Sixth Grade


Lauren Holland

Hi everyone and WELCOME back to school.

We are so glad to see you all and are looking forward to a fun exciting year in art and science and with our 6th grade homeroom! SUPERSIXTH is going to be superbly splendid!!

Mrs. Holland

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Curriculum for Grade 6

Curriculum for Grade 6

Language Arts

Language Arts encompasses reading, writing, vocabulary/spelling, and grammar. Students will review sentence classification using all eight parts of speech. Using this knowledge, students will work on writing more interesting, sophisticated, and improved sentences. Writing will include expository, personal narrative, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs. As students further develop their writing skills, they will also create poems and a newspaper. Additionally, students will learn dictionary skills, spelling and vocabulary, and continue to work on their cursive handwriting. The reading component of Language Arts will include the study of novels, short stories, and poetry. Our Accelerated Reader Program is an important component of our curriculum and each student is expected to meet their point requirement each nine weeks as part of their grade.

Social Studies

Sixth grade Social Studies will focus on our New Nation. Students will learn about the formation of the United States as they review Colonial America and the Revolutionary War before moving on to the writing and adoption of the Constitution, and the study of our Nation as it grows, how it is divided by the Civil War, then reunited during Reconstruction. They will also examine and discuss the United States becoming a world power, the World Wars, the Cold War, Civil Rights, and the United States today.

Students will expand their knowledge of historical figures and events through interactive activities to include reenactments, skits, and presentations. They will analyze historical events through multiple points of view, through debates over World War II, and close examination of other global conflicts. Students will apply real-world connections to comprehend concepts of government and economics, as well as use various geographic tools to understand U. S. geography. Book reports will strengthen writing skills and their comprehension of history. Additionally, students will use iPad technology in the classroom for research and visual comprehension.

The Sixth Grade students will also shape leadership qualities and strengthen organizational, speaking, and writing skills by publishing a school newspaper.

Math

Sixth grade mathematics will cover a broad range of topics, beginning with concepts previously covered, including the use of whole numbers and decimals, number theory, fraction concepts and operations, as well as statistics and graphing.  The understanding of these concepts will lead into algebraic topics that include integers and rational numbers, expressions, equations, patterns and graphing, geometry and spatial reasoning, measurements, ratio, proportion, percent, and probability.  All concepts are interrelated which will help solidify our students’ understanding of all subject matter and will aid not only in the problem solving process, but also serve as a strong base in algebraic concepts that will be continued and used in subsequent grade levels.

Science

The Grade 6 Science curriculum includes portions of each major branch of science: earth, physical, and life. As with all of our upper grade Science, learning is hands-on and project-based. Students “do” science, they just don’t read about it. Making observations, thinking critically, and working cooperatively are key elements in the Grade 6 Science program.

To explore earth science, students study Earth’s atmosphere, weather factors and patterns, and meteorology. Daily weather readings and observations are taken from our outdoor weather station and recorded. Weekly graphs are done to track weather patterns. Students put together a PowerPoint presentation on a major hurricane and present it to the class. The solar system is covered with reports on objects in space.

Physical science is STEM based with experiments primarily in force and motion. Bubble science is also included in this unit.

Life science covers the circulatory system, including blood, the heart, and blood vessels. A field trip to the Heart Hospital is an exciting highlight of this unit.

In addition to their more formal studies, Grade 6 plans and puts together a Spooky Science Halloween for the lower grades. This includes making the invitations for the classes. Making dry ice soap bubbles, smoke donuts, and demonstrating the Van der Graff generator are just a few of the exciting demonstrations.

The Sixth Grade is also in charge of planning the vegetable garden layout. Using the metric system, they divide the garden into squares, one for each of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade students to plant a vegetable. They also weed and water the garden as needed. As the garden matures, each class harvests enough veggies to make a fresh salad for their class and to share the bounty with the rest of the school. The Sixth Grade experiments with various kale chip recipes, making and baking these in the Parish Hall kitchen.

Physical Education

Students in Grade 6 attend Physical Education at least two times each week. Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, access to a physically-active lifestyle, and the relationship between physical activity and health.

