Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.
Week 37
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to learn new vocabulary, while continuing to practice daily grammar improvement. We will focus on creating poetry for use of expression and to share with loved ones for the holiday. 
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Overview
Ch. 12: Data Displays and Measures of Center
This week we will start the last unit of this school year on statistics. We will begin with statistical questions and why we should care about statistics. Then, students will learn to describe how the data is collected and explore dot plots and frequency tables. At the end of the week, students will take a midchapter test and explore measures of center. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Recognize statistical questions
 Describe data collection
 Dot Plots and frequency table
 Measures of Center
Week 36
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to learn new vocabulary, while continuing to practice daily grammar improvement. After a long and continuous essay project, students will be reviewing the topics of that assignment and further practicing their vocabulary.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Overview
Ch. 11: Surface Area and Volume
This week we will conclude the chapter with the topic of volume of rectangular prisms. After that, students will start their geometry project. This project will last until the end of the week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Volume of Rectangular Prisms
Week 35
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to learn new vocabulary, while continuing to practice daily grammar improvement. We are also perfecting and peer reviewing our individual persuasive essays. Students will also learn about synonyms and antonyms. 
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 11: Surface Area and Volume
This week we will continue where we left off last week on surface area. Students will explore surface areas of prisms and pyramids. Then, we will conclude the week with volume of rectangular prisms. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Surface Area of Prisms
 Surface Area of Pyramids
 Fractions and Volumes
 Volume of Rectangular Prisms
Week 34
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words
Subject Words
atom, element, electron, nucleus, proton, electron cloud, atomic theory, atomic number, mass number, periodic table of elements, nonmetal, metal, metalloid, group, period, average atomic mass, chemical symbol
Synopsis
Discussion about the structure of atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, and mixtures. Discussion of the parts of the atom and about how to describe certain kinds of atoms. Introduction to the Periodic Table of Elements.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 11: Surface Area and Volume
This week we will start a new chapter on surface area and volume. This chapter we will explore surface area and volume of threedimensional figures. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Threedimensional Figures and Nets
 Explore Surface Area Using Nets
Week 33
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to work through new vocabulary, while continuing to practice daily grammar improvement. We are also focusing on creating persuasive paragraphs in order to create a final persuasive essay on uniform policy. Students will learn the layout and outline of an essay. 
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words
Subject Words
atom, element, electron, nucleus, proton, electron cloud, atomic theory, atomic number, mass number, periodic table of elements, nonmetal, metal, metalloid, group, period, average atomic mass, chemical symbol, reliable source
Synopsis
Discussion about the structure of atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, and mixtures. Discussion of the parts of the atom and about how to describe certain kinds of atoms. Introduction to the Periodic Table of Elements.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
This week we will continue finding the area of regular polygons. Then, we will explore area of composite figures. Students will have a review and take a test at the end of the week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Area of Regular Polygons
 Composite Figures
Week 32
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to review our midterm test in order to move forward as a whole. We will also spend time writing about our break time events and watching A Series of Unfortunate Events. 
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
This week we will start with more practice on area of parallelograms and triangles. This will make sure that students have mastered these figures, as they are fundamental figures in geometry. Then, they will continue the chapter with area of trapezoids. After that, students will take a midchapter test. For the rest of the week, student will learn an approach to find the area of regular polygons. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Area of Trapezoids
 Area of Regular Polygons
Review and Exam Week
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Week 26
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Continued discourse on the physical properties of volume and density, along with application. An alternative way of measuring volume will be presented. Corresponds to Unit 1.1 in class textbook (pages 6 – 17).
Featured discussion about the *real* scientific method, along with an outline of the basic thought process of experimentation.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Overview
Ch. 8 Algebra: Relationships between Variables
This week we will start with the last chapter test before midterm exam. After that we will explore chapter 9 on relationships between variables. This chapter is relatively short, so we should be able to finish it within a week. First, we will explore the distinction between independent and dependent variables. Then, we will move to present equations on table and graphing relationships. We will skip section 9.3. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Independent and Dependent Variables
 Equations and Tables
 Graph Relationships
Week 25
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
This week the students will focus on reading the class novel to practice our reading and speaking skills. We will also spend time working on verb tenses by watching helpful videos and practicing throughout the week. Lastly, the students will continue to practice grammar and punctuation skills with journal entries and DOL.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Discourses on the physical properties of volume and density, along with application. Corresponds to Unit 1.1 in class textbook (pages 6 – 17).
