Sixth Grade Curriculum & Academics

STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO:• 20:1
SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL
BIBLE:• Emphasis on Bible Truths & that the Bible is God’s Word.
• Aids students in recognizing their need of Christ as personal Savior.
• Students learn more about God & how to apply Bible knowledge to daily lives.
• Prayer & Memory Verse.
• 6th grade emphasis: New Testament.
• Textbook: Bible Purposeful Design (ACSI).
CHAPEL:• 35-45 Minutes, 1 Day a Week (With all elementary student body).
ACADEMICS
MATHEMATICS:• Numbers: Integers, Factors & Multiples, Rational Numbers, Operations with Fractions, Operations with Decimals, Representing & Applying Ratios &Rates, Percent.
• Equivalent Expressions: Equivalent Numerical Expressions, Equivalent Algebraic Expressions, Equations & Relationships, Relationships in Two Variables.
• Geometry: Area & Polygons, Distance & Area in Coordinate Plane, Surface Area & Volume of Solids.
• Measurement & Data: Displaying, Analyzing, & Summarizing Data.
• Textbook: CA Go Math Middle School Grade 6 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
LANGUAGE ARTS & READING:• Reading Comprehension: Comprehension, Inference, Prediction Strategies.
• Literary Response & Analysis of Literary Elements.
• Vocabulary Development: Context, Latin, Latin/Greek Roots, Reference Skills, Usage.
• Writing Strategies: Multiple-paragraph Composition, Narrative, Informative, Persuasive/Argumentative, Response to Literature, Book Report.
• Research Report and Use of Technology in Research.
• Oral Presentation.
• Writing Process, Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing.
• English Language Conventions: Parts of Speech, Punctuation, Capitalization.
• Literature Novels.
• Weekly Reading Logs.
• Textbooks: Literature & Language Arts (Holt), Word Wisdom (Zaner-Bloser), Easy Grammar (Easy Grammar Systems), Spelling (Purposeful Design).
SCIENCE:• Earth & Space Science: Oceans in Motion, Rock Records, Violent Motions, Astronomy.
• Physical Science: Periodic Table of Elements, States of Matter, Fluids, Laws of Motion.
• Life Science: Classification, Cell Processes, Heredity & Genetics.
• Human Body: Interaction of Systems, Body Stewardship.
• 6-week Drug Education Program (DUILA) taught by OC Sheriff’s Department.
• Investigative Labs, Experiments, Use of Microscopes, Science Notebook.
• Textbook: Science (Purposeful Design).
• Special Events: Week-long Science Camp at Catalina, Bottle Rocket Launch.
SOCIAL STUDIES:• Historical and Social Sciences Analysis: Timelines, Point of View, Research, Interpretations, Spatial Thinking/Maps, Graph Interpretation, Primary & Secondary Sources.
• World History in Biblical Context.
• Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Japan, Persia, Greece, Rome.
• Ancient Civilization Research Report.
• Textbooks: Heritage Studies 6 (BJU Press), World History Studies Weekly (American Legacy Publishing).
• Special events: Archaeological Dig, Making Papyrus, Mummification of Chicken, Walk Though Ancient World Program.
HOMEWORK:• 60 minutes per night / Reading Log: 160 minutes per week.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES
COMPUTER:At Grace we love to have fun with technology. During our weekly sessions in the computer lab, we explore technology and teach students to use it in a fun, safe and responsible way. Whether the kids are learning math facts, studying insect life cycles, or completing a research project, we use technology to enhance the classroom experience.
• Integration of all programs by completing 6th grade end of year video.
• Increase keyboarding proficiency.
• Computer coding.
• How to use the internet and social media in a safe, responsible and respectful way.
SPANISH:Our Spanish curriculum is an interactive curriculum using mainly music, games and fun activities to make learning a positive experience. Our curriculum also includes a Christian program in Spanish. This involves activities such as coloring and some workbook activities to reinforce Christian principals and to express God’s love. The students will also learn some Sunday school and Christmas songs throughout the year.
• Students will continue to build on their basic listening and speaking skills.
• Start to conjugate some verbs such as “to be” and introduce themselves with more detail, express feelings, ask questions about the weather, communicate basic needs and desires.
• Continue to study colors.
• Practice counting in Spanish.
• Learn many calendar concepts, i.e. months, days of the week, & seasons.
• Begin to learn opposites, parts of the body, members of the family, different types of animals.
• School, household and food items will also be introduced.
• They will be able to tell their birthdays.
• Describe their family and some professions.
• Some geography, culture, and traditions of Latin America will be a part of the curriculum to understand and appreciate its people.
• Learn Pledge of Allegiance.
• Bible verses & reading Bible stories in Spanish to reinforce Christian principles.
• Learn to express God’s love in Spanish.
ART:Our Art Program focuses on the basic elements and principles of Art encompassing past and present artists with various styles and techniques. Each student will create their own Art portfolio with the collection of all their art work throughout the year. Students use sketchbooks every class for design, practice, discovery, and exploration. Each month is dedicated to a specific artist, skill or theme, and creative projects are varied according to the grade level. It is believed that Art develops critical thinking and problem solving skills that will empower students throughout their lives. Our goal is to expose and educate students to appreciate the diversity in all art forms. Every year we build upon the skills and introduce new medium and tools.
• Apply the rules of 2-point perspective.
• Identify and produce artwork using the elements of art.
LIBRARY:The main objectives of our Library Program are to encourage students to develop a love of reading, teach students how to access information in any library setting through the Dewey Decimal System, help students select books appropriate to their age and reading levels based on Lexile reading scores, & to provide opportunities to build reading comprehension through the Reading Counts Program.
• Research skills.
• Integrated time into Language Arts & Social Studies blocks.
MUSIC:In our Music Program, students will learn how to properly sing, including breath control. Students will learn how to sing harmony. In addition, students will learn the art of performance as they prepare for two or more performances during the year. Through performing, students will gain self-confidence, stage presence, plus musical and theater experience. Students will be taught how to audition and will play theater games to develop skills. During the rehearsal process for the spring musical, students learn to project, acting, & re-acting. Students will continue learning the tools needed to read music. The tools include, identifying rhythms, notes, and dynamic markings. The process by which they will learn is mostly playing musical games and activities. By the end of the school year, students will be able to write a short original song. Fifth and Sixth Grade has an additional 30 minutes each week of bells and chimes. Students learn how to play the hand bells & perform for the Christmas Program and 6 th Grade Promotion, allowing students to gain self-confidence and a sense of belonging because it takes the whole group to successfully perform.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:The Physical Education Program focuses on fitness and health concepts, skill development and sportsmanship. The goal is to provide each student the tools needed to lead healthy and active lifestyles with a positive attitude. Includes Presidential Fitness Program.
• Participate in different sports/games, as well as learning the major muscles groups and stretches to prepare for physical activity.

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