Sixth Grade

 

Language Arts

The 6th grade uses the Reading series, Reading Wonders.  Through the use of complex texts, the series requires students to cite text in response to higher-order questions. Students are actively engaged in collaborative conversations as they learn to closely read both informational and fictional texts.  In addition, students will continue to be a part of Literature Circles in which they read and respond to several different types of literature. Students' word-study transitions from spelling to vocabulary, where they will study definitions, parts of speech, synonyms and antonyms, and word usage from both a vocabulary text and Wordmasters.  

Using Pearson Writing Coach Grammar series, we will reinforce grammar study of sentences, nouns, verbs, modifiers, prepositions, punctuation and apply it to writing projects.  Students will learn and apply research skills during major projects such as Science Fair and History Days, as well as smaller projects. Additionally, they will hone their writing skills with various topics such as persuasive essays, personal narratives, compare and contrast, poetry, and letter writing.

Math

Sixth grade students are placed in small math groupings for course work in either Course 1 or Course 2 of the Holt McDougal Mathematics Course. All students participate in a variety of challenging activities to stretch their mathematical skills, thinking, and application of concepts, as well as practice with higher level problem-solving and test-taking experiences.

Course 1 Key Concepts: Number Sense and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Statistics, Decimal Addition and Subtraction, Decimal Multiplication and Division, Number Patterns and Fractions, Addition and Subtraction of Fractions, Multiplication and Division of Fractions, Ratio, Proportion, and Percent, Geometric Figures, Geometry and Measurement, Integers, Equations and Functions.

Course 2 Key Concepts: Number Sense, Patterns, Algebraic Thinking, Decimal Operations, Data and Statistics, Number Patterns and Fractions, Fraction Operations, Integers, Multi-Step Equations, Inequalities, Functions, Ratios and Proportions, Percents, Geometric Figures, Measurement and Area, Surface Area and Volume, Probability.  

Our textbook studies are supplemented with instruction and application of data analysis and presentation using EXCEL, as well as five opportunities to participate in the Continental Math League's challenging problem solving program.

Religion

Students begin the year with the study of the rite of Confirmation.  They come to understand the theological concepts and the daily transforming energy of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Students will have the opportunity to enhance and deepen their understanding of Christian stewardship through service projects throughout the year.  

In the Christ Our Life Grade 6 edition, students learn God's covenant as revealed in the Old Testament and how we are called to prepare for the Kingdom of God. This is supplemented with instruction and service opportunities related to Catholic Social Teaching. 

Science

The sixth grade curriculum in science includes units in the fields of ecology and the environment, physics, and astonomy. In ecology and the environment, students use hands-on activities, research topics, and the interactive online textbook to explore how humans depend on natural resources for materials and energy and how their behavior impacts those resources.

Students' studies in physics include using Full Option Science System units.  These units include materials for experimentation, intercurricular activities, internet extensions, and writing opportunities. Students explore physical and chemical properties and changes through a series of experiments centered on mixtures and solutions. Also in physics, the students recognize and prove Newton's three laws of motion by experimenting freely with familiar toys and objects. Students engage in races, games, and challenges that emphasize the laws of motion that govern everyday tasks and cosmic interactions.

In astronomy the classes learn how the planets and a variety of other bodies form a system of objects orbiting the sun. They use an online interactive textbook, internet activities, and their workbook to develop answers to such questions as: 
Why is gravity important to the solar system?  
What is known about the terrestrial and gas giant planets?  
What are the properties of the sun? 
What is the earth-moon-sun system?


In Science, Math, and Language Arts classes, students develop their own Science Fair projects.  Students continue research that began at the end of last year and use their model experiments tested over the summer.  Experiments range from the strength of various bridges, to testing the effect of lemon juice on different fruits.  Students conduct formal research, write notecards, create an outline, and write a formal research paper to accompany their project at the fair.  They learn and use Excel to summarize and present the data from their experiments in table and graphical forms. 

Social Studies

Sixth grade ends the two-year journey into world studies within the Social Studies curriculum.  In grade six, students work through three books focused on specific parts of the world: Africa, Europe and Russia, Asia and Pacific. In each theme, students learn the physical geography of the area and how the area was shaped by it's history. They explore the cultures that make these regions unique.  Students pursue their individual interests and enhance their studies by participating in History Day.

Spanish

This course serves as an introductory to intermediate level of understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of the target language Spanish. Each class will feature a diverse mixture of activities designed to simulate real-life situations in order to foster the development of oral proficiency in Spanish.

Students will be able to talk about shopping, express money values, express likes and dislikes, describe and compare clothes, and explore Hispanic culture in Centroamérica throughout Unidad 3: Guatemala (Unit 3). Students will also be able to express preferences, express neccesity, express actions, and describe and value things throughout Unidad 4: Perú (Unit 4). Español, Santillana 1A will be our textbook of reference for this year. ¡Será un buen año!