Mr. Kopp's Sixth Grade Classroom
Welcome to Mr. Kopp's 6th Grade Class! In 2020-2021 I will be teaching Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Advisory.
Science Units of Study:
- The Scientific Method
- Weather, Climate, and Human Influence
- Shaping the Earth
Social Studies Units of Study:
- Maps, Timelines, and Common Themes of Societies
- Hunter-Gatherers and the Agricultural Revolution
- Ancient Mesopotamia
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Egypt
- Early Greek and Roman Civilizations
- Early Chinese Civilizations
A note on homework:
Independent Reading - Research has repeatedly shown that there is a powerful correlation between reading ability and overall academic achievement, and that strong literacy skills are associated with higher levels of self-esteem. In other words, students who spend time reading books at their instructional levels* are more likely to be successful in all academic subjects and have greater self-confidence. Consequently, students are expected to read for at least twenty minutes four days a week.*How can I tell if a book is at my child’s instructional reading level (i.e. not too hard or too easy)?
Have your child read a page out loud and hold up a finger for each word she or he doesn’t know. If there are five or more errors, then help your child find a book that is easier, and repeat the process to confirm that it’s a better fit. For more information, see http://www.readingrockets.org/article/selecting-books-your-child-finding-just-right-books
Science and Social Studies- Science and Social Studies homework will typically consist of any classwork that isn't finished during the regular school day. Assignments will be posted on the respective Google Classrooms, which are accessible via students' school Google accounts.
Homework and Adult Support - I encourage guardians to check in with students on their homework, but please do not do it for them, as this will make it more difficult for me to determine your child’s strengths and challenges and plan instruction accordingly. Instead, ask your student to explain what they know about a problem and, if they are struggling, offer suggestions to guide them.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions,comments, or concerns.