Teacher - Mr. Joshua Karges
Welcome to sixth grade!
I have been leading our 6th graders for over 3 1/2 years at Immanuel and have prior teaching experience specializing in the middle grades. I am passionate about preparing our students for the next level and love watching them grow in their faith at this age. I believe in focusing on each student's individual strengths and gifts, meeting with them where they are to help them thrive on the path that God has set before them. My hope is that each student will leave Immanuel with an of who they are in Christ, having a firm foundation that they will take out into the world and areas of their lives.
Objective of 6th grade: Much of the focus and emphasis in 6th grade is on study skills, organization, and time management in preparation for the next level. More responsibility shifts from parent to child at 6th graders grow in their independence, self-reliance, and maturity at this age. Subject matter becomes more complex as students learn to expand their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to connect to real world issues.
Math: Students learn about absolute values, prime factorization, and expanded algebraic problems. Geometry includes a greater focus on measurements and reason, as well as a look at both the U.S and metric systems of measurement. Students study ratios and proportions, statistics, and probability. Students apply and extend their previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions as they evaluate numerical expressions with whole-numbers exponents and write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers. Students will calculate a budget for income and living expenses while working on our curriculum fair project, "When I Grow Up."
Language Arts: Students will engage in several classroom novel studies with focuses on grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students are expected to earn 170 total reading count points by the end of the year, with 40 points expected for the first two quarters and 45 points for the third and fourth quarters. Sixth graders also start participating in projects that incorporate several subjects, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They learn how to brainstorm and how to create different styles of writing, such as descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive, and argumentative.
History: Students learn about the lives of the earliest humans, the development of tools, the gathering history and geography way of life, agriculture, and the emergence of civilization in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus River Valley, China, and the Mediterranean basin. With the lives of the earliest humans, guidance of their teachers, students review the geography of the ancient and the development of tools, the contemporary worlds and recognize that these civilizations were not static gathering way of life societies, but continually experienced change. In addition to developing basic agriculture, and geography skills, students are introduced to patterns, systems, and processes emergence of civilizations in a physical and human geography. We embark on a mini-research project with supplemental art component that focuses on Ancient Egypt in the 2nd quarter. Students will also research and write a country report with supplemental culinary component during the 4th quarter.
Science: The science curriculum in sixth grade emphasizes the study of earth sciences. The standards in the sixth grade present many foundations of geology and geophysics, including plate tectonics and earth structure, topography, and energy. The material is linked to resource management and ecology, building on what students have learned in previous grades. Sixth-grade science topics are organized into six standard sets: Plate Tectonics and Earth's Structure, Shaping Earth's Surface, Heat (Thermal Energy). Physical Sciences, Energy in the Earth System, Ecology (Life Sciences), Resources, and Investigation and Experimentation. As students learn the content defined by the standards in the Life, Earth, and Physical Science strands, they are also practicing investigation and experimentation skills.
Bible: The goal of 6th graders is to help students grow in discipleship as they explore Scripture and apply it to their lives. The emphasis is on Bible literacy and discipleship, helping students to make real-life connections and grow in their knowledge and love of Christ.
Our theme verse for the 2020-21 school year is "Sent to Serve" from Matthew 20:28 "Even as the Son of Man came not to be served by to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." I pray that, especially during a time of uncertainty, we can focus on Jesus and glorify Him by loving and serving each other which brings peace, joy, and comfort to all.