Physical skills are developed through fun activities that include cooperative games, playground games, jump rope, track and field, bowling, rhythmic awareness, fitness concepts, and team sports such as soccer, basketball, floor hockey, handball, volleyball, flag football and more. Activities focus on constant participation and inclusion as opposed to elimination and having students sit out.

Students are exposed cognitively to health and fitness concepts, nutrition, the skeletal and muscular systems, and anatomy of the heart. Students have the opportunity to participate in annual events such as Jump Rope for Heart in the fall, Field Day in the spring, and The Mileage Club throughout the year. Students will also have opportunities to demonstrate leadership throughout the year by student teaching, refereeing, etc. Additionally, students in Grades 4 – 6 can demonstrate and enhance their performance skills, at the end of the year, by participating in our Talent/Lip Sync Show.

The main focus in Physical Education is having fun while learning physical skills, which will allow students to enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.

Music

The sixth graders begin the school year learning new songs for Chapel. During the fall, they will also work on holiday songs pertaining to Halloween and Thanksgiving. By mid-October, they are preparing to audition for parts in the upcoming Christmas musical in December.   6thth graders may audition for an acting part, to be the narrator of the introductions and closings of the musical, or to be a soloist in the production. Members of the 6th Grade and 5th Grade class will share the parts.

In the spring, they will begin thinking about what they will do for the upcoming Lip Sync/Talent Show. They can either lip sync to a tune that is approved or show a talent. During the spring, we focus on new Chapel songs and work in our music textbooks and continue music theory. There is usually a project in the spring for music. The 6th grade and I will discuss different options available to them in middle school for music. This way they have a full understanding of what type of music program they may like to join in middle school.

We will also begin working on music that will be sung during their 6th Grade graduation ceremony.

Art

Students acquire knowledge of various artistic techniques—color, texture, form, etc. through many hands on activities. We work with pastels, modeling materials, paints (acrylics & watercolors), paper weaving, and many other materials. Our Art program is constantly evolving depending on what inspires us at the moment.

Since our border heritage is so very influential to the Rio Grande Valley, our Art program is infused with an emphasis of these culturally rich traditions, customs, & vibrant colors. We do an in depth unit on Dia de los Muertos in which 1st-6th grades participate in this unique celebration of life. Through books, vocabulary, hands on activities such as art, altar building, & sugar skull making all grades contribute to a magnificent exhibition that highlights all the work that goes into celebrating this very special and often misunderstood holiday.

We have been invited to display artwork at the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg, TX and created a community altar representing our school families at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen. The upper grades participate in many events throughout our community and we are proud to have our works displayed in many different venues.

The upper grades, 3rd-6th, also participate in State and National art competitions. St. John’s has had many student pieces selected, published, and/or displayed in various contests.

Computer

The Sixth Grade students will continue to work on perfecting their keyboarding skills. Coordination with the core academic teachers and classroom projects and assignments will allow the Sixth Grade students to become more sophisticated in their use of the Microsoft Office Applications. Students will become more proficient in the use of this program as they integrate the applications into work for other classes. They will continue to perfect their Internet research techniques, create projects with popular iPad and Mac applications such as iMovie, iPhoto, and Garage Band, and do web page creation.

Spanish

The Rosetta Stone Program is self-paced allowing students to learn and master the Spanish language at their level. It provides feedback on their mastery, allowing students to repeat units until they truly understand the content. Students can use the program at home, as well as at school. While the early lessons are speaking and listening, as the students become more proficient, they will also learn to write in Spanish. We believe the Rosetta Stone Program fits our unique needs at St. John’s for a comprehensive program that allows our students to learn and master Spanish.

Sacred Studies

Christian Ethics:

Grade 6 will study moral values and principles that influence the choices we make based on biblical teaching.  The class will look at the 10 Commandments and how they influence modern ideas of right and wrong as well as study other biblical references to moral dilemmas. This class will also discuss personal application of these ethical principles in their daily life.

Class Gallery

Class Gallery

Sixth Grade Teachers

Sixth Grade Teachers

Carrie Guerra

Carrie Guerra

Sacred Studies

Michelle Whaley

Michelle Whaley

Social Studies

Sally Tankersley

Sally Tankersley

Science

Janis Muir

Janis Muir

Language Arts

Shahin Zaraienh

Shahin Zaraienh

Mathematics

Lauren Holland

Lauren Holland

Art