6th Grade Academic Overview
Sixth grade is primarily a self-contained classroom program. Daily classroom studies include: reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies/science and Bible. In addition, students meet with enrichment teachers for the following subjects each week: art (one 60-minute period), fine arts elective (one 60-minute period), physical education (two 50-minute periods), computer (one 50-minute period) and library (one 30-minute period).
Students receive four report cards throughout the year. These report cards measure progress in academic skills, work habits and citizenship. Teachers and parents meet for a conference at the end of the first quarter. Approximately 60 minutes of homework is given each weeknight in mathematics, grammar, reading or writing, plus one hour of independent reading is expected per week.
Bible: topical through both the Old and New Testament, memory verses
Reading: novels, literary strategies, non-fiction articles (quarterly book reports)
Math: place value, fractions, decimals, percentages, integers, properties of 2D and 3D figures, algebraic expressions, graphing points on a coordinate plane
Science: earth science: rocks, minerals, weathering and erosion, layers of the atmosphere, layers of the earth, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanos, the scientific method (Outdoor Education trip; group experiment project in the winter/ spring) link to major field trips page
Social Studies: ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, Greece, Rome, India (comparison projects; Open House project)
Vocabulary: spelling, definitions, synonyms, antonyms, usage in a sentence
Writing: literature analysis, poetry, research essay, narratives, persuasive/argumentative unit, speeches, writing process
Grammar: parts of speech, various topics