"We nurture a sense of curiosity, connection, and love of learning"
The 5/6 team at BCS is dedicated to ensuring that the transition from the elementary setting to middle school proceeds in a safe and positive manner. We strive to provide a rigorous, stimulating academic environment in which students find both challenge and support. We nurture a sense of curiosity, connection, and love of learning that extends beyond the middle school years. We support the development of social skills by encouraging a fundamental respect for oneself, our environment, and the larger world.
Literacy – English Language Arts
Students will develop skills and a positive attitude for communication in language arts with a focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking with an additional emphasis on word study, vocabulary and grammar. 5/6 language arts uses the workshop approach in both reading and writing. Over the two-year cycle the following reading and writing themes are completed: small moments, narrative, persuasive writing, literary analysis, informational, research, and memoir. In reading the students use a variety of genres in order to participate in book clubs, class read aloud, and independent reading.
At BCS, we strive to provide a variety of learning opportunities to meet students’ individual strengths and needs based on the Common Core State Standards. We incorporate a wide range of teaching strategies to engage students and challenge them at a level that is appropriate for them. BCS’s individualized 5th and 6th grade pacing allows students to access Math classes that match their abilities. Classes include 5th grade math, 5/6 Math, 6th grade math, 6+ Math, and 7/8 Math.
All of these courses offer opportunities to explore math concepts and to develop logical-critical thinking skills. Through mathematical inquiry, students will master critical content, learn to persist with challenging questions, and articulate their math reasoning.
Our goal is to provide students with opportunities to develop valuable problem solving skills that will not only help them to be successful in their future math classes but will also show students how to relate material they have learned to other disciplines and real life situations.
The 5/6 Science environment is a multiage classroom where students are engaged in learning how to collaborate and work in teams to investigate science concepts aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Some of the areas of study include Energy, Chemistry, Forces & Motion, Ecosystems, Earth Science, and our Solar System.
Students are also involved in four different Engage units each year. They work in collaborative teams to design, build and test various scientific topics. Some of the Engage topics include flight, bridge building, tower building, invention convention, and game design.
In order to enhance our students’ awareness of environmental issues and concerns within our local community, we participate in the Rouge Education Project (REP) every year. REP is a school-based water quality monitoring program involving elementary, middle and high schools from across Southeastern Michigan. Students perform hands-on scientific exploration of the Rouge River including evaluating chemical, biological and physical parameters of water quality. We will be conducting tests in both fall and spring.
Science Literacy Program
Science Literacy aims to promote scientific literacy, or the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity. Students learn to ask, find, or determine answers to questions derived from curiosity about everyday experiences, and to describe, explain, and articulate their thoughts about the world around them. We want students to synthesize their learning and challenge them to generate creative solutions to real world problems.
Science Literacy creates opportunities for interdisciplinary learning to take place, specifically in science and literacy. We team teach 54 students and much of the content is driven by student interest and curiosity in sustainability and what that looks like in a real world context. We promote student initiative, autonomy and creativity while facilitating critical thinking, questioning, interaction and collaboration. Students become more involved in the design process so learning is organic and authentic. Students continuously reflect upon and synthesize their learning and evaluate each other’s work critically to provide constructive feedback. Students become motivated to build knowledge by becoming involved in the design of process, content, tasks, products, rubrics and assessments.
Students will develop the skills of a social scientist through the inquiry process: collecting, organizing and interpreting social data. Their ability to organize ideas and materials will be demonstrated through: mapping, note taking, outlining, and public discourse. They will learn to use a variety of resources and tools such as: the computer, encyclopedia, atlas, social studies text, maps and globes. Activities will engage students in locating and applying information from: tables, graphs, diagrams, timelines, historical documents and artifacts. The above activities are all in alignment with the Michigan Social Studies frameworks.