WELCOME to 6-5

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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
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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”?
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Verbal/ Linguistic ~ “word smart”
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Logical/ Mathematical ~ “number smart”
3
Visual/ Spatial ~
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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
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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!

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