Curriculum

Ms. Darby's 6th Grade 

  • Wildewood Elementary's website- http://wildewood.ralstonschools.org/
  • Wildewood Elementary's phone number- 402-331-6475
  • Ms. Darbyís school website- http://wildewood.ralstonschools.org/staff_websites/ sixth_grade/cathy_darby
  • Please feel free to call me or e-mail me at any time with any questions, concerns, or comments

  • Your child has an exciting and busy year ahead of them in the sixth grade.  Your sixth grader will have added responsibilities this year, including the responsibility for taking any class work home to be finished.  Their assignment notebook will be filled in daily, requiring a teacher signature showing that it was completely filled in.  Parent signature will be required on assignment notebooks to help students be responsible with their homework.  
  • The Curriculum and 6th Grade Standards
  • I will be teaching all subjects, besides Art, PE, and Music.       
  • The following is a list of the curriculum units and standards that will be covered in each subject during the sixth grade year.    
  • Reading- All Ralston elementary schools have a reading curriculum called Storytown and will require students to read short stories or excerpts from stories, focusing on different comprehension skills, spelling, writing, and grammar.  
  • Writing- Wildewood Elementary is using a curriculum called Units of Study.  The goal of the program is to give students the strategies they need to successfully write while learning different genres.    
  • Math- In Math the students will work on multiplying and dividing whole numbers and decimals, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions, geometry, and problem solving throughout the year.  
  • Science- Since Outdoor Education occurs during the first semester, Science will start by focusing on ecosystems and biomes.  Changing and adaptations will be the next unit to follow. Then we will cover Physical science and Sound and Light.
  • Social Studies- The five themes of geography and the eight traits of culture are a large aspect of Social Studies.  The five themes are location, place, regions, interaction, and movement.  History, arts, language, religion, government, daily life, social groups, and the economy are the 8 traits of all cultures.  In addition, they will spend part of the year learning about Africa, China, and Japan.    
  • Spelling- Spelling will occur weekly, unless it is a short week.  They will have 20 words per week to study.  Mondays are reserved for pretesting.  Spelling lists will come home on Mondays so students can practice words at home.  Tuesdays through Thursdays are practice days with the spelling words.  Fridays (or Thursdays in the case of four day weeks) will be for post testing.  
  • Standard and Benchmarks for Sixth Grade Students
  • Language Arts
  • Reading traits and processes 
  • The student will: 
  •  - decipher words, symbols, and punctuation in text. 
  •  - read with fluency and expression. 
  • Reading Comprehension 
  • The student will: 
  •  - make predictions before, during, and after reading. 
  •  - identify main idea of text. 
  •  - identify literary elements. 
  •  - summarize text. 
  •  - understand level appropriate vocabulary words. 
  • -recognize the conventions and organizational framework of text. (i.e. poem, story, novel, newspaper, textbook) 
  • Writing 
  • The student will: 
  •  - understand the writing process and the six traits of writing. 
  •  - apply the six traits while writing in a variety of modes. 
  • Speaking  
  •  - speak in a variety of modes for different purposes. 
  •  -organize ideas and content to communicate effectively. 
  •  - use appropriate verbal and non-verbal behaviors to communicate effectively. 
  • Math  
  • The student will communicate number sense concepts using multiple representations to reason, solve problems, and make connections within mathematics and across disciplines.
  • The student will:
  • -represent and show relationships among positive rational numbers and integers. 
  • - demonstrate the meaning of arithmetic operations with positive fractions and decimals.
  •  - compute fluently and accurately using appropriate strategies and tools
  •  - estimate and check reasonableness of answers using appropriate strategies and tools.
  • The student will communicate geometric concepts and measurement concepts using multiple representations to reason, solve problems, and make connections within mathematics and across disciplines.
  • The student will: 
  • - compare and contrast properties among two-dimensional shapes and among three-dimensional objects. 
  • - label points using coordinate geometry. 
  • - use and describe results of transformations on geometric shapes. 
  • - use visualization of geometric models to solve problems.
  • - apply appropriate procedures, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.
  • The student will communicate algebraic concepts using multiple representations to reason, solve problems, and make connections within mathematics and across disciplines.
  • The student will: 
  • - represent, analyze, and use relationships to make generalizations. 
  • - create, use, and interpret models of quantitative relationships. 
  • - apply properties to solve equations.
  • The student will communicate data analysis/probability concepts using multiple representations to reason, solve problems, and make connections within mathematics and across disciplines.
  • The student will: 
  • - organize, display, compare, and interpret data. 
  • - construct predictions based on data. 
  • - apply basic concepts of probability. 
  • Science 
  • Life Science 
  • The student will: 
  • - develop an understanding of regulation and behavior. 
  • - develop an understanding of populations and ecosystems. 
  • - develop an understanding of diversity and adaptations of organisms. 
  • Social Studies 
  • Culture 
  • The student will: 
  • - study the common characteristics of different cultures. 
  • - analyze how the culture changes to accommodate different ideas and beliefs. 
  • - recognize the different aspects of a culture (i.e. language, religion, food). 
  • Global Connections 
  • The student will: 
  • -recognize how people's interaction with others, with places, and with 
  • environments affect global activities. 
  • - identify the 5 themes of geography. 
  • Individuals, Groups, and Institutions 
  • The student will: 
  • -recognize how institutions in various geographic regions of the world differ and 
  • how they are alike. 
  • People, Places, and Environments 
  • The student will: 
  • - understand the role of policies and technology in all three phases of production, 
  • distribution, and consumption. 
  • - describe the economic interdependence of different areas of the world. 
  • -identify the various economic systems in the regions of the world. 
  • Health 
  • Communication 
  • - demonstrate the ability to use communication skills to promote healthy lifestyles. 
  • - demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, feelings and respect of self and 
  • others. 
  • Healthy Choices  
  • The student will: 
  • -demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision-making skills to enhance 
  • health. 
  • - explain when to ask for assistance in making health-related decisions.
  • Community Health 
  • The student will: 
  • -demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health 
  • and wellness. 
  • - identify community resources that advocate for healthy individuals, families and 
  • communities. 
  • - demonstrate the ability to influence and support others in making positive health 
  • choices.
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  • Extra Information 
  • Specials Schedule for 6th grade
  • Monday: Art
  • Tuesday: P.E. and Music 
  • Wednesday: P.E
  • Thursday: P.E. and Music
  • Friday: Media
  • Friday Folders- All assignments and mail will come home on Fridays or the last day of the week.  Please look through the information and sign the Friday Folder sheet.  The Friday Folder will need to be returned to school by Monday.  
  • Birthday Treats- Students are welcome to bring birthday treats to school for their birthday.  Please include enough for the entire class.  The treats need to be bought from a store and individually wrapped.  
  • Special Events: Outdoor Education will be in October.  Students will receive information during Open House and throughout the next few months, as we get closer to October.  
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