Sixth Grade Curriculum

Philosophy Statement: Development of a biblical worldview based on God’s Holy Word is the foundation to living the Christian life. Immersing students in Scripture content begins at an early age through grade level Bible curriculum and biblical integration in every core curriculum. Studying God’s Word leads students to the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom guiding students in the development of godly inner character, and the pursuit of a personal saving relationship with Jesus Christ. Students’ spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs are met as they commit Scripture to memory, lead an active prayer life, and daily apply biblical truths.

Course Objective: Students will survey the Old Testament and understand its primary themes. This course will lay a foundation for future studies especially in relation to the New Testament. Sixth graders will complete lessons 1-43 in Route 66 and have enrichment activities that accompany those lessons. The students will then be prepared for the 7th grade completion of Route 66 and the study of the New Testament. Students will participate in activities to help them apply the Scriptures to important issues faced by sixth grade students. The materials are designed to capture the students’ interest and encourage them to think and become more Christ-like. The focus is on personal Bible study and the memorization of key scriptures which can guide all of life’s decisions.

Resources/Textbook:
NIV Bible
Route 66, Travel through the Bible–(Lessons 1-43)
Bible Covenants
Jesus in the Old Testament
Studying God’s Word, Book E & F

Materials:
Student workbook

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week

Course Content:
An overview of the Old Testament.

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, bible memorization, student worksheets, unit assessments, projects, and cooperative group work.

Additional Activities:
Chapel (once a week)
Service Projects

Philosophy Statement: The language arts are based on the knowledge that God is a communicating God. He desires for us to understand and obey his spoken and written Word. He has given us the ability to communicate with each other. We desire to develop this gift to become effective communicators by a strong emphasis on reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Course Objective: Emphasis is placed on the introduction and the reinforcement of grammar, usage, mechanics, vocabulary, and essay writing. Through literature units in fables, myths, poetry, and novels, the common literary terms and techniques are introduced and reviewed regularly. Assistance in improving reading comprehension is also an important aspect of the literature program.

Resources/Textbook:
Realms of Gold, Volume 1
Holy Bible (NIV)
Holt, Elements of Language, Introductory Course
George Mueller, He Dared to Trust God for the Needs of Countless Orphans, Faith Coxe Bailey
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White
Wordly Wise 3000, Level 6

Materials:
• Novel Studies
• Student Workbooks
• Student Dictionary/Thesaurus
• Various Teacher Resources and Publications

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Literature
• Writing
• Grammar
• Vocabulary

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, portfolios, teacher observations, literature circles, grading rubrics, quizzes, reports, projects, tests.

Philosophy Statement: Mathematical truths demonstrate the orderliness, precision, and consistency of God; because man’s creativity, like God’s, often requires mathematical understanding; and because the understanding of mathematical concepts adds to our understanding of expressions in other areas of life.

Course Objective: Students will discover that God is the creator of logical reasoning while learning to master several different problem solving strategies and various computation methods.

Resources/Textbook:
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Saxon Math, Course 2

Materials:
• Saxon Math, Course 2 Power Up Student Workbooks

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Number and Operations
• Algebra
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Data Analysis and Probability
• Problem-Solving

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, homework assignments and tests.

Additional Activities:
Hands on Investigations

Philosophy Statement: The natural world was created by the word of God and reveals facets of the character and nature of God. Science is taught through problem solving, hands-on experiments, observation and conclusions. Science education should provide students with an understanding of the created world, creating a sense of awe and wonder concerning the creative God. Foundations of science understanding can be used for further study and academic preparation to equip students to compassionately care for people and wisely steward creation.

Course Objective: Students will learn to analyze God’s creation by exploring Life, Earth, and Physical Science.

Resources/Textbook:
• Scott Foresman Science
• Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook, Grade 6
• Holy Bible (NIV)
• Variety of teacher resources for hands-on-activities and experiments

Materials:
Variety of lab equipment

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content:
• Scientific Method
• Rocks and Minerals
• Climate and Weather
• Oceanic Circulation Patterns
• Plate Tectonics
• Properties of Matter
• Physical and Chemical Changes of Matter
• Classification of Living Things
• Cells and Cell Theory
• Reproduction
• Genetics
• Human Body Systems
• Plant Structures
• Engineering
• Electric Circuits

Areas to be evaluated:
Class participation, homework assignments, projects, evaluation and data collection from experimentation, tests and quizzes.

Additional Activities:
Various hands-on activities and experiments to enrich units of study

Philosophy Statement: The word geography is derived from two Greek words meaning to write about or describe the land. It is the study of the spatial pattern of the human and physical dimensions of the world. The discipline of geography thus must be related to God, since He is the Creator of the land and world. He is responsible for the contour of the earth. God has charged us to be good stewards of the land. The knowledge that comes from the Bible is shown through Geography and the Earth as God’s paintbrush.

Course Objective: Students will explore how spatial patterns form, change over time, and relate to one another throughout various regions of the Western Hemisphere. Students will examine the cultural, political, and economic developments, physical geography, and population distributions over the Western Hemisphere. Students will examine the different countries of the Western Hemisphere through the five themes of geography; location, place, movement, region, and human-environment interaction.

Resources/Textbook:
World Studies: Discovering World Geography, McGraw Hill
ConnectEd-online textbook
Supplemental Materials: Nystrom World Atlas
Enrichment: I-Pad Aps, desktop maps, manipulatives, and games
Various teacher resources and publication
Discovery Education

Time Allotment: 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week, 2 semesters

Course Content: Units of study will include the countries and continents of the Western Hemisphere

  • Map Skills
  • Physical Features
  • Earth’s Processes/Forces Shaping Earth
  • Climate, Weather, Vegetation
  • Political and Economic Systems
  • History
  • Population
  • Culture
  • Natural Resources

Areas to be evaluated:
Class discussion, quizzes, tests, reports, map skills, participation, reading questions, worksheets and projects.

Evaluation Techniques:
Quizzes, tests, reports, projects, maps, and observations

Essential Elements:

  • The World in Spatial Terms
  • Places and Regions
  • Physical Systems
  • Human Systems
  • Environment and Society
  • The Uses of Geography

Content Skills:
Standard 1: the student will analyze data from a geographic perspective using the skills and tools of Geography
Standard 2: the student will examine the cultural and physical characteristics of the major regions of the Western Hemisphere
Standard 3: the student will examine the interactions of physical systems that shape the patterns of earth’s surface
Standard 4: the student will analyze the human systems of the Western Hemisphere in the context of the world’s peoples and cultures
Standard 5: the student will analyze the interactions of humans and their environment in the Western Hemisphere