The 6th grade day begins with a community building morning meeting that includes reading, sharing, and the agenda for the day.
Our reading curriculum includes instruction in lessons through a variety of increasingly complex novel studies with a focus on comprehension and vocabulary. We teach skills that prepare our sixth grade students to become flexible, resilient readers who read for pleasure as well as for academic purposes. Through novel studies, sixth grade students continue to develop their vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and reading stamina. Our goal is for sixth grade readers to develop a toolkit of strategies for dealing with difficulty, and we want them to know when and how to use those strategies. Daily oral language development is practiced through language activities and skills practice. Vocabulary development is also practiced through Wordly Wise.
Through our writing curriculum, sixth grade students write narrative, persuasive, descriptive, and expository pieces. In addition they complete creative writing pieces and master the five-paragraph essay. Grammar, usage, mechanics, editing techniques, and spelling remains a crucial part of the ELA portion of each lesson.
Through our math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students build on skills in numbers sense, multiplication and division, expressions and equations, integers, number theory and fractions, data and statistics, geometry, ratio, proportion, and percent, and measurement. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level. Students also have an opportunity for advanced placement in our math enrichment program, Math Matters.
In sixth grade, students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. The core areas of the sixth grade science curriculum include concepts in life, earth, and physical science. Sixth grade students also participate in the Science Fair. They engage in weekly STEM and science lab activities. Social Studies concepts taught in sixth grade include global studies and geography.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations, Middle School Battle of the Books, Middle School Quiz Bowl, and International Day Exhibit that builds confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including Religion, music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.
Student Leadership opportunities include Student Council, Beta Club, Math Team, Young Ambassadors, Junior Teen Institute, and Yearbook staff.