Literature – Students read a variety of materials including young adult historical fiction, poetry, and newspaper articles. Reading comprehension and speed continues to be developed and monitored. A habit of daily reading is expected and nurtured.
English – Writing process and form, learned in grade five, are greatly expanded at the grade six level, as students write multiple paragraph essays and learn more sophisticated techniques for evaluating and editing their own writing efforts. Students strengthen their command of the 6 + 1 Traits® of Writing which leads to a much wider variety of writing genres. Students learn research skills and the concepts of clear report writing. They continue the Vocabu-Lit program.
Social Studies – This year the emphasis is on the cultural, political, social, and geographic forces that have molded the United States from the 1920’s to the end of the Cold War. Additionally, students review and learn more about American geography and how geography has influenced settlement patterns. Social Studies is taught using a thematic approach, with each unit beginning with a guiding question that provokes thought, group work and discussion, research, and creative projects. Additionally, students discuss current events and the importance of being a responsible citizen.
Students in grade six are placed into Honors Math or Pre-Algebra. In Honors Math, students continue to expand their conceptual framework of numbers, number concepts, and computation, and pre-algebra is introduced. Students develop a greater mastery of computational skills with whole, fractional, and decimal numbers as more complex word problems are solved through reasoning, and learning to explain the steps during that process. Problem-solving strategies continue to be explored and reinforced through class discussion, group work, and individual activities. Students taking the Pre-Algebra class solidify their competence with computation and learn topics typically covered in an introductory pre-algebra class. This class prepares students to explore math in a more abstract manner as they are introduced to basic pre-algebra and beginning algebra concepts, including operations with rational numbers, ratios and proportions, solving equations and inequalities, statistics, mathematical properties, sequences, and graphing. Through the study of pre-algebra, students are able to communicate their understanding of arithmetic, number properties and concepts, and algebraic concepts.