Christ Lutheran School

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6th Grade Curriculum

Religion

The religion curriculum used in sixth grade is One in Christ published by Concordia Publishing House.  Students explore how God’s word is revealed to us throughout the Old and New Testaments, the blessing of the Sacraments, and the life and ministry of Christ.  Each lesson centers on the word of God and how the Holy Spirit works to create, strengthen, and sustain saving faith.  Life related activities help the students apply each topic to their lives.  In addition, a graded memory curriculum comprised of the Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer and selected Bible verses is used.

Language Arts

The English curriculum is comprised of four parts – grammar, vocabulary, literature and writing. Over the three years (grades 6-8), all parts of grammar and mechanics are taught and then applied in a variety of writing assignments – for example a personal narrative, a persuasive essay, a research paper. The students build vocabulary skills in word meanings, usage, word origins, multiple meanings, words in context, and synonyms and antonyms. Learning 10 words in a lesson, the students are exposed to 300 words over the course of each school year. Each grade level has an anthology of literature built around themes. Each theme includes various types of fiction and non-fiction and focuses not only on comprehension but also on a variety of reading skills and strategies. Additionally, the 6th grade reads three novels each year while 7th and 8th grade reads two novels. All three grades participate in the Accelerated Reader program with individual goals set for each quarter.

Math

Grade six covers numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, and problem solving. Concepts are introduced and practiced for several lessons before being assessed. Math facts, mental math skills and a problem solving strategy are practiced daily at the beginning of each lesson. Assessment is done every five lessons as well as benchmark assessments after lessons 30, 60, 90, and 120. Our Saxon program reinforces practice, computation and application of concepts.

Science

The science curriculum guides students through individual units of study, including the Dynamic Earth, Human Body, Sound and Light and Intro to Science and Technology. Applications of scientific principles are emphasized through hands-on experiments, digital lessons, projects, and activities. The online science curriculum (Science Fusion by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) gives students access to their workbooks and digital lessons at home. Additionally, all sixth grade students participate in the Middle School Science Fair where they conduct original research and design and implement an experiment.

Social Studies

The sixth grade social studies curriculum uses the eight strands of social studies to trace our nation’s history.  Starting with the Civil War, students learn how that war impacted the growth of the United States and the changes brought about by the war.  Going into the twentieth century, students learn how we became a modern nation and how World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II affected our country.  Finally, we look at the United States today – the people, economy, and government.  A unit on Arkansas History is also taught.