Sixth Grade

Middle School Faculty

Mr. Anderson - Social Studies

Miss Ratliff - Language Arts and Literature

Mrs. Polach - Math

Mrs. Tice - Religion and Science


Reading/Literaturereading 6

Text: Mirrors and Windows; EMC Publishing, 2012

Primary units: Short stories; Novel Studies (Newbery Winners); Reading Non-Fiction; Folk Literature / Author Study: Lois Lowry; Historical Fiction; Science Fiction.

Skills taught: inference, sequence, genre, cause/effect, story mapping; plot diagrams; story elements; characters; theme; point of view; non-fiction reading model; public speaking.

Teaching methods and resources used: basal reader, novels, short stories, newspaper/magazine articles, story telling, group reading, silent reading, cooperative learning, projects, Accelerated Reader Program, teacher read alouds, shared literature, Literature Circles.

Language ArtsLA Copper

Text: Writing and Grammar Copper Level Prentice Hall.

Primary units:

Grammar: Parts of sentences, Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Adverbs, Prepositions and conjunctions, Sentence and paragraph structure

Writing: 6+1 Traits of Writing, Narrative, Informative, Descriptive, Short story

Skills taught: capitalization and punctuation, word usage, vocabulary, sentence combining, writing process, study skills, dialogue and quotations, possessives, connotations, antonyms, synonyms, paraphrasing and note taking, fact and opinion, research and library skills, homophones and homographs.

Teaching methods and resources used: lecture, class discussion, oral drills, journals, peer tutoring, tests, skits, art projects charts. bulletin boards, computers, language games, workbooks, dictionaries, thesaurus, letter writing

SpellingSpelling 6

Text: Vocabulary in Action Level G

Skills taught: word meaning; pronunciation; prefixes; suffixes; synonyms; antonyms; words in context.

Teaching methods and resources used: weekly word list; creating sentences with spelling words; tests; study; dictation sentences; teacher dictated sentences and Spelling Bees.


Text: Saxon Math Saxon Mathematics Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company 2012

Saxon math uses incremental learning to master curriculum content.  The curriculum that will be covered this year is as follows:
Understanding ratios and using them to solve problems; dividing fractions; compute multi digit number multiplication and division; solve algebraic expressions; solve one variable equations and inequalities; analyze relationships between independent and dependent variables; solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; develop understanding of statistical variability; summarize, describe and model statistical distributions

Text: Holt McDougal 

The curriculum that will be covered this year is as follows:
Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve problems; continue to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions using the Order of Operations; use the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions; solve real world problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations; draw, construct and describe geometrical figures; solve problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume; use random sampling to draw inferences about a population; compare two populations using statistical measures; investigate chance processes, and develop, use and evaluate probability models


Social StudiesSS text 6

Text: The United States: Civil War to Present Harcourt 

Primary units: Democratic Revolution; Industrial Revolution; Nationalism and Imperialism; World War I and the Great Depression; World War II and the Cold War; Current World Issues

Skills taught: current events, elections, citizenship, leadership, economic theory, the role of the Roman Catholic Church during relevant periods of history, maps, time lines, graph and chart skills, world geography and climate, identifying resources, predicting outcomes, decision making; discussion and writing as a fundamental method of learning.

Teaching methods and resources used: lecture, class discussion, assignments from text, group projects, peer tutoring, tests, research reports, guest speakers, field trips, videos, music tapes, art projects, maps, charts, bulletin boards, newspapers and periodicals, computer resources, geography games, teacher generated materials, student taught lessons

ScienceScience 6

Text: MacMillan McGraw Hill Science 2005

Primary Units: Scientific measurements using the metric system; Chemical and physical properties and changes of matter; Atomic structure; Classification of Elements; Laws applying to motion and forces; Uses of simple machines; Electricity and magnetism; Relationship between waves, energy and matter; Space exploration; Earth’s place in space; Compare and contrast other planets.; Star formation; Cell structure and organelle functions.

Skills taught: Use of microscopes; time scales; identifying, classifying; observing materials;  measuring using the metric system; collecting and interpreting data; predicting outcomes; decision making and science fair

Teaching methods and resources used: Class discussion, group projects, guest speakers, field trips, computer lab, videos, experiments, art projects, teacher generated materials, lecture.

ReligionReligion 6

Text: EncounterCopyright © 2013 Ascension Press






Text: Be My Disciples. RCL Benziger: 2014.

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