The sixth grade literacy program is designed to improve each student’s reading and writing skills and to further develop a love of reading and writing. They develop deep understanding of more complex texts and build higher-order thinking skills through weekly routines and Close Reading. Weekly and unit instruction is built around science and social studies concepts that connect each piece of literature, vocabulary, and writing allowing students to build deep knowledge. Independent reading is also expected and encouraged as students select reading-level appropriate books in a wide variety of genres. Their genuine love for reading is encouraged and cultivated by acknowledging their achievements during a school wide AR party.
Writing is an integral part of fourth grade language arts. Children grow as writers as they learn to communicate and support their ideas in organized paragraphs. A Writer’s Notebook gives students the chance to learn the basics of writing conventions as they analyze the writer’s craft, explore various genres, and grow in mastery.
Sixth grade curriculum provides a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics through the use of effective learning experiences that promote communication, reasoning, and problem solving. In Grade 6, math instruction focuses on four critical areas:
• connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems, • completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers, • writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations, and • developing understanding of statistical thinking.
Sixth grade starts the year with a review of measurement techniques and lab procedures that prepare them to work safely and effectively in the science lab. Students perform multiple labs to practice their data measurement skills and write lab reports. The focus for sixth grade science is how energy is driving ecosystems (populations, food chains/webs), Earth’s natural resources, and Earth processes (oceans, weather, and climate). Students explore how oceans, weather, and climate help determine characteristics of ecosystems. A focus on science literacy is placed through the use of the science and engineering practices as students are required to gather information from reliable sources to construct evidenced-based arguments.
Sixth grade curriculum focuses on world history and geography with an emphasis on early civilizations through the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Students analyze the cultural, economic, geographical, historical, and political foundations for early civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, India, China, Greece, and Rome. The sixth grade concludes with the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of government, including the beginning of democratic practices. In addition, students learn about the historical context of ancient and major world religions. Throughout the course, students develop the skills of a historian as they research and analyze primary sources, organize information, and form logical arguments.
The middle school curriculum emphasizes a balance between academic skills and soft skills. It is designed to prepare students for high school in terms of content knowledge as well as essential life skills such as work ethics and time management.