Kourtenay Cisterna

Miss Cisterna

Kourtenay Ciusterna

6th Grade: ELA Block 1 and 2
Room 214

 kourtenay.cisterna@gilbertschools.net

Dear Sidewinder Families,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! Words cannot express how excited I am to be entering my tenth year at Superstition Springs Elementary. I am delighted to have your son or daughter in my sixth grade classroom and look forward to another fantastic school year!

The curriculum that we use, is based on the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. There is a greater emphasis on reading informational texts, working in collaborative groups, and further developing their speaking and listening skills. I will be incorporating quality literature units based on the books: Holes, Wonder, The Giver, and The Maze Runner to offer students a deeper understanding of the content, development of the characters, connecting the plot/concepts to experiences, support judgements about what has been read by drawing from experience, other literature and evidence from text.

Written communication has a focus on argumentation, making claims and citing supporting evidence.

Sixth grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new academic adventures and challenges. This year is important, as the acquisition of new skills is accelerated. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we build on small successes, and each child will develop at his or her own rate. The curriculum is differentiated in order to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all students. I have created a classroom environment which my students are encouraged to think, question, explore and reflect. I provide my students with standard based higher level thinking skills to reinforce and facilitate deeper levels of knowledge.  

Because our class will be a Google classroom, the students will become proficient using multiple presentation formats and spreadsheets to collect, organize and display their data. Final papers and projects will be submitted via google docs and classroom. If you would like to be invited to monitor the progress of your child please contact me with your email address and I will invite you to join our classroom page or you can refer to the side bar where each google classroom link is featured.

Thank you! Kourtenay Cisterna