New this year in 6th grade, we are taking a more interdisciplinary approach to our literacy and language arts. Our social literacy class combines reading and social studies as well as writing, Spanish, science, and more. We use the Reader's Workshop model of teaching a read aloud mini-lesson on a reading/literacy skill and then breaking off into centers such as applying the mini-lesson skills to independent reading books, tackling word work, listening to a shared reading text, and responding to our reading. Social studies skills and standards are weaved into the work we do with novels, read alouds, and other texts.
Our work is based off the Connecticut Core Standards for Language Art/Literacy, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, & Technical Subjects. You can access the full set of standards here.
Sixth grade science at Ashford School focuses on earth and space from Earth's place in the universe to Earth's systems to Earth and human activity. We will ask questions, investigate problems, practice the engineering design process, model our thinking and understanding, and collaborate to better comprehend our world. Students will create an Interactive Notebook to record their learning through the year.
Our science curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards; you can view them here.