Sixth Grade

Bible

The Sixth Grade Bible Curriculum begins by studying the life and teachings of Jesus.  It continues with an in-depth look at the book of Acts, focusing on the preaching of the Apostles and the ministry of Paul and his missionary journeys. That is followed by a study of Paul’s letters. The year concludes by studying the entire book of Revelation.

Math

The Everyday Mathematics Grade Six Curriculum continues to emphasize the use of the four basic operations in relation to integers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents, with the added component of negative numbers. Students will also work with data interpretation, variables, displays and graphs, basic geometric concepts, and be introduced to probability, rates, ratios, and proportions.

  • Collect, display, and interpret data.
  • Identify and apply the basic properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to integers, simple fractions, and mixed numbers (both positive and negative).
  • Use variables to describe simple patterns.
  • Compare, order, and find equivalent fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents (both positive and negative).
  • Measure, construct, and identify lines, angles, and congruent figures.
  • Use tree diagrams and other methods to calculate simple probabilities.
  • Identify and solve ratios and proportions.
  • Simplify expressions.
  • Recognize and apply area and volume formulas of simple shapes.
Pre-Transition Math
The Pre-Transition Mathematics Curriculum continues to emphasize the use of the four basic operations in relation to positive and negative integers, fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and percents. Students will work with the familiar topics of ratios,  proportions, measurement and basic geometric concepts, but also probe deeper into the topics of probability, statistics, and the construction and interpretation of graphs and displays.
  • Identify and apply the basic properties of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to integers, simple fractions, mixed numbers, angle measurements, and lengths (both positive and negative).
  • Compare, order, convert, round, and find equivalent fractions, decimals, and percents (both negative and positive).
  • Measure lengths using the metric system.
  • Recognize and identify the relationship between acute, obtuse, right, complementary, supplementary, linear, and vertical angles.
  • Interpret and construct graphs and displays both with and without the use of technology.
  • Collect, organize, describe, calculate, analyze, and interpret statistical data and find the probability of an event.
  • Use, compare, and solve ratios, proportions, and simple equations.
  • Calculate area and volume of different geometric figures.
  • Identify and construct simple geometric figures.
  • Identify and describe the properties and transformations of simple geometric figures.

Social Studies

The Sixth Grade Social Studies Curriculum emphasizes the history of the western world. Throughout the year students will:

  • Learn the use of latitude and longitude to locate capital cities in Europe and the Americas.
  • Compare the opportunities and dangers of highly technological societies.
  • Discuss various examples of climates, environments, and resources throughout the western world.
  • View various cultural and political achievements.
  • Describe the impact of industrialization and urbanization on lives and trades.
  • Discuss connections between the local communities and the country.
  • Study the production and consumption of goods.
  • View the current economic issues in Europe and the Americas.
  • Formulate response questions and research answers on the rise and fall of the ancient civilizations and the spread of religion.

Grammar/Writing

The Sixth Grade Grammar/Writing class begins with a unit on writing proper sentences and paragraphs.  It continues with a unit on each of the parts of speech, concluding with diagramming sentences.  There is also a study of subject-verb agreements, proper word usage, and the capitalization and punctuation rules.  Throughout the year, students are guided through various writing projects for different purposes and audiences that take them through the prewriting, editing, and publishing steps.

Physical Education

The Sixth Grade Physical Education curriculum closely follows the CSI curriculum and its age appropriate goals for students.  Middle School PE will prepare students for high school physical education by:

  • Requiring students to demonstrate mastery of various types of movement and skill activities.
  • Understanding and testing a wide variety of skills, activities, and rules for a wide variety of games and sporting activities.
  • Demonstrating fundamental skills for some new activities and mastery of certain simple and advanced skills for some activities practiced for many years.
  • Combining locomotor and manipulative skills into more specialized sport skills.
  • Understanding the principles of skill development.
  • Completing a health related fitness assessment and understand how that relates to overall personal fitness and wellness for life.
  • Demonstrating respect for differences, fair play, and sportsmanship in physical activity.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of proper stretching exercises and muscle strength and endurance exercises.
  • Assessing and monitoring physiological responses before, during, and after exercises.
  • Setting goals for improvement in both personal fitness and overall health and wellness.

