6th Grade

6th Grade Curriculum

The Bible curriculum begins with a brief overview of both the Old and New Testament.  Each lesson focuses on one book of the New Testament highlighting important issues faced by sixth graders entering their pre-teen years.  Personal Bible study and principles to guide all of life’s decisions are emphasized.  It is fun, but challenging; convicting, but refreshing as students receive a solid foundation of Biblical content and application for their personal lives.  Bible study includes Scripture memorization.

Prentice-Hall’s Literature and Houghton-Mifflin’s English are the texts for integrated language arts (ILA).  Reading, spelling, vocabulary, word origins, grammar, and writing skills are incorporated into the program.  Thinking Maps,  graphic organizers, are implemented in organizing thoughts, ideas, and materials in all academic areas.  They are basic to forming sentences and writing paragraphs in the writing process program, 6+1 Trait Writing.   Students will also be expected to do independent reading and participate in the Accelerated Reading program. Assessment will be based on oral and written exercises, homework, quizzes, tests, and projects.

Sixth grade students will study Saxon Math Course 1.  Lessons will provide a solid foundation in basic mathematics and also include many pre-algebra skills.  Class attendance and homework are essential, because new concepts are introduced daily.  Progress will be tested every fifth lesson.  Assessment will be based on homework, quizzes, and tests.

Our science program uses the basic skills of scientific investigation, reasoning, and logic. We study the earth and the characteristics that make it suitable for life. In Science Explorer: Earth Science (Prentice-Hall), we study water, the properties of water and the atmosphere, and natural resources. We research environmental issues, investigate certain life processes essential to the survival and perpetuation of the species, and conduct experiments.

The text for sixth grade social studies is Silver, Burdett and Ginn’s Our United States.  We begin with the Reconstruction Period in 1877 and continue to the present.  We build on the fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography which were introduced in fifth grade.  Assessment is based on homework, projects, quizzes, and tests.