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 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