Sixth Grade

Art

Principles of design: Students learn the principles of design through balance, movement, rhythm, proportion, contrast, emphasis, and pattern in two- and three- dimensional projects they create in class.

Computer

Students have a semester long technology class that meets daily in 6th grade. They have keyboarding practice each day for the first 15 minutes of class. The goal is for each student to reach 20 WPM with 95% on their typing tests by the end of the semester. The instruction and class projects focus on developing basic and advanced functions in a variety of software programs. The programs include, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Students are required to complete classroom projects, activities and quizzes that will provide practice as they develop proficiency for the functions presented during class.


Drama

Acting/Improvisation: By using theatre games, students develop creativity and confidence. Movement and vocal exercises are included to enable students to use the voice and body more expressively. The course culminates in the performance of a monologue during which students demonstrate mastery of creative, vocal and physical skills.

English/Kannada/Hindi

Sixth grade English includes instruction in writing grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. Students are taught proper sentence and paragraph construction and learn to write descriptive, narrative, and expository pieces. Students read a variety of short stories and four novels that expose them to different literary and historical themes. Students learn to annotate and summarize as well as find patterns within each piece of literature they read.

Social

This social course will be composed of a study of the five themes of social as they relate to humans on different continents and different times. Special attention will be paid to the ways that culture is different on various continents as a result of geographical forces.

Critical Thinking in Mathematics focuses on strengthening problem-solving skills and mathematical concepts with which students have previously worked. Students explore these concepts in a variety of ways, including frequent collaborative interactions and hands-on practice. The students’ objective will be to take what they know, better understand how to use it, and have fun doing it!

Critical Reading is designed to help students develop as critical readers and thinkers. Students actively explore, reflect upon, and improve their reading and thinking skills by reading a variety of literature and participating in reflective discussions and journaling.

Mathematics

Standard Mathematics

Sixth grade math expands upon what students have learned in fifth grade. With their prior knowledge of geometry, pre-algebra, statistics, problem solving, and computational skills, students are able to gain a better understanding of these topics while in sixth grade. The students also have the opportunity to complete relevant chapter projects, hands-on labs, activities involving technology, and interdisciplinary investigations. This course is designed to help students gain an appreciation of how often math is used in ways that relate directly to their life. It also provides a strong foundation for pre-algebra.

Advanced Mathematics

Sixth Grade Advanced Math includes the topics covered in Sixth Grade Math, as well as material and concepts that will be added as necessary to prepare students for either Seventh Grade Advanced Math or Algebra 1. Students are expected to apply concepts in depth throughout the course and increase critical thinking skills. Placement into Algebra 1 is through departmental recommendation.


Physical Education

The sixth grade is a transition year that allows students to progress from learning fundamental skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, striking, running, and jumping to applying these skills in the sports arena. All fifth graders participate in the following activities throughout the year; flag football, volleyball, softball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, badminton, team handball, swimming, fitness testing, strength training, pickleball, jump rope, soccer, track & field, pillow Polo, tennis.

Science

The goal of sixth grade Earth Science is to help students develop an understanding of the earth and its place in space by investigating the world around them through observation, experimentation, and inquiry. Through a variety of science activities, they explore topics such as geology, plate tectonics, the atmosphere and meteorology, the earth’s past history, and astronomy.