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Term II Outline - Grade 6

 

 

Language

(Ms. James)

Critical Thinking & Reading 

 

Students will complete a critical thinking and reading program which fosters critical thinking skills, exposure to world social issues, and teaches in depth various forms of text; narrative, factual, fictional, persuasive, and expository.  

 

Literature Study –

 

Students will explore their love of reading through book tasting! Students will participate in activities that involve reading response journals, symbols, feeling, art, figurative language, co-operation, comparing, making decisions, debating, elements of a story, assessments, culminating tasks, and oral reading.

 

Short Stories

 

Throughout the school year, students will study a variety of short stories ranging in genres. The content will focus on literal comprehension, word meanings, context clues, inferences, main ideas, and supporting details.  Authors will also be examined and students will learn to write a biography. For each lesson, students will be authors themselves, and create and share their own short stories.

 

Article of the week

 

Students will enhance their reading fluency and comprehension by reading non-fiction Canadian news stories provided by “What in the World” each week. Articles will focus on current and relevant events that may have an impact on our student body or community. Before reading, students will be asked to discuss and make inferences based on the article title and pictures. During reading, students will be encouraged to mark important information as they read (i.e., highlight, underline, etc…). After reading, students will independently answer questions to ch

 

Paragraph of the Week

 

Students will enhance their writing skills by practicing the format of paragraph writing to create strong supporting details, and topic/closing sentences within a paragraph. Additionally, they will build on their drafting and editing skills. These paragraphs can be used to help go through the rest of the writing process. These activities are designed to get your students using the entire writing process independently. Each week’s topic contains a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday page. These are scaffolded to allow your child the maximum opportunity for success. 

 

 

 

Spelling

(Ms. James)

New vocabulary is derived from the language units and enriched with the Spectrum Language Arts workbook so students have a context in which to learn new words.  Students will learn how to spell new words, identify word meanings and the part of speech the word belongs to. Students will use a variety of reference materials including dictionaries, thesauruses, guide words, and difficult word lists. Assessments will take place on a weekly basis. 

 

Grammar

(Ms. James)

Students will use Spectrum Language Arts and Edit the Sentence to continue their learning of the different parts of speech and grammatical concepts. The focus this year in grammar will be to strengthen student understanding in the following areas: 

A) parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, pronoun, conjunction, interjection)

B) parts of the sentence (subject, predicate, clauses, and kinds of sentences)

 

C) punctuation (period, quotation marks, commas, colons, semi-colons, hyphen, and parentheses)

 

Mathematics

(Ms. McCann)

Students will be working primarily from the Saxon Math program to expand their factual mathematical knowledge and understanding.  In addition to this program, students will be using enriching resources from the Jump Math program, Daily Word Problems and MathUp.  Lastly, students will be given weekly opportunities to work on Inquiry based ‘Math Games’, such as Prodigy.  

 

Each Saxon lesson will follow a similar setup, which will include a 3 tier system.  First students will be involved in a ‘Power Up’ which helps students reinforce basic math skills and lead the student to the proper frame of mind. The second part will be the ‘lesson’ in which a new concept is presented to the student. Here we will work on practice problems as a class, as well as examine different strategies to solve the problems. Finally students will be assigned written practice, which will test the concepts that the student has learned during the lesson.

 

Students will be assessed on their mathematical skills throughout the term, both formally and informally, and will also be graded on completion of their daily homework.

 

Social Studies

(Ms. James)

People and Environments: Canada’s Interactions with the Global Community

 

Students will explain the importance of international cooperation in addressing global issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of selected actions by Canada and Canadian citizens in the international arena. Grade 6 students will investigate global issues of political, social, economic and environmental importance, their impact on the global community, and responses to the issues. They will describe significant aspects of involvement of Canada and Canadians in some regions around the world, including the impact of this involvement. 

 

Science

(Ms. James)

Unit 3: Space 

 

The students will gain a better understanding of our place in the vast universe.  We will begin our exploration by studying Earth’s closest celestial neighbour – our moon.  We will then venture out into our solar system and study the planets, asteroids, comets, and the dwarf planets.  After our tour of the solar system, the students will explore our own Milky Way galaxy, the local group and beyond. 

It is important for the students to also recognize the impact of space exploration technologies on our daily lives; new materials and microprocessors.  They will end the unit by discussing ethical and/or moral practices of current space exploration. 

Unit 4:  Flight 

In this unit, the students will study properties of air (e.g. it has mass, exerts pressure, etc.).  After recognizing some of these properties, the students will learn basic laws of fluid dynamics such as Bernoulli’s Principle and apply it in the design of a flying or gliding object. 

Other principles of flight such as thrust, drag, lift, and gravity will be explored with the use of model airplanes and helicopters. 

 

Visual Art

(Ms. McCann)

Visual Arts in grade 6 will focus on students choosing from a variety of art media to express a feeling, to communicate a message and represent people, places and objects.This term will focus on:  

 

PrintMaking- Students will explain how an image created on one surface will be reversed when printed.  Students will complete an artwork by drawing into Styrofoam and using the intaglio technique.

 

Mixed Media and Metal and Wire Sculptures - Students will use common tools and materials safely and independently with decreasing teacher intervention.

Media Arts

In Term II, Grade 6 students will focus on the following concepts in Media Arts:

  • Writing & posting book reviews.

  • Non-linear books (how to identify, describe, understand, re-order and more).

  • Blackout poetry (formed by colouring over all but a few words in another piece of writing to create your own poem with a separate meaning). 

  • Classics (how to identify, describe, retell, understand concepts and importance and more).

Physical Education

(Mr. Fretz)

In term two physical education, students will further develop movement skills through the participation

in a variety of games and sports. Students will continue to use leadership and teamwork skills

developed in first term to complete and take part in term two physical education activities.

Students will continue to use the fundamental movement skills identified in term one to take part in

organized games and sports. Students will develop volleyball, track and field, basketball, ball hockey,

badminton and softball skills.

 

Music
(Mr. Poaps)




 

Students will continue to develop choral and instrumental skills. Students will learn about key signatures and how they affect the music they are playing. Students will learn about the Medieval period of music and its key influences. Students will compose music using the proper procedure and compositional elements. Students will prepare a song for the spring concert.

 

Health and People Skills

(Mr. Fretz)

In term two, students will discuss the defects of cannabis, and illicit drugs. They will explore substance use, addictive behaviours and strategies to make safe choices in the Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours.  Students will also take part in the final Human Development & Sexual Health unit, in which they will learn about the development of self-concept and an understanding of puberty changes and healthy relationships. Students will address decision making in relationships as well as appropriate ways of responding to and changing stereotypes and assumptions.

 

French

(Mme. Grovum)

The Grade 6 program will continue to build on skills learned during Term 1.  Areas of focus for Term 2 will include: the past tense (with être), impersonal expressions and the simple future as well as themed vocabulary surrounding the environment, Valentine’s day, Easter and Spring, and Canadian festivals in French.  Students will learn through song, poetry, guided group discussion and learning centres.

Drama

This term, we will focus on communicating emotions, explore a variety of cultural texts with a focus on traditions, and also examine the role of drama within a community.  This class will continue to incorporate warm-up games and reflection for each unit. We will build on these skills using a variety of individual and group activities. The Shakespearean play that will be focused on this term is The Tempest.

 

Computers

During the first term students will practice the following concepts:

 

-keynote 

-imovie 

-online poster making 

- green screen 

- photography