Overview of some basic patterns of thought used in Science with application to content covered in Unit 1.1 and to content imparted in the previous weeks. 
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 8 Algebra: Equations and Inequalities
This week students will continue solving equations involving multiplication and division. Students will take a midchapter test after that. Then, we will begin to explore the topic of inequalities. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Solve Multiplication and Division Equations
 Solutions of Inequalities
 Write Inequalities
 Graph Inequalities
Week 24
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to read an informative story about redwood trees in California while improving grammar, punctuation, and speaking skills. We will also spend time on suffixes and writing a letter to an American pen pal.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 7 Algebra: Expressions
This week we will conclude chapter 7 with a chapter test. Then, we will begin chapter 8 on equations and inequalities. This chapter emphasizes solving equations and inequalities. We will skip modeling topics (8.3 and 8.5) because of the time constrain. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Solutions of Equations
 Write Equations
 Solve Addition and Subtraction Equations
Week 23
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Continuation of a discourse on the purpose and goals of science with a discussion about what science CANNOT do.
Discussions about how and why science validates ideas using evidence. Inclass practicum geared towards learning about matter, volume, and density.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Overview
Ch. 7 Algebra: Expressions
This week we conclude chapter 7. We will now cover the application of algebra in solving problems by combining like terms. We will also revisit properties of addition and multiplication, and how to apply them to identify equivalent expressions. Students will receive a review and take the test next week. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Combine Like Terms
 Generate Equivalent Expressions
 Identify Equivalent Expressions
Week 22
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to learn new vocabulary, practice writer’s voice, understand helping verbs, and the prefixes that mean “non”. 
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Introduction to the purpose and the goals of science; a general exploration of the qualities of legitimate scientific study, of science’s influence in modernity, and of the scope and limitations of scientific research.
This is the second week of a twoweek study on the aforementioned topics.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
This week students will extend what they’ve learned about algebraic expression and evaluate them. Then, students will take a midchapter test. After that they will apply algebraic expressions in real life problems and learn about like terms and how to combine them Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Evaluate Algebraic Expressions and Formulas
 Use Algebraic Expressions
 Combine Like Terms
Week 21
Grade 6 English
Teacher Maddie Barry
The objective of this week is to introduce myself to the class and learn about each individual. We will go over rules, Teacher Vs. Students, and some teamwork building games as well as reviewing past lessons. 
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Introduction to the purpose and the goals of science; a general exploration of the qualities of legitimate scientific study, of science’s influence in modernity, and of the scope and limitations of scientific research.
This is the first week of a twoweek study on the aforementioned topics.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Overview
Ch. 7 Algebra: Expressions
This new semester students will explore the unit of algebra. This first week of the second semester, we will explore the first concept of algebra, namely expressions. We will start out with exponent, order of operations, and algebraic expressions. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:
 Exponents
 Evaluate Expressions Involving Exponents
 Write Algebraic Expressions
Review and Exam Week
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
Spelling & Vocabulary
Students will be asked to know the spelling of, and demonstrate understanding of: alibi, confidential, illuminate, phenomenon, ideal, perched, acquaintance, retrieve, optimistic, haphazardly; pigeon, cedar, entwined; unearthed, confront, thrive, refuge, pelting, stranded, recede, remorse, stymied, arduous.
Students will be asked to match words with the same ending sounds: foreign and burden; peddle and natural; beckon and veteran; usual and people.
Grammar
Students will be asked to
1) identify prepositional phrases;
2) identify and replace subject and object pronouns, and identify the antecedents;
3) identify a pronoun as either possessive, reflexive, or indefinite, and as being singular
or plural;
4) conjugate verbs.
Reading Comprehension
Students will be asked to summarize a very short story indicating what happened, settings, main characters, and a main idea.
Writing
Students will use a prompt to write two short stories using characters, setting, problem, solution, and conclusion.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Textbook
Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment,
by Holt McDougal
Unit(s) to be Examined
Unit 1: Interactions of Living Things
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words ecology, carrying capacity, limiting factor, immigration, competition,
emigration, cooperation, predator, prey, symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism,
commensalism, biome, tundra, taiga, desert, grassland, tropical, rainforest,
deciduous, temperate, coniferous, moderate, climate, precipitation,
adaptation, evergreen, savanna, permafrost, forest floor, understory, canopy,
emergent layer, biotic factor, abiotic factor, population, community,
ecosystem, biosphere, aquatic, freshwater, wetland, salinity, estuary, bog,
marsh, swamp, tide, pond, river, stream, lake, marine, saltwater,
coastal ocean, open ocean, deep ocean, coastal, intertidal zone, neritic zone,
tide, tidal pool, continental shelf, bathyal zone, abyssal zone,
bioluminescence, hydrothermal, chemosynthesis
Outline of Topics:
Unit 1, Lesson 1: Introduction to Ecology
Ability to describe how the various levels of an environment connect with each other.

