Sixth Grade Curriculum

Subjects of Study:

Math
Students will:

  • Use their mathematical knowledge, communication, and a variety of mathematical inquiry and reasoning skills to solve and pose problems.
  • Demonstrate a sense of numbers and apply an understanding of number systems and operations when counting, computing, estimating, and problem solving
  • Convert among fractions and mixed numbers, decimals, and percents
  • Round, compare and order decimals
  • Compute with decimals
  • Convert between standard and metric units and learn the appropriate use of symbols
  • Locate, construct and label positive and negative whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals on a number line
  • Read and write ratios, proportions, and percents
  • Use formulas ad percents to solve problems
  • Calculate square and square roots
  • Apply strategies and use formulas to determine the volume of selected prisms, pyramids, cones, and cylinders
  • Understand and apply algebraic concepts to explore, describe, model patterns, relationships, and functions involving numbers, shapes, data, and graphs
  • Participate in the Catholic Math League

Language Arts
Students will:

  • Develop a life-long love of literature and the ability to communicate one’s own thoughts
  • Write interpretive papers about the stories read throughout the year
  • Study Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • Learn the detonations and connotations of basic and advanced vocabulary
  • Learn literary terminology and understand figurative language
  • Identify parts of a plot as well as use terminology relating to the techniques authors use as they write
  • Examine literature critically by questioning and analyzing during “Shared Inquiry” sessions
  • Using novel studies, think critically and apply knowledge so as to diligently find and effectively communicate truth
  • Visualize authors’ descriptions in order to follow the action in the novel
  • Examine authors’ use of complex sentence structures and figurative language
  • Determine character motivation and development
  • Identify symbolism in novels
  • In all novels, encounter diction—the use of exact vocabulary to create an image and setting by the author
  • Compare and contrast main characters, plots and settings of various novels and short stories
  • Practice comparison/contrast and expository writing
  • Write a research paper for history class
  • Use grammar correctly in writing
  • Practice techniques of speech in preparation for the science fair and speech exhibition
  • Give impromptu speeches; use gestures and movement to keep the attention of the audience and to communicate in a memorable manner

Earth Science
Students will:

  • Describe through the use of maps and globes features of the surface of the earth and investigate the use of latitude and longitude
  • Investigate how fossils and layers o sedimentary rock provide evidence of Earth’s biological and geological history and evaluate the use of relative and absolute dating techniques
  • Recognize that the solid earth is layered and identify its individual components
  • Assess and analyze the process that causes Earth’s crust to fold and The Theory of Plate Tectonics
  • Evaluate how geological events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions contribute to the structure of the earth
  • Investigate and understand how some changes in the planet’s surface are due to slow geological processes, i.e., erosion and weathering
  • Assess and analyze the role of the water cycle in the formation of Earth’s surface
  • Assess and analyze the distribution of Earth’s freshwater supply and the format and composition of Earth’s crust
  • Attend an overnight field trip to Naturebridge in or to work in the areas of Earth, Life, and Physical Science—investigate plate tectonics, the rock cycle, climate, weather waves, tides and currents
  • Analyze the structure of the atmosphere, weather systems, air masses, life cycles of weather systems and major climate zones
  • Participate in Science Fair

World History, Part II
Students will:

  • Review aspects of history from the Middle Ages in Europe to the Age of Exploration
  • Continue to examine the major social, economic and political features, religious beliefs and values of each civilization/topic
  • Study the relationships among civilizations, emphasizing their enduring contributions and links with the contemporary world.
  • Understand events and consequences from the emergence of Europe from the Dark Ages, to how the Church led a successful counter-reformation, and finally the growth of globalization through the Age of Exploration
  • Explore the physical geography and the human/environment interactions of the regions covered by various civilizations to better understand their development and characteristics

Theology and the New Testament
Students will:

  • Focus on the New Testament, Christology, and Church history
  • Analyze the Old Testament in light of the New Testament, as a gradual unfolding of God’s plan for salvation
  • Review the overall structure of the New Testament, including the literary forms, number of books, and its relationship to the Old Testament
  • Receive and overview of the four Gospels, including the authors, perspectives, and explore their similarities and differences
  • Review concepts of person and nature and use them to discuss the Trinity, God as three Persons
  • Review the order of creation and uniqueness of human beings within creation
  • Study the meaning of Original Sin, its consequences and effects
  • Review the concept of human freedom and God’s merciful love
  • Explore the genealogy of Jesus presented in the Gospels and make connections to the Old Testament
  • Understand the meaning of “the Son of David”
  • Study Mary, Mother of God in the context of genealogy, her relationship with god at the moment of her conception, the Annunciation, the Visitation, and her example to us
  • Discover the fulfillment of Old Testament themes in the Gospels relating to Jesus’ birth
  • Focus on the idea of Jesus as prophet through the stories of His teaching and His baptism
  • Identify the twelve Apostles and how they came to follow Jesus
  • Define parable and understand why Jesus used parables, and review their meaning
  • Read about Jesus’s miracles, the messages Jesus communicates through His miracles
  • Read from all four Gospels and explore the accounts of Jesus’ death, the events leading up to His death, and the Resurrection
  • Study the seven sacraments and learn how each is an encounter with Jesus
  • Study the beginnings of the Church through selected readings
  • Become familiar with the main content of the Book of Revelation, discover some of the symbols and images, and reflect upon the message
  • Create group film projects for the annual CHA Middle School Film Festival

Middle School students also attend classes in Art, Music, Latin and Physical Education.