Grade 6 Curriculum

Science – Mrs. Denise Kenealy

Textbook:  Glencoe Science Series

  • Inquiry & Design:  Students will learn science concepts and use the scientific method by conducting hands-on labs.
  • Concepts & Principles:  Physical science, plate tectonics, volcanoes, erosion, the water cycle and astronomy
  • Science, Technology & Society:  Students will make the link between science, technology and society, including the link between science and faith.  Using technology, students will research science concepts, create experiments and communicate through lab reports and presentations.

Math –

Textbooks:  Math Applications & Connections (Glencoe), and Simple Solutions (Bright Ideas Press, LLC)

Sixth grade math will continue multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and problem-solving skills.  Students will begin to learn algebra, geometry, statistics, tessellations and the Pythagorean Theorem.  Daily use of Simple Solutions strengthens students’ math computation abilities and recall.

Literature & English – Mrs. Jacqueline Reid

Textbooks:  Vocabulary Workshop (Sadlier-Oxford), Writer’s Choice (Glencoe/McGraw Hill), The Language of Literature (McDougal Littell) and assorted novels (listed below)

English is comprised of new vocabulary, including active usage and practice of new words, parts of speech, sentence structure, diagramming sentences, grammar and various styles of written composition.

Literature includes the study of plays, poetry, short stories, novels, story structure, literary elements, figurative language and symbolism.

Novels we will read this year include:

  • The Island of the Blue Dolphin, Scott O’Dell
  • The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
  • Catherine, Called Birdy, Karen Cushman
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford

Social Studies – Mrs. Jacqueline Reid

Textbook:  The World (Scott Foresman)

Sixth grade social studies will transport students back in time to various ancient civilizations.  Not only with the students be studying the ancient cultures of North America, India and China, but they will also be doing an in-depth study of ancient Egypt.

We will also discover ancient Greece, Rome and medieval Europe.  Next, we will tackle a world of expansion, revolutions and opposition.  Finally, we will find our place in the modern world, studying the 21st century.  This course offers our students the opportunity to explore through projects and reflection by comparing these life experiences to their own.

Religion – Mrs. Denise Kenealy

Textbook – Blest Are We (Silver Burdett Ginn)

In 6th grade, our religion classes focus on our Catholic faith precepts and Catechism, from the early church to present day.  Students will follow a lectionary-based format reflecting on the Sunday Gospel and how to apply it to their own lives as students.

The goal of this course is to go beyond instilling academic knowledge and provide the students with ongoing opportunities to develop a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.

In addition to our curriculum, we will attend weekly Mass, plan several liturgies throughout the school year, and have weekly Adoration with our 1st grade buddies.

Information on our service hour requirements can be found here.

Physical Education – Mrs. Kim LaDeur

In 6th grade, physical education is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Our physical education program teaches teamwork and healthy lifestyle choices. max