• Define ecology
• List and distinguish between biotic factors and abiotic factors. Understand how biotic and
abiotic factors influence how an organism lives in its environment.
• State and describe the different levels of organization in an environment: individual,
population, community, ecosystem, biome
• List and describe the characteristics that define a biome
• Understand how an organism’s niche determines where it can live in an environment.
Unit 1, Lesson 3: Population Dynamics
Ability to describe what determines the size of a population in an environment

• Provide examples of situations that would cause a population to increase and decrease in size.
• Understand the important role that resource availability plays in influencing the size of a population; provide examples of events that would cause resource availability to increase or decrease.
• Describe how living and nonliving aspects of the environment can limit the population size through limiting resource availability.
• Provide examples of cooperation and competition amongst organisms in an environment.
Unit 1, Lesson 4: Interactions in Communities
Ability to describe how organisms interact with each other in an environment

• List examples of predator and prey adaptations that allow organisms to survive in nature.
• Describe the intrinsic relationship between the predator population and the prey population.
• Provide examples of each of the following symbiotic relationship types:
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 4 Ratios and Rates
1. Write ratios in 3 different ways
2. Use equivalent ratios to find the missing value
3. Find unit rates
4. Use unit rates to find the missing value
Ch. 5 Percents
1. Write percents as fractions and decimals
2. Write fractions and decimals as percents
3. Find the percent of a quantity
4. Find the whole from a percent
Ch. 6 Units of Measure
1. Convert units of length, capacity, weight, and mass
2. Distance, Rate, and Time Formulas
Week 18
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
The spelling words for the week are vocabulary words from previous lessons: unearthed, confront, thrive, refuge, pelting, stranded, recede, remorse, stymied, arduous
In place of the vocabulary words, students will learn English phrases they’ve read in A Series of Unfortunate Events : “keep your chin up,” “casing the joint,” “taken in confidence,” “of two minds,” “take care of”
Students will get to read Chapter 12 of A Series of Unfortunate Events for pleasure, having already learned how to summarize chapters from previous lessons.
Wednesday’s homework is to complete pages 56 and 61 in the Practice Book.
Thursday’s homework is to complete the grammar and writing worksheet.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 1: Interactions of Living Things
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems
Topics
Final Exam Preparation – Week 1
Vocabulary Words

ecology, carrying capacity, limiting factor, immigration, competition, emigration, cooperation, predator, prey, symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism, commensalism, biome, tundra, taiga, desert, grassland, tropical, rainforest, deciduous, temperate, coniferous, moderate, climate, precipitation, adaptation, evergreen, savanna, permafrost, forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer, biotic factor, abiotic factor, population, community, ecosystem, biosphere, aquatic, freshwater, wetland, salinity, estuary, bog, marsh, swamp, tide, pond, river, stream, lake, marine, saltwater, coastal ocean, open ocean, deep ocean, coastal, intertidal zone, neritic zone, tide, tidal pool, continental shelf, bathyal zone, abyssal zone, bioluminescence, hydrothermal, chemosynthesis
Synopsis
Students will begin their preparations for the final exam scheduled on the week of 21 September.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 6 Units of Measure
This week we will conclude chapter 6 with convert units of weight and mass, and distance, rate, and time formulas. Then, we will begin our math project at the end of the week.This project may continue to the review week, but we should have sufficient time to review for the final exams. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Convert Units of Weight and Mass
– Distance, Rate, and Time Formula
Week 17
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 15 in their English books.

– The spelling words for the week are vocabulary words from prior lessons: alibi, confidential, illuminate, phenomenon, ideal, perched, acquaintance, retrieve, optimistic, haphazardly
– The vocabulary words for the week are: communal, dissatisfied, demands, apparent, indebted, bliss, stationary, arduous, entwined, prudent
– Students will take notes on, and infer main ideas from, Chapter 11 of A Series of Unfortunate Events as we read together in class, then identify descriptive words and draw one setting from the chapter.
Wednesday’s homework is to complete the Chapter 11 setting worksheet.
Thursday’s homework is to complete pages 56 and 61 in the Practice Book.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 2: Aquatic Ecosystems (Marine Ecosystems)
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words marine, saltwater, coastal ocean, open ocean, deep ocean, coastal, intertidal zone, neritic zone, tide, tidal pool, continental shelf, bathyal zone, condition, abyssal zone, bioluminescence, hydrothermal, chemosynthesis
Support Words exposure, dominate, extends, consider, produce, attract
Synopsis
Students will study terminology and facts related to marine aquatic ecosystems.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 6 Units of Measure
This week we will conclude chapter 5 on percent with a chapter test. Then, we will move on to the last chapter on units of measure. Students will learn to convert units of length, capacity, weight, and mass. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Convert Units of Length
– Convert Units of Capacity
– Convert Units of Weight and Mass
Week 16
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 14 in their English books.

