6th Grade Curriculum Guide


 

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St. Teresa Catholic School

Mission Statement

The mission of St. Teresa Catholic School is to provide a quality education that challenges and empowers students to develop their full potential. Our program is based on Gospel values and Catholic traditions and is implemented in a Christ-centered community that stresses excellence for all students.

Philosophy

At St. Teresa School we believe that each person is a child of God, blessed with unique gifts and talents, and so we endeavor to:

    • Promote the holistic development of each individual
    • Provide a program of learning which challenges and empowers   students
    • Integrate spiritual beliefs and values with learning and living
    • Form a partnership between home and school to enrich each child’s life
    • Promote respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual.

Curriculum Guide Introduction

The purpose of this Curriculum Guide is to summarize the major objectives of the instructional program at this grade level at St. Teresa Catholic School.  The curriculum has been designed to follow the recommendations of the Diocese of Orlando, and meets or exceeds the expectations set forth in the Florida Standards.

Religion

Students are introduced to the Bible in more depth this year and they learn about the major themes of the Old Testament and the New Testament.  They learn about forming and building the covenant nation.  They are helped become more aware of creation and of their responsibility to be good stewards of Gods gifts. Students review prayers previously learned and memorize additional prayers. They participate as lectors, altar servers, gift bearers, ushers, and cantors at the children’s weekly liturgy.  Students participate in service projects at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and in other outreach programs to the needy.

Language Arts

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking are the integrated components of the language arts curriculum.  The sixth grade student will attain comprehension strategies by reading a variety of material such as short stories in literature, complete novels, and poems, as well as informative text.  The students grow in the ability to identify various types of literature and read literature that is multicultural in theme to enhance their personal perspective.  They write informatively, descriptively, and persuasively.  Much of the writing is generated through poetry, essays, research reports, and creative writing assignments.  The students are also engaged in learning and reinforcing their knowledge of various parts of speech, sentence structure and punctuation.  Writing and speaking enable the student to communicate ideas and information effectively for a wide variety of purposes and audiences.

Mathematics

Students study the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, fractions, and decimals.  The order of operations is reviewed and expanded upon and students learn to express fractions as decimals and decimals as fractions.  They study ratios, proportions, and percentage.  Students write and evaluate basic algebraic expressions.  They learn to solve one-step equations using the property of equality.  They are introduced into the concept of Integers. Students collect data, create and interpret graphs, study statistics and central tendencies.  Students classify, measure, compute area and volume of geometric figures.  They work with standard and metric units of measurement.  Problem solving, critical thinking, and test strategies are emphasized in this program throughout the year.

Science

Sixth grade students concentrate their science on Earth Science topics—weather, earthquakes, volcanoes, and speed are some of the topics covered.  Laboratory safety and skills are taught.  Students have opportunities for hands-on activities in a laboratory environment, as well as virtual labs in the computer lab.  These both are used to practice using the scientific method of experimentation. They participate in a judged school science fair and have the opportunity to qualify for the Brevard County Catholic Schools Elementary Science Fair in the spring.

Social Studies-World Cultures

World cultures and their histories are the focus for this course of study.  Special emphasis is placed on the discoveries of early man, ancient Egypt, the Greek city-states, the Roman Empire, the beginning of Christianity, the Medieval period, the Renaissance, the Reformation and political revolutions throughout the world.  Students are expected to draw inferences as to how the past shapes the present by reading about and discussing current events.

Music 

Music class gives students the opportunity to be involved in a variety of activities including listening exercises, proper singing technique, movement (dance), and playing pitched/non-pitched instruments.  Fundamental concepts learned in 6th Grade music:  orchestra/band, march form, and constructing scales.

Students may be participants in Band, Choir, and Handbells.

Spanish

Students in grade six continue to use ¡Avancemos! as their textbook.  They review greetings, vocabulary, grammar structure, adjectives, singular and plurals, nouns, and verbs in present tense.  Their comprehension and articulation is increased through written and oral activities.  They are introduced to Spanish Literature through simple stories.

Physical Education

Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the team as well as individual performance.  Students practice respect and are expected to always keep the safety of others and themselves in a dynamic setting as a priority.  They expand on their knowledge of health and wellness and are challenged to make it a lifetime goal.  Students may participate in athletics such as Basketball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Soccer, Golf, Swimming, or Softball and Cross Country.

Technology

In the technology class, students demonstrate proficiency and fluidity in word processing skills, and in creating and working with spreadsheets and databases through a variety of assignments and activities.  They use various types of educational software and Internet searches as a complement to their curriculum. Basic computer programming logic is also taught.

Art

Students at this grade level work in media such as crayon, paint, oil pastels, chalks, print-making, and collage.  They are expected to master many skills including cutting, pasting, and painting. Themes from language arts, social studies, math and science are integrated into lessons while art history, aesthetics, and art criticism are also incorporated. Students apply the elements of art and principles of design, use appropriate vocabulary, include content and symbolism, reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others during the completion of a project.

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