Welcome to Mrs. Burch's page!
Hello! I teach 6th grade English and Social Studies.
In English, we focus on literary terms, short stories, novels, poetry, parts of speech, grammar, punctuation, and spelling throughout the year. The students have a monthly book report, weekly vocabulary packets, weekly reading comprehension packets, weekly spelling packets, and weekly journals assigned to them in addition to their classwork. We will be working daily with a new program and most of the material can be accessed through the students' accounts at my.hrw.com. If you can't access this website at home, no worries because they have all the information from the textbook too. In addition, they may also have other homework too. The students also have other projects to do as well that help them understand the importance of English in the daily use of lives.
In Social Studies, we focus on geography and Ancient History. We explore the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Japan, Africa, Aztecs, Incas, Mayans, Rome, Greece, and North America. We also have homework in this class on an every other day basis. In addition, the students may have projects to work on that relate to the topic we are discussing in class.
In addition to teaching 6th grade, I am also the 6th Class advisor and Middle School Government advisor too! If you have any questions about either club please see those pages for more information.
The state of New York is changing our standards around to align with the new core curriculum that is being implemented throughout our country. Here are some websites that may help you to understand the changes with the new core curriculum.
Schedule of English Homework and Projects
English HW & Projects for the week of 11/5
Reading Comprehension #8: Due Thursday
Spelling Unit 9, due Thursday
Book Report Due 11/30
*See Monday's assignments.
Wednesday: *See Monday's assignments.
Study for spelling test.
Thursday: *See Monday's assignments.
Friday: Enjoy your weekend!
Schedule of Social Studies Homework/Projects
Social Studies H.W./Projects for the week 11/5
Thursday: Friday: Enjoy your weekend!
- Composition Notebook
- Homework (to be shared with all the other classes)
Exciting Classroom Activities:
In English, the students should be reading an outside reading book. Their book report is due November 30. This book is a myth. The book report focuses on character development. The students have a rubric with specific details.
In Social Studies we are working on government. The students are busy researching, writing essay, and creating projects.
Monthly Book Reports:
September- Due 10.2, Free choice, poster project with a focus on theme, conflict, and plot
October- Due 10/31, Free choice, character suitcase with a focus character traits
November- Due 11/30, Greek Books (I have a selection the students can pick from), create a puppet with a focus on character traits and development
December- Due 1/3, Free choice, students will create a chain of events
January- Due 1/31, Gary Paulsent (I have a selction to pick from), a character word art design with the focus on character traits
February- Due 3/1, Civil rights (I will assign to the students), a thank you card postcard from the character's point of view
March- Due 4/2, Holocaust Book (I will assign to the students), scrapbook page project with a focus on theme and plot
April- Due 4/30, Free choice (I have a selection the students can pick from), postcard project with a focus on setting and plot character tie with a focus on character traits
May- Due 5/31, Biographies (I will assign to the students), character ball/field trip where they will have to dress up and act the part of the person they read about.