Welcome to Mr.Griffin's Class

My name is Mr. Griffin and I am  thrilled to be joining your child in Rm.15 this year. I look forward to an amazing year. This year we are going to learn so many new and exciting things together. 

My wife and I are the proud parents of 2 adult children and 1 grandchild. I understand about being a concerned parent wanting the best for your child. I believe you have made a good choice by selecting OMI for your child's education. I will be teaching Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and Math/English Intervention class to your child. I know that all students can learn, students with a positive attitude achieve, and an excellent classroom environment creates success. All of the Science, English, Social Studies (Ancient World), Math/English Intervention assignments will be taken from the Common Core State Standards providing practice leading to mastery on their state test. Let’s have an outstanding year.

Roy Griffin

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (510) 594- 3912


Description of the Course: 6th Grade Science

Common Core Standards: Planet Earth and Weather and Climate (Next Generation Science Standards)

Text book: Discovery Education

  • Common Core idea ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe
  • Common Core idea ESS2: Earth Systems
  • Common Core idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
  • Common Core idea LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Common Core idea LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • Common Core idea LS3: Heredity and Inheritance and Variation of Traits
  • Common Core idea LS4: Biological Evolution Common Core idea Unity and Diversity
  • Common Core idea PS1: Matter and Its Interactions
  • Common Core idea PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • Common Core idea PS3: Energy
  • Common Core idea PS4: Waves and Their Application in Technologies for Information Transfer
  • Common Core idea ETS1: Engineering Design


Description of the Course: 6th Grade Social Studies

Common Core Standards: Ancient World History (The  C3 Framework)

  • The four Dimensions identified by the National Council for Social Studies in The College, Career, and Civic Life(C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards help prepare students to be engaged and thoughtful citizens as they explore social studies using the Inquiry Arc. 
  • CCSS Dimension 1: Developing Questions and Planning Inquiries
  • CCSS Dimension 2: Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools
  • CCSS Dimension 3: Evaluating Sources and Using Evidence
  • CCSS Dimension 4: Communicating Conclusions and Taking Informed Actions

Text Book: TCI Ancient World


Description of the Course: 6th Grade Math

Common Core Standards: Math Grade 6 Standards

Text Book: Springboard 6th Grade Math Curriculum.

  • Model functions in numerical, symbolic, (equation) table, and graphical forms
  • Communicate mathematics in writing, and verbally, justifying answers and clearly labeling charts and graphs
  • Explore and represent Data in a variety of forms
  • Use multiple representations to communicate mathematical understanding.
  •  ratios and proportional relationships (Understand ratio concepts and use reasoning to solve problems)
  • Explore The Number System (Apply and extend previous understanding of multiplication and
  • Explore Expressions and Equations (Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebra expressions.)
  • Explore Geometry (Solve real world problems involving area, surface area, and volume.)
  • Explore Statistic and probability (Develop understanding of statistical variability)


Description of the Course: 6th Grade English

Common Core Standards: English Grade 6 Standards

  • RL 1 through 9 (Reading Standards for Literature)
  • RI  1 through 9 (Reading Standards for Informational Text)
  • W 1 a - e (Writing Standards) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
  • W 2 a - f (Writing Standards) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content
  • W 3 a - e: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well event sequences.
  • W4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (Grade-specific expectations for writing types demonstrate in standards 1-3)
  • W5: With some guidance and support from peers and some adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, rewriting or typing a new approach. 
  • W6: Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboard skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single setting.
  • W7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate
  • W9: Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis reflection and research


  • SL1 a - d: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades topics, text, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly
  • SL4: Present claims and findings (e.g. Argument, narrative, informative, responses to literature presentations)

Language Standards

  • L1 a - e: Demonstrate command of the convention of standard English grammar and usage when writing.
  • L2 a - b: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. 
  • L5 a - c:  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language and word relationships, and nuances in a word meaning.


Text Book: Springboard 6th Grade English 


Homework Expectations: Homework will now be assigned on a daily basis, in order to reinforce the concepts learned in class each day. You will have time to begin homework assignments in class and receive help from the teacher as needed. Homework is due by the start of class. Online assignments are due by 8 am. Each homework assignment is worth 5 - 10 points.


Classroom Expectations, Policies, and Procedures in

Science, Social Studies, English, and Math/English Intervention.

  1. Be prepared- this includes having required materials, doing homework, wearing the correct uniform, and having a positive attitude about the course and its expectations
  2. 2. Be Productive- this includes staying on task, doing assigned work, and accomplishing assignments on time and to a standard of excellence. 
  3. Be Respectful- to yourself, to others, and to school property, and have an enthusiasm about your company. Treat others the way you want to be treated. Bullying will not be tolerated. Harassment will not be tolerated. Put downs will not be tolerated. Disrespect will not be tolerated.


Required Materials

- A pencil must be used in Math. You may use a pen or pencil in Science and Social Studies. Students must maintain an adequate supply of pens, pencils, paper, and notebooks.  

-Wear and maintain the proper uniform each day

-Follow all classroom procedures.


Attendance/ Tardies

-Students must attend class as often as possible and be on time and come prepared each day.

-If students are absent, they are responsible for making up all the work that is missed. Ask your teacher or your classmate to help you catch up on missed assignments. 



Grades are based on a point system. Assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, performances, and participation are given point values. In order to pass the class, the student must complete the assigned work as well as participate intelligently in all activities. Your grade in this class will be a direct reflection of your effort, cooperation, and mastery or standards. 


Mastery Total Grade: Assessment/Mastery:  60%

Homework, classwork, participation:             40%

A= 90 - 100%

B= 80 - 89 %

C= 70 - 79%

D = 69 – 60

F = 59 - 0 %