Course and Classroom Information
6th Grade Math
In this course, students will be exposed to the 6th Grade Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, which focuses on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Pearson enVision will be used as the math curriculum for all middle schools in GUSD. Students will have access to printed and digital versions of the workbooks. In addition, we will be using i-Ready, an online instruction program used in all elementary and middle schools in GUSD. Students will also be introduced to another online instruction program, Khan Academy, no later than the start of the 2nd semester.
6th Grade Science
In this course, students will be exposed to the 6th Grade California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS), which will cover topics that revolve around four major ideas: (1) a cell, person, and planet Earth are each a system made up of subsystems; (2) weather conditions result from the interactions among different Earth subsystems; (3) regional climates strongly influence regional plant and animal structures and behaviors; (4) human activities can affect the environment, which impacts plants and animals. Topics that will be covered include but aren’t limited to: cells, bodies and systems, the water cycle, weather and climate, ocean currents, energy transfer, kinetic energy, organism reproduction and growth, genetic traits, and climate change.
For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be using STEMscopes as our interim transitional science curriculum. STEMScopes is 100% digital, and students will be given a login for online access to the curriculum. Students will also be provided a copy of Prentice Hall: Focus on California Earth Science textbook to take home.