6th Grade Curriculum
Christian Living – The curriculum instructs in three ways: an overview of the New Testament; an in-depth, personalized study of popular passages; and application of these Scriptures to important issues faced by sixth graders. The focus is on personal Bible study and the understanding of principles that can guide all of life’s decisions. During each quarter the students memorize one verse each week that corresponds with the theme of that week.
Heritage Studies 6 – This class tours the lands, peoples, and cultures of the ancient and medieval worlds. Students begin the year learning about how we study history and the early river valley civilizations that first developed after the Flood in the Middle East, Egypt, India, and China. Also in the first semester is a study of the nation of Israel from Abraham until just after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the spring, the students learn about the later ancient period through units on classical Greece and Rome. Finally, this course ends with chapters about the Maya of Central America and life in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages. As the course title suggests, an emphasis is placed on Western civilization and its contributions to our modern American culture. However, students are also exposed to the early histories of India, China, and Mesoamerica. Throughout the year, students participate in a wide variety of hands-on and critical and creative thinking activities such as making clay models and color maps, presenting skits and mini-plays, creating picture journals and group posters, and joining in whole class simulations and games. Students not only gain a great foundation in early world history but realize that learning history can be both fun and fulfilling!
Mathematics 6 – This curriculum provides new and review material of a variety of arithmetic including; whole numbers and patterns, measures, factoring, fractions, decimals, ratios, rates, proportions, probabilities, percentages, collecting and displaying data, geometry, algebra, problem solving and practical life applications skills.
Life Science – Life science includes the study of all five living kingdoms, the scientific method, and man’s use of God’s creation. Students are guided to make observations and decisions about living things and understand their function as it relates to the world as a whole.
English 6 – Sixth grade English encompasses literature, grammar, vocabulary and writing. Students are challenged to read short stories, poems and novels. An emphasis is placed on critical reading and thinking skills through synthesizing basic facts and applying them to other situations and reasoning inferentially. Vocabulary study stimulates systematic vocabulary growth and equips students to function with more scholarly verbiage both orally and in their writing. Vocabulary is selected from within assigned literature. Students study composition and grammar through the A Beka curriculum. During the first semester, students learn correct sentence structure, capitalization, and punctuation. The second semester of grammar entails an in-depth study of the eight parts of speech, including sentence diagramming. Writing is another component of the course. Students experience formal and informal writing assignments and are challenged to analyze and report on complex issues. Focus is placed on sentence structure, unity, coherence and correct grammatical mechanics.
Life Skills – 6th Grade Life Skills will be taught daily during 7th period and will provide students with the opportunity to learn life skills in the areas of spiritual growth, organization, time management/personal responsibility, active listening, note taking/summarizing, test-taking skills, and goal setting. In addition, a portion of the class time will be designated for students to work on homework, upcoming projects, or study for upcoming tests. Life Skills should provide students with the necessary training and development to help with the transition into middle school.
6th Grade Electives
Art – The Art program is designed to provide each student with an awareness of their God-given gifts and abilities and confidence in using them, a sensitivity to God’s creation and means to respond to what they see; the opportunity to express ideas visually, by developing skills in drawing, sculpting, designing, and crafting; and a fundamental knowledge of artistic heritage and how art history relates to the present.
Band – Sixth grade band focuses on the development of individual student musicianship in preparation for middle school band and beyond. Students will learn basic music reading, instrument technique and ensemble skills required for successful band participation. The band performs an annual Christmas concert, spring concert and may participate in the March ACSI fine arts festival.
Choir – The sixth grade program builds on the musical understanding students have gained in grades K-5 by focusing on more complex skills and concepts. This course also offers more performance opportunities for the young people.
Drama/Dance – The drama elective is designed to stimulate the student’s dramatic imagination and provide experience and confidence in personal communication skills. Through the use of free form, creative role playing/improvisation, awareness of voice and body, students are given opportunities to respond spiritually, emotionally, reflectively, and imaginatively to their worlds and themselves. In dance, the student explores basic elements of dance movement. Whether a novice or experienced dancer, each student spends time disciplining his or her body with a structured barre routine. Each year the class participated in a dance recital that showcases various forms of dance that the student learns.
Physical Education – Students in sixth grade physical education enhance their skills through a variety of cooperative activities. Students focus on refining locomotor, non-locomotor and manipulative skills while also learning principles of physical fitness. They complete a session of fitness stations focusing on strength, agility, quickness, cardiovascular endurance as well as flexibility each and every day. They use these skills in the development and knowledge that goes into games and team sports.