Sixth Grade Curriculum

Sixth Grade Curriculum

 

  ENGLISH
Students will easily identify the eight parts of speech and the four types of sentences.  The students will recognize and demonstrate correct grammar usage in written and spoken language.  The sixth graders will write for a variety of purposes utilizing the writing process and the Six-Traits of Writing program.
 
  SPELLING and VOCABULARY
Students will understand the meaning and usage of vocabulary words and apply vocabulary words in written and oral language.  Students will apply phonetic principles for correct spelling and pronunciation of vocabulary words.
 
         
  RELIGION
The sixth grade religion curriculum consists of the first five books of the Old Testament known as the Pentateuch or Torah.  The students will be able to describe the structure of the Bible, locate and identify passages and identify various literary forms.  The ancient Hebrew customs, traditions, laws, and beliefs are studied.  The students will learn the genesis of Christianity has its roots in the Old Testament.
  MATH
The basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division will be used by the students along with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, and integers.  Students will apply their skills to problem-solving situations and use estimation to check reasonableness.  There is also focus placed on algebraic representations.  The concepts involved with ratio, proportion, and percent as well as the math topics of geometry and measurement are introduced and then integrated and expanded.
 
         
  SCIENCE        
The students in sixth grade will concentrate on the following areas:  the physical and chemical properties of matter such as elements and atoms, heat and temperature, energy, light, and sound.  The students will study the forces of nature:  Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Students will learn about the aspects of astronomy and space:  the Earth, Sun, Moon, and Mars, the inner and outer planets of the solar system, stars, and galaxies.  The students will study the movements of the earth:  plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, the building up and breaking down of the earth, the rock cycle, and geologic time.
  SOCIAL STUDIES                
Students will learn about significant events and people who shaped world history from Ancient times to the Industrial Revolution.  The students will value the diversity among world cultures and make connections to the modern world.
 
         
  READING
The students will explore and respond to literature in a variety of genres.  Sixth graders will demonstrate reading skills and strategies of independent readers:  monitoring, summarizing, connecting, comparing, inferring, drawing conclusions, and generating questions.  Students will identify and analyze literary elements of fiction and nonfiction.
  ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The students will focus on writing using a modified version of the Six-Trait Writing program while learning the grammar skills outlines in their textbooks.  They will begin by working on sentence structure and build up to a correctly written paragraph.  The types of paragraphs they will write are a personal narrative, expository, how-to and persuasive.  They will also be able to identify parts of a speech.