6th Grade

The 6th grade experience is designed to be fun and engaging. The curriculum along with the field trips, projects, activities, and games are designed to enhance the ultimate learning experience!

Field Trips

  • Hume Lake – Hume Lake is a five day science camp in Sequoia National Park that focuses on finding God in the world around us. They offer exciting games and evening chapel services that are powerful and challenging. The exciting educational classes and fun activities make this camp an amazing 6th grade experience!
  • Eldorado Canyon Gold Mine – The gold mine enhances the student's understanding of chapter three in our science book. We are actually taken into the mine in order to get a glimpse of what mining life is all about; they even turn out all of the lights!
  • Titanic Exhibit – We touch on the events of the Titanic in our history curriculum. In order to bring this to life for the students we visit the exhibit to better understand the people of that era and the difficulties they endured.

*Field trips are subject to change.

Guest Speakers: We have several guest speakers throughout the school year that touch on various topics.


Subject: Bible

Curriculum: Taming a Liger by Jeff Dunn and Adam Palmer

We begin the Bible curriculum watching Napoleon Dynamite on which our devotional, Taming a Liger, is based. This twenty-four chapter devotional gives funny and interesting examples from the movie to explain how we should live our lives as Christians. Each student applies the verse and lesson given in each chapter to their lives by writing a short paragraph, first summarizing the lesson given and then giving an example when they failed or succeeded in the lessons particular area. After finishing Taming a Liger we have a tetherball tournament in Napoleon Dynamite's honor.

Curriculum: Positive Action for Christ: Winning the Race by Cherie Noel
This curriculum helps students find knowledge, wisdom, and understanding for themselves from the Word of God. It is designed to help each student make the right choices based on the Biblical foundation that they receive and their personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The Bible grade for all quarters is based on class work, homework, memory verse tests, and projects.

**Projects:

  • 1st Quarter – Write a one page typed essay of what God has done in your life.  Choose a Bible verse that represents you.
  • 2nd Quarter – Bible Character Project: Each student will choose a character and complete a project according to the given rubric.
  • 3rd Quarter - Bible Board Game: Students will work in groups to create a board game that illustrates and depicts a story from the Bible.
  • 4th Quarter – Write a one page typed descriptive essay on what God did in your life while at Hume Lake.

 


Subject: English

Curriculum: IEW Writing/Easy Grammar

The IEW Curriculum, U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons, offers two semesters of lessons; this course works through all nine structural models of the IEW Syllabus.  Each lesson gives a clear writing assignment with a detailed checklist of Structure and Style requirements. These lessons utilize source texts touching on people and events in United States history from explorers to modern times.  Another part of the IEW curriculum is Fix It! Grammar, a daily practice where grammar is taught in context through a retelling of The Frog Prince. With IEW, students are also given vocabulary words which they are encouraged to use in their daily reading and writing practices.  Students will have weekly vocabulary tests where they will need to identify the proper spelling, definition, parts of speech, and synonyms and antonyms.

Easy Grammar combines effective strategies with the prepositional approach through the use of daily-guided grammar review (capitalization, punctuation, and other areas on a daily basis) a tool that is essential for both speaking and writing. This reinforced daily process promotes mastery learning.

**Projects:

  • 1st Quarter – Create a comic strip using Microsoft word based on a concept from chapters 1-5 of your history book (you choose). You must include the four types of sentences, which are: interrogative, imperative, exclamatory, and declarative. This English project grade will be based on using the four types of sentences and using them correctly.
  • 2nd Quarter – Write a "How to" column using anything that you would like to teach a third grader. Make sure that what you are trying to teach your third grader is age appropriate and that they are capable of doing what you are teaching them "How to" do. Use pictures and graphs, anything that will help them learn from your writing. Your assignment is to be completed using Microsoft Power Point. Your grade will be based on how well the third grader is able to accomplish doing the task in your "How to" paper. You must supply one of whatever is needed to accomplish your task (this will be used by the 3rd grader).
  • 3rd Quarter – You must write a persuasive essay on why you deserve an "A" in English. Persuade me and you receive an "A", don't persuade me and you will not. Be sure to use all of the criteria required for a persuasive essay. Part of your 4thquarter English grade will also include the spelling and mechanics portion of your history research project.
  • 4th Quarter – Freestyle writing project, student's choice of topic and writing form. Final grade will also include journal and portfolio review as well as the final reflection essay.

