Centennial  Academy    

Parent’s  Guide  to  Learning   in  Sixth  Grade    

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Upper  Ac ademy   Learning   @  CA  

 

At  Centennial  Academy,  we  are  committed  to  providing  your  scholar  w ith  an  experience  that  builds  academic   and  21st  century  success  skills  to  support  their  life-­‐long  learning.      O ur  teaching  is  aligned  with  Georgia  and   national  content  standards  and  our  educators  bring  those  standards  to  life  through  hands-­‐on  learning   experiences  designed  to  meet  your  scholar’s  learning  needs.    

In  a  Centennial  Academy  classroom,  scholars  are  active  participants  in  the  learning  process  ~  exploring,   thinking  critically,  asking  questions,  and  solving  problems  in  real  world  experiences.    Below  is  an  overview  of   what  your  Sixth  Grade  scholar  is  in  store  for  this  year.   ENGLISH  LANGUAGE  ARTS  

MATHEMATICS  

SCIENCE  

Sixth  grade  scholars  read   both  literary  and   informational  texts.   Through  close  reading  and   analysis,  scholars  determine   the  meaning  and  purpose  of   a  variety  of  texts.    Scholars   read  multiple  texts  centered   around  a  common  theme  or   idea  and  make  connections   among  these  texts.  Scholars   respond  to  the  texts  they   read  through  speaking  and   writing.  They  write  and  use   evidence  from  multiple   texts  or  sources  to  inform,   explain  or  make  an   argument.    Scholars  support   their  claims  using  clear  and   relevant  evidence  to  convey   ideas  and  information.   Rigorous  discussions  are  a   part  of  the  curriculum.  

The  focus  in  6th  grade   mathematics  is  for  students   to  develop  a  deep   understanding  of   mathematical  concepts  with   high-­‐level  thinking   strategies  and  to  be  able  to   communicate  their   understanding.  Scholars  will   learn  concepts  such  as  ratio,   rational  numbers,   expressions  and  equations,   measures  of  center  and   variability,  as  well  as  area,   volume  and  surface  area.     Mathematical  practices   perseverance,  reasoning,   justifying,  modeling,  using   appropriate  tools,  being   precise,  and  looking  for  and   using  patterns  will  be  a   focus.    

In  Earth  Science,  sixth  grade   scholars  begin  a  more  in-­‐ depth  and  scientific  study  of   the  Earth  and  outer  space.     Scholars  explore  the  nature   of  rocks  and  minerals  and   how  they  relate  to  the   processes  of  weathering  and   erosion.    Scholars  examine   the  physical  make-­‐up  of  the   Earth  and  dynamic   processes  such  as  plate   tectonics  that  drive  changes   on  the  Earth.    Scholars  then   apply  new  knowledge  as   they  explore  how  the  water   cycle,  climate,  and  weather   impact  our  planet.    A  hands-­‐ on,  investigative  approach   builds  understanding  of  ley   ideas  and  scientific   practices.    

Centennial  Academy  2016-­‐2017  

 

 

 

RESPONSIBILITY  is  Important   • • •

USE  YOUR  AGENDA  



TAKE  ADVANTAGE  OF  ADDITIONAL  SUPPORT   (TUTORIAL)  



CHECK  INFINITE  CAMPUS  OFTEN  

CHECK  GOOGLE  C LASSROOM  DAILY   ENSURE  ASSIGNMENTS  ARE  TURNED  IN  O N   TIME  

 

 

SOCIAL  S TUDIES  

Learning  about  the  World   Area  begins  in  sixth  grade.   The  world  becomes  the   focus  of  deep  discussion;   students  explore  Latin   America,  Canada,  Europe,   and  Australia.    Scholars   learn  about  the  government,   economics,  geography,  and   history  of  each  area.   Through  the  study  of  map   skills,  scholars  apply   contextual  knowledge  to   understanding  the  world   around  them.  E xploring   financial  management  and   the  economy,  6th  grade   scholars  discuss  how   finance  and  other   characteristics  of   government  impact  society.  