– The spelling words for the week are: monitor, cedar, whimper, partner, pillar, grammar, computer, consumer, burglar, error
– The vocabulary words for the week are: acquaintance, cocky, gingerly, rank, retrieve, stymied, terminal, winced
– Students will take notes on, and infer main ideas from, Chapter 10 of A Series of Unfortunate Events as we read together in class, then independently write a summary using their notes.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete the grammar worksheet.
Thursday’s homework is to complete A Series of Unfortunate Events Chapter 10 summary notes worksheet.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 2: Aquatic Ecosystems (Freshwater Ecosystems)
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words freshwater, wetland, salinity, estuary, bog, marsh, swamp, tide, pond, river, stream, lake, mixture, support, flow
Support Words mature (ad/v), immature, filter, collect, enclose, erode, erosion, excess, influence, saturate, diverse, form, resist
Synopsis
Students will continue their study of terminology and facts related to freshwater aquatic ecosystems, focusing on the characteristics of several freshwater ecosystems.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 5 Percents
This week we will conclude chapter 5 on percent. Students will learn how to find a percent of a quantity as well as finding the whole from a percent. They will also learn to solve percent reallife problems.At the end of the week, students will take a chapter test. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Percent of a Quantity
– Problem Solving: Percent
– Find the Whole from a Percent
Week 15
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 13 in their English books.

– The spelling words for the week are: captain, foreign, people, medal, peddle, natural, veteran, usual, pigeon, beckon
– The vocabulary words for the week are: disoriented, haphazardly, imperative, optimistic, premonition, recede, remorse
– Students will take notes on, and infer main ideas from, Chapter 9 of A Series of Unfortunate Events as we read together in class, then independently write a summary using their notes.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete A Series of Unfortunate Events Chapter 9 summary notes worksheet.
Thursday’s homework is to study for the spelling and vocabulary tests.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 2: Aquatic Ecosystems (Freshwater Ecosystems)
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words freshwater, wetland, salinity, estuary, bog, marsh, swamp, tide, pond, river, stream, lake, mixture, support, flow
Support Words mature (ad/v), immature, filter, collect, enclose, erode, erosion, excess, influence, saturate, diverse, form, resist
Synopsis
Students will begin their study of aquatic ecosystems, focusing on the characteristics of several freshwater ecosystems.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 5 Percents
This week we will continue our lessons on percent. Students will learn to convert percents to fractions and decimals and vice versa. At the end of the week, students will take a midchapter test. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Write Percents as Fractions and Decimals
– Write Fractions and Decimals as Percents
Week 14
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 12 in their English books.

– The spelling words for the week are: adventurous, courageous, disastrous, generous, hilarious, mysterious, nutritious, outrageous, poisonous, suspicious
– The vocabulary words for the week are: blurted, ideal, pelting, perched, slunk, stranded, wedged.
– Students will take notes on, and infer main ideas from, Chapter 8 of A Series of Unfortunate Events as we read together in class, then independently write a summary using their notes.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete A Series of Unfortunate Events Chapter 8 summary notes worksheet.
Thursday’s homework is to study for the spelling and vocabulary tests.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 1: Land Biomes
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words savanna, prairie, alpine, permafrost, dominant, forest floor, understory, canopy,emergent layer, emergent, average, layer, acidic, fertile, nutrient
Support Words biotic factor, abiotic factor, factor, population, community, ecosystem, biome, biosphere, material
Synopsis
Students will continue their study about Earth’s six major biomes.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 4: Ratios and Rates
Ch. 5 Percents
This week we will conclude our lessons on rates. Students will apply unit rates to real life situation. Then, they will extend their knowledge about unit rates and apply them to problem solving when using equivalent ratios does not work. We will take a period to review for the test, and students will take a test in the next period. Finally, students will be introduced to the topic of percents. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Find Unit Rates (continued)
– Algebra: Unit Rates
– Investigate: Model Percents
Week 13
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 11 in their English books.