 


Subject: History

Curriculum: A Beka

The A Beka history curriculum focuses on the following: (understanding is evaluated by comprehension questions, games, quizzes, and tests)

*Projects:

  • 1st Quarter -  Students work in groups to research a Native American tribe and report their findings using PowerPoint.
  • 2nd Quarter - Students work in groups to research one of the original 13 colonies and create a travel brochure.
  • 3rd Quarter - Students will create a catapult for science class and write a report in social studies about the history of the catapult.
  • 4th Quarter - A research project on a South American country

 


Subject: Math

Curriculum: Saxon Math Course 2, Houghton Mifflin

Saxon Math’s differences make the difference in helping middle school students master the standards and obtain a foundation for algebra- with an understanding that lasts for a lifetime.  Saxon Math is the new look of results for today’s standards, where mastery learning is required of all students. Saxon Math’s distributed approach breaks apart traditional units and then distributes and integrates the concepts across the year.  This creates a learning curve that provides the time most students need to master each part of every standard. With this approach, no skills or concepts get dropped and students retain what they have learned well beyond the test. Every lesson in Saxon Math follows the same three-part lesson plan: The Power Up, New Concepts, and Written Practice.  The Power Up at the beginning of every lesson provides daily reinforcement and building of basic skills and concepts, mental math, and problem solving strategies. New Concepts are introduced using clear explanations and a set of examples that build in depth. Through the in-lesson Activities, students explore math concepts using manipulatives and other materials.  Students will work through the Practice Set to see how well each student understands the day’s new skills and concepts before completing the Written Practice which provides depth with its integrated and distributed practice-allowing students to review, maintain, and build on concepts and skills previously taught.

**Projects:

  • 1st Quarter – Famous Mathematician Poster Project- Students will choose a mathematician to research.  They will write a research paper and create a poster/visual presentation of their selection.
  • 2nd Quarter – Teach A Lesson- Each student will pick a lesson from the math book (Lessons 1-50) and teach it to their classmates.  They will have a visual representation, oral presentation, and provide a practice worksheet.
  • 3rd Quarter – Scale Drawing of Bedroom (Scale Conversion)
    • First, clean your room
    • Measure the dimensions of your room in inches
    • Measure the dimensions of the items in your room that take up floor space in inches
    • (bed, desk, dresser, nightstand, shelf, etc.).
    • Convert the actual measurements of your room and all items that take up floor space
    • from the actual size to the scale size using the scale: 1/4inch=1 foot.
    • You must show all of your work with the actual size and the conversions to scale size.
    • Once all of your measurements and conversions are complete then make a 3-D scale
    • size version of your room and the items that take up floor space.
    • You will be presenting this to the class; make your presentation "and then some".
    • Be neat, complete, and accurate!
    • The more you do the better your grade will be!
  • 4th Quarter –Teach A Lesson- Each student will pick a lesson from the math book (Lessons 51-100) and teach it to their classmates.  They will have a visual representation, oral presentation, and provide a practice worksheet.

 


Subject: Reading

Curriculum: A Beka

The A Beka reading curriculum consists of three books (Mountain Pathways, Voyage of Discovery, and Of America II) that contain a series of interesting short stories. Each student is required to read one short story and answer comprehension questions using complete sentences four days a week. Vocabulary words from the stories are given as a test every Friday morning. A timed reading assignment taken from the books Read and Think and Adventures in Greatness with multiple choice answers are given as a quiz randomly throughout each week.

