Sixth Grade

Sixth grade is a transitional year between the self contained classroom of fifth grade and the classroom changes of the seventh and eighth grades. The students are also guided in the development of organization skills necessary for upper middle school.

Religion is taught by the sixth grade homeroom teacher. The students will then travel to take social studies, Spanish and science. Math and language arts are divided into groups by ability and the students will travel to these classrooms.

The sixth graders act as mentors to their Kindergarten buddies.

Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Enhance vocabulary
  • Identify and use the eight parts of speech
  • Identify and write a variety of sentences: simple, compound and complex
  • Develop reading strategies in order to:
    • develop comprehension skills
    • form conclusions
    • predict outcomes
    • determine the author’s purpose, audience and subject
    • distinguish between fact and fiction
    • recognize and evaluate the elements of literature and the various stylistic devices
  • Develop reference skills
  • Write with clarity in a variety of forms (letters, poetry, review, essays, drama) and to a variety of audiences for different purposes using correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation and usage rules
  • Write stories, reports and research papers using correct grammar and punctuation
  • Use writing process (prewriting, writing, editing, revising, publishing)
  • Develop creative thinking, problem solving

Mathematics

  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide fractions and decimals
  • Add/subtract/multiply/divide using integers
  • Identify ratios
  • Convert percent numbers to decimals or fractions
  • Solve problems with percent
  • Add/multiply signed numbers
  • Solve for missing variable in single step and multi-step equations
  • Solve fractional-part problems
  • Identify geometric solids
  • Calculate perimeter/area
  • Calculate volume of cubes/rectangular prisms
  • Simplify using order of operations

Science

  • Engage in investigations that lead to discovery of science concepts
  • Explore the four main systems of the Earth
  • Determine that evidence from rocks allows understanding of the history of the Earth
  • Discover that land forms result from constructive and destructive forces
  • Explore how the transfer of energy affects the Earth’s surface
  • Determine the structure and composition of the universe from the study of stars and galaxies

Social Studies

  • Analyze data from a geographic perspective using the skills and tools of geography
  • Examine the cultural and physical characteristics of the major regions of the Western Hemisphere
  • Examine the interactions of physical systems that shape patterns of the Earth’s surface
  • Analyze the human system of the Western Hemisphere in the context of the world’s peoples and cultures
  • Analyze the interactions of humans and their environment in the Western Hemisphere

Religion

  • Learn about our ancestors in faith and recognize that their story parallels our own faith journey
  • Discover the Jewish origins of Christianity
  • Describe God as He is portrayed in the Old and New Testament
  • Recognize that the mystery of the Holy Trinity was revealed in the person, words and works of Jesus Christ
  • Understand the Holy Spirit is always present and active in our lives
  • Understand that Jesus is the center of God’s plan for the world
  • Understand that we are all children of the covenant God made with Abraham and Sarah
  • Value the sacredness of life

Enrichment

  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special Activities and Celebrations

  • Medieval Fair – fashion show and food
  • Nursing home visits
  • Kindergarten/6th grade buddy activities
  • Operation Aware