– The spelling words for the week are: accessible, comprehensible, convertible, destructible, edible, invincible, capable, excitable, noticeable, wearable
– The vocabulary words for the week are: abundant, bearable, illuminate, phenomenon, refuge, thrive.
– Students will infer main ideas from Chapter 7 of A Series of Unfortunate Events as we read together in class, then independently write a summary.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete Practice Book page 46.
Thursday’s homework is to complete A Series of Unfortunate Events Chapter 7 summary worksheet.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 1: Land Biomes
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words savanna, permafrost, dominant, forest floor, understory, canopy, emergent layer, emergent, average, layer, acidic, fertile, average, nutrient
Support Words biotic factor, abiotic factor, factor, population, community, ecosystem, biome, biosphere, material
Word Parts sion, tion, ize, ex, em, imm
Synopsis
Students will continue their study about Earth’s six major biomes.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 4: Ratios and Rates
This week students will receive a review and take a midchapter test. Then, we will continue the lessons on unit rates and how to apply unit rates to problems that cannot be solved by typical ratios. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Find Unit Rates
– Algebra: Unit Rates
Week 12
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 10 in their English books.

– The spelling words for the week are: bridle, saddle, compliment, reins, veto, mangle, vital, swindle, exclude, difficult.
– The vocabulary words for the week are: confront, sheepishly, culprit, alibi, justification, concede, confidential, scandal, unearthed, vying.
– The grammar lesson this week is on prepositional phrases and a review on subordinate clauses.
– We will continue reading A Series of Unfortunate Events together as a class.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete Practice Book page 42.
Thursday’s homework is to complete Practice book page 40.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 1: Land Biomes
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words biome, tundra, taiga, desert, grassland, forest, rainforest, deciduous, temperate, coniferous, moderate, climate, precipitation, adaptation, region, evergreen
Support Words tropical, include, migrate, observe, contain, receive, organism
Word Parts uni, ern, conifer, tude, cent/i,ship, temp, dis/dif/di, pre, ous
Synopsis
Students will begin their study on the Earth’s six major land biomes by first learning the vocabulary words that they will need in order to convey successfully the subject’s essential knowledge and understandings.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 4: Ratios and Rates
This week we will begin the new unit on ratios and rates. This unit contains 3 chapters: ratios and rates, percent, and units of measure. In this chapter, first, we will explore ratios, rates, and unit rates. Then, we will extend the concept to algebra, using equivalent ratios. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Investigate: Model Ratios
– Ratios and Rates
– Equivalent Ratios and Multiplication Tables
– Problem Solving: Use Tables to Compare Ratios
Review and Exam Week
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo

Spelling & Vocabulary
Students will be asked show understanding of the difference between short vowels and long vowels with true or false questions and identification.
Students will be asked to spell and demonstrate understanding of the meanings of: shrewd, mammoth, feeble, impact, bulletin, jumble, gorgeous, awkward, bronze, climate, humane, principle, adapt, crusade, biscuit, meager, turquoise, grief, applaud, quantifiable
Students will need to know the definitions of: crestfallen, ricocheted, meandering, subtle, disbanded, replica, sage, invaluable, haywire, jest, trivial, treason, grotesque, overshadowed, rendezvous
Grammar

1. Students will need to demonstrate understanding of the following by accurately identifying: declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory sentences
2. complete subject and complete predicate; and, simple subject and simple predicate
3. compound subject and compound predicate
4. independent and dependent clauses, compound and compoundcomplex sentences, and coordinating conjunctions
5. prepositions and prepositional phrases
6. common and proper nouns
Reading Comprehension
Students will be presented with a very short story from which they will be asked to identify and define vocabulary, identify character traits, and identify the author’s purpose or the moral.
Writing
Students will be presented with two mock goal prompts and instructed to write mock journal entries. Students must state 1) whether or not the goal was accomplished, 2) what steps the individual took if the goal was accomplished, or, what steps the individual could have taken to accomplish the goal, and 3) how they think the individual feels about the outcome based on the prompt.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Textbook
Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment, by Holt McDougal
Unit(s) to be Examined
Unit 1: Interactions of Living Things
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words:
ecology, ecosystem, biotic, abiotic, species, community, habitat, biome, population,
niche, energy, producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, decomposer,
food chain, food web, carrying capacity, limiting factor, immigration, competition,
emigration, cooperation, predator, prey, symbiosis, mutualism, parasitism, commensalism
Word Parts
ful, tion, re, con/cept/ceive, im, e, migrate, co, ate, ary, er, de, al, out, ation,
ent, ic/ical, ism, ity, ment, ac/ad, bene, com, sym, sis, bio, mut, trans, in/il
Outline of Topics:
Unit 1, Lesson 1: Introduction to Ecology
Ability to describe how the various levels of an environment connect with each other.

