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Sixth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

English, Houghton Mifflin

The basis of the Language Arts curriculum is a working knowledge of the eight parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. The depth to which each part of speech is taught increases with each grade level. At the fifth grade level subject, object, and both forms of possessive pronouns are studied along with the concepts of gender and case. In the sixth grade all of the above are studied, as well as, interrogative and demonstrative pronouns. Punctuation and penmanship are reviewed and stressed at all levels.

The writing process is reviewed and used at each grade level in a variety of ways. Writing friendly letters, business letters, thank you notes, answers to essay questions, directions, and persuasive and opinion essays are some examples of using the writing process. Complete paragraph writing, including main idea and supporting details, is reviewed and utilized at all levels. Proofreading and editing are employed at all times and are supported in the weekly spelling lessons.

Research projects are a large part of the writing process. Each step of the research process is taught and practiced in class.


Reading, Scott Foresman

This reading series was chosen because it is organized into skill lessons with multiple opportunities to practice each skill and the series use of authentic literature.

The following skills are covered:

Compare and contrast
Main idea and supporting details
Cause and effect
Context clues
Steps in a process
Graphic sources
Fact and opinion
Drawing conclusions
Making judgements
Text structure
Author’s purpose and point of view

Students are also exposed to different kinds of poetry, similes, metaphors, idioms, alliteration, and a wide range of vocabulary. Book reports are assigned during the year.


Spelling and Vocabulary, Houghton Mifflin

The Spelling curriculum focuses not only on spelling principles but also on vocabulary exposure. The following topics are covered:

Long and short vowel sounds
/ou/, /oo/, /o/, and /oi/ vowel sounds
Vowel +r
Compound words
Y to i
Word endings
VCV patterns
Final schwa + r and schwa + l
Words from other languages
Prefixes and suffixes
Greek roots
Word structure
Latin roots
Word histories and the etymology of words
Dictionary and thesaurus use
Real-world vocabulary related to a specific topic


Science, Harcourt
Science Studies Weekly

Physical Science
Life Science
Earth- Space Science

MCES sixth grade classroom


We Believe, Sadlier

The religion curriculum is designed to encourage the lifelong journey of faith through community and guided by the spirit. It is designed to incorporate the whole church community. It is presented in the Salvation History of the Catholic Church. The roots and origins are presented to the students through the following ways:

Examine the biblical creation accounts
Recognize God’s presence and promises to the Old Testament figures
Examine the Ten Commandments as a sign of God’s covenant of love
Learn how Jesus’ fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies integrate with the history of salvation
Understand how the church grew and continues to carry out its mission
Develop Christian Morality through an understanding of the Beatitudes
Look closely at the Sacraments of Service and explore how they contribute to the community’s journey of salvation


enVisionMATH, Pearson Education, Inc.

Review all skills involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals, geometry, estimation, and algebra

Decimals and percents, prime factorization, exponents and algebra, measures of central tendency, outliers, statistics/graphing/sampling, multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers

Percents, ratios, proportions, and probability

Algebra, integers, operations with integers, expressions and equations, squares and square roots

Problem Solving is taught and used daily


Spanish is intended to continue the students’ introduction to the language.

Numbers 0-100
Basic greetings and dialogue
Days, months, seasons, and colors
Body, family, house, and weather
Plurals, questions, and adjectives
Sentence Structure

Students will also learn about the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Class participation in discussions and activities, along with learning vocabulary, is very important.

Social Studies

Building a Nation and The World, Scott Foresman

The objective of this program is to help the students create a useable vocabulary of Social Studies terminology, to allow the children to become familiar with map skills, and at the same time direct them into the world of history.

These goals will be accomplished through teacher directed lessons, class discussions, group and individual projects, online activities, and videos.

U.S. History

Post-Revolutionary War to the Civil War

The World

Early Civilizations and Cultures
Early Civilizations in Africa and Asia
Early Civilizations in the Americas
The Medieval World