How? Visit a library or book store together and ask the librarian or bookseller to recommend young adult books, such as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. To find more books for your child to read, visit Invite your child to participate in an adult gathering, such as a meal with friends, to practice listening skills and making conversation. Encourage your child to learn at the library or on the Internet what life in your community was like 100 years ago. Have your child write a story, poem, or play about that time. MATHEMATICS Look for "word problems" in real life. Some 6th grade examples might include: Determining the average speed of a family trip, based on the distance traveled and the time taken; or estimating the time that a trip will take, given the distance and an estimate of the average speed. (Examples can also come from the news - for example, a swimmer crossing the English Channel or a space probe traveling to another planet.) Finding the surface area of the walls and ceiling in a room to determine the cost of painting the room
15 | P a g e Grade 6 Curriculum Guide June 2013 CONTENT STANDARDS The specific elements of content and the processes with which these elements can be addressed are outlined in the standards below. Each set of standards lists what the student will know and be able to do in the Standards section. The Assessments section lists the evidence outcome that will be assessed to assure that students have an understanding of the content. Some content areas also list Process standards that outline how the students need to be working on the content. Examples of Process standards in science require that students are asked to think and work like scientists, mathematicians or engineers. This means that they will hypothesize, test, model, gather data, research and make conclusions based upon their explorations and tests. Another example is that students are required to think as writers. This means that they plan, draft, edit, re-edit and write in many different formats [ex. argumentative, informative, narrative, technical, etc.]. ENGLISHLANGUAGE and LITERATURE These Standards set requirements in literacy not only for English Language Arts (ELA) but also for literacy in social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and understandings that endure and develop over the years of schooling to assure required readiness for college and career in multiple disciplines. 1. Reading Literature These standards focus instruction for each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. There is a strong cultural component to this standard and it must be ensured that students also have access to local cultural literary sources.
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