6th Grade Curriculum

SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
- Geology and Mineralogy
- Astronomy
- Physics
- Mechanical/Mathematical geometry
- Business math

LANGUAGE ARTS
- Independent writing
- Grammar
- Topic statements, rough drafts, and revisioning
- Book reports and research paper/presentation
- Weekly spelling/vocabulary tests
- Complex memorization of their lines and actions for parts in the class play

GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
- Ancient Rome: monarchy, republic, empire and fall
- Founding of Christianity and Islam
- The Crusades
- Medieval life in Europe
- South American or European geography

ART
- Painting and drawing
- Sculptural modeling

WORLD LANGUAGES
- Alternating 6-week blocks of German and Spanish

HANDWORK
- Patternmaking and sewing: conceive and create a stuffed animal
- Translation from 2-D flat pattern to 3-D handmade object

MUSIC
- Band or orchestra
- Recorder and singing
- Tenor & alto recorder
- Music literacy
- 5th/6th grade chorus

DRAMA
- 6th grade play: Story from the history curriculum
- Past plays performed include the Newberry-winning, “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!” about children in a medieval English manor.

GYM & EURYTHMY
- Gym continues training in movement for balance, agility, strength & coordination
- Eurythmy for interpretive, emotional energy

FIELD TRIPS & COMMUNITY EVENTS
- Caving: Geology and Mineralogy trip. Three days in southern Illinois, exploring sinkholes, crawl caves and cavern showrooms.

 

Read more about the teacher's perspective for 6th grade.

 

6TH GRADE CURRICULUM: EXAMPLE OF A RESEARCH REPORT & THE BEGINNING OF TEAM SPORTS

6th graders select topics for independent research projects and participate in extracurricular athletics