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Sixth Grade Curriculum

Subjects of Study:

Students will:

  • Solve real-world application problems to deepen understanding of math concepts
  • Use 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 and 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 denotations 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
  • Encounter diction and understand how the use of exact vocabulary creates 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
  • Use grammar correctly in writing
  • Practice techniques of speech in preparation for the science fair and speech exhibition
  • Deliver 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 features of the surface of the earth and investigate the use of latitude and longitude through the use of maps and globes
  • Investigate how fossils and layers of 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 how it relates to 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
  • 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
  • Study the overall structure of the New Testament, including the literary forms, number of books, and its relationship to the Old Testament
  • Receive an overview of the four Gospels, including the authors’ perspectives, and explore the similarities and differences
  • Understand 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
  • Examine 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
  • Read about Jesus’s miracles and the messages Jesus communicates through His miracles
  • Read the 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 sacrament is an encounter with Jesus
  • Learn about 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
  • Examine, through our Theology of the Body program, how we are made in God’s image and likeness when we develop loving relationships with others
  • Use Sacred Story as a reflective practice to learn how to pray

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

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