Welcome to SIXTH GRADE!Grade Sixers Ten Keys to Success: (please read)1)The smartest people ALWAYS ask questions!If you don’t understand something, ask someone to help you. Ask your teacher, ask a parent, ask your (older) brother or sister. What you don’t ask, you might never know! Even the silliest question is important if you don’t know the answer.2)T.E.A.M= TOGETHER EVERYONE ACHIEVES MORE!Being on a team means working together! If you can not work together and you spend your time arguing that will be RUINOUS to completing tough tasks! “Even 4 mules understand the importance of teamwork. If they don’t all pull a heavy load in the same direction, and they decide to each pull the load in their own direction, the hay ain’t goin’ anywhere.” Ace Barnes3)Listen as well as you hear!Take the time to listen to the speaker by looking directly at the person speaking, establishing eye contact, register what the speaker has just said by giving them a positive remark, a smile, a polite nod of the head. Remember we HEAR sound, we LISTEN when someone is speaking.4)MANNERS MAKETH- Say please, say thank you, be polite at all times! If you had just read a set of directions would you rather hear, “What were the directions?” or, “Excuse me, could you repeat the directions please.” Always remember to thank a person for helping you even if it is the smallest of ways. “One of the few things worth leaving behind is a good impression.” Cowboy wisdom5)READ THE DIRECTIONS COMPLETELY BEFORE STARTING! How many times have we all made mistakes because we did not take the time to read EACH of the steps in a set of directions?6)DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES! As the singer Billy Joel says, “Mistakes are one of the few things you can truly call your own.”Use a mistake as an opportunity to learn. A mistake is never a mistake unless it happens again. Albert Einstein says, “Any one who has never made any mistakes has never tried anything new.”“Fail Forward.”-Motto of Stanford Business Entrepreneurs7)BE POSITIVE!It takes more muscles in your face to make a frown than a smile! Why is it so EASY to say something unkind and so HARD to say something kind? It should be the other way around! Even when you disagree with a member of your team or group, do so in a nice way. Nobody likes to be told their idea is stupid. Do you smile at people when they are talking to you? If you were being recorded on how you work in a group would it show you being kind to people? I hope so!“Kind words will unlock an iron door.” –Turkish Proverb8)100%, 100% OF THE TIME Give anything you do only your best shot! You will never be disappointed with yourself if you try your best. Even if you make mistakes along the way don’t get to where you want to go, you can feel very good about the effort you have made. Imagine when every person on the team is doing their best at the same time- As Dr. Seuss says, “You will move mountains!”9)SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS- If you have something to say, say it! You could have the one idea that works. If you are afraid to share your idea because others might think it is silly, then we will all never know if the idea you had might have worked. Being on a team means sharing your ideas with others, not keeping your ideas to yourself. Being on a team also means giving others the chance to share their ideas by listening and encouraging them to talk. Never forget this!10)HAVE FUN!If you are not having fun or making millions of dollars, why are you here?Want to help stamp out World Hunger and keep your brains sharp this summer? Go to: www.freerice.com and see how many grains of rice you can earn. It is a cool website and has many different subjects you can challenge yourself with. Try some of the level 57 vocabulary and see if you can help me learn some of the words! Thanks! Mr. G. PS- remember that Ouagadougo is the capital of Burkina-FasoObjectives:1) To understand the connections between past civilizations and the world we live in today.2) To understand and apply the Elements of a Civilization to study each of our different civilizations.3) To understand and apply the idea that geography influences how people live.4) To develop critical thinking skills by reading and applying information found on maps, charts, graphs, timelines, diagrams, and manuscripts.5) To develop content reading skills so students can organize, understand, and apply their textbook to foster their specific knowledge of subjects being taught.6) To develop content writing skills so students can write factually and clearly within the Social Studies curriculum while aligning to the writing objectives being taught in ILA.7) To culminate each study of a civilization with a special "hands on" learning activity.
8) Character education- study the strong moral character and assessment of how "rugged individualists" and other great figures throughout US and World History triumphed over great adversity.