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Sixth Grade Curriculum

Phonics and Reading:

Review basic concepts as needed, Reading 2 by Grant Von Harrison, concepts related to spelling units. Reading groups read approved novels. Two hundred pages per month of supplemental reading are required with a written book report.

Memorization includes weekly poetry assignments and quarterly speeches (how-tos, retell a story, and researched report).


Grammar topics include sentence development, locating information, Dewey Decimal system, abbreviating, possessives, appositives, reference materials (encyclopedias and almanacs), verbs (types and tenses), vocabulary building, adjectives and adverbs, word building (prefixes, suffixes, root and compound words), complements, pronouns, parts of a book (glossary, index), connecting words, organizing information (taking notes, bibliography), building sentences (independent and dependent clauses, complex sentences, adjective and adverb clauses, misplaced modifiers).


Choosing words, combining sentences, editing and proofreading. One composition per week. Review use of story plan, quotation marks, margins, titles, paragraphs. Minimum of one journal entry per week. Review margins, title, how-to paragraphs, cause and effect. Narratives, narrowing topics, seasonal topics, writing descriptions, combining sentences with adjectives, adverbs, descriptive paragraph, writing to persuade (evaluations, charting essential information, combining sentences with relative pronouns), enjoying humorous essays, research report (topic outline, rough draft, report), writing for newspaper, writing letters, gathering firsthand information, friendly and business letters, envelopes.

Printing, Cursive:

Review entire alphabet in formation groups, check for common problems and drill. Review troublesome formation using spelling words and poetry.


Saxon 87 is taught along with mental math questions daily. In February, March and April – supplemental exercises for SAT practice.


Using the dictionary, sequence, realistic fiction, cause and effect, reader connections re beginnings, comparisons, fact and opinion, evaluating time periods, ironies, making predictions, thinking critically, analogies, drawing conclusions, science selections, queries, main ideas, preparing for tests, summarizing, listening, speaking, introductions, conducting a meeting, fact vs. opinion, listening critically, evaluating queries.


Review parts of a computer and basic concepts. Typing program and reinforcement games. WordPerfect (5.1 and 6.0) taught and used for composition or research projects.

Social Studies:

TEXTBOOK: Canada and Latin America (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill)

An introduction is given to include definition of geography, globe and map usage, structure of the Earth’s crust and plate tectonics, and an overview of the geography of the western hemisphere.

The scope of Canadian history and geography is covered, to include early explorers and colonies, the first Canadians, development of this nation from earliest times (through conflict) to the present.

Latin America is thoroughly studied through topics including cultures of Latin America, Indian tribes, European explorers and conquests, settlement of colonies, revolts and liberators. This land area is divided into Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America (North Coast countries, Andean countries, countries of the Rio de la Plata, and Brazil).

A variety of map work is completed.


Science topics include a special emphasis on the life sciences: classifying organisms; reproduction in plants and animals; ecosystems; basic structures, systems, and functions of the human body.

Additional topics from the earth and physical sciences include problems of pollution and conservation; study of stars, telescopes, rockets, and satellites; classification of matter; static and current electricity; energy transfer; and fuel resources and options.

Wild Goose science lab allows hands-on experiments relating to the above-mentioned topics.


Learn one new song each week, review previously-learned songs, learn seasonal songs, preparation for school programs involves basic showmanship and staging, some composers will be introduced.


Daily drawing assignments using “I Can Draw”; weekly season projects include weaving, painting, modeling, dip-and-drape, varied-medium compositions, and craft items. Artists introduced are Georges Seurat (pointillism), Michelangelo (clay sculpturing), Van Gogh (everyday subjects, brilliant colors), Albrecht Durer (soap engravings and prints), Picasso (abstracts, cubism), Escher (tessellations), Leonardo da Vinci (detailed plant/insect), Egyptian Art (hieroglyphics, copper tooling), Art related to geography (landscapes on scrolls, Chinese characters, Greek silhouettes).

Physical Education:

Presidential Fitness program: curl-ups, pull-ups, shuttle run, one mile walk/run on inside track, V-sit and reach. Group games to include basketball, volleyball, soccer, kickball, and softball. Skiing during January and February (six weekly afternoons).