In the sixth grade, social studies focuses on the emergence, expansion
and decline of civilizations of the world. Students explore the geography, culture,
economy, and historical events using a variety of resources. Through the use of literature, media presentations,
field studies and immersion days, history and cultures come alive.
We embark on our voyage back in time to the Cradle of Civilizations and
continue to the beginning of our modern world, the Renaissance. By defining characteristics needed for
civilizations, we are better able to interpret the similarities and differences
between these time periods. Such
contrasts are identified through the recurring themes and issues we explore. Through
our travels, students become aware of their interconnectedness with the world. Students
develop and use critical thinking skills, tackling real world problems through
a variety of activities, such as informative and creative writing, hands on
activities, projects, and field studies. Whether it’s working with the philosophers of Greece,
the engineers of Rome, or the students of today in South America, our sixth
graders come to see themselves as members of our global society.
Sixth grade language arts
is a course in which we emphasize critical and creative thinking to express
individual ideas through writing, reading, speaking, and production. During the
year we examine several fictional texts, including poetry and drama, written by
accomplished authors, to identify and analyze character, theme, point of view,
mood, and style, and how each of these impacts the plot. Looking at literary
techniques, such as figurative language, dialogue, and sarcasm, helps us
broaden our understanding of literature and use of writer's techniques in our
In our hopes to produce
well rounded readers and writers, students will also read and view a variety of
nonfiction materials on a regular basis. Developing and writing expository and
persuasive texts will allow students to develop a different skill set,
determining the foundations needed for coherent expository writing. Students examine various texts and media for
structural characteristics, accuracy, and bias.
Language Arts course objectives
are explored through active engagement in reading, writing, rich discussion and
seminars, as well as digital media. A rich and robust use of vocabulary is
emphasized along our literary journey. Students are required to respond
critically to ideas presented in class, relating those experiences to their
life and the world around them.
Our literary topics and
readings often reflect many social, cultural, and historical issues allowing
for powerful thought provoking work. At
times our reading enhances the work students are doing in Social Studies.
During the fall, the students study Greek Mythology and its relevant
connections in today's world. Students step into Greek Day, a day full of
pageantry and drama, partaking in Greek foods, academic competitions, and
athletic events to culminate their Greek studies. Each student has the
opportunity to perform on stage in a Greek play.
Sixth grade Language Arts
at Magellan is exciting. It's diverse in nature, and presents varied ways for
students to express ideas and develop their thinking. It serves as a way for us
to nourish both our soul and intellect. Join us in this literary journey.
Sixth grade math is a fun and
engaging experience where students explore topics from the Common Core
Standards for Mathematics. Instructional
time focuses the following Domains: Ratios
and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions and Equations,
Geometry and Statistics. There are eight mathematical
practices which are integrated into instruction along with the use of technology. Having their own laptops, students are
afforded the opportunity for collaborating with others on projects, immediate
access to various research tools and can complete and submit assignments on
line. Together, these facets help students master computational skills and discover
problem solving strategies which enhance their abilities to make practical
applications of these concepts in everyday life. Emphasis is placed on both
critical and creative thinking.
Students have a lot to look forward to in sixth grade science. We explore the world around us and gain a better understanding as to why studying science is important. The curriculum focuses on matter, astronomy, energy, forces and motion, geology, ecosystems, and structures and functions of living organisms. Project Based Learning is a major focus in this class. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge by participating in a wide variety of fun and engaging projects throughout the academic year. Some of the projects to look forward to are the 6th Grade Science Fair and the Heat Loss Project. In addition, a favorite tradition of sixth grade is our voyage to Space Camp in November. This is a unique voyage that focuses on the science of space exploration.
We are going to have a great year in sixth grade science! Be prepared to work hard and have fun!
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