6th Grade Academics

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English Language Arts

Novels read as a class are Crispin, Freak the Mighty, Among the Hidden, and other selected trade books. Students will also read a variety of non-fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. It will be expected that students have an appropriate, independent book when there is no assigned class novel. It is important that students read carefully and are prepared to discuss the reading in class. Participation in discussions count towards their class participation grade.

Students continue their practice of the writing process during formal writing assignments. By the end of the year, students will have written texts in three major modes: narrative, persuasive, and expository. They will also write a formal research report and a variety of poetry. In addition, students will write responses to their reading and have opportunities for creative writing.

We study grammar, usage, mechanics, and vocabulary. Vocabulary instruction will focus on context clues, Greek/Latin roots, and reference terms. These skills will be taught through a series of mini-lessons during class, as well as during individual writing conferences throughout the year.

Math 

The sixth grade curriculum follows the Eureka Math modules. The units of study are as follows:

  • Ratios, units and rates
  • Arithmetic operations including division of fractions 
  • Rational numbers
  • Expressions and equations
  • Area, surface area, and volume problems
  • Statistics

Supplemental materials may also be used for review or challenge activities.

Science 

By providing students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of hands-on learning activities ranging from laboratory experiments to collaborative research projects, sixth grade science helps students to take ownership of their learning and hone their skills of scientific inquiry in order that they might more deeply understand the 21st century world in which they live. Students learn to implement technology in meaningful ways that enhance their understanding and use problem-solving strategies and time-management skills to help them navigate through this thought provoking and fascinating curriculum.

Students will examine how the transfer of matter and energy through biological communities supports the diversity of living entities on our planet, the ways in which these various living entities are interdependent upon each other, and how human consumption of resources affects the environment and our health. In addition, students learn how energy resources affect the future planning for the continuity of life on Earth. Scientific study culminates with a unit on energy and simple machines. Students learn how different forms of energy transfer and/or change matter. Students also explore what strategies and ideas can be utilized in order to promote the effective use and conservation of energy. Concepts learned in sixth grade science set a foundation for further exploration in their future science studies.  

Sixth Grade Social Studies: World History

Sixth grade social studies has students trace the world’s history from the fall of Rome through colonial America. Within the course, students will be developing their historical skills, critical thinking, and literacy skills through various hands-on activities. Throughout the units, students will express their knowledge and creativity through various projects as they develop skills crucial to upper and high school.

Spanish

Sixth grade Spanish focuses on the active development of listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing skills, and cultural knowledge. Using the Santillana textbook series, students build vocabulary and learn basic grammatical structures, creating a solid foundation of the Spanish language.  The vocabulary topics covered include family, personalities and physical characteristics, the house, furniture, chores and activities. Grammatically, we focus on pronouns, adjectives, and word gender agreement, and on conjugating regular and common irregular present tense verbs. Additionally, students partake in a variety of hands-on, student-led projects with a cultural focus, culminating in a school-wide showcase at the end of the year.

Art

The 6th-grade visual art curriculum is based on gaining confidence within a wide range of mediums going hand in hand with art history and is interdisiplinary with their social studies classes.  There is an emphasis on art history and craftsmanship. Students will explore weavings, faux taxidermy paper machie sculputes, and 2-point perspective drawings based on the Renaissance.