Attn: 6th grade teachers

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  1. Teacher Chele

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    I am a 5th grade teacher and I want to know what some of your expectations are for your incoming 6th graders. In our district, 5th is in the end of elem. and in 6th they go to middle school. I want to get some ideas of what they should be prepared for.
    Thanks, y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  3. kidatheart

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    Please make sure they know their math facts!! I'm 5th grade now, but I cannot tell you how many kids came up to 5th not knowing their math facts and how to divide (long division). It's like a dying art or something!
     
  4. Teacheroo

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    Math facts is a big one. Also fractions and geometry concepts.
     
  5. mrsnikki

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    Writing eligibly would be wonderful :) But that is probably not a teacher thing.. I think that is just the creative ones haha..no just kidding..but I agree math is a lost art for sure!
     
  6. Ms. T

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    Math facts! I have students who really struggle with basic math facts. They need that foundation to be strong when they enter middle school.
     
  7. carlea

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    In LA, I expect my 6th graders to already know story elements, reading & writing genres, how to choose a book that's right for them, basic grammar, how to write a cohesive paragraph, how to punctuate dialogue, and how to answer a question (and address all parts of a question) in complete sentences.
     
  8. NUMB3RSFAN

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    Here are the items my 6th grade team notices the most often:

    Math Facts!!!

    Spelling - our elementary school allows students to spell phonetically all the way through 5th grade and the kids have a hard time understanding why they get misspelled words marked wrong once they hit 6th!

    How to write complete sentences and proper paragraphs - our LA teacher spend most of last year just trying to get our students to capitalize the start of a sentence.

    Not using "text" lingo on homework! - IDK is not an acceptable answer to any homework or test question.

    Thats all I can think of right now.
     
  9. Dynamite Boys

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    I'm a 6th grade math teacher and couldn't agree more with knowing basic facts. I find it amazing how many kids don't know them.

    The other thing, and I don't know how to approach it from an elementary level is basic organization. I think the key to all of this is learning to use an assignment notebook. I check assignment notebooks everyday for the first few months, but I find it amazing how many kids say they've never had to write down assignments before!
     
  10. ledssciew

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    Attn 6th grade teachers

    How long are these after Christmas prices gonna last? Im waiting for the big Federal check to come and would like to make a big purchase. Please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Rich
     
  11. kidatheart

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    In elementary school they have a folder and all their worksheets go into it - they don't have to write it down in many schools.
    Both the district I teach in and the one where my kids attend use assignment books. Thank Goodness for that!
     
  12. Dynamite Boys

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    I just glanced through my son's school supply list. I find it odd that it is a required supply in 4th grade to bring in $$ for the school assignment notebook. However, in 5th grade assignment notebooks aren't required. What? If they can start the habit in 4th grade, perfect it in 5th, by middle school it's second nature. Just made me giggle a bit that in 4th grade it is required, but not 5th. That's just some ranting from a 6th grade math teacher . . .
     
  13. kidatheart

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    Rant away! I'm with you - that is just goofy planning on the part of those fifth grade teachers!
     

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