• Define ecology
• List and distinguish between biotic factors and abiotic factors. Understand how biotic and abiotic factors influence how an organism lives in its environment.
• State and describe the different levels of organization in an environment: individual, population, community, ecosystem, biome
• List and describe the characteristics that define a biome
• Understand how an organism’s niche determines where it can live in an environment.
Unit 1, Lesson 2: Roles in Energy Transfer
Ability to describe how energy flows through an ecosystem

• Understand the differences between a producer, a consumer, and a decomposer; describe the roles that each of these organisms play in maintaining the flow of energy throughout an ecosystem
• Know how to use a food chain and food web in order to:
o Identify the predators and the prey in an ecosystem
o Describe how energy flows through organic interactions in an ecosystem.
Unit 1, Lesson 3: Population Dynamics
Ability to describe what determines the size of a population in an environment

• Provide examples of situations that would cause a population to increase and decrease in size.
• Understand the important role that resource availability plays in influencing the size of a population; provide examples of events that would cause resource availability to increase or decrease.
• Describe how living and nonliving aspects of the environment can limit the population size through limiting resource availability.
• Provide examples of cooperation and competition amongst organisms in an environment.
Unit 1, Lesson 4: Interactions in Communities
Ability to describe how organisms interact with each other in an environment

• List examples of predator and prey adaptations that allow organisms to survive in nature.
• Describe the intrinsic relationship between the predator population and the prey population.
• Provide examples of each of the following symbiotic relationship types: mutualism,commensalism, and parasitism.
• Provide examples of competition between individuals within the same species and individuals from different species.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon

Ch.1 Whole Numbers and Decimals
1. Prime Factorization
2. Least Common Multiple (LCM)
3. Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
4. Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide Decimals
Ch. 2 Fractions
1. Convert fractions to decimals. Convert decimals to fractions
2. Compare and Order Fractions and Decimals
3. Multiply and Divide Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Ch. 3 Rational Numbers
1. Understanding Positive and Negative Numbers
2. Compare and Order Integers
3. Absolute Value
4. Rational Numbers and the Coordinate Plane
5. Ordered Pair Relationships
6. Distance on the Coordinate Plane
Week 9
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 9 in their English books. We will continue reading the book, A Series of Unfortunate Events together as a class. The spelling words for the week are words that are easily confused: adapt, adopt, devise, devises, incite, insight, precede, proceed, principal, principle. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: altitude, equipped, extent, hampered, overshadowed, rely, reserve.
Tuesday’s homework is to finish reading Chapter 3 in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and complete the question on the handout.
Thursday’s homework is to complete page 38 in the Practice Book.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 2: Earth’s Biomes and Ecosystems / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 1: Land Biomes
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words biome, tundra, taiga, coniferous tree, desert, grassland, deciduous tree
Word Parts uni, ern, conifer, tude, cent/i,ship, temp, dis/dif/di, pre
Derived Words unique, northern, coniferous, latitude/longitude, centimeter, relationship, precipitation, temperature, and others…
Synopsis
Teachers will facilitate the students’ independent study of Earth’s terrestrial biomes. This subject is detailed in Unit 2, Lesson 1 in the Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment interactive student textbook. Throughout the week, students will receive several handouts that will support and reinforce their understanding of the content
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 3: Rational Numbers
This week, we will conclude chapter 3 on ordered pair relationships and distance on the coordinate plane. After this, students will do a “Figure Me Out” project. This project will allow students to review what they have learned so far in this semester and to use their creativity to make a miniposter. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Ordered Pair Relationships
– Distance on the Coordinate Plane
– Figure Me Out Project
Week 8
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 8 in their practice books. We will continue reading the book A Series of Unfortunate Events together as a class. The spelling words for the week are report, major, future, climate, humane, crusade, vital, foresight, outlandish, persistent. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: plea, intercept, seeped, diagnosed, rendezvous, lethal, devoured.
Tuesday’s homework is to finished reading Chapter 2 in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and complete the character worksheet.
Thursday’s homework is to complete page 31 in the Practice Book.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 1: Interactions with Living Things / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 4: Interactions in Communities (Review)
Unit 1 Review
Groupbased Research Projects
Vocabulary Words

