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6th Grade Classes

Language Arts two semesters
Math two semesters
Science two semesters
Social Studies two semesters
Health, Art, 
Music, PE, Computers
nine week courses
(found on the Exploratory page)

Language Arts

Language Arts is the 6th grade includes grammar, writing and reading. Students study the eight parts of speech, sentence structure, usage and editing skills. In reading students are challenged through class novels as well as Basal Readers. Students read poetry, historical fiction, fiction, short stories, biographies, fables, and plays. Amid the required literature, students learn strategies that will enable them to become comprehensive readers. 

Math

Math in the 6th grade includes exploration of operations, problem solving, mathematical tools, reasoning, commutation, and the use of manipulatives in the classroom. 

Students develop an understanding of operations which includes fractions, decimals, and the development of place value of larger numbers (including decimals and introduction of exponents. 

Students will determine the differences and uses of prime numbers, composite numbers, factors, multiples, and prime factorizations. 

They learn how to compare , order, and convert between whole numbers, fractions and decimals. 

Geometry skills that are part of the curriculum include perimeter, area, and regular polygons. 

Measurement skills include customary and metric measurement, measurement conversions and using measurement tools.

Science

Science in the 6th grade will cover six basic core content areas with an emphasis on establishing a scientific method of inquiry. 

Chemistry basics are taught with an introduction to atoms, elements, mixtures and compounds. The physics unit will include motion and force, energy transfer, and simple machines. Light and sound will be covered stressing reflection, refraction, absorption and wavelengths. 

Cells tissue, organs, organ systems, and ecosystems will be addressed in the living systems unit. Also included are classification of life forms, Reproduction and genetics will follow with a study of single-celled, asexual, and sexual reproduction as well as how traits are passed from one generation to the next. 

Diversity and adaptation of organisms are studied in this unit in which students discover the uniqueness of animals and plants as they have adapted to their environment.

Social Studies

6th grade Social Studies covers the five strands of social studies in the curriculum which emphasizes world geography through an integrated social studies perspective including: 1)historical perspective, 2)geography, 3)economics, 4) government and civics, and 5)culture and society. These areas are emphasized as the students study different parts of the world. The students also learn to apply these social studies concepts to current events that are studied through Junior Scholastic. 

As the year progresses the students acquire an ability to identify relationships between the state of our world in all the social studies strands in perspective to that of the United States. 

In addition to this integrated social studies approach an emphasis is placed on three ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Rome and Egypt which prepares students to a more in-dept study of these civilizations in the 7th grade.

 

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