Grade 6 Curriculum

Language Arts

The purpose of the Grade 6 curriculum is for students to develop effective speaking, reading ,and writing strategies along with an appreciation for literature. In addition, students will develop the tools needed to compose advanced formal writing as well as tools utilized to evaluate literature effectively. The sixth grade language arts curriculum is taught through a series of instructional approaches, such as independent reading, group reading, John Collins Writing Program, maintaining a writing folder for writing projects to view the individual writing process, book reports with required responses. Students will also engage in oral presentations on trade books and literature pieces alone and in groups, book groups for trade books with comprehension questions and small group discussion, cooperative group projects, discussion and written answers to comprehension questions (detail, story elements, compare/contrast, drawing conclusions, making inferences, author's purpose, cause/effect) and participation in large and small group discussions. 

 

Mathematics

The purpose of the St. Theresa of the Child Jesus School Grade 6 Math Program is to provide a pathway to Algebra to ensure all students are college and career ready when they graduate from high school. The curriculum is based on a combination of computation and problem solving skills with emphasis on algebraic reasoning. These concepts and skills are directly related to real-life, everyday situations students will encounter. These skills are taught through the use of manipulatives, drill practice, cooperative learning, problem solving, and lectures. The overall goal is to prepare the students for success at the high school level and beyond in mathematics. In grade 6, instructional time focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples. These skills build upon and reinforce skills from grade 5 and introduce new skills that will be used in grades 7 and 8.

 

Religion

The purpose of the Grade 6 Religion Curriculum at St. Catherine’s School is to teach the principle of Salvation History.  The curriculum allows the students to gain knowledge on the important concepts of our faith: Creation, God, Jesus Christ, The Church, Christian Morality, the Sacraments and Salvation. The Grade 6 Religion curriculum is taught through the use of various teaching practices and strategies such as: direct instruction, guided reading, reading from the Bible and scripture, class discussion, cooperative learning groups, individualized and special instruction, problem solving, attending Mass and applying faith to everyday situations. Also, students will complete four writing pieces that define and illustrate their catholic faith. They will complete a compare and contrast paper which compares the Catholic faith with other prominent faiths. They will also write a narrative piece on how God has worked in their life. Finally, students will construct an analytical and persuasive piece that further describes and proves their faith.

 

Science

The purpose of the Grade 6 curriculum is for students to investigate science and technology/engineering using a range of skills, habits of mind, and subject matter knowledge in the area of Environmental and Earth Science. This education will enable students to draw on the skills, habits, and subject knowledge matter in order to participate productively in the intellectual and civic life of society and to provide the foundation for their further education. The Grade 6 science curriculum is taught through a series of instructional approaches, such as direct instruction, cooperative learning groups, small group instruction, observation journals, use of Scientific Method and experimentation. Students will also engage in hands-on activities, group projects, writing assignments through the John Collins Writing Program, Fall Plant growing project (2 month duration), Spring Science Fair Presentation, and Student Science Bowl

 

Social Studies

The Grade 6 St. Theresa Of The Child Jesus School Social Studies Curriculum is based on the Massachusetts State Frameworks and incorporates the Common Core Standards for literacy in History and Social Studies. Grades 6 and 7 form a two-year sequence in which students study regions of the world by examining physical geography, nations in the region today, and select ancient and classical societies before 1000 CE. Regions for grade 6 are: Western Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East; Sub-Saharan Africa; and Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Students investigate guiding questions such as “How does geography affect how societies develop and interact?” and “How have human societies differed from one another across time and regions?”