Sixth Grade

Sixth Grade Homeroom Teacher:  Mrs. Molly Cope (5th & 6th grade Math and Science)

Ms. Kristen Gold (5th & 6th History and Language Arts)

In sixth grade, our goal is to increase our students’ sense of purpose, develop their critical thinking, and build their self-confidence. Socially and emotionally, we focus on strengthening our students’ self-image and self-respect, thereby enhancing their respect for those around them.

Language Arts focuses on writing, vocabulary and literature. Our primary aim is to provide students with the tools, resources and inspiration to become better writers and more critical readers. Our writing and reading workshop approach addresses various genres, including poetry, memoir, short stories, book reviews and persuasive essays. This work increases not only their confidence as writers and readers, but also their ability to think more creatively.

Math is a dynamic and exciting part of our day. Our students work on mastering computation with whole numbers, decimals, fractions, integers, factors and exponents. Simple to complex numerical expressions are evaluated, and algebraic expressions are simplified. Much time is devoted to critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Our students use ratios, proportions and percent’s. One and two-step equations and inequalities are solved, and geometry and measurement concepts are studied. Students are also introduced to graphing in the coordinate plane and numerous ways to display and interpret data.

In social studies and science, our goal is to increase the degree to which students work independently to deliver the desired outcome. We carry out extensive project work and integrate important note-taking, outlining and research report writing skills into these areas of study. Field trips are linked to their learning, and our Science Expo is the highlight of the year. Students have the opportunity to experiment, research or create a project pertaining to an area of science that interests them employing the scientific method. These projects are shared with the entire school, and our students explain, demonstrate and debate their discoveries with visiting classes.

Sixth graders also enjoy time every week with our Spanish and Latin and teachers. They attend technology class, art, music and physical education – with these subject areas integrated into our themed units.

Sixth grade’s service project taps into their passion for animals. We collect food and needed items for local animal shelters. We are buddies with the Pre-K class, spending time reading, playing and learning together throughout the year. At the end of sixth grade, it is our pleasure to see more mature, self-confident, self-directed students move on to the challenges of seventh grade.

Sixth Grade Curriculum Overview:

Reading/Language Arts

  • Provide students with interesting and challenging materials.
  • Identify and read a variety of genres.
  • Develop an awareness of personal responses to literature.
  • Identify main ideas and author’s purpose.
  • Predict outcomes.
  • Identify elements of plot, character development, theme, and point of view.
  • Provide opportunities for developing higher level thinking skills by reading across the curriculum.
  • Use the writing process to explore, draft, revise, edit and publish pieces.
  • Write and expand sentences and paragraphs.
  • Write expository, narrative, descriptive and persuasive pieces.
  • Revise pieces to make writing more effective.
  • Edit for proper spelling, grammar, usage and mechanics.

Mathematics

  • Decimals and integers
  • Fractions and percent
  • Factors and exponents
  • Geometry and measurement
  • Ratios, rates and proportions
  • Displaying and analyzing data
  • Graphing in the coordinate plane
  • Probability
  • Equations and inequalities
  • Algebra: patterns and rules

Science

    Earth Science:
    • Ecology – study of the interactions between bio-life and its physical environment.

Life Science:

  • Relationships between animals and plants and how one species affects another.
  • Cells and heredity
    Physical Science:

  • Light, color and sound
  • Scientific method

Social Studies

  • U.S. Geography/The Changing World View
  • Empires of the Americas – The Mayans and The Incas
  • World Religions
  • Medieval Societies