6th Grade Course Descriptions

SOCIAL STUDIES

This course will focus on exploring various world cultures.  Students will have an understanding of the region’s geographical, cultural, natural resources, economic and government processes.  Current events will be utilized throughout the course. The five themes of geography will be woven throughout the course.  Material will be processed through individual study and cooperative learning groups.  Output will be assessed through various forms of writing, tests, oral presentations, debate and group participation/ product.  Students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given issue, their reliability and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.

MATH (See Math Placement Criteria)

  • 6th Grade Math

The goal of this course is to expand the mathematical knowledge foundation of each student. Textbook work will be chronological. The textbook has a broad focus including a separate math literacy component. Benchmark tests on the SuccessNet web site will assess mastery of concepts. Assignment of tutorials and worksheets on concepts not mastered will be utilized. SuccessNet may be accessed at home through the Internet.

  • Pre-Algebra Prepatory

This course provides a rigorous curriculum designed to expand the mathematical knowledge foundation of each student.  Textbook work will follow chronologically.   The textbook has a broad focus including a separate math literacy component. Benchmark tests on the SuccessNet web site will assess mastery of concepts.  SuccessNet may be accessed at home through the Internet.

RELIGION

RCL’s Faith First series is a “spiral model” of teaching. As opposed to studying Religion on a strictly topical basis (Sacraments one year, Old Testament, another, etc.), the spiral model attends to all major areas of catechesis year after year. This reinforces and deepens knowledge of our Catholic Faith in students with each passing year as they mature. The model rests on the four “pillars” of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). These pillars are Creed, Sacraments, Morality, and Prayer. By “spiraling” these themes into every year of learning, students gain a more complete catechesis.  Bible study and participation in the Liturgy, as well as education in chaste living, round out the student’s faith formation.  Students will also be invited to participate in a Protecting God’s Youth workshop designed to reinforce instruction on safety against sexual abuse.  Spirituality is enhanced through a grade level retreat, school reconciliation, opportunity to altar serve participate in grade level liturgy preparation as well as participation in other Catholic traditions.

LANGUAGE ARTS

This course engages students in literature, the writing process and grammar. Students will increase the complexity of what they read and write as well as deepen their knowledge of literary text. Students will be exposed to a variety of texts, from which they will respond orally and in writing. The course reinforces and builds on skills learned in previous grades.

SCIENCE

Life science is the theme for sixth grade science.  Areas such as genetics, environment and the kingdoms are explored throughout the year.  Concepts are learned through lecture as well as labs, independent research and hands on learning.  Critical thinking skills are strengthened through debate, essay writing and discussion circles.  Current scientific topics are incorporated into the curriculum and discussed in relationship with Catholic moral teachings.  Students participate in a school and Diocesan Science Fair.

EXTRA PROGRAM

BAND (offered after school)

Students will have the opportunity to play flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, percussion and electric bass. Students from all participating schools will perform together at various times in concerts and competitions.

6TH GRADE NINE WEEK ROTATION

TECHNOLOGY

This course focuses on the history of Technology and Computing Gaming History.  There is focus on an Interactive Fiction Project which is a text based, interactive self exploration game.  Students will research and draw a map to prepare for the creation of their own game.  Computer security will also be addressed.

MUSIC

In this course, students will explore music through listening, singing, playing instruments, and movement.  They will demonstrate proper audience behavior while listening to music and discuss music intelligently. The students will practice sacred music in preparation for liturgy, and they will learn about the Church’s role in the history of musical development. Students will also learn about cultures from around the world through singing and playing folk songs. Basic notation and musical terms will be incorporated into various contexts over the course of the class.

DRAMA

In this course, students will be introduced to the theatre arts through group work, research, exercises, and performance.  They will explore the basic ideas, terminology, and components of theatre while building confidence, creativity, and public speaking skills.

ART

Art at this level is still geared towards introducing students to a variety of media, concepts and techniques.  Some skills are new to learn, such as the one-point perspective, while other skills, like drawing and painting are further refined.  Students will gain a better understanding of compositional elements and principles as well.  The relationship between culture, art history and the development of artistic styles is brought into each project.

WELLNESS/PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students attend physical education classes 3 times per week in 6th through 8th grades.  An emphasis is placed on strong physical fitness and sports skills.  Students also receive training in various sports as determined by the season.  Athletics is divided into three seasons.  The fall season offers Flag Football for 5/6 boys, Tackle football for 7/8 boys, and Volleyball for 5/6 and 7/8 girls.  The winter season offers Basketball for both boys and girls in 5th through 8th grades.  The spring season offers Soccer, as a co-ed team either at the recreational or competitive levels, Track and Field, Tennis and Golf.  Fees are collected for each sport to pay for league fees.  We encourage parents to get involved as coaches, score keepers and/or team coordinators.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

SPANISH

This one semester course is designed to be an introduction to the seventh and eighth grade Spanish course. It will focus on developing the four communicative skills; Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing at an introductory level. Students will be able to engage in short conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions. Students will understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics. Students will present information, concepts and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics. They will also get an insight into cultures of other countries.

LATIN

This one semester course provides an introduction to the Latin language and the peoples of the Roman world. Students will interact with the Latin language in every way:  reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and will explore concepts in a multisensory and interdisciplinary fashion. Through cultural units and accompanying projects, students will gain a better understanding of the contexts in which the Latin language was spoken. Assessment will be based on tests and quizzes, completion of assignments and active class participation. Students will work independently and in groups. Employing effective study strategies and organization will be stressed.