6th Grade English provides the fundamental skills needed to prepare scholars for success in later English courses, SAT and the end-of-the-year 6th Grade English state test. Scholars strive to master these skills: Reading and Writing Process (focus on Schaffer Method paragraph structure), Critical Reading and Writing, Vocabulary (building academic vocabulary and usage of context clues), Language (grammar and writing mechanics) and Research (strategies to acquire, refine and share knowledge).
The curriculum for 6th Grade Reading Enhancement is meant to provide fundamental skills that will support the success in the scholars core English course, later English courses and on the end-of-the-year 6th Grade English state test. In Reading Enrichment, the scholars will comprehend and analyze an array of texts, then use that knowledge for in-depth project application.The scholars will continually sharpen their composition skills with the use of grammar mechanics and sentence structure through the Schaffer Paragraph as a research project. Scholars will explore the genres and sub-genres of literature and expand their knowledge of various literary elements. In addition, they will understand, analyze and use word origins, multiple-meaning words and context clues.
6th Grade Math develops an understanding of ratio reasoning, division of fractions by fractions, rational numbers, algebraic expressions, one-variable equations and inequalities, and quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables. The scholar uses geometric properties and relationships to recognize, describe and analyze shapes and representations in a variety of contexts. Data analysis, probability and statistics is used to interpret data in a variety of contexts.
6th Grade Geography focuses on the examination of the Earth concerning its physical systems from the core of the Earth to the outer layer of the atmosphere. This includes how each physical system and humans impact the ever changing planet. This course is designed to develop critical thinking skills while analyzing the physical, political and cultural systems of Earth and its peoples through the study of history, geography, systems of government, culture and economic systems with a primary emphasis of the Earth’s Western Hemisphere. In addition scholars develop literacy, research and writing skills through the study of geography and history.
6th Grade Science serves as a hands-on introduction to the scientific method and fosters active involvement through beginning laboratory experiments and demonstrations. Sixth Grade Science scholars participate in “Modules,” which are composed of hands-on, scholar-centered, project-based activities. These modules provide multiple opportunities for scholars to observe, analyze and carry out the process of the scientific method. In the scientific investigation process, scholars develop an understanding of the value of and how to best use technology to gather data, analyze the results of investigations, and effectively use evidence in the application of knowledge from investigations in real-life situations. PITSCO labs serve as a means of innovative, self-paced inquiry and interactive discovery, focusing primarily on earth science. Topics for lab experiences included: weather and climate, Earth’s geological history, cell organelles and their functions, Earth’s systems, energy and learning the process of experimental design. Each lab is structured so scholars have the opportunity to learn various concepts within a class period.
6th Grade Technology begins with Digital Citizenship introducing scholars to internet safety. In this they learn the significance of issues such as computer viruses, copyright laws, and cyberbullying, as well as how to make a positive impact with their digital footprint. Keyboarding, one of the year’s most important topics advances scholars typing skills using the qwerty keyboard touch typing method. Throughout the year, scholars are introduced to G-Suite including presentations, word processing and spreadsheets, where they build a solid foundation for use in other classes. For presentations and podcasts, scholars gain confidence by working on public speaking skills. The spreadsheets applications teach scholars how to incorporate data into their work. There is an additional introduction to Scratch and Block coding. Scholars learn to create digital art, incorporating multimedia apps to produce infographics, charts, educational blogs and vlogs. To round out the year, scholars compose via Garageband, which enables them to produce videos through digital storytelling. This final unit encompasses most units from the year and culminates in the final digital presentation showing all the skills throughout the year.
Explore is a sixth grade course which covers four nine week units: Character Education, World Cultures, Fine Arts and Careers and the Workplace. Scholars improve interpersonal relationships through understanding and practice of manners and etiquette. Scholars discuss and develop the concept of character and integrity as well as analyze famous quotes in our learning skills, applying them to our studies. Explore covers the comparisons of the customs, traditions, holidays, decorations, clothing, festivities, food, housing, family structures and education of various cultures in the world, past and present. Scholars develop a basic understanding of career preparation, including writing resumes, business proposals, professional behavior, workplace etiquette and future goals. Scholars produce classroom projects that focus on the elements of art and design: line, color, shape, form, texture, value and space. Sixth graders will learn to recognize the beauty of art everywhere. In addition to this they demonstrate cursive writing skills efficiently from memory, practicing daily until mastery of cursive writing is achieved.