As a result of studying health and wellness at CPCS, students will:

  • Develop an effective understanding for achieving and maintaining personal health and wellness standards that will inform decisions about good health throughout their lives.
  • Investigate and assess the relationship among body composition, body type, nutrition, use of tobacco, family history, and levels of physical activity.
  • Know and develop a greater understanding of being a steward of this great body God has given them and how to use it better for His glory

Language Arts

The Sixth Grade Language Arts Curriculum focuses on applying skills learned in earlier grades to more difficult works. Students identify figurative language and origins of foreign words used in English. They read a variety of kinds of literature and present oral and written critiques of the works. A research paper demonstrates research skills, notation, and use of evidence to support their views. Simple, compound, and complex sentences allow a wider range of expression in written and oral presentations. Language Arts skills will be integrated into other areas of study.

  • Students use parts of words and relationships between words, along with context clues, to determine precise meaning of vocabulary.
  • Students read, understand, and analyze a variety of nonfiction material.
  • Read and respond to many kinds of fiction.
  • Keep a list of ideas and organizers to plan writing.
  • Proofreading, peer checking and revision lead to clear, coherent writing.
  • Writing of different types shows a command of standard English and an awareness of audience and purpose.
  • Use of acceptable conventions includes grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling.
  • Students present and evaluate oral communication and presentations.

Science

The Sixth Grade Science Curriculum allows students to learn about four of the main types of sciences: Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics, and Ecology. Throughout the year students will:

    • Design and conduct scientific inquiry using the appropriate tools (including mathematics) to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
    • Develop critical and logical explanations, predictions, and models using evidence gathered.

Communicate scientific explanations.

Chemistry:

  • Explain the difference between solids (crystalline vs amorphous), liquids (viscosity), and gases (Charles’ and Boyle’s Laws).
  • Investigate why objects sink or float and explain density in detail in terms of mass and volume.
  • Use knowledge of properties to identify a mystery substance.

Astronomy:

  • Explain what does and does not cause the seasons using the CER format.
  • Research and write a paper comparing and contrasting a few of the objects in our solar system.
  • Model the factors that affect gravity, what causes the tides, and why the moon changes over the course of a month.

Physics:

  • Measure the motion of objects using reference points, speed, and velocity.
  • Identify the different forms of energy and illustrate how energy is transferred and transformed between different objects.
  • Describe the Law of Conservation of Energy using examples.

Ecology:

  • Communicate the important relationships that exist between all living organisms in an environment (symbiosis, competition, food chain, etc.).
  • Develop a model that explains the cycling of matter and energy in an ecosystem.
  • Explore ecological succession with a trip to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Music

Students will have the opportunity to select either band or choir during middle school.

Choral: Students sing two, three and four party harmony. Vocalization, interval training, in addition to part reading is emphasized.

Band: Students plays as an entire group and also by sections. Working on mastering their instrument with regards to tone and technique.

  • Exploring music through signs, sounds, and movement.
  • Learning the language of music.
  • Building musical skills through meter, form, and harmony.
  • Rhythm, tempo, texture, and syncopation.

Computer

The Sixth Grade Curriculum (standards from IDOE Math, Reading, and Technology Education Curriculum) for computer class:

  • Consistently use home row touch typing in daily work
  • Use Microsoft Office to complete classroom work
  • Digital citizenship
  • Reflect on Christian beliefs and relationship with God
  • Introduce Google sheets
  • Introduce Prezi
  • STEM activities
  • Coding with HTML

Art

The Sixth Grade Curriculum:

  • Learn the language of art and its connection to music and drama
  • Learn some of the many ways art contributes to our lives
  • Learn that art is a form of communication
  • Experience different media and tools used in creating art
  • Create art that relates to other subjects and cultures
  • Recognize shapes, lines, color, texture, and value in two-dimensional artwork
  • Recognize form in three-dimensional artwork as having height, width and depth
  • Recognize the elements and principals of art in works of art
  • Distinguish the characteristics of Modern art
  • Distinguish the characteristics of Christian art
  • Discern the difference between Christian art and non-Christian art
  • Begin to explore the contributions of Christian art to culture, historically and in the current culture
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