Andrew Evans has been teaching at Sharon Elementary school since 2020.
Mr. Evans graduated from Hiram College with a BA degree in English, and from Trinity College with a BA in Secondary Education and Teaching. Mr. Evans is looking to develop critical thinking skills along with skills in reading and writing in students he teaches. He tries to foster lifelong learning in his students.
In 6th Grade, we are helping students become proficient in:
- Finds the Greatest Common Factor and Least Common Multiple for a set of numbers.
- Adds, subtracts, multiplies, and divides any whole numbers and/or fractions.
- Understands and uses ratios between two quantities to solve problems.
- Understands and compares values of fractions, decimals, and percents.
- Applies properties of operations to solve problems.
- Understands and uses positive and negative numbers to explain real-world situations
- Uses variables to generalize and solve problems
English & Language Arts
The sixth grade English/Language Arts program takes a balanced approach to the teaching of literacy. Students read and write fiction and non-fiction in a variety of forms, and overlap with all aspects of the students’ learning. Instruction occurs in small group, independent, and whole-class settings. When necessary, a full-time interventionist guides students through areas of difficulty in reading fluency.
At Sharon Elementary and across the White River Valley SU, Fountas and Pinnell program is used in all classrooms. The classroom books and minilessons provide access to a variety of leveled texts geared for all readers.
In terms of writing proficiency, we measure and focus on students being able to:
- Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
- Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content
- Write narratives to develop real or imagines experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences
In terms of English Language Arts Performance Indicator, we measure and focus on students being able to:
- Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details, provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgements
- Describe how a particular story’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
- Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences are drawn from the text
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings, analyze the impact of specific word choice on meaning and tone
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings
- Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas
- Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes and topic
- Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not
- Reads grade-level appropriate complex text
- Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
Outdoor education, and educating outside of the traditional classroom walls, is a core value here at Sharon (in sixth grade and beyond). Through our robust Outdoor Learning and Farm To School program, students are able to fully engage with their surroundings. Learning is experienced through all 5 senses to involve the student fully in the natural world. Once a week, we venture outdoors to connect with our place, work on skills we are learning in the classroom, and have a whole lot of fun doing it!
The themes we focus on throughout the year in sixth grade are:
– Water ecosystems
– Forces in Motion
– Taxonomy and Cells
– The Brain
– Gases and Air
– Solar Energy
In Art, the Sixth Grader meets the NCAS proficiency by exploring art through a variety of media, studying the seven laws of drawing through famous artists, and developing a work of art based on observations of surroundings involving a range of medium.
In Music, the Sixth Grader meets the NCAS proficiency by working on cadence and rhythm. Students are able to generate musical ideas (such as rhythms and melodies) within a given tonality and/or meter. Students are introduced to the use of standard and/or iconic notation and/or recording technology to document personal rhythmic and melodic musical ideas. Students in Sixth Grade have two scheduled performances to the community (Holiday Concert and Spring Concert), as well as performances during the school year for special events/assembly
In World Languages, the Sixth Grader builds on previously learned concepts, and is immersed in Spanish or Standard Mandarin Chinese (languages are both taught during the year). The focus is on exploring colors, counting, family through movements. Mrs. Meagher also brings cultural diversity to the classroom using food, cultural artifacts, and history to expose the Third Grader to context within their language exploration journey.