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Sixth Grade General Math
This course covers and expands upon the mathematical foundations essential for success in pre-algebra and algebra. This includes: 
  • Fractions, decimals, and percents.
  • Integers
  • Expressions and equations
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Data analysis and probability
  • Geometric figures
  • Measurement
  • Area, surface area, and volume
  • Graphing
Sixth Grade Accelerated Math
The accelerated course covers and expands upon the mathematical foundations essential for success in pre- algebra and algebra at an accelerated pace. This includes:
  • Fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Integers
  • Expressions and equations
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Data analysis and probability
  • Geometric figures
  • Measurement
  • Area, surface area, and volume
  • Graphing
  • This course also includes an introductory unit in pre-algebra.

Literature and Reading

  • Read literature to develop an understanding of plot, character, tone, setting, themes, and point of view
  • Study novels, short stories, and poems whose protagonists represent a variety of backgrounds and challenges
  • Read nonfiction texts as models for writing and as ways to understand a variety of viewpoints
  • Discuss concepts and collaborate on projects related to novels

Writing and Grammar

  • Write effective paragraphs, stories, and essays
  • Strengthen and practice grammar 
  • Examine and practice writing techniques
  • Strengthen vocabulary knowledge
  • Prepare and give class presentations related to literature
  • Utilize editing and proofreading to improve writing skills
  • Introduction to Earth science: the scientific method, tools used in the lab, and lab safety
  • Weathering and soil - conservation
  • Erosion and Deposition – forces that shape our landscape
  • Plate tectonics – changes to our planet’s surface
  • Earthquakes – plate motion and safety
  • Volcanoes – California geography
  • The Atmosphere – air quality and pollution
  • Climate and climate change
  • Three-day science field trip to Astrocamp 
  • Advertising, entrepreneurial, and marketing strategies for STEAM careers: Career Portfolio 
  • Market Day Challenge: students design and build a product to sell at Market Day. All profits donated to Friends in Deed 
  • Coding Literacy: HTML/web design 
  • Programming Sphero robots 
  • Building and architecture challenges 
  • Understanding who we all are: The study of human evolution  
  • Ancient civilizations: From hunter-gatherers to Sumer 
  • Study of civilizations: What does it mean to build and have a civilization? Building your own civilization project. 
  • Study of law, rights, and juries: Mock Trial 
  • Researching the world around us: World’s Fair research paper and presentation 
  • What does it mean to have belief? Studying the five major religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity)
  • Dissent and different opinion: Listening and discussing protest music
  • Math, art, science, and health in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Hispanic Heritage Month reports
  • Present/past tense/irregular verb conjugation
  • Paragraph/short story composition
Conversational topics which include:
  • Travel
  • Restaurant setting
  • Medical office
  • Schedules/itinerary
  • Past times/hobbies
  • Shopping/currency 

 

  • Comprehend and speak Latin in order to share ideas orally
  • Read novellas with sheltered vocabulary, such as Qu─źntus et Nox Horrifica
  • Practice grammar concepts like the accusative case, imperatives, personal pronouns, and present tense conjugation
  • Read and discuss the story of The Odyssey
  • Visit the Getty Villa, discuss the artwork and artifacts, and make sketches of them
  • Use Latin and Greek word roots to determine the meaning of English derivatives
  • Practice pronunciation of classical Latin
  • Explore culture topics such as the Roman villa, gods and goddesses, and the role of ancient women
Sixth-grade music is separated into wind (band instruments) and strings (orchestra) 
 
Winds
  • Continuation of instrumental instruction
  • Method book work
  • Performance Music
  • Music theory/Musical style
Strings
  • Continuation of instrumental instruction
  • Method book work
  • Performance Music
  • Music theory/ Musical style
  • Create portfolios and collect reference materials with personal meanings and interests.
  • Continue revising work based on critiques and personal reflection. 
  • Incorporating increasingly complex observational drawing skills into their work. 
  • Use digital art in the process and product stages of designing. 
  • Applying moods and feelings in theme-based artworks and projects. 
  • Learning about different art periods and styles throughout history. 
Projects and Topics: 
  • Art Research Projects 
  • David Hockney and Digital Photography and Manipulation Art Projects 
  • Two Point Perspective 
Projects and Topics: 
  • Graffiti Names and Field Trip 
  • Self Portraits 
  • Art Profession Research
  • Creating characters, stories, and design elements 
  • Performing in front of peers and demonstrate the use of body and voice to communicate  
  • Critically Responding to performance skills and to constructively comment and observe.  Concepts: Space/Time/Energy, Observe character, expression, movement, sound, collaboration, genre, and image  
  • Develop a hands-on understanding of performances on the fringe.
  • Learn about showmanship
  • Be introduced to the crafts behind the performances.
  • Determine the impact of significant contributions in dance from diverse cultures throughout history including Latin American and African American dance and the origins of ballet in Europe and North America   
  • Motor Skills and movement patterns
  • Fitness knowledge  
  • Fitness workouts  
  • Health and nutrition  
  • Team Sports Play  
  • Demonstrating personal responsibility 
  • Following rules and etiquette  
  • Sportsmanship  
  • Informed by our Episcopal identity
  • Once a week gathering with sixth through eighth-grade students
  • Once a week gathering with all grades
  • Time to reflect, pray, learn, and acknowledge events in the lives of students
  • Celebrate birthdays and communal events
  • Led by school chaplain with the assistance of the student chaplains
  • Guest speakers are welcomed to discuss different aspects of faith
  • Families and friends are welcome
  • Explore what it means to be a good person and live a good life
  • Framework of the Golden Rule and Gooden’s school motto
  • Develop and apply critical thinking and self-reflection skills
  • Explore and discuss a variety of religious and wisdom tradition and practices
  • Examine how we make decisions and what influences those decisions
  • Apply observations to current events
  • Time to reflect on sacred relationship with others, with ourselves, and with all of creation