Sixth Grade

Art

Principles of design: Students learn the principles of design through balance, movement, rhythm, proportion, contrast, emphasis, and pattern in two- and three- dimensional projects they create in class.

Band

This is a daily year-long course that does not conflict with after-school activities. It is recommended but not required that students have 1 year of experience on their instrument to join 6th Grade Band. Students who join band for the first time in 6th grade need to contact Dr. C for more information. Band students are encouraged to “Share their Gifts” by learning to play their instruments to the best of their abilities and sharing these gifts through performance. Your child will also play percussion instruments from around the world and will listen to and analyze music of different styles and cultures. There are 2 evening concerts each year, a band competition at Six Flags, and many fun band activities throughout the year.

Bible

This course offers a brief review of the chronology of the Old Testament, followed by an examination of the four Gospels in the New Testament. It is designed to give students a foundational knowledge of the four Gospels and their authors. The students compare and contrast the content of the Gospels and how each author presents Jesus.

Chorus

The goals in middle school chorus are to develop the unique (sometimes changing) voice while making music to praise God. Other goals of the program are to develop musicianship through singing, sight-reading, theory practice, and listening to, analyzing and critiquing music. The choruses perform both on and off campus throughout the year.

Computer

Students have a semester long technology class that meets daily in 6th grade. They have keyboarding practice each day for the first 15 minutes of class. The goal is for each student to reach 20 WPM with 95% on their typing tests by the end of the semester. The students will watch CNN Student News regularly and practice their note taking during the broadcast. The instruction and class projects focus on developing basic and advanced functions in a variety of software programs. The programs include, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Alice, Audacity and Windows Movie Maker. They will save and retrieve information on the Wesleyan network and access specific websites on the Internet for research. Students are required to complete classroom projects, activities and quizzes that will provide practice as they develop proficiency for the functions presented during class.


Drama

Acting/Improvisation: By using theatre games, students develop creativity and confidence. Movement and vocal exercises are included to enable students to use the voice and body more expressively. The course culminates in the performance of a monologue during which students demonstrate mastery of creative, vocal and physical skills.

English

Sixth grade English includes instruction in writing grammar, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. Students are taught proper sentence and paragraph construction and learn to write descriptive, narrative, and expository pieces. Students read a variety of short stories and four novels that expose them to different literary and historical themes. Students learn to annotate and summarize as well as find patterns within each piece of literature they read.

Geography

This geography course will be composed of a study of the five themes of geography as they relate to humans on different continents and different times. Special attention will be paid to the ways that culture is different on various continents as a result of geographical forces. Units of study will include introduction to geography, the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceana, and Africa.

Life Skills

This semester course for 6th graders teaches the student many necessary skills for the successful navigation of middle school life. This course covers such topics as study skills, bullying, peer pressure, respect, and decision-making.

Critical Thinking in Mathematics focuses on strengthening problem-solving skills and mathematical concepts with which students have previously worked. Students explore these concepts in a variety of ways, including frequent collaborative interactions and hands-on practice. The students’ objective will be to take what they know, better understand how to use it, and have fun doing it!

Critical Reading is designed to help students develop as critical readers and thinkers. Students actively explore, reflect upon, and improve their reading and thinking skills by reading a variety of literature and participating in reflective discussions and journaling.

Mathematics

Standard Mathematics

Sixth grade math is a continuation and expansion of the concepts that were introduced in fifth grade. Students will take a deeper look at geometry, pre-algebra, statistics, problem solving, and computational skills involving order of operations, fractions, decimals, and percentages. Opportunities are provided to complete relevant chapter projects, hands-on labs, activities involving technology, and interdisciplinary investigations to enhance the classroom experience. This course is designed to help students gain an appreciation of how math is used in practical ways in their life and provides them with a strong foundation for pre-algebra courses in 7th grade.

Advanced Mathematics

Sixth Grade Advanced Math includes the topics covered in Sixth Grade Math, as well as material and concepts that will be added as necessary to prepare students for either Seventh Grade Advanced Math or Algebra 1. Students are expected to apply concepts in depth throughout the course and increase critical thinking skills. Placement into Algebra 1 is through departmental recommendation.

Modern and Classical Languages


Sixth Grade Latin and French is a semester-long course which provides students with an introduction to two of the languages that they have the option of pursuing in middle school and high school. In the first half of the semester, students will study Latin, the root language of the Romance languages. In the second half of the semester, students will study one of the Romance languages, French. In both languages, they will learn about the formation of that language and its influence on English, and how to converse in that language about the following topics: greetings, classroom objects and commands, their families, their homes, food, shopping, cafés, their hobbies, time, weather, seasons, the calendar, colors, numbers, their bodies, and clothing.

Physical Education

The sixth grade is a transition year that allows students to progress from learning fundamental skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, striking, running, and jumping to applying these skills in the sports arena. All fifth graders participate in the following activities throughout the year; flag football, volleyball, softball, ultimate frisbee, basketball, badminton, team handball, swimming, fitness testing, strength training, pickleball, jump rope, soccer, track & field, pillow Polo, tennis.

Robotics

This semester-long, no-homework course will allow students to design, build, and program robots to perform various challenges and compete with their classmates. They will:

  • Use sensors, gears, and motors to learn basic concepts in physics, engineering, and programming; Design and 3D print unavailable parts;
  • Collaborate with classmates; and
  • Apply the engineering design process - determine needs, research, develop, and revise – with an emphasis on experiential learning.

This course will be offered as a "paired" course with drama. It is limited to one section of 20 students per semester.

Science

The goal of sixth grade Earth Science is to help students develop an understanding of the earth and its place in space by investigating the world around them through observation, experimentation, and inquiry. Through a variety of science activities, they explore topics such as geology, plate tectonics, the atmosphere and meteorology, the earth’s past history, and astronomy.