BIBLE: The sixth grade curriculum provides students with the tools they need for real-life Biblical application. The Purposefully Designed Series is a biblically based, age-appropriate, application-oriented Bible curriculum. This outstanding curriculum not only provides students with the truth of God’s Word, but also gives them the impetus to apply that truth to their daily walk. Christ and My Life, published by Purposeful Designs, is a New Testament overview focusing on familiar passages with strong principles for life application. Specific topics include: redemption, relationships, feelings, thoughts, choices, growing in faith, Lordship of Christ and final events. Novel tie-in: The Bronze Bow.
LANGUAGE ARTS: In language arts, sixth graders draw from their foundational skills in reading, writing, listening, critical thinking, grammar, and spelling to broaden their awareness of God’s wonderful gift of communication through words. Students continue using phonics rules to spell correctly in weekly spelling assignments and tests. Diagramming subjects, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, direct and indirect objects, predicate nominatives, predicate adjectives, and prepositional phrases are all covered thoroughly. Students write personal narratives, newspaper editorials, how-to instructions, historical fiction stories, compare and contrast essays, and poetry. A research paper unit, in correlation with the ACSI Science Fair, provides a strong foundation for students entering middle school. The most challenging aspects of the sixth grade language arts curriculum are the novel studies. From an in-depth analysis of the Civil War in Across Five Aprils to the devastating realities of the Holocaust as experienced in The Hiding Place, students are stretched to incorporate several language arts disciplines and to reach new levels of reading comprehension and literature appreciation. Number the Stars and The Bronze Bow are also read during the year. The sixth grade language arts curriculum provides a wonderful springboard for entering middle school with an excellent foundation for the challenging work ahead. Open Court Reading Curriculum, SRA Reading, Vocabulary from Classical Roots, Bob Jones English: Writing and Grammar, D’Nealian Hand Writing Curriculum, and other quality literature are used.
MATH: The focus of sixth grade mathematics is to review and expand all elementary math concepts to prepare the student for Pre-Algebra. Topics covered include whole numbers; decimals and fractional operations; algebra; geometry; measurement; statistics and probability. Throughout the year, students build a foundation of basic understandings in algebraic thinking using The Hands-on Equations Learning System. This visual, kinesthetic, and pictorial teaching methodology successfully presents essential algebraic concepts. Problem solving strategies and organizational skills are developed during projects which include making an order of operations mobile, a Christmas factor tree, a personal time line, and a Geometry in My World poster. The Harcourt Math Curriculum, Mountain Math, and Hands-On Equations Learning System are used as curriculum resources.
SCIENCE: In sixth grade science four major areas are explored: life science, physical science, earth and space science, and the human body. Sixth graders acquire valuable skills through age-appropriate scientific inquiry while gaining deeper appreciation of God’s creation. In life science, students study vertebrate and invertebrate animals, plants, life cycles and biomes, classification and cells. They study light, energy, motion, and matter to have a better understanding of physical science and God’s marvelous power. In earth science, students investigate the earth’s resources, changes in the earth’s crust, space, and elements of weather forecasting. One of the highlights of sixth grade science is attending the Forest Glen Christian Camp near Huntsville, TX. Here students enjoy an outdoor education and learn to appreciate God’s handiwork. Science culminates with a study of how God created the human body, planned for human development, and gave man the responsibility of being a good steward of his body. Sixth grade students also participate in the ACSI Science Fair in the spring. The Purposeful Design Science Curriculum, Choices, is used.
HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY: In social studies of the New World, sixth graders can see God’s provision in establishing the countries of the Western Hemisphere. Teaching history from God’s perspective and with a Biblical base gives students a new reverence for God’s sovereignty over all things. The creative mind of God is seen through the study of many fascinating landforms, plants, animals, peoples, and cultures of the Western Hemisphere. Students gain a more in-depth look at the United States and its great heritage. Godly men and ideas are studied throughout the curriculum to heighten the students’ awareness of a Christian world-view. A true sense of patriotism is fostered in the sixth grade history curriculum as students learn what price was paid for their freedom. The A Beka Curriculum (The New World) and other resources are used as curriculum. Novel tie-ins: Number the Stars, Across Five Aprils, and The Hiding Place.
SPECIAL SUBJECTS: Every day sixth graders also enjoy participating in special classes that provide extra enrichment. Special subjects include music, library, computer, art, and Spanish. Daily physical education classes are scheduled as well. In P.E., students will delight in taking a field trip to the YMCA to play water polo. Sixth grade students also participate in an art field trip to a local museum.
ACCELERATED READING: AR is a computer generated motivational reading program for students in 4th – 6th grades. The AR software provides guided independent reading practice. Studies show that increased time spent reading leads to gains in reading achievement for all students regardless of prior ability.
DISCOVERY DAYS: Discovery Days are experienced at each grade level. Students have the opportunity to personally “discover” historical events and science in nature. Sixth grade students participate in four days at Forest Glen Christian Camp near Huntsville, Texas, which provides them with hands-on science activities. To culminate the reading of Number the Stars, sixth graders celebrate the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah with traditional Jewish fare and “interviews” of characters from the book. A variety of activities, such as “A Clock Shop Party” and “raids” are incorporated into the novel study of The Hiding Place. To culminate this unit, students visit the Holocaust Museum in Downtown, Dallas.