Welcome to 6th Grade!
Discover what makes this year remarkable, from Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Apple Store, to the Penn Museum and Egypt.
English Language Arts
Students continue to develop reading skills by using strategies and CLOSE reading, delving deeper into reading selections. Students learn to respond critically to the author's viewpoint, understand and analyze different literary forms, and examine elements of nonfiction. A comparison of themes, characters, settings and plots in various works of literature are completed by students, in addition to establishing connections to text, self, and the world. The effective use of inferential questioning and the development of response to literature in writing is covered and students understand the elements of sound, structure, rhyme and rhythm in poetry.
Students use the five step writing process, and apply semantic maps, outlines, clusterings to organize information. They develop sentence structure in writing, using compound and complex sentences. Students learn to use persuasive techniques related to advertising and propaganda, and how to write to a specific audience. Emphasis is placed on using different points of view in writing, paraphrasing, and varying topic sentences in writing paragraphs.
Students use Math in Focus Singapore Math Course 1 to continue developing a deep understanding of math concepts, problem solving, numeracy and mental math while strengthening computation skills to ensure long-term math success.
Students extend their knowledge of place value to include negative values and extend computation skills to positive and negative decimals and fractions. Emphasis is placed on part-whole thinking and applied to ratios, rates, and percents. Problem solving with modeling is extended to increasingly complex problems to lay the foundations for strong algebraic thinking and solution of multi-step algebraic equations and inequalities is mastered. Geometry concepts are extended to increasingly complex plane and solid figures. Graphing the coordinate plane is extended to all four quadrants. Statistical concepts are introduced, including measures of central tendency.
Students engage in a motivating, hands-on/minds-on science experience using the LabLearner program, engaging middle school students in critical thinking in the area of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, engineering and the scientific method. It centers on weekly student-led lab experiments during which students apply science skills, investigate concepts, make deductions based on data, and engage in academic discussion. The program blends STEM skill development with oral and written communication skills. Students are also encouraged to marvel at God's handiwork in creation as they discover its wonders and appreciate the role of science as a tool for protecting creation and putting inventiveness at the service of humanity.
The LabLearner units are called CELLs (Core Experience Learning Labs), which consist of 3-5 Investigations. These are comprised of a pre-lab presentation of concepts, vocabulary, and equipment, followed by a lab, and finally analysis. Areas of study for 6th grade include: the Scientific Method, Density, Properties of Matter, Weathering & Erosion, Geology, Kinetic & Potential Energy, Space, and Biological Classification.
Focusing on the Ancient World, students explore the processes of authority, power, and influence, with particular emphasis on democratic skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens. Through examination of the Five Themes of Geography, students examine the role of culture, technology, and the environment in human endeavors. Through learning significant ideas, beliefs, and themes of the Ancient World, students organize patterns and events and analyze how societies have changed over time. Social Studies at this level is dependent upon using strong reading, writing, and thinking processes and skills to gain knowledge. Instruction focuses on understanding political, historical, and current events using chronological and spatial thinking, economic reasoning, and historical interpretation, by framing and evaluating questions from primary and secondary sources.
Sixth grade catechesis focuses on a deep examination of the Old Testament. This is in line with the core Catholic belief that knowledge of the content of God's self-revelation found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition helps students know and understand the mysteries of the faith proclaimed in the Creed.