Students in Sixth Grade will experience many opportunities for personal, social, and academic growth during the school year. All of these opportunities will help them to develop self-directed positive attitudes and to acquire skills for lifetime learning. The emphasis at this level is on organization and independence. The Sixth Grade classroom teacher will use a variety of instructional methodologies including whole group discussions, small group cooperative learning, individual work, and one-on-one support.
Sixth Grade Curriculum
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Students read selections from timeless classics to contemporary literature that will cultivate a life long love of literature. Each selection starts with a preview, literary analysis, reading strategy and vocabulary development. Monitoring comprehension and understanding are done during the selection. Along with the text, workbooks and teacher resources are used to focus on written and oral language strategies and listening and speaking strategies. Assessments are taken at the end of the selection, unit and three times during the year. Book reports are both assigned and student choice.
The Sixth Grade curriculum explores earth and its place in the universe. This will include the study of Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy, and Environmental Science as we research our planets, weather, climate, rocks, minerals, and its natural occurrences.
The Sixth Grade program starts off with a review of the last year’s concepts which correlates with the National Council Teachers of Mathematics Standards. Areas covered are the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals; graphing, statistics, probability, number theory, and fractions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), measurement of customary and metric units; all algebra functions, equations, inequalities, integers, rational numbers; geometry concepts and application; ratios and proportions; percents and problem solving in all areas.
Students will be introduced to an overview of World History. As in fifth grade, the five fundamental themes of geography are used to support the ties among past and present people, places, and events. Students will look for the similarities and differences between civilizations using the marks of civilization. Chapter tests, unit tests and various projects will be used for assessment.
Sixth Grade students will gather to learn about beliefs of the Catholic religion and how to respond to those beliefs as a Christian through the six tasks of Catechesis: learn, celebrate, choose, pray, share, and live. The Sixth Grade program focuses on the forming of the covenant, building the covenant nation, redefining the covenant people, and the covenant fulfilled in Jesus. Assessments used are: chapter tests, quizzes and various projects. The curriculum also includes human sexuality and development, taught from a Catholic perspective. The Benziger text Family Life is used as an aid for this part of the curriculum.
Sixth Grade students will produce a variety of seasonal art projects. Appreciation for art is fostered.
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The Sixth Grade program includes an introduction to some of the many ways in which we enjoy music. With the knowledge that is gained specifically in grades 3, 4, & 5, a study of Music through the Ages, its periods, styles, composers, similarities, and differences is studied.
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