Sixth Grade

CURRICULUM

Bible
The Bible curriculum uses Bible scripture to provide lessons that enrich the heart while improving Christian qualities that build character. Topics studied include faith, service, obedience, fruitful growth, love, sacrifice, prayer, unity, and meaningful worship. The primary goal of the course is to increase a sincere awareness of God’s plan and develop a heart as God intended based on Proverbs 23:7, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Language Arts
The sixth grade language arts curriculum is designed for specific reading and writing strategies along with speaking and listening skills. The instruction of skills is specific to improving understanding through use of various types of reading material.  Vocabulary building is attained through use of dictionaries, context clues, and interactive activities. The Scott Foresman series is used along with a variety of award-winning novels.  The students read various genres of books on their reading level with a goal of comprehension and fluency shown through various methods.

For students who are struggling to read at grade level, our Lower School Reading Specialist is available for small group work to help bridge the gap before the student is promoted to the next grade level.

Math
The sixth grade math curriculum covers all of the required state standards necessary to prosper in seventh grade pre-algebra.  We use the Math Connects textbook by Glencoe and McGraw-Hill.  The Tennessee academic standards taught include:
1)    Basic numbers and operations with an emphasis in fractions and decimals
2)    Mathematical processes which include estimating, understanding mathematical language, and developing reasoning skills in solving real-world multi-step arithmetic problems
3)    Algebra which involves writing and solving one an two step equations and inequalities
4)    Geometry and measurement with an emphasis in circumference, area, and volume of figures
5)    Data analysis, statistics, and probability which will help students understand and interpret representations of data.

For students who are not performing well in math, our Lower School Math Specialist is available to work in small groups with students during the school day.

Science
The science curriculum covers traits of living things, observing the sky, the earth, matter and energy, motion, work and machines. A variety of hands-on activities are utilized as sixth grade students discover new things. Various activities promote critical thinking challenges as well as the mastering of new skills.

Social Studies
The social studies curriculum uses the Scott Foresman textbook titled “Social Studies, The World”.  This course includes the geography and history of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Nubia, China, India, Persia, Mesoamerica, Greece, Rome, and Africa.