Ms. LaDeirdre Wilson
6th Grade Math & Science
Math Course Description:
Math 6A and 6B will prepare students for the formal study of algebra, geometry, and advanced mathematical concepts. Students will become proficient in basic operations and problem-solving strategies, including fractions, decimals, statistics and probability.
Ratios and Proportional Relationships
Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
The Number System
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.
Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.
Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
Expressions and Equations
Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.
Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
Statistics and Probability
Develop understanding of statistical variability.
Summarize and describe distributions.
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Science Course Description:
This inquiry based science program will guide and facilitate learning and establish connections between the various disciplines of Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Engineering.
MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms
MS-ESS2 Earth’s Systems
MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
MS-ETS1 Engineering Design
For more detailed information please visit http://www.nextgenscience.org/california to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools.
Daily Classroom Procedures/Expectations
Before the bell: Students will line up outside of the classroom.
Beginning of class: Students will take out all necessary supplies/assignments due and immediately begin bell work.
During class: Students will participate in classroom activities and complete all given assignments.
End of class: Students will clean up their desk area and write down homework assignments/reminders (if any) in their agenda book/planner.
Majority of the science projects will be in class, so when your child brings a list of materials that are needed to complete the project PLEASE fulfill the list OR the project will have to be complete at home.
The supplies listed below are necessary for this class and will need to be replenished as needed throughout the school year:
Black and/or blue pens (several)
#2 pencils (several)
2 - single subject spiral notebooks (one for each of my classes)
2 – composition books (one for each of my classes)
Loose leaf lined ruled paper (continuous supply)
Three ring binder (2 inches)
Post-It Notes – size 3x3 – any color (continuous supply)
White Ruled Index Cards – size 4x6 (one package of 100 should be enough)
1 Gallon sized Ziploc Bag
Agenda book/planner (for writing down homework assignments, due dates, and reminders)
***ALL supplies MUST be brought to class DAILY***
In order to foster a cooperative learning environment, all students are expected to follow the school wide Essential Expectations & Be REAL:
Arrive to school in FULL DRESS CODE every single day. Students are asked to wear a solid blue or white collared shirt; solid blue, black, or khaki uniform style pants, shorts, or skirts (at least knee length); solid blue, white, or gray sweatshirts/jackets. No denim, no logos, no prints.)
The dress code will help us maintain respectful behavior and attitude towards ALL members of our school community. Remember, it’s all about USS! Unity, Safety, & Status!
Respect (be respectful at all times)
Empathy (show empathy towards the members of our community)
Ambition (exhibit ambition daily)
Leadership (be a good example – a leader – each and every day)
Should behavior such as talking, become a problem, it will be handled in the following manner:
1st incident - Verbal Redirect
2nd incident - Verbal Redirect – may briefly speak with student outside the classroom to gain understanding of behavior or the circumstances that may be causing the behavior
3rd incident - Timeout and Refocus Form Reflection
4th incident – Removal/Phone Call home or Email sent to Parent
5th incident - Referral to Dean & Teacher/Parent Conference will be requested
*Fighting, stealing, bullying, and other serious behaviors will result in an immediate referral to the Dean. I will most likely request that the student be sent home for the day depending on the circumstances.
Positive reinforcement/praise will be given consistently and will result in various rewards/privileges throughout the school year. You and I will decide as we go through the year what those rewards/privileges will be J. I will give out treats, prizes, and have lunch parties with those who earn the privilege.
Grading Scale & Calculations
A 90 – 100 Homework 25%
B 80 – 89 Classwork 25%
C 70 – 79 Projects 25%
D 60 – 69 Assessments 25%
Anything below 60 will constitute a no pass/fail.
Work Habits and Cooperation
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
U = Unsatisfactory
Electronic devices must be shut off and put away during class time. If a device is seen or heard it will be confiscated immediately and will not be given back until a parent/teacher conference is arranged. No warnings will be given. DO NOT bring portable gaming devices, tablets, or MP3 players to school.
Absences & Tardies
Regular attendance is essential to success in my courses. No make-up work will be given for unexcused/uncleared absences and/or tardies. Should a student have an excused absence, he/she will receive one day for each day absent from my class to submit any missed work. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed assignments and must do so outside of class time.
Tutoring & Meetings
Tutoring and assistance is offered before school, after school, and at lunch. Please see me beforehand to ensure my availability. Meetings with parents are offered by appointment only. Please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to discuss your child’s progress.
Quality of Work, Assignments/Quizzes/Exams
On-time completion of all assignments is essential to success in my courses. Homework is due at the beginning of class. If it is not submitted at the beginning of class it is late. Late assignments automatically receive a 50% deduction and will not be accepted more than one day late. Quizzes can be given in any one of the following manners: weekly, at the end of a unit, at the end of a quarter, with notice, and randomly (without notice). Exams/Tests will be given with prior notice. Complete sentences, capitalization, punctuation, and grade-level appropriate vocabulary and grammar must be present in each assignment. All assignments must be completed NEATLY in either black/blue ink, pencil, and/or typed when required. Assignments completed in marker, crayon, colored pencil, etc., will not be accepted. Handwriting must be neat and legible, if the teacher is unable to read responses they will be marked incorrect which will most likely result in a low score on the assignment.
*For MATH assignments, I require that you use PENCIL ONLY; no ink please
Homework, test and quiz info, assignments, etc., can be found on our class website which can be reached through www.wrightms.org. The website will be updated several times a week and should be used as a resource to help increase student success both in and out of the classroom. ALL STUDENTS AND/OR PARENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUBSCRIBE TO MY PAGE ON THE WEBSITE. Once you subscribe to my web page, you will receive email notifications of when I post new information on my page. Be careful that you select/send emails to the correct name. I am listed as LaDeirdre Wilson.
My students and I would truly appreciate and accept any donations of the following items throughout this school year:
Tissue, tissue, and more tissue! ;)
Thank you in advance for your support!
I look forward to a fun and rewarding school year with all of you!!!
** PLEASE NOTE – Ms. Wilson reserves the right to make changes, additions, and/or deletions to this syllabus at any time.
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6th Grade Math/Science with Ms. Wilson.
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