Grade 6 Curriculum Highlights

Reading

  • Comprehending ideas
  • Recognizing implications and making inferences
  • Distinguishing fact from ficton
  • Recognizing point of view

Writing

  • Generating ideas about an assigned topic
  • Expressing ideas in well-ordered paragraphs
  • Constructing sound sentences and using varied syntax
  • Correctly applying the rules of punctuation, grammar, spelling and capitalization
  • Controlling diction and tone
  • Drafting and revising

Listening and Speaking

  • Listening and speaking
  • Acquiring group learning strategies
  • Responding critically to information
  • Using technology in reading, writing and oral presentations

Mathematics

  • Completing the understanding of place value
  • Becoming proficient in the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Gaining expertise in the order of operations
  • Solving one- and two-step equations
  • Using ratios and proportions to compare two quantities
  • Continuing the study of geometry

Religion

  • Growing as a Person for Others who sees God in all things
  • Reading the Bible and examining the teachings of the Church with respect to Biblical history, western liturgical traditions, and Christian doctrine
  • Examining conscience in prayer to seek God’s guidance in their daily thoughts and actions
  • Studying the liturgy and rituals of the daily and Sunday masses, as well as ceremonies and sacramental observances in the liturgical calendar

Science

  • Introducing Astronomy
  • Refining the use of the Scientific Method
  • Increasing knowledge of the human body and its various systems
  • Growing knowledge of the animal kingdom

Social Studies

Knowledge Outcomes:

  • Studying the history of the Western Hemisphere and its roots in Europe and also ancient Rome and Greece
  • Investigating the Causes of World War I

Skills Outcomes:

  • Improving note-taking skills
  • Finding and Understanding primary source documents
  • Conducting research from both traditional and electronic sources
  • Synthesizing research materials to summarize and analyze their content
  • Supporting an argument boht orally and in writing

Spanish

  • Attaining a desirable level of proficiency in four basic skills- speaking, listening, reading, and writing; by using different techniques
  • Learning prayers in Spanish
  • Gaining exposure to the geography and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Introduction to “blended learning” through online language instruction

Art

  • Generating ideas for artwork from personal experience, observation, and experimentation
  • Following appropriate and safe steps to create original works while improving craftsmanship in a variety of media, techniques, and art forms
  • Understanding art in relationship to history and culture
  • Applying criticism and aesthetics when producing, responding to, and reflecting on artworks

Music

  • Understanding how music contributes to liturgy
  • Singing on pitch, independently and in ensembles, expressively with attention to dynamics, phrasing, and articulation
  • Learning basic elements of playing piano and guitar
  • Reading, notating, and performing music using notes and rests in a variety of meters
  • Describing musical elements understanding vocabulary surrounding such as rhythmic and melodic ideas, tonality, form, expressive qualities, and timbre
  • Investigating the origins, development, and roles in society and history of musical genres

Physical Education

  • Engaging students in developmentally appropriate activities that create maximum opportunities for development of skills, knowledge, health-related fitness and ultimately, the confidence to enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle
  • Learning life skills such as good sportsmanship and effective team participation
  • Having fun
  • PE classes take place in Georgetown University’s Yates Field House

Technology

  • Understanding and using of spreadsheet software effectively
  • Using presentation software effectively
  • Refining use of word processing software
  • Identifying and utilizing specific technology that is best for specific presentations
  • Computer programming and coding: simple animated video and game creation