The Academy – Sixth Grade
There is a lot of material to cover when your student comes to sixth grade! We use a variety of visual, verbal, and hands-on activities to teach. This variety allows our students to absorb information in a number of ways and allows us to reach all of our students and meet their learning needs. In an effort to better prepare the sixth graders for the transition into middle school, Ms. Renn and Ms. Sulzberger teach cooperatively. Ms. Sulzberger is in charge of the language arts curriculum and the science program while Ms. Renn teaches the mathematics and social studies curriculum. Our sixth grade team likes to be able teach with a cross-curricular philosophy. When we are studying ancient Greece and Rome in social studies, it is not unusual to see students studying constellations in science and writing their own original myths in writing. We try to expose the students to a plethora of knowledge to connect their prior learning to our 6th grade standards.
Our 6th grade language arts program consists of four major components: spelling, grammar, reading comprehension, and writing. Throughout the school year the students will have the opportunity to read and discuss such award winning books as, The Cay, The Prince and the Pauper, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and Homer’s epic poems, The “Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” They will be writing persuasive essays, monthly book reports, research papers, and business letters utilizing the Six Traits of Writing program. Our thorough grammar program allows students to utilize their grammatical knowledge and apply that knowledge into their writings.
We like our students to have a worldly understanding of different events in history, For example, how did the Enlightenment ideas effect different countries around the world? How did the American Revolution spark the idea of revolution for the French? In social studies, students begin with a unit on the deserts of the world, and the study of the historical foundations of Christianity and Judaism, and then proceed to study the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, the Enlightenment Period, the French Revolution, and the American and European Industrial Revolutions. We end the year by studying our Latin American unit. It is fun and eye-opening to see how much the world really opens up for the sixth graders as they take their journey through history and how they can make connections from our past to current events.
The math curriculum is both comprehensive and rigorous in the sixth grade. This is the year when
our students need to finish building their foundations in arithmetic and explore other branches of mathematics in greater depth to transition from elementary school into middle school. Once the sixth graders have mastered number sense and demonstrated proficiency in their computation, they go on to learn pre-algebra, formulaic geometry, probability, positive and negative computation, and many more exciting topics. The theme for the year is building connections with the knowledge they have learned and the information they are being introduced to.
The sixth grade science curriculum includes elements of life science, earth science, physics, and even chemistry. Our Core Knowledge curriculum is quite diverse with units including the study of plate tectonics, astronomy, the oceans of the world, and systems of the human body. Our CCS science fair also gives the students a fantastic opportunity to explore a scientific topic in greater depth and really demonstrate their love of this subject in a more personalized way.