GREETINGS FROM MS. KIRK!
Are you ready for the 2016-17 school year? I hope so, because we're going to learn so much this year!
Follow this link to my 6th grade Social Studies page.
Follow this link to my 6th grade Science page.
My e-mail is: Kim.Kirk@mpls.k12.mn.us
TO ACCESS YOUR GRADES:
Ms. Kirk’s daily schedule
9:40 am – 10:02 am Advisory
10:05 am – 10:57 am Minnesota Studies
11:00 am – 11:52 am Prep
11:55 am – 12:47 pm Minnesota Studies
12:50 pm – 1:25 pm Lunch/Recess
1:28 pm – 2:18 pm Science
2:21 pm – 3:14 pm Science
3:17 pm - 4:10 pm Science
Advisory is sometimes referred to as "Homeroom" in Middle School. It is a 21 minutes class first thing in the morning. Lessons and activities are built around "Engagement and Community Building".
It is the place where students will get any communications from school. If your child has me for their Advisory, I will be their "go to" teacher for any questions or concerns they have.
I will also be the teacher that will be having parent conferences with my Advisory students and parents. Even if I don't have your child for any of the academic subjects, I will still be the teacher doing the parent conference.
We will begin the year with looking at the practice of science and engineering. We will compare and contrast the problem-solving strategies of scientists and engineers. We will also start using some of the science measuring equipment that we will need throughout middle school. As we begin using those tools, we will also practice using the metric system.
The next unit explores the world of engineering by looking at the processes involved in designing and evaluating various products and systems. We also are introduced to Newton’s three laws of motion, types of energy transfers, and various forces that affect our world.
The third unit delves into sound and light wave energy to help understand how we see and hear. We will look at properties of sound and light waves, and learn how energy is transferred through those waves. We will also determine properties of lenses and how those properties apply to our own vision. An introduction to the electromagnetic spectrum will conclude this unit.
The concluding unit is on Structure and the Function of living systems. We will determine characteristics of all living organisms and use microscopes to help explore the micro-world.
Welcome to Sixth Grade Social Studies! This year we will embark on an exploration of Minnesota, beginning with the early history of the Upper Mississippi region, to life in Minnesota through the post WWII years. This year we will learn about the Ojibwe and Dakota who lived in this area, and the history of European settlment and figures such as Henry Sibley and Alexander Ramsey, who shaped our first state government. In the spring, we will research and write reports on Minnesota historical sites.
In addition to Minnesota history, in keeping with the new Minnesota Social Studies Standards, there will be an emphasis on economics and citizenship & government threaded throughout the curriculum. Because this is a Presidential election year, we will be having respectful discussions about this topic. Class work will involve historical research and analysis, technology tools, individual and group presentations, discussions, projects, current events, tests and quizzes. Each unit will include a summative assessment or final project. I look forward to a rich year of learning with you.
I come from a family of educators. My father is a retired college professor, my mother was a high school English and Spanish teacher and my younger sister is the director of an English-speaking school in Sweden.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota, I promptly headed to Texas where I taught for six years. While working for MPS, I've been fortunate to have had a variety of great education positions. I've been a classroom teacher, Resource teacher, a Teacher Mentor, and the Gifted & Talented instructor at both Lower and Upper campuses. This will be my fourth year of teaching sixth grade at LHCS. I received my Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas in Curriculum and Instruction.
During my free time I love traveling, playing tennis, reading and finding obscure coffee shops. A few summers ago, I started making homemade bread - something that is challenging and humbling at the same time!
This summer I went to Yellowstone with my family and we had an amazing time. We even saw a mama grizzly with her cub that was about 20 feet from our car - talk about exciting! I'll be posting pictures of my trip from time to time.
I’m looking forward to an exciting year at Lake Harriet!