St. Mary's Catholic School

Educating the whole child spiritually, intellectually and physically.

6th Grade Curriculum

Sixth Grade Reading, Students will:

Build on previously taught reading and comprehension skills through the use of the classroom anthology book Literature Works (Sadlier Oxford) in order to strengthen the development of specific comprehension skills, such as:

  • Cause/Effect.
  • Differentiating fact and opinion.
  • Identifying main ideas and supporting details.
  • Predicting outcomes.
  • Drawing conclusions and interpreting figurative language.

Students will also read and evaluate a variety of fiction and nonfiction works through the use of journaling and completion of final projects, such as:

  • Book critiques.
  • Author studies.
  • Creating of book jackets.
  • Dioramas, etc.

Students will be expected to make oral presentations on the various projects completed.

Sixth Grade English, Students will:

Utilize both the 6-trait writing model and specific convention skills through the use of classroom text Language Network (McDougal Littell). Students’ writing is edited using a Color Cueing method which allows them to self-evaluate and correct errors in their written pieces. Writing assignments are given across the curriculum in order for students to develop an understanding of the importance of proficiency in writing.

Math

Sixth Grade Mathematics, the Student will explore and develop skills in the following subjects:

  • Applying decimals
  • Comparing and rounding decimals
  • Converting decimals into fractions, percentages and ratios
  • Focusing on a variety of problem solving strategies such as:
    • Interpreting data
    • Estimation
    • Writing equations
    • Making tables
    • Using formulas
  • Developing an understanding of number theory
  • Studying algebraic integers, equations and inequalities
  • Working with statistics and data using different types of surveys and graphs
  • Evaluating and creating different geometric figures, lines and angles

Religion

Sixth Grade Religion:

The focus in this subject is the study of religious history looking closely at the Old Testament, developing an understanding of where Catholicism originated, forming connections from the time of the Exodus to the Gospels. Students are also involved with preparing for the celebration of Mass; being responsible for the readings and intentions.

Social Studies

Sixth Grade Social Studies:

The focus is Ancient History. We address four major units:

  • Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient Greece
  • Ancient Rome
  • Study of WWII, particularly the Holocaust and Japanese Relocation

We use the student text Human Heritage (Glencoe) and a variety of additional teaching materials. Many of the social studies topics and assignments related closely with what is being read in reading.

Following each unit is a major project and presentation, such as:

  • Replications of the time period studied.
  • Creation of maps.
  • Writing informational texts using Microsoft Publisher.
  • Play performances.

One of the main goals of this subject is for students to make connections from past civilizations to present ones.

Science

Sixth Grade Science, the Student will explore the following topics in Life Science:

  • Structure and function of cells
  • Reproduction and heredity
  • How species change and adapt to the environment and ecosystems

Sixth Grade Science, the Student will explore the following topics in Physical Science:

  • Relationships between heat and matter
  • Changes in matter
  • Movement of objects
  • Light, color and sound as energy

Students will also explore the human body to become aware of the body’s control systems and how drugs can affect the body.

Music

Overview: The St. Mary’s School Music Curriculum is standard for all grade levels. These standards are to be included as part of the teaching process in elementary general music and middle school music to accomplish the assessment of the five competencies in musical skills. They are aligned with both the national and statewide standards.

Sixth Grade Music, the Student Will:

  • Sing or play on instruments a varied repertoire of music. This includes appropriate technique, accurate pitches and rhythms with the proper range and degree of difficulty.
  • Create music.
  • Read and notate music. The includes reading, identifying and executing rhythms, melodies and expressive qualities with very easy literature in regards to key, meter, rhythm and range.
  • Listen to, analyze, evaluate and describe music used in the classroom.
  • Relate music to various historical and cultural traditions.
  • Become more beatful, tuneful and artful, by following the 12 steps of Music Literacy designed by Dr. John M. Feierabend.
  1. Readiness rote Song Songs and rhymes are learned by rote that will contain rhythm and/or tonal content to be studied later.
  2. Conversation Solfege Rote where students bond rhythm and tonal patterns with aural labels.
  3. Decode – Familiar which requires aural recall and decoding of songs and rhymes presented by rote at the Readiness stage.
  4. Decode – Unfamiliar.
  5. Create – Think original musical thoughts.
  6. Reading Rote – Introduction to notation symbols.
  7. Reading Decode – Familiar.
  8. Reading Decode – Unfamiliar.
  9. Writing Rote – Learn to write notation.
  10. Writing Decode – Familiar.
  11. Writing Decode – Unfamiliar.
  12. Writing Create or Composition.
  • Be introduced to hymns and repertoire of the Catholic Church to be sung at prayer service and weekly Thursday Mass.
  • Perform at least one concert per year.

Students at St. Mary’s Catholic School may begin either a band or a string instrument in 4th grade. In the 6th through 8th grade instrumentalists programs, the goals are:

  • More complicated rhythms
  • Notes higher and lower than in elementary
  • Alternate fingerings to facilitate more complex music
  • More complicated terminology and concepts
  • Composition unit performed for an audience
  • Individual parts in the ensemble
  • Music in the keys of Bb, Eb, Ab, F, C (band); and D, G, A, E, B (strings)
  • Performance opportunities
    • Veteran’s Day, Christmas, Solo and ensemble festival, Composition recital, Weekly masses

Physical Education

Sixth Grade Physical Education, the Student Will:

  • Enjoy participating in physical activity.
  • Demonstrate cooperation with others.
  • Show respect for persons of like and different skill levels.
  • Accept and respect the decisions made by officials.
  • Monitor heart rate before, during and after activity.
  • Demonstrate accuracy in throwing, striking, volleying and dribbling.

  ART

At St. Mary’s Catholic School, we strive to create an artistic atmosphere where students gain confidence and creativity through hands-on experience.  We offer a variety of artistic media to inspire our students. We encouraging them to explore their imagination and use math and reading skills in their projects.

Sixth Grade students study portfolio design, shape drawing, letter, placement, three-dimensional letters, color value, collage drawing, design drawing, holiday drawings, individual studies, line, shape, value, texture, space, form,  color, repetition, balance, emphasis, contrast, and unity.