Curriculum Highlights: Sixth Grade

Language Arts

  • Sentence structure
  • Parts of speech
  • Complements
  • Subject and verb agreement
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Paragraph writing
  • Writing:  expository, reports, letters, narrative, descriptive, persuasive, poetry, journal
  • Literary/poetry forms and terms
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary
  • Independent reading
  • Junior Great Books
  • Summer workbook
  • Summer reading

Mathematics (Pre-algebra)

  • Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers, and rational numbers
  • Number theory
  • Ordered pairs and graphing
  • Solving elementary equations and inequalities with whole numbers, integers, fractions, rational numbers, and decimals using one or two operations
  • Ratios, proportions, and percents
  • Circle logic
  • Online textbook available
  • Summer workbook

History/Classical Studies

  • Medieval period
  • Beowulf
  • Vikings
  • Alfred the Great
  • Charlemagne
  • Saxons
  • Normans
  • Norman and Angevin England
  • Note taking, outlining, research skills
  • Oral/written reports

Science (Earth Science)

  • Rocks and minerals
  • Earth’s interior
  • Convection currents
  • Drifting continents
  • Sea-floor spreading
  • Plate tectonics
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Water erosion
  • Glaciers, waves, and wind
  • Air quality and pressure
  • Earth’s atmosphere
  • Heat transfer
  • Wind
  • Water
  • Air masses and fronts
  • Storms, floods, predicting weather
  • Frequent hands-on activities/labs

Modern/Classical Languages

French

  • Listening comprehension
  • Pronunciation skills
  • Vocabulary: summer, weather, beach, sports, boutiques, everyday activities, car and road, sports, winter, health, medicine, personal grooming, hotel, countries
  • Grammar: verbs, adjectives, articles, pronouns, comparative sentences, reflective verbs, double negative
  • Written and oral reports in French
  • Dialogue/conversation in French
  • Cultural traditions

Geography

  • Essential globe and map skills
  • Geography terminology
  • Physical features of Asia
  • Russia
  • South Asia
  • China, Mongolia, and Taiwan
  • Japan, North and South Korea
  • Mainland Southeast Asia
  • Western United States
  • States and capitals

Physical Education

  • Daily P.E. class in uniform
  • Fitness and conditioning, including endurance, strength, balance, flexibility
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Social dancing:  square dancing, line dances, dance party
  • Game skills/strategy: soccer, football, basketball, softball, whiffle ball, field/floor hockey, volleyball, bowling, track and field, frisbee, lacrosse
  • Intramural opportunities
  • Sports teams opportunities (all students may play)
  • Responsibility, self-control, team work, good sportsmanship

Visual Arts

  • Weekly art class
  • Drawing: pencil, eraser, markers, colored pencils, oil crayons, oil pastels, pastels
  • Painting: watercolors, tempera paints, acrylic paints, glass paint
  • Sculpture: polymer clay
  • Collage: hand-painted papers
  • Stained glass windows
  • Human figure
  • Myth and art
  • Decorative pattern and design
  • Klimt and Art Nouveau
  • Self-portraits

Performing Arts

Music

  • Introduction to the opera: history and form
  • Story and musical highlights of two operas
  • American classical music
  • Develop choral singing
  • Develop musical literacy
  • Performance: music program twice each year; production of a musical play

Drama

  • Attendance at drama productions
  • Speaking role in class play
  • Develop acting skills
  • Imaginative use of costumes/props
  • Emphasis on ensemble / solo singing, choreography
  • Public speaking, confidence, poise

Library                                                                                            

  • Selecting/checking out books
  • Research skills
  • Realistic fiction
  • Fictionalized biographies
  • Adventure fiction
  • Science fiction
  • Applied science books
  • Search strategies

Technology

  • Star Boards in each classroom
  • Rolling computer cart for computer use in classroom
  • Weekly computer class
  • Keyboarding
  • Word processing
  • Presentations and graphs
  • Computer operations and archiving
  • Using portable devices
  • File formats
  • Internet research
  • Touch typing
  • Creating, editing, saving documents
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Integration within academic classes

Field Trips

Several field trips per year; recent examples include:

  • Inner Quest (outdoor challenges)
  • Vulcan Quarry
  • Medieval Times
  • Ford’s Theater
  • Lisner Auditorium
  • Brass rubbings, in house
  • Marriott Corporation