Sixth Grade English Language Arts (ELA) focuses on developing student’s reading and writing skills. Through reading novels, articles, and poetry students will learn how to analyze, compare/contrast, and evaluate the texts. Students will begin the year reading Wonder, a collaborative book analysis for sixth and seventh grades. Students will then continue reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Number the Stars, Tuck Everlasting, A World Without Fish, and poetry. Students will engage in reading complementary articles and stories with each primary text and will relate discussions to historical or scientific units of study. In our English study, students will use the Prentice Hall Grammar and Writing (2008) textbook. They will write literary analyses, as well as, narrative, persuasive, and informative essays. Through the writing process students will also develop grammar skills to become better writers.
Students in 6th Grade at St. Leo focus on the beginnings of civilization through studies of the ancient world. We focus on geography, climate, and human interactions to explain advancements in the ancient world. Students compare the advancements in the ancient world to how they have shaped the modern era. Our study of ancient civilizations also offers comparisons in religion, foundations of our faith, and the importance of faith. The ancient civilizations covered are: Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israelites, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient China, and Ancient India. Students will use the Holt McDougal (2016) series.
Sixth Grade religion focuses on the Old Testament to increase the students' knowledge of salvation history as it is revealed in Sacred Scripture. Students will follow the unit of study provided by the Christ Our Life (2016) text. The goal of the class is to help students grow in love for God through a deeper understanding of God's plan of salvation through a greater understanding and appreciation of Old Testament.
We will follow integrated science in sixth grade, using the iScience (2016) series by McGraw Hill. Students will learn about matter, technology skills, astronomy, ecology, and physical science. I will use interactive notebook. Students will learn note taking skills, reasoning, critical thinking skills, typing lab reports, and team work. Students are expected to come prepared to class for review quiz every day. Students will take a chapter test at the end of each chapter followed by hands on lab activity. Students will have a major STREAM project this year. Sixth grade curriculum is truly spectacular and ignites curiosity in young minds.