Welcome to Sixth Grade!
Welcome to Sixth Grade 2018-2019
I am Mrs. Cheryl Wild. I have been in education for almost 30 years. This is my fourth year at Peralta Elementary School. I am most happy to have your child in my class this year.
I run a tight and structured classroom, but am not afraid to have some fun with learning. I keep expectations high for my students. I expect them to perform to the best of their individual abilities. I will push your child to become an independent learner and high level thinker.
- Be respectful of everyone
- Use appropriate behavior
- Be ready to learn
- Complete work on time
Learning – I expect students to follow along during instruction. I expect them to follow directions/directives when given. I expect students to not give up, but persevere. I expect students to be honest about their learning. I expect students to be responsible and accountable for their actions, both learning and behavioral. I expect students to work together no matter if they like an individual.
Homework – Any practice work that is not completed during a class period, and should have been, will be expected to be completed before class the next day. Lessons not completed are not expected to at home. Daily homework will consist of spelling practice and reading for 30 minutes for AR. Some students will have additional practice as needed such as multiplication fact practice or phrase practice.
Corrections – Work that is marked with a “fix” is to be corrected and turned in again. All students have the opportunity to show mastery several times. Mastery is not expected the first time. Work that is not to be corrected unless marked to do so consist of spelling tests and answers of questions such as true/false.
Data Binders – Students will be tracking their own successes in individual data binders. They will be able to keep record of reading fluency, math fluency, mastery of academic standards, books read, and the like. These binders will be shared at conference times.
Student Goals – This year, students will be creating their own goals for school. They will learn to make short, middle, and long term goals and create a plan to reach those goals. These will be kept in their data binders.
Fluency – Fluency is found in many areas. Reading fluency is being able to read without stumbles and with automaticity, that is, knowing words and phrases on sight. When a reader is fluent, s/he can focus on the meaning instead of sounding out the words. Reading fluency for a sixth grade student is 150 (correctly read) words per minute. This is the reason for the phrase lists. Reading out loud and reading with a fluent reader are ways to help at home.
Math fluency is being able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide basic facts on sight. All upper math skills are based on these four basic operations. Students who are lacking in these areas will continue to struggle throughout their school careers. Students must be able to complete 100 basic multiplication facts (0-12) in three minutes.
Curriculum – Sixth grade is the last year of elementary school. They must become independent learners and step up to the plate. This will be uncomfortable for some, but will make the transition to junior and senior high school so much easier. There is no “hand holding” from here on out.
We have a literature novel that will be read. I highly encourage students to purchase their own copy if possible. Starting in September, we will read The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw. It can be ordered from any book store or from Amazon. The story is about a boy in ancient Egypt and is a great addition to our study of ancient Egypt.
Students will be learning to write five or more paragraph essays. They will be working with pre-algebra concepts in math. Science will look at our Earth, weather systems, plants and animals. Social Studies is all about ancient civilizations to the Renaissance in Europe. Reading will focus on both literature and informational texts.
CURSIVE – Yep! There are studies that show how learning cursive penmanship is very effective in learning to read and write. I will be teaching correct letter formation in cursive. All work is to be done in cursive for the second semester.
Communication – Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about your child. In today’s world, electronically is the easiest. I use Class Dojo to give updates on what is going on in class as well as individually. You can contact me through Dojo, or school email. While I will call, it is not always easy for me to hear clearly on the phone. (auditory nerve damage) I may ask you to repeat yourself more than once.
Student calendars – Students are to show you their calendars on a daily basis. This should show what was done in class for that day as well as any homework they may have. Please sign at the bottom of each day. You can also write a note in the calendar if you need. All spelling homework is to be completed on the lined paper that is behind the calendar pages. If done here, it won’t get lost! Calendars are to be brought home and back to school on a daily basis. Students can always copy a neighbor’s calendar if they are absent.