The sixth grade students provide leadership roles in a pre-school through sixth grade school campus. Some of those activities include greeting students upon arrival, proper raising and lowering of the American flag, and collection and counting provided for service projects held throughout the school year.
Sixth grade is a critical time for students to strengthen and further develop core skills in all areas. Emphasis is placed on becoming independent and responsible learners. Students apply skills they have acquired in the earlier grades to interpret more challenging texts across the curriculum. Various technology tools are implemented in the sixth grade. Chromebooks are used individually as a whole class for research in the classroom. Final written assignments are published in the computer lab. Individual on-line student texts are provided for reading, math, social studies, and science.
LANGUAGE ARTS: Reading instruction includes fictional and non-fictional texts, decoding and word recognition, vocabulary and concept development, comprehension, literary response and analysis, understanding and using graphic sources, spelling and writing. A separate text is used for grammar and usage in speaking and writing. Books of choice are read by students in varied genres, for example saint biographies. Creative book reports such as dioramas and Photo Stories (digital presentations including text, photos, and oral interpretations) are completed in class. Novel reading is added to enhance literature discussions. Books read are Bridge to Teribithia, The Giver, and Hatchet as examples. Weekly Scholastic News provides reading of current events.
MATH: Curriculum includes computing with multi-digit numbers; fractions, decimals, and percents; ratios and rates; integers and the coordinate plane; expressions; equations; functions and inequalities; area and volume; and statistical measures and displays. Students use technology weekly to fine tune basic skills. Emphasis on real-world problem solving applications is included daily. Wednesdays are designated “Geometry Day” and a “Pi Day” celebration is held in March including fun learning activities.
RELIGION: Our religion program, Christ Our Life, teaches sixth graders that Jesus is the one around who each of our lives is centered. The curriculum concentrates on Old Testament and God’s covenant with his people. Scripture, Catholic doctrine and tradition, and the Church’s Social Justice Teachings are integrated in each unit. We encourage prayer, treating others as Jesus would, and guide students to a deeper personal relationship with Christ to live out their faith in communion with the Church.
SOCIAL STUDIES: The sixth grade curriculum explores the regions and people of the eastern hemisphere. Regions of focus include Southwest Asia, North Africa, and South Asia as well as parts of Europe. History, geography, economics, civics/government, and culture/society drive our study of each region.
Students develop their research and literacy skills by delving into a variety of both digital and print sources and work to answer their own questions about specific social studies topics. Students create and present their findings in projects such as picture books, posters, flags, maps, and murals. Digital projects are created using Google Slides, Google Docs, PowerPoint, and Photo Story 3. As we work for greater understanding of cultures and societies, social justice and solidarity, ongoing reading and sharing of current events helps us achieve these goals.
SCIENCE: Sixth grade science includes a variety of topics within the life, physical and earth sciences. Topics include plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, soil, matter and motion, cell structure, function, processes, and energy. Instruction is driven by hand-on lab activities where students explore, observe, measure and calculate to see the scientific principles in action. Practice of the scientific methos is key to students’ development and understanding of science.
Sixth grade science students are required to use the scientific methods to complete a self-selected project. These projects force students to hypothesize research, write, observe, calculate, and analyze to form conclusions. Upon project completion, students have the opportunity to qualify and compete for district and state science fairs.