CONNECTIONS  CLASSES    

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PERFORMING  ARTS   ORCHESTRA   BAND   GUITAR   ART   COMMUNICATIONS   ENGINEERING  &  DESIGN   HIGH  SCHOOL  SPANISH  

Upper  Academy    

Upper  Academy  educators  provide  a  concentrated  approach  to  s upport  the  rigorous  standards  while   emphasizing  the  importance  of  integration  and  collaboration.    In  addition,  the  Upper  Academy  Grades  continue   to  use  1:1  technology  in  all  areas  of  learning.       Sixth  grade  marks  a  rite  of  passage  for  many  things,  including  receiving  lockers  to  house  their  belongings  and   the  beginning  of  the  advisory  block  to  support  their  transition  into  young  adulthood.    

  The  Importance  of  Continued  Practice  at  Home…Homework    

At  Centennial  Academy,  we  believe  success  is  developed  through  the  scholar’s  intentional  focus  on  high  quality   work  ethic  and  study  habits.    Educators  at  Centennial  Academy  will  carefully  design  homework  that  is   purposeful,  age-­‐appropriate,  in  terms  of  quantity  and  content.    With  the  appropriate  amount  of  challenge  your   scholar’s  homework  should  accelerate  learning  and  will  be  reviewed  by  the  teacher  and  recorded  in  the   Content  portion  of  your  scholar’s  report  card.  

Project-­‐Based  Learning  (PBL)  @  CA     During  the  2016-­‐2017  school  year,  your  sixth  grade   scholar  w ill  learn  about  the  Project-­‐Based  Learning   principles  within  a  STEAM  (Science,  Technology,   Engineering,  Arts,  Mathematics)  focus.       Scholars  will  be  engaged  in  a  minimum  of  two  major   PBL  projects,  one  per  semester.    Each  project  will  be   integrated  across  multiple  content  areas,  include  a   real-­‐world  problem  worth  researching  &  solving  and   require  scholars  to  w ork  collaboratively  w ith  a   product  that  will  be  publically  shared  during  our   Applied  Learning  Demonstrations.    

Success  Skills    

Collaboration   Works  well  with  teammates   Respects  ideas,  opinions  and  feelings  of  teammates   Shares  ideas  with  teammates    

Communication   Uses  effective  oral  and  written  presentation  skills   Answers  questions  clearly  and  completely    

Work  Ethic   Makes  and  Follows  Agreements   Organizes  Work   Participates  in  class  and  discussions     Completes  assigned  homework   Seeks  out  and  uses  feedback  and  critique   Asks  Questions   Gathers  Information  

PBL  Principles       Identifying  Key  Knowledge  &  Success  Skills    

Understanding  a  Challenging  Problem  or  Question    

Using  Sustained  Inquiring    

Including  S tudent  Voice  &  Choice    

Reinforcing  Reflection  

Centennial  Academy  2016-­‐2017  

 

Seeking  Critique  &  Revising    

Preparing  for  Public  Demonstration  

   

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Top  Ten  Things  your  Upper  Academy  Scholar   Should  Know   ___________________________________________________   1. 2. 3. 4.

Have  a  positive  vision  for  their  future   Consider  the  feelings  &  well-­‐being  of  others   Work  with  others  to  accomplish  goals   Make  choices  that  are  based  on  the  question   “Is  this  going  to  be  good  for  m yself,  m y   family,  m y  community  or  my  school?”   5. Work  hard  even  through  difficulty   6. Find  joy  in  learning  and  interacting  with   peers     7. Know  the  requirements  for  High  School   graduation   8. Know  the  requirements  to  succeed  on  the   ACT  and  SAT   9. Know  the  requirements  for  C ollege   graduation   10. Give  back  to  the  community  through   community  service  

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