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6th Grade

     6th grade is a year of acclimation - Emphasis is placed on exposing 6th graders to an experience that recognizes the importance of each student in multiple ways, including mentally, socially, physically, and emotionally. 

    Curriculum is challenging and exploratory. Students pursue their 6th grade year on one of two teams- Pride or Legends. Each team experiences aspects of each elementary school: writing across the curriculum, leadership, global studies, and project based learning (PBL).


    All students are exposed to a consistent curriculum that encompasses reading, writing, social studies, mathematics, and science. In addition, all 6th grade students participate in at least one PBL class.
 

    Based on each student’s experience in 6th grade, students in 7th and 8th grades have an option to pursue one of two pathways – Legacy or Fusion.

Course Descriptions

6th Grade Reading Workshop:

Reading Workshop is modeled after the Literacy Collaborative framework.   Literacy lessons consist of a number of elements that provide many opportunities for reading and writing across the curriculum. Instruction moves from demonstration and explicit teaching, to guided practice, to independent problem solving. Students interpret figurative language and words with multiple meanings. They examine an author's choice of words and reasonableness of statements in nonfiction works. Students critique the believability of characters and plots in fiction works. Students read autobiographies. They read and respond to fiction selections, such as classic and contemporary literature, historical fiction, fantasy or science fiction, mystery or adventure, folklore or mythology, poetry, short stories, and dramas, and nonfiction selections, such as subject area books, biographies, magazines and newspapers, various reference or technical materials, and online information. Students self-select books of interest and read independently for enjoyment.

 

6th Grade Social Studies Workshop

Social Studies workshop is designed with four basic parts: opening, mini-lesson, work time, and debriefing.  Students compare the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of the Western World with an emphasis on: (1) Europe, (2) North America, (3) South America, (4) Central America, (5) the Caribbean region, and (6) Antarctica.  Students experience activities which foster the passage moving from concrete examples to abstract reasoning, concepts, ideas, and generalizations. Students acquire positive attitudes regarding active participation, cooperation, responsibility, open-mindedness, and respect for others.

The days learning targets are shared in the opening to set the stage for learning.  During the mini lesson, the teacher provides direct instruction to the whole class.  Work time is designed to allow the students to practice the learning.  The teacher confers with individual and small groups at this time to differentiate learning to ensure one year’s growth for each student.

 

6th Grade Project Based Learning Social Studies

Project Based Learning will integrate 21st century skills within an inquiry based science curriculum demanding communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.  Students compare the history, geography, government, economic systems, current issues, and cultures of the Western World with an emphasis on: (1) Europe, (2) North America, (3) South America, (4) Central America, (5) the Caribbean region, and (6) Antarctica.  Students experience activities which foster the passage moving from concrete examples to abstract reasoning, concepts, ideas, and generalizations. Students acquire positive attitudes regarding active participation, cooperation, responsibility, open-mindedness, and respect for others.

 

6th Grade Science Workshop

Science workshop is designed with four basic parts: opening, mini-lesson, work time, and debriefing. Students understand that matter is composed of different states with different properties and that energy has different forms with unique characteristics. Relationships between celestial bodies and the force that keeps them in regular and predictable motion is studied. Students understand the complex relationships that exist between organisms in all ecosystems and that the major source of energy for all ecosystems is the sun.  

The days learning targets are shared in the opening to set the stage for learning.  During the mini lesson, the teacher provides direct instruction to the whole class.  Work time is designed to allow the students to practice the learning.  The teacher confers with individual and small groups at this time to differentiate learning to ensure one year’s growth for each student.

 

6th Grade Project Based Learning Science

Project Based Learning will integrate 21st century skills within an inquiry based science curriculum demanding communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Students understand that matter is composed of different states with different properties and that energy has different forms with unique characteristics. Relationships between celestial bodies and the force that keeps them in regular and predictable motion is studied. Students understand the complex relationships that exist between organisms in all ecosystems and that the major source of energy for all ecosystems is the sun. 

 

6th Grade Math Workshop

Math Workshop is designed with four basic parts: opening, mini-lesson, work time, and debriefing.  Students connect previous knowledge of multiplication, division, and fractions to ratios and proportional relationships; extend previous understanding of the number system and operations to fractions and negative numbers; apply and extend previous understandings of the number line to plot coordinate pairs on a Cartesian plane; formalize algebraic thinking into algebraic expressions and equations; apply their previous knowledge of geometry in real-world and mathematics situations; and begin to develop understanding of statistical variability and distributions. 

The days learning targets are shared in the opening to set the stage for learning.  During the mini lesson, the teacher provides direct instruction to the whole class.  Work time is designed to allow the students to practice the learning.  The teacher confers with individual and small groups at this time to differentiate learning to ensure one or more years growth for each student.