The sixth grade curriculum continues to focus on educating students in the ways of Christ. As students work through the school year, they will develop a deeper appreciation of Language and Literature through exposure to various genres. In addition, they will build upon previously learned skills to enhance Mathematical concepts, explore the world's georgraphy, and engage in a variety of hands on Science activities.
Students are presented with Loyola Press series, Christ Our Life. In sixth grade, students familiarize themselves more closely with Old Testament scripture, characters, prophets, and events that lead to Our Savior’s birth, apostolate, passion, death, resurrection, ascension into heaven. Students are given a variety of learning styles that enhance a fuller appreciation for the subject area; including homework, quizzes, tests, projects, and class work are just a few of these assessments. Our aim is to address essential questions as related to their everyday life and witnessed in Our Lord’s Sacred Scripture and Holy Sacraments.
The curriculum encompasses writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting and continues to build and strengthen written and oral communication skills. Students engage in various writing genres, including research assignments, while applying all aspects of the five-step writing process. In Literature, students learn elements and characteristics of short stories, novels, poems, and drama. They read both fiction and nonfiction selections. Students continue to participate in the Accelerated Reader Program to enhance reading comprehension skills. The use of the Smart Board and various internet sources offer opportunities for interactive and hands-on learning. Critical thinking skills are developed through various forms of questioning techniques, oral and written, utilizing Bloom’s Taxonomy.
The mathematics program promotes student success by equipping the teacher with tools to help all students become engaged, reflective learners and confident, versatile problem solvers. The program helps develop higher-order thinking, and provides explicit in-depth instruction in fundamental concepts, such as place value and the interrelatedness of operations, and in skills, such as algorithms and data analysis. Attention is also focused on helping students become fluent in Math vocabulary and to recognize and apply mathematics to their life experiences. All this is achieved by the careful sequencing of topics and by introducing the concepts and skills in a concrete setting. Math lessons are enhanced and reinforced for students with various learning styles through the use of the SMART board. Daily problem solving exercises, where students are provided with opportunities to explore varied approaches to problem solving strategies cooperatively with a partner or group, help develop and build the foundation necessary to understand the concepts and apply them to everyday life. Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students need to be successful in upper level algebra and geometry are introduced and continually practiced.
Students learn, investigate and observe the world around them through an Integrated Science Course. They study the Earth, Rock Cycles, Minerals, Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition. They explore the areas of matter, energy, waves, sound, light, and motion. Space knowledge is acquired as new technologies provide them with an insight to the Solar System, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. Through the use of Smart boards, computers and microscopes students visualize and apply information as they perform hands on experiments.
Students are exposed and learn to apply the Themes of Geography through the use of maps, globes and computers. They become familiar with different map projections and their applications. As the students progress through history they learn to understand the value of Prehistoric civilizations and, the contributions of major Ancient World cultures (e.g. Sumerians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans). Students become aware of the achievements of the Byzantine and Muslim Empires, also acquiring an understanding of society, government and religions in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In addition, through the use of Scholastic Magazine, students keep up with the news and events of the world today.
World art from Egypt to the Renaissance to coincide with the Sixth grade Social Studies curriculum.
- Rhythm and melody reading
- Computer assisted instruction
- Rhythmic and melodic dictation
- Music analysis projects
- Talent Shows
- Develop importance of an active and healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
- Develop leadership qualities through team sport participation
- Develop knowledge of rules and skills for team sports such as volleyball, soccer, basketball, kickball, and court hockey.
- Introduction and development of square dancing technique
Fourth through Eighth Grades are divided according to two levels: Spanish I and Spanish II. Classes are taught using differentiated instruction.
- Singular/ Plural
- Action words
- Types of sentences
- Verb conjugation
- Developing critical thinking skills
- Adjectives, adverbs, prepositions; conjunctions
- Reading comprehension
- Basic writing skills
- Creation of a multimedia presentation.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a spreadsheet.
- Intermediate keyboard skills.
- Integrate graphics within a word processing or desktop publishing project.
- Review computer operating system
- Database Creation