket Folders (2/3) Blue or black pens (always have extras !!!) Green or red pen Book covers (2 large) STUDENT DICTIONARY (for homework) Highlighters OPTIONAL, but helpful to have handy Markers/crayons/colored pencils Glue stick The Language Arts • Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening and Viewing • Our goal is to enable children to: - Think logically and creatively - Express ideas clearly - Formulate and answer questions - Search for, organize, analyze, synthesize evaluate & apply information • ORGANIZATION is a key to success L.A. Curriculum • Literature-based program teaching the skills of reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, following directions, handwriting, spelling •READING - Prentice Hall Anthology - Novels with Social Studies link - Activities include Literature Circles, reports, plays, story-mapping, critiques, open-ended responses using text as support (NJASK) LA con’t. • WRITING INSTRUCTION - Process approach: prewriting, drafting, revision, editing, publishing - Scored according to NJ Holistic Rubric • VOCABULARY - Strategy approach to recognizing patterns, decoding unfamiliar words SS CURRICULUM (integrates with LA) • Geography - Map study & the 5 Themes • Ancient Civilizations - Stone Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, Middle Ages • Cultural Diversity • Reading & applying informational text • Creative projects, cooperative activities Social Studies • Helps students understand how historical concepts apply to their lives by linking what is familiar to what has happened in the past • Interpreting the past by evaluating evidence and analyzing events leads to reflection & increased decision making skills • Reading & applying informational text• SS is an extension of Language Arts How can understanding Multiple Intelligences help you? • Knowing your areas of strength can help you decide on a project/assignment when a choice is given • Thinking about your strengths can give you ideas on how to study more effectively (draw the information, outline it, sing it,etc.). • Working in a way that is harder for you will be more of a challenge, but it will expand your talents and make you more ready to take on life’s challenges!