Subject Words None
Word Parts ful, tion, re, con/cept/ceive, im, e, migrate, co, ate, ary, er, de, al, out
Derived Words review, receive, concept, immigrate, emigrate, cooperation, reproduce, outcompete, and others
Synopsis
Students will work together in groups to review all the important information covered in Unit 1 in early preparation for the Midterm Exam.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 3: Rational Numbers
This week, we will continue the last half of chapter 3. Students will be introduced to the concept of absolute values and how to compare numbers with absolute values. Then, we will shift to the topic of ordered pairs and coordinate plane with rational numbers.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Absolute Values
– Compare Absolute Values
– Rational Number and the Coordinate Plane
– Distance on the Coordinate Plane
Week 7
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 7 in their practice books. We will continue reading the book A Series of Unfortunate Events together as a class. The spelling words for the week are mammoth, emphasize, pattern, bulletin, splendid, dessert, impact, muscle, jealous, curious. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: convince, defeatist, disown, grotesque, ordinary, rejected, suit, treason.
Tuesday’s homework is Fluency Practice on page 27 in the student practice book.
Thursday’s homework is to finish reading Chapter 2 in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and complete the character worksheet by choosing and drawing one new scene or character using descriptions from the book.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Unit/Course
Unit 1: Interactions with Living Things / Ecology
Topics
Lesson 3: Population Dynamics (Final Assessment)
Lesson 4: Interactions in Communities (Study)
Vocabulary Words
 Subject Words mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, competition, predator, prey, symbiosis
Word Parts ation, ent, ic/ical, ism, ity, ment, ac/ad, bene, com, sym, sis, bio, mut, trans, in/il
Derived Words adaptation, different, chemical, organism, beneficial, communicate, environment, and mutual, transfer, and others
Synopsis
After a brief assessment activity based on what we covered in Lesson 3, we will start discussion about the interactions that take place between all the organisms in a community. This is covered in Lesson 4 of the Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment Interactive Textbook. Students will be able to “predict the effects of different interactions in communities.”
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 3: Rational Numbers
This week, we will introduce the topic of rational numbers. Students will learn about rational numbers, compare and order them. This will mark the middle of the chapter, and students will take a midchapter test. After this, we will explore absolute values.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Rational Number and the Number Line
– Compare and Order Rational Numbers
– Absolute Values
Week 6
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 6 in their practice books. We will start reading the book A Series of Unfortunate Events together as a class. The spelling words for the week focus on words with multiple syllables in which the ending syllable contains a consonant letter + “le”, and are as follows: assemble, crinkle, brittle, feeble, freckle, honeysuckle, jumble, quadruple, quantifiable, vehicle. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: fused, haywire, immobile, intonation, jest, rickety, rife, sinuous, supple, trivial.
Tuesday’s homework is Fluency Practice on page 23 in the student practice book.
Thursday’s homework is to finish reading Chapter 1 in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and complete the illustration worksheet by choosing and drawing one scene or one character using descriptions from the book.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words: predator, prey, symbiosis, mutualism, commensalism, parasitism, competition, and others as needed.
Synopsis: We start discussion about the interactions that take place between all the organisms in a community, covered in Lesson 4 of the Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment Interactive Textbook. Students will be able to “predict the effects of different interactions in communities.”
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 2 Fractions
Ch. 3: Rational Numbers
This week, we will conclude chapter 2 with divide mixed numbers. After ending the chapter, students will do a scavenger hunt activity as a part of the assessment instead of taking a test. Then, students will begin the next chapter on rational numbers.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Divide Mixed Numbers
– Understand Positive and Negative Numbers
– Compare and Order Integers
– Rational Number and the Number Line
Week 5
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 5 in their practice books and textbooks. The spelling words for the week focus on vowel sounds using two letters, and are as follows: grief, feared, proclaimed, decried, cawing, pound, applaud, replied, circuitous, gorgeous. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: intimidating, calamity, composure, quandary, trepidation, hindrance, sage, invaluable, steadfast, surpassed. Students will also be encouraged to think critically when reading the story “My Song.”
Tuesday’s homework is Fluency Practice #38 on page 19 in the student practice book.
Thursday’s homework is to complete page 21 (Grammar) in the student practice book.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words: food chain, food web, carrying capacity, competition, limiting factor, cooperation and others as needed
Synopsis: We start discussion of Population Dynamics, covered in Lesson 3 in the Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment Interactive Textbook. Students will learn about “how population size changes in response to environmental factors and interactions between organisms,” and will perform interactive activities to demonstrate this understanding.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 2 Fractions
This week, we will continue multiplying fractions, but this time we will simplify the fractions before we multiply them. This will mark the middle of the chapter, and students will take a midchapter test on the first half of the chapter. Then, we will explore fraction divisions. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Simplifying Fractions
– Divide Fractions
– Divide Mixed Numbers
Week 4
