“Learning Today…Leading Tomorrow”


    6th Grade Math and Science Course Syllabus 2019-2020

    Ms. Berry

    Course Descriptions:


    In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. 


    Course Outline (Math):



    Time Length

    Unit 1

    Number System Fluency

    5 weeks

    Unit 2

    Rate, Ratio and Proportional Reasoning Using Equivalent Fractions

    4 weeks

    Unit 3


    5 weeks

    Unit 4

    One-Step Equations and Inequalities

    5 weeks

    Unit 5

    Area and Volume

    5 weeks

    Unit 6


    5 weeks

    Unit 7

    Rational Explorations: Numbers and their Opposites

    4 weeks

    Unit 8

    Show What We Know

    4 weeks



    We will cover five main branches of Earth science throughout the year, which include astronomy (the study of space), hydrology (the study of water), meteorology (the study for the atmosphere), geology (the study of the Earth’s surface), and energy.  The five branches will be covered in eight units, which are listed below.  Each unit will vary in length and will prepare your student for the end-of-the-year assessment. 

    Unit 1: Exploring Earth                                      

    Unit 2: Geologic Changes                                                                  

    Unit 3: Weather & Climate                                                               

    Unit 4: Water & other resources

    Unit 5: Exploring the Universe       


    Grading Policy:


    Summative Assessments

    (Tests)                                    30%

    Unit Tests (7 total for year)

    Chapter Tests (16 total for year)



    Formative Assessments

    (Primary classwork)






    Article Assignments






    Other                                      10%

    iReady Lessons






    50% (Test(s), Lab Experiments, Projects)

    40% Journal Entries/Vocabulary Activities, Interactive Notebook

    10% Homework

    Course Materials

    No. 2 Pencils       

    Pens (Blue/Black)              

    1” Binder          

    Notebook Paper  

    Folders with prongs     

    (2)Composition Books       

    Colored Pencils    

    Ear Buds    



    Assignments and Absences

    Students will receive a variety of assignments designed to enhance their learning.  If a student is absent, the student is responsible for the missed assignment.  Students who have an excused absence will be allowed five days to turn in the missed assignment.  No work will be accepted after five days.  If absent on a day a project or article review is due, the project or article is to be turned in upon returning from the excused absence.


    The overarching expectation in this class is RESPECT: respect yourself, respect for other students, respect for the teacher/or any individual in authority and respect any guests that may enter our class.

    1. Have the “I can do it” attitude!
    2. Remain SEATED and PREPARED at all times.
    3. Bring ALL materials to class DAILY.
    4. ALL work must be done in PENCIL (math only).
    5. Adhere to all policies, rules, and regulations outlined in the Richmond County and Hephzibah Middle student handbook.


    1. Student-Teacher Conferences
    2. Verbal Warning
    3. Call Parents/ Guardian
    4. Parent Conference
    5. Referral to Administration

    Classroom Management:

    In our class, students will be required to demonstrate positive behavior during class. Students who display disruptive behavior will receive team/school consequences. Students who consistently show appropriate behavior will be positively rewarded with praise, positive note sent home, small rewards and other special privileges. On the other hand, students who demonstrate distracting, disruptive, or disobedient behavior will have consequences.

    Contact Information

                I can be reached one of three ways:

                Phone: 706-592-4534

                Email: berryja@boe.richmond.k12.ga.us

                Remind:  Text @msberryhms to 81010


    Student Signature:________________________________    Date:_____________


    Parent Signature:_________________________________    Date:_____________ The above signatures acknowledge that (student and parent) are in agreement with the information covered in this syllabus.

    *****Conferences are made through the guidance and or front office*****