Grade 6

Welcome to St. Michael’s 6th Grade, at our Bethlehem Campus. Our mission is to provide a loving, nurturing and safe environment for our children. In this environment, the children can develop and grow creatively, physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.

Religion

The Old Testament is the theme for this year. The topics include the chapters of Genesis beginning with the creation of man and concluding with the lives of various prophets.

Reading/Language Arts

The reading curriculum focuses on the imperative reading strategies that students can apply within diverse literature collections. Students will utilize an anthology, guided reading selections, and novels. There is exposure to a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, myths, and mysteries. Novels of interest include, “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Four Perfect Pebbles,” and “A Long Way From Chicago.” Language arts offers a combination of grammar, usage, and mechanics along with a variety of writing opportunities. Students also have a spelling course that is made up of weekly units of basic, challenge, and review words. Each lesson expands to include definitions and usage of the word list.

Reading/Language Arts

The reading curriculum focuses on the imperative reading strategies that students can apply within diverse literature collections. Students will utilize an anthology, guided reading selections, and novels. There is exposure to a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, myths, and mysteries. Novels of interest include, “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Four Perfect Pebbles,” and “A Long Way From Chicago.” Language arts offers a combination of grammar, usage, and mechanics along with a variety of writing opportunities. Students also have a spelling course that is made up of weekly units of basic, challenge, and review words. Each lesson expands to include definitions and usage of the word list.

Math 1 & 2

In Math 1 students explores decimals, algebra, fractions, percentages, geometry, and other topics consistent with the diocesan curriculum. In Math 2 students explore decimals, algebra, fractions, percentages, geometry, and other topics consistent with the diocesan curriculum. Course ends with several weeks of pre-algebra instruction at an accelerated pace.

Science

The curriculum for science emphasizes the physical sciences. Students learns about elements and the periodic table, electricity, light, and heat. They also work in the areas of motion, energy and forces. Chemical interactions and various chemical building blocks are included in the curriculum as well. All classes are held in the lab with hands-on experience at least twice a week.

Science

The curriculum for science emphasizes the physical sciences. Students learns about elements and the periodic table, electricity, light, and heat. They also work in the areas of motion, energy and forces. Chemical interactions and various chemical building blocks are included in the curriculum as well. All classes are held in the lab with hands-on experience at least twice a week.

History and Social Studies

The curriculum focuses on Ancient History. We begin the year learning about Mesopotamia and usually end learning about Africa. Many hands-on activities are included within each chapter.

Specials

Students attend an art, music, gym, and computer class once per week. In art students experience an in-depth concentration and development on drawing and painting skills. They learn value shading and color blending techniques at a more sophisticated level as well as the manipulation of brushes and drawing tools. Lessons are related to past, renowned artists and their works along with styles in art history and cultural art practices. At this level, several art lessons are inter-related with the lessons of the social studies curriculum.

An art show is held annually during Catholic Schools Week
All students participate in the diocesan art contest
Other optional art contests are announced by the instructor

In music the curriculum for fifth through eighth grade covers music history of Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque Music, Classical and Romantic Periods, Music of the 20th Century including the composers and different styles, as well as American Music from the 1900’s to present.  The elements of music and definitions including melody, rhythm, genres, dynamics, tempos are learned.