Sixth Grade Curriculum & Academics

BIBLE: •   30 Minutes, 4 Days a Week
•   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

•   Textbook: 6 Bible Truths (BJU Press)
CHAPEL: •   35-45 Minutes, 1 Day a Week (With all elementary student body)
MATHEMATICS: •   50 Minutes, 5 Days a Week
•   Number sense (integers, decimals, proportions, percentages and fractions)
•   Properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
•   Algebra and Functions
•   Conversion ratios and rates
•   Measurement and Geometry
•   Statistics, data analysis and probability
•   Mathematical Reasoning
•   Textbook: Mathematics Course 1 (Holt)
LANGUAGE ARTS & READING: •   100  Minutes, 5 Days a Week
•   Word analysis, fluency and systematic vocabulary development
•   Reading and responding: comprehension and strategies, inquiry
•   Reading Comprehension
•   Literary Response and Analysis
•   Writing Strategies (multiple-paragraph composition, narrative expository composition, persuasive composition, response to literature, compare/contrast, poem, business letter, evaluation and revision, research and technology)
•   Written and oral English language conventions
•   Listening and speaking strategies
•   Book Reports (3 a year)

•   Literature novels (6 a year)
•   Summer reading program
•   Textbook: Open Court Reading Program & Spectrum workbook
SCIENCE: •   50 Minutes, 3 Days a Week
•   Earth Science-Plate Tectonics, Earth Structure, & Earth’s Surface
•   Physical Science-Energy in the Earth System & Thermal Energy
•   Life Science-Ecology & Resources
•   Science Investigation and Experiments
•   Science lab-50 minutes per week
SOCIAL STUDIES •   50 Minutes, 3 Days a Week
•   Historical and Social Sciences Analysis(Timelines, Point of View, Research, Interpretations, & Spatial Thinking/Maps)
•   World History & Ancient Civilizations
•   Current Events
•   Spread of Christianity (past and present)
•   Special events: Greek Olympics & Field trip Through Ancient Egypt
HOMEWORK •   60 minutes per night
COMPUTER: At Grace we love to have fun with technology. During our weekly sessions in the computer lab, we explore technology and teach students 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.
•   Integrated into Reading & Social Studies blocks
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
•   40 Minutes, 1 Day a Week.
•   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.  All classes meet once a week for 45 minutes. 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.
•   45 Minutes, 1 Day a Week
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 many songs, some from other countries, and they will sing some in a foreign language throughout the school year. 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 & theatre experience. During the rehearsal process for the spring musical, students learn to project, acting, and re-acting. Students will continue learning the tools needed to read music. The tools include identifying rhythms, note, & dynamic markings. The process by which they will learn is mostly playing musical games & activities. Students will also learn to identify different styles of music, in addition to instrument identification. In Fifth & Sixth Grade, students will also have opportunities to write their own music. Fifth & Sixth Grade has an additional 30 minutes per week of hand bells and chimes. In the fall, the students start out learning how to play the hand bells. They have the opportunity to perform in the community and for their families at Christmas. Starting in January, students will switch to the chimes. They will have an opportunity to perform for the Mothers’ Day Brunch. Performing allows students to gain self-confidence and also a sense of belonging because it takes the whole group to successfully perform.
•   30 minutes, 2 days a week
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.
•   50 Minutes, 2 Days a Week
•   Students participate in different sports/games, as well as learning the major muscles groups and stretches to prepare for physical activity
•   Presidential Fitness Program


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