Sixth grade students compose different types of sentence structure including simple, compound, and complex sentences. They learn the proper use of verb tenses, indefinite pronouns, compound subjects, salutation punctuation, and capitalization. The students study metaphors, similes, hyperboles, personification, and narration. Sixth grade students prepare and present oral and written reports using outlines, themes, narrative, and concrete language. They use email, use computer documents, use keyword searches, and use bulletin boards. The students prepare and finish a multimedia presentation. Sixth grade students use persuasive writing and speaking to give a problem-solving speech.
Sixth grade social studies curriculum includes the study of early humans, the development of tools, patterns of migration, how civilizations develop, and the role of religion. Students study the people and events of ancient history including Egypt, Nubia, Kush, and Mesopotamia. They choose a topic, research ideas, take notes, organize an outline, write a rough draft, write a bibliography, write a final copy, and give an oral report of their findings. The students utilize map skills throughout the year demonstrating their knowledge of The Balkan Peninsula, Greece, Egypt, India, Rome, and China. Sixth grade students study the regions of China and Rome and the events and people that shaped those societies. They study ancient Rome, the Birth of Christianity, Moses and the Ten Commandments, and Abraham the Father of Many Nations.
Sixth grade science students study earthquakes, volcanoes, the outer layer, the metallic core, and oceanic plates. Students develop critical thinking skills with laboratory oriented projects including artesian wells, erosion by water, simple machines, and photosynthesis. Sixth grade science studies include ecosystems, fossil fuels, solar energy, thermodynamics, and biodiversity. They study worldwide weather, the five biomes, and energy and matter in the environment. Authentic assessment tools, such as oral presentations, science fair projects, and cooperative activities are incorporated into the sixth grade program.
Sixth grade students multiply and divide using whole numbers and decimals. They solve equations and problems using fractions and mixed numbers. They study geometric formulas, data analysis, and mathematical reasoning. The sixth grade student works with percentages, ratios, and proportions. They study probability and statistics using date analysis and estimation. Sixth grade students study geometry, symmetry, transformations, and spatial relationships.