Dear 6th Grade Parents and Students,
Welcome to 6th Grade Social Studies! I am very excited to have you in my class this year. Sixth grade will be a fun-filled adventure in learning.
Our text book is World Cultures and Geography, published by McDougal Littell. This text book offers a visual approach that motivates students to gain a greater appreciation of the diversity of people around the world. Connections will be made between geography and current events. Students see geography as more relevant when they see how it connects to the other subjects they are studying. We will be making numerous cross curricular connections that show how geography and culture relate to literature, art, science, math and other subjects. Special emphasis will be placed on critical thinking, content-area reading and map skills in order to provide continual social studies skill development.
The sixth graders will keep all notes and handouts in the social studies binder, which I will collect and grade on test days. Each day we will do two Daily Oral Geography (D.O.G.) questions, which will be done in a spiral notebook. I will collect and grade these periodically, as well.
Grading for Social Studies is as follows: tests count as three grades, quizzes and projects count as two grades, and classwork counts as one grade. There are two ways to earn extra credit in Social Studies: 1. Weekly "Where in the World?" question/s and 2. Friday D.O.G. puzzles/brainteasers.
To further assist you in exploring what we are learning in Social Studies, I have created a web page called 6th Grade Social Studies Resources. You can reach it through the homework page on School Notes or through Mrs. Fucoloro’s Web Site. Check it out!
Social Studies Classroom Procedures: Students are expected to be respectful of others, their property, and their ideas at all times. I will be using the calendar, along with the other teachers who come in contact with you during the day. The following procedures will ensure that we have a strong learning environment and successful year.
Drink/Bathroom Breaks: Students must use a hall pass when getting a drink or using the restroom.
1. Take the pass and put it on your desk
2. When you return, come in quietly, put the pass back, and check to see if you’ve missed any assignments or instructions
Answer written questions in complete sentences: I will be grading activities, quizzes and tests. This may seem obvious, but sometimes we forget that the person reading our papers may not know who or what we are talking about even though it seems clear to us. To avoid this problem, students should:
1. Restate or rephrase the question in your answer so that your audience knows exactly what you are referring too. For example, when responding to the question, “How old is Michael?” a correct answer would be, “Michael is 12 years old.” This is a more complete and clear answer than, “Twelve.” Or “He is 12.”
2. Always remember to proofread for correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
Homework: You are responsible for writing down assignments in the various classrooms you visit. However, each teacher will maintain her own subject--area homework page which will be posted at: www.schoolnotes.com
Absences: If you are absent for a day, go home early or miss part of a class, it is important that you make up all work that you missed. To do this you need to follow certain procedures:
1. If you are absent for the entire day, your homework will be recorded and appropriate books and supplies will be left on the homework table outside the office, unless we are otherwise notified
2. If you leave class early, you need to talk to me and find out what you will miss so that you can take those books home and complete the assignments
3. If you miss class for Mass practice, visit to the nurse, etc., you need to check with me
4. You may always check the homework page at: www.schoolnotes.com
Sixth Grade Social Studies should be quite a journey. There is a lot to do and learn. If you have any questions, please contact me. I check my voice-mail daily, and I check my e-mail continuously throughout the day. I am looking forward to working with you this year.
Mrs. Debbie Fucoloro
Date Last Updated 11/28/2007