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.

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 lesson’s particular area. After finishing Taming a Liger we have a viewing party of the film in Napoleon Dynamite's honor.

Curriculum: Deep Roots

This curriculum helps students find knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of a Biblical worldview from the Word of God. It is designed to help foster a love for Jesus, build Godly character, and cultivate critical thinking 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.

 **Please note that all projects are subject to change

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, 2nd, and 4th Quarters: Students will self-select a writing piece each quarter from the weekly finished work they have submitted. This submitted work will count as the project grade for English.
  • 3rd Quarter: Students will participate in ACSI Speech Meet in January. The project grade will be based on the grade awarded to the student (or student group)  by the judges in the category.

**Please note that all projects are subject to change

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

 **Please note that all projects are subject to change

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 – 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.
  • 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.

**Please note that all projects are subject to change

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: Students will get to choose the way to show their knowledge! Students will be given 12-15 project options and pick one to illustrate the understanding of the novel.
  • 2nd Quarter - Sherlock Holmes
    • Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories
      Your group must act out one of the stories from Sherlock Holmes as a play and present it to the class. Everyone in your group must have an active role and equal participation.
  • 3rd Quarter - A Father's Promise - Students will get to choose the way to show their knowledge! Students will be given 12-15 project options and pick one to illustrate the understanding of the novel.
  • 4th Quarter - The Diary of Anne Frank - Students will be writing an essay on the novel.

**Please note that all projects are subject to change

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 - Domain Scrapbook: Students will create a scrapbook that reviews everything you have learned about classification in Chapters 1 and 2 of your science book.
  • 2nd Quarter - Create an informational awareness pamphlet on genetic disease.
    • 1. Describe the disease/condition.
    • 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 - Catapult Project- Each student will create a working catapult and give a demonstration during Family Science Night
  • 4th Quarter - Constellation Brochure- Students will research a constellation and create an informational brochure

**Please note that all projects are subject to change