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 3 from the English textbook Bold Moves. The spelling words for the week focus on variant vowel sounds and diphthongs, and are as follows: awesome, awkward, corduroy, drowsy, enough, faulty, launch, shrewd, turquoise, withdrawn. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: astounding, disbanded, exerts, replica, rigged, schemes, stabilized. Students will also be encouraged to think critically when reading the story “Tom Adams and Santa Anna.”
Tuesday’s homework will be an inclass assignment on Wednesday because of the shortened week: Fluency Practice on page 11 in the student workbook.
Thursday’s homework is to complete Grammar on page 12 in the workbook.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words: food chain, food web, and others as needed
Synopsis: We will be continuing our coverage of the content found in Lesson 2 of the Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment textbook. Students will continue to study how energy is transferred between organisms in an environment through studying food chains and food webs. At the end of the week, they will be introduced to the process of finding credible, online research in preparation for a groupbased project that will be presented near the end of Unit 1.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch. 2 Fractions
This week, we will begin chapter 2 with the relationship between fractions and decimals. Students will learn to convert between fractions and decimals as well as comparing them. Then, they will learn to multiply and simplify fractions. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Fractions and Decimals
– Compare and Order Fractions and Decimals
– Multiplying Fractions
– Simplifying Fractions
Week 3
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 2 from the English textbook Bold Moves. The spelling words for the week focus on long vowel sounds, and are as follows: breathe, entertain, tomorrow, approach, stride, ricocheted, eclipse, meager, loath, collaborate. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: emerged, frolicked, hovered, inquire, meandering, subtle, survey, tormented. Students will also be encouraged to think critically when completing their weekly journal assignment.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete Fluency Practice on page 7 in the student workbook: circle the vocabulary words, and write the definitions under the sentences where they are found. Practice speaking each work aloud to a sibling, parent or friend.
Thursday’s homework is to complete Grammar on page 8 in the workbook.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words: producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, food chain, food web, and others as needed
Synopsis: Students will study the roles in the transfer of energy between organisms in and across ecosystems, found in Lesson 2 of the Science Fusion: Ecology and the Environment textbook. At the end of the week, they will be introduced to the process of finding credible, online research in preparation for a groupbased project that will be presented near the end of Unit 1.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch.1 Whole Numbers and Decimals
Ch. 2 Fractions
This week, we will conclude decimal operations with division, both dividing decimals by whole numbers and by decimals. This will mark the end of chapter 1. Therefore, students will take a chapter test. Then, we will begin the new chapter on fractions.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Divide Decimals by Whole Numbers
– Divide with Decimals
– Fractions and Decimals
Week 2
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
This week, students will be working on Lesson 1 from the English textbook Bold Moves. The spelling words for the week focus on short vowel sounds, and are as follows: absences, album, bronze, biscuit, cabinet, glimpse, feather, publish, rapid, solve. New vocabulary words the students will be learning are: crestfallen, ecstatic, hysterical, incapacitated, lamented, mirth, perishable, ricocheted.
Tuesday’s homework is to complete pages 10 and 11 in the textbook.
Thursday’s homework is to complete 610 on the grammar worksheet.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words: population, species, community, ecosystem, biome, habitat, niche, producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore…
Synopsis: This week, students will learn about the various levels by which all natural environments are organized, and will understand how each population’s niche ensures that an ecosystem remains in balance. In addition, students will also review what producers and consumers do in an environment and how their activities circulate energy and matter.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch.1 Whole Numbers and Decimals
This week students will learn about greatest common factor (GCF) and how to apply them. After that students will take the first midchapter test. Then, we will explore decimal operations, namely addition, subtraction, and multiplication.Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Greatest Common Factor
– Apply the Greatest Common Factor
– Add and Subtract Decimals
– Multiply Decimals
Week 1
Grade 6 English
Teacher Daniel Notargiacomo
In our first week students will get comfortable speaking English by engaging in fun activities and presenting information to the class. Students will learn names and interesting facts about classmates. Students will be introduced to teachers and classroom rules.
Grade 6 Science
Teacher Darrius Serrant
Vocabulary Words: ecology, biotic factor, abiotic factor, population, species, community, ecosystem, biome, habitat, niche
Synopsis: Welcome to Grade 6 Science! We commence instruction this week on Ecology, the study of how organisms (plants and animals) interact with each other in an environment. The goal for this week is to get students to begin to grasp the influences (both big and small) that all living and nonliving things have on everything that surrounds us.
Grade 6 Math
Teacher Nikon Chaocharoenpon
Ch.1 Whole Numbers and Decimals
This is the first week of school year. First, we will establish class communication. This includes getting to know each other, introducing classroom rules, Q & As, and taking a math skill test. Then, we will explore/review division and multiplication skills as well as the concept of factor and multiples. Students will learn, explore, and apply the followings:

– Divide MultiDigit Numbers
– Prime Factorization
– Least Common Multiple
– Greatest Common Factor