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Mr. Burke’s Curriculum Night. 2010-2011 ELA / Social Studies. Mr. Burke. Contact Information burketom@wantaghschools.org 516-679-6490 ext. 326. Be Prepared. Your child needs to have these materials in class every day. Binder with supply of loose leaf paper and folders Writing utensils

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Mr. Burke’s Curriculum Night

2010-2011

ELA / Social Studies


Mr. Burke

  • Contact Information

    • burketom@wantaghschools.org

    • 516-679-6490 ext. 326


Be Prepared

  • Your child needs to have these materials in class every day.

    • Binder with supply of loose leaf paper and folders

    • Writing utensils

    • Agenda

    • Textbooks

  • Be ready when the bell rings!


Backpacks

  • Your child is assigned a cubby so he/she can store textbooks when they are not needed.

  • There is no need to carry all of the books.


Homework

  • Students are expected to complete homework assignments daily (Mon. – Thurs.)

  • Occasionally, weekend homework may be given.

  • Everybody starts off with a 100 homework grade.

  • Incomplete or missing homework will result in a reduction of the homework grade.

    • 2 points for each missed homework.

    • Lack of preparation will also result in a deduction of the homework grade.

  • At the end of the semester, the homework grade will be used as a quiz grade.


Grades

  • Quarterly grades will be based on tests, quizzes, homework and projects.

  • Tests count twice, quizzes count once.


Extra Help

  • Extra help sessions will be held after school from 3:05 – 3:35 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

  • If your child would like to come to extra help, please let me know.

  • Extra help is a time when questions for clarification can be asked.


Absences and Lateness

  • Your child has a homework buddy.

  • If for any reason your child misses class, he/she should call that homework buddy to find out what they missed.

  • It is your child’s responsibility to make sure all notes are completed.

  • If your child arrives late to class, he/she will have to get a late pass from the office or the teacher that kept him/her.


Class Rules

  • Show respect for yourself and others.

  • Be prepared and involved in class.

  • Every student has the right to learn.

  • Do not abuse the privilege of leaving the room for the bathroom.

  • Food, drinks (other than water bottles), candy and gum are not permitted in the classroom.


Upcoming Events

  • Refer to monthly calendar for upcoming events.

  • Our first book report is due Monday,

  • Trip to Caumsett State Park is Wednesday

    • We are planning three trips this year.

    • More information will follow.


ELA Curriculum

  • This year, the sixth graders will prepare for their ELA test in May.


Reading

  • We will be reading several different novels to improve our comprehension skills.

    • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

    • Tuck Everlasting

    • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil e. Frankweiler

    • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths


Writing

  • An emphasis will be placed on process writing as well as ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and presentation.

  • Modeling of excellent writing and author studies will enhance student awareness and allow for creativity and risk taking.

  • We will also work on improving our grammar and editing skills through our written pieces.


Listening and Speaking

  • Listening / Speaking – Several times throughout the year, your child will be given the opportunity to verbally present to the class. A critique sheet with suggestions and / or comments will be given after each verbal presentation in order to make your child aware of areas that need improvement and areas that are successful.


Social Studies Curriculum

  • The focus of our study is World History.

  • We will use a combination of two text books.

    • Eastern Hemisphere

    • The World

  • Your students will use notes from the Power Point Presentation to understand the given lesson.

  • We will also be utilizing the Smart Board this year to enhance our curriculum.


Note Taking

  • Students will view good note, through the power point presentations, and begin to develop strategies that will help them take notes on their own.

  • The importance of note taking will strongly be emphasized.


Writing

  • Our Social Studies curriculum allows us to blend writing into our study.

  • There will be many chances for students to combine the subjects of writing and history.


Skills Based Learning

  • Our Skills Based Learning class will target ELA skills.

  • Reading and writing skills will be addressed here.

  • It allows us to work closely with the students on the skills they will need to reach success. This is a pass or fail course.

  • Read About – This program will concentrate on non – fiction pieces of literature. It will work to both support and enrich nonfiction reading skills.


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