6th grade religion focuses on deepening students’ understanding of the Bible, the messages of the Old Testament, and how these speak to our daily lives. Students also nurture their own personal spirituality through interpretation of the Bible texts. Topics studied in depth are: pre-history (Genesis: Creation, Cain and Abel, Noah, Tower of Babel), Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph) Exodus, Judges and Kings, and Prophets.
The 6th grade ELA/Language Arts program includes writing, grammar, spelling, proofreading, and the conventions of writing. The goal for language study is that students will apply these skills in a variety of types of writing. We use an instructional model for teaching writing called six-trait writing. This approach describes six aspects of writing: ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions. Teaching the six traits helps students understand components of effective writing, and gives us a common vocabulary that we can use as we discuss our writing. We also emphasize the writing process, especially effective pre-writing and revision strategies.
Additionally, 6th grade students expand their reading skills and develop a more complex understanding of literature.Through a variety of literary genres, students learn to make inferences based on text, deepen their understanding of literary elements including narrator, plot, character, setting and literary devices, and distinguish main ideas from supporting details. At times, students all read the same book, at other times, students will choose among various alternatives.
6th grade math will focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking. (From Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, grade 6 p. 39)
6th grade students will study life science. The students will begin the year with the study of cells. This unit will include cell theory, cell parts, growth and function, and cell reproduction. The students will also study genetics with the exploration of heredity. During the second half of the school year, the students will learn the organ systems in the human body.
In 6th grade, students study the world’s earliest history and ancient civilizations. This includes units on ancient Middle East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the ancient Asian world of China, India, and Japan. They will learn about the origins of civilization, achievements of great empires, developments of world religions, and daily lives of ordinary people. They will examine similarities and differences between these civilizations to better understand how the world we live in today came to be.
We start out the year with our first unit-la finca (the farm)! Through stories, animals, and a field trip in Spanish in October, students learn more advanced sentence structures and build on previous year’s concepts and vocab. Their weekly homework utilizes Quizlet to practice vocabulary to prepare for reading their first novel entirely in Spanish. The cultural focus for 6th grade is Mexico and the Mayan culture.
Middle-school students have one trimester of art as part of the fine arts curriculum. Students develop their creative skills and their techniques in a positive atmosphere. Drawing is the foundation of the program. Students use basic and advanced art materials, develop their skills and techniques for creating quality work, learn central principals and elements of art, and develop their own aesthetic awareness and appreciation.
Middle school students focus on understanding the theatrical process of taking an idea, character and/or story, and bringing it to life on stage using a variety of techniques and methods. We continually build on our performance skills working on various activities and projects throughout the trimester. 6th grade students learn about character development by choosing, rehearsing and performing a monologue. They also explore the origins of Western theatre by performing Greek tragedies.
In 6th grade music, we focus on world music. Timbre of instruments from around the world is an important aspect of this study. Students sing, play instruments, learn dances, listen and watch videos of performances from many other cultures. The cultures that are “visited” are: Africa, Oceania (Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand), China, Japan, India, the Philippines, and Latin America. Appreciation and understanding of other cultures and people often begins with appreciation of their arts.
The goal of the middle school physical education program is to introduce students to concepts and skills they can carry through life. We will accomplish this by exposing students to many individual, dual, and team experiences throughout the year. These experiences will be creative non-threatening small group drills, modified games and all active delivery systems. ASB PE aims to recognize that everyone is unique in their abilities. Students are assessed on their effort toward personal growth and excellence. Students should focus on positive participation, sportsmanship and class daily learning targets.