CURRICULUM:

RELIGION:

STRAND I – MESSAGE: 

Students will understand scripture as God’s revelation.  They will recognize key elements, literary forms, key figures and stories of scripture.  Students will understand Jesus and the New Testament in light of the Old Testament.

  • Introduction to Old Testament Scripture
  • Structure of Old Testament Scripture
  • Creation, Prophets and Holy Spirit
  • The New Testament
  • The Unity of the Old and New Testaments 
STRAND II – WORSHIP:

Students will experience different forms of Scriptural prayer, value the feasts and seasons of the Liturgical Year, and understand the importance of sacred signs and symbols used in prayer and liturgy.

  • Prayer
  • Liturgical Year
  • Ritual Signs and Symbols
STRAND III – COMMUNITY:

Students will realize that membership in the church community includes tradition, service, and prayer.

  • Membership in Church Community
  • Jewish Religion, Other Christian Religions and the Catholic Church
  • Building Community Through Life in Christ
 STRAND IV – SERVICE:

Students will see personal responsibility as their sharing in the mission and ministry of Jesus.

  • Personal Responsibility
  • Service to Others
  • Vocations

LANGUAGE ARTS:

Writing Process
  • Pre-writing
  • Drafting, Revising, and Editing
  • Publishing 
Writing Applications
  • Narrative Writing
  • Informational and Expository Writing
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Descriptive Writing
  • Letters and Documents
  • Responses to Literature
Writing Conventions
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling
  • Punctuation and Capitalization
  • Grammar and Usage
Research
  • Pre-writing
  • Drafting and Revising
  • Editing and Publishing 
Communication
  • Listening and Viewing
  • Speaking Skills and Strategies
  • Speaking Applications
The sixth grade curriculum covers;

            Non-fiction

            Short stories

            Drama- “Phantom Toll Booth”

            Poetry

1. The students are to read more challenging texts

2. Students will be exposed to vocabulary words using contextual clues, dictionaries, thesauruses, connotations/denotations and word relationships.

The use of the IPAD in the classroom helps facilitate this endeavor.

3. Applying comprehension strategies

4. Displaying comprehension of age appropriate texts using questions, assessments and oral responses.

5. Cause/effect and fact/opinion techniques

6. Usage and purpose of Literary elements

7. Identify and explain exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution

8. Character analysis

All of the above are supplemented with IPAD usage, videos, movies, audiotapes, guest speakers and field trips.

*Literature:  The Literature Standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades 

*Informational Text:  The CCR anchor standards and high school grade-specific standards work in tandem to define college and career readiness expectations—the former providing broad standards, the latter providing additional specificity.

*Writing: Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. The expected growth in student writing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student writing samples.

*Additional Note on Reading Across Subject Areas:  Reading is critical to building knowledge in history/social studies as well as in science and technical subjects. College and career ready reading in these fields requires an appreciation of the norms and conventions of each discipline, such as the kinds of evidence used in history and science; an understanding of domain-specific words and phrases; an attention to precise details; and the capacity to evaluate intricate arguments, synthesize complex information, and follow detailed descriptions of events and concepts. For example, when reading scientific and technical texts, students need to be able to gain knowledge from challenging texts that often make extensive use of elaborate diagrams and data to convey information and illustrate concepts. Students must be able to read complex informational texts in these fields with independence and confidence because the vast majority of reading in college and workforce training programs will be sophisticated nonfiction.

MATH:

In Math, the students have an opportunity in seventh and eighth grade to do Math enrichment. Some eighth graders are even invited to go to high school and take their Math class there.
• Prime and Composite Numbers: Prime Factorization, Greatest Common Factor, and Least Common Multiple

• Understand Properties of Rational Numbers 

• Equivalence: Fractions and Decimals

• Fundamentals of Operations using Fractions and Decimals

• Ratios, Proportions, Percent’s

• Order of Operations

• Understanding when to use appropriate units for a variety of situations(Ex. Celsius vs. Fahrenheit)

• Determining when to use Measurement Techniques: Perimeter, Area, Surface Area, and Volume of Circles, Triangles, and Quadrilaterals

• Comparing and Contrasting Geometric and Plane Figures

• Classify Triangles by their characteristics (angles and/or sides)

• Similar Figures

• Discuss links between Geometric ideas and everyday life

• Represent and Analyze Patterns

• Solving Simple Algebraic Equations and Inequalities

• Substitution of Variables

• Identifying and Analyzing Rates of Change

• Reading, Constructing, and Interpreting Data using appropriate representations

• Measures of Center and Spread (Mean, Median, Mode, and Range) and Statistics 

• Probability

SCIENCE:

In Science, the children get the opportunity to participate in the Science Fair. This allows the students to make a project and get judged, and receive awards for their efforts.

Overviews:  These are the science disciplines: Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life science. Overlaying all the content standards and embedded in each discipline are science inquiry and applications. These are the overarching ideas that connect the strands and the topics within the grades. Themes illustrate a progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade that is applicable to all the strands.

The Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. The PreK-8 documents are designed to provide guidance for educators who have the responsibility to teach science to Ohio students. 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Ancient civilizations – Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, India are some of the few covered.

            Empires – the rise and fall  

            Places and regions of the world

            Decision-making and skills

            Roles and Systems of Government

            Markets/trade

            Geography/use of maps, globes, IPAD,

            Problem solving-identifying

                        Cause/effect

                        Fact/opinion

                        Point of view

            Use of time lines

            Human Systems 

The above topics are augmented with the use of IPADS, videos, field trips, and audiotapes.