6th Grade

Religion

The 6th grade Religion curriculum revolves around the structure of the Bible with a focus on the Old Testament. Important topics and concepts include:

  • Religious truths contained in Old Testament stories

  • A study of the patriarchs and the fulfillment of their covenant with God

  • The development of God’s relationship with His chosen people

  • Connections between Old and New Testament teachings

In addition to our text, the curriculum is also enriched by the following:

  • Activities and celebrations during feast days and liturgical seasons

  • Mass participation and preparation

  • Preparation of, participation in and leading prayer and prayer services

  • The Lures Program “Protecting God’s Children” which is required by the Archdiocese

  • The steps program to enhance interpersonal communication skills among young people and address conflict resolution and bullying

  • Classroom service projects, such as participation in the “Gift of Love” program and FreeRice.com

Reading and Language Arts

Use of a variety of challenging text selections including short stories, poetry, novels and informational texts to focus on:

  • Reading comprehension skills like sequencing, visualizing, recognizing cause and effect, identifying main idea and supporting detail, and distinguishing fact vs. opinion

  • Introduction of analytical skills through application of literary devices such as plot elements, setting, conflict, characterization, and point of view

  • Clarification of word meanings and use dictionary and context clues to increase working vocabulary

  • Connection of reading texts with real life experiences through dynamic field trips

Development of written and oral communication:

  • Application of grammar concepts in oral and written expression through the use of both the Shurley Method and the traditional Warriner’s grammar.

  • Complex paragraph structure and development covering the four writing purposes: narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive

  • Practice of the writing process which includes drafting, revising, and publishing, with an emphasis on prewriting and organizing

Math

  • Students are placed in Math classes based on their abilities and a placement test. Levels include:

    • Grade Level (Math 6)

    • Accelerated (Math 7)

  • Students apply Common Core concepts involving decimals, fractions, ratios, proportions, and analyzing data and graphs

  • Advanced students are placed in 7th grade Pre-Algebra

Science

  • Earth Systems, Weather & Climate, Human Impacts, Space Systems, History of Earth

Social Studies

  • Increase map skills and identify countries and location of early world civilizations on maps

  • Learn to read and interpret primary sources

  • Compare early and modern World Civilizations to U.S. society and government

  • Understand that we are in a world economy