In English sixth grade students focus on the proper use of grammar and the development of evidence-based essay writing. Structure and organization of written composition is reinforced and integrated across the curriculum. In literature, instruction centered on reading, interpreting, and analyzing works of fiction and non-fiction. Students focus on essential questions and gather evidence to support their claims. A variety of genres are covered throughout the year, including: myths, poems, short stories, fiction novels, dramatic plays, and essays.
This year focuses on the Ancient World and the development of man and his story. Students explore the early civilizations of Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome and discover how ancient cultures continue to influence the world today. The History Alive curriculum provides students with informational text and an interactive notebook as well as focuses on essential questions. Supplemental instruction includes hands-on activities, an on-campus Walk Through Ancient Civilizations field trip, and a Greek Banquet.
Sixth grade math is designed to improve and solidify the student's computational and problem solving skills. Mastering the four arithmetic operations, with whole numbers, positive fractions, positive decimals, and positive and negative integers, give the students the preparation for more complex concepts introduced in the seventh grade. The students are introduced to both algebraic and geometric concepts that become the building blocks for future mathematic courses.
This year focuses on the Old Testament. Topics covered over the course of the year include, but are not limited to: the creation of the world, mystery of evil, covenants as God's promises, prophets as the messengers of God, and the coming of Jesus. Integrated into each chapter/unit are opportunities for students to become more proficient in reading the Bible and using it as a source of information on the Catholic doctrine outside of their textbook. Students also participate in class discussions on a variety of topics as well as individual and group activities centered on God and their relationship with Him. In the spring, the curriculum also integrates Family Life. Students learn about the creation of humans as God's gifts, beings who form loving relationships with each other and God, and who can also bring new life into the world. In the spring, the curriculum also integrates Family Life. Students learn about the creation of humans as God's gifts, beings who form loving relationships with each other & God and who can also bring new life into the world.
Sixth grade students will study seven units in Science this year.They will first start with Unit 0: Think like an Engineer, which will allow them to start questioning the way things work. They will move onto Unit 1: Light and Matter, then Unit 2: Thermal Energy, Unit 3: Weather, Climate and Water Cycling, Unit 4: Plate Tectonics and Rock Cycling to finally Unit 7: Cells and Body Systems. They will also be learning the scientific process, in which they will implement when completing their Science Fair investigation each January.