Students focus on the Old Testament and how it prepares the chosen people of God for the coming of Jesus Christ. We use the Christ Our Life series, and supplement during the special seasons of the liturgical year. RCL Benziger, Family Life series enhances students’ commitment to catholic values and church teachings. Students pray daily as a community of faith.
The elements of literature; plot, character, setting, theme, etc. are the focus of the 6th graders’ study of literature. The students are encouraged to use high order thinking skills to analyze various genres of writing, ie, fictions, nonfiction, novels, short stories, poetry, fantasy and mythology. Group collaboration for discussion and projects is an integral part of analyzing literature.
Written and Oral Language
Students focus on Expository, Persuasive, Narrative and Research in English Class. The Step Up to Writing approach is used for each of these genres. There is a strong emphasis on grammar, as well as mechanics. Students use the Voyages in English series by Loyola Press for lessons on parts of speech, sentence structure, mechanics and punctuation. There are three major writing projects throughout the year as well as continual opportunities for quick writes and journaling.
6th grade students develop and build vocabulary skills through the study and use of content vocabulary in all subjects and literature selections. In particular the students study “writers/readers” vocabulary through the use of Sadliers Vocabulary Workshop series. Definitions, usage, synonyms, and antonyms are presented with each word entry in each unit.
Spelling Connections is the practice book used in 6th grade. The units group the word lists according to common spelling patterns, root words, prefixes and suffixes.
Students study addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, positive fractions, positive decimals and positive and negative integers. Instruction is also given in ratios, proportions, percentages, probability, logic and statistics. Through a variety of activities, students are also exposed to estimating, measurement, geometry and graphing. The curriculum also includes the use of computer and calculator skills. Special focus is placed on algebraic thinking and conceptual problem solving. The curriculum is enriched and extended through application of higher level problem solving techniques. This course is aligned with the California State Standards and the Common Core for math.
Advanced Math: We offer 6th and 7th grade advanced math. Identified accelerated learners are provided with opportunities for challenging activities while meeting the grade level standards. Advanced math is for students who consistently excel in math, demonstrate abstract thinking, and are good problem solvers.
6th grade students will learn the key concepts of ancient civilizations from 3500 B.C. to 476 A.D. Students will explore the civilizations of early humankind and map the progress of technology through the ages. The curriculum is project based using multiple educational tools.
In Sixth grade, the students also spend at week at Science Camp each spring.