Ms. Kirk's 6th grade classes

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!

Advisory students:  Please scroll to the bottom of this page to see how you sign up for Raise Craze.

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

                             IMPORTANT DATES

Quarter 4

  • April 10th: Fourth Quarter begins
  • April 17th - 19th: 6th gr. Environmental camping trip (St. Croix camp)
  • May 22nd: Journey to the Falls 6th gr. field trip
  • May 29th: Memorial Day holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • June 14th: Last student day
  • June 14th:   Middle School students to ValleyFair

                           

                                TO ACCESS YOUR GRADES:

  • STUDENT PORTAL: CLICK HERE to access your grades. 
  • PARENT PORTAL: CLICK HERE to access the Parent Portal.

 

                                     Ms. Kirk’s daily schedule

   

 9:40 am – 10:02 am         Advisory                                      

Period 1

10:05 am – 10:57 am       Minnesota Studies

Period 2

11:00 am – 11:52 am       Prep

Period 3

11:55 am – 12:47 pm       Minnesota Studies

 

12:50 pm – 1:25 pm         Lunch/Recess

Period 4

1:28 pm – 2:18 pm           Science

Period 5

2:21 pm – 3:14 pm           Science

Period 6     

3:17 pm -  4:10 pm           Science      

 

ADVISORY

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. 

SCIENCE

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.  

Supplies

  • 3-ring binder with paper
  • pockets that fit inside a 3-ring notebook
  • Agenda book
  • Pencil bag with pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, colored pencils, highlighter
  • USB flash drive *Optional, but not required

SOCIAL STUDIES

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.

Supplies

  • 3-ring binder and 5 dividers
  • Bring pencils and a manual sharpener daily!
  • Lloose leaf paper
  • Colored pencils for map work
  • a highlighter for note taking
  • USB flash drive *Optional but highly recommended

 

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