**Projects:
Each student is also required to read one novel each quarter. Reading projects are based on the required novel reading and book reports. The book reports must be written by using the writing process. A series of in class fun activities are also included with each novel.

  • 1st Quarter - The Phantom Tollbooth: In your group make a board game based on the book The Phantom Tollbooth. All criteria must be followed.
    • *All pieces (except dice if needed) are to be hand made.
    • *There must be a board of some kind to play on.
    • *Objectives and theme must be based on characters and events from The Phantom
    • Tollbooth.
    • *The game must be able to be played by 4 or more players.
    • *The game must include written directions.
    • *All work done on the game must be done by the students.
    • *You may use the computer to type up cards and/or other pieces for your game.
    • *You may use the computer for clip art or other pictures to be used in your game.
    • *Your game must not resemble any one game in particular.
    • *Your game must be fun to play.
    • *The more creative you are, the better your grade will be.
    • *You may make up the entire game from your imagination; or you may pull all of your
    • favorite things from games that you have played and put them into one. Just remember,
    • the more you do and the more creative that you are, the better your grade will be
  • 2nd Quarter - Jewel Cases: Five Classic Mysteries of Theft
    • Your group must act out one of the stories in Jewel Cases as a play and video tape it to show in class as a movie. You may adapt the story's setting or change things in the story that does not change the story's meaning or timeline. Everyone in your group must have an active role and equal participation. The characters must stay true to whom they are. Be creative and have fun!
  • 3rd Quarter - A Father's Promise - book report
  • 4th Quarter - The Diary of Anne Frank - book report

Subject: Science

Curriculum: Purposeful Design - ACSI

The Purposeful Design science curriculum focuses on the following: (understanding is evaluated by comprehension questions, games, quizzes, and tests)

**Projects:

  • 1st Quarter - Invent a bug/insect/arachnid using your imagination. Your creation must have all of the characteristics unique to the family it belongs to. Create this bug/insect/arachnid out of any materials that are available to you (must be 3-D). Be creative! You must label all of the parts of your bug/insect/arachnid, tell what family it belongs to and have a name for your creature. You will be doing an oral presentation so be prepared!
  • 2nd Quarter - Create an informational awareness pamphlet on one of the following diseases: Down syndrome, cancer, heart disease, heart disease, sickle cell anemia, PKU, albinism, hemophilia, obesity, lupus, arthritis, diabetes, dwarfism, spina bifida. 1. Describe the disease. 2. Give at least three high risk factors 3. Include at least three pictures having to do with the disease. 4. Describe any/all treatments available. 5. Include at least one interesting fact.
  • 3rd Quarter - Use a box at least the size of a shoebox. The diorama must be a 3-D display. Your diorama must show the continental shelf, slope, and rise, as well as two other ocean floor features. Label them accordingly. Include at least one example of the three groups of marine organisms. Label which group they belong to and place them in the correct area on the ocean zones. Include and label a brine pool. Be creative and colorful. Make sure to use correct spelling on all labels.
  • 4th Quarter - Science Fair

 


Subject: Spelling

Curriculum: A Beka

The A Beka spelling curriculum consists of helping the students to be able to identify prefixes and suffixes with their correct meanings, to identify the correct word usage for each of the spelling words and to grow in dictionary skills. The A Beka spelling curriculum also includes poetry in which the students become familiar with Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Sara Tesdale, Louisa Fletcher, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Lord Alfred Tennyson.

The students are required to memorize approximately thirty-five spelling words each week and an average of twelve spelling vocabulary definitions. There is a test the last day of each week that includes spelling the words correctly, a dictation sentence (given by the teacher) and being able to write the definition for the vocabulary words given. Daily assignments, homework, and games also help to make an excellent spelling curriculum.

**Projects:
There are no projects for spelling.

**Please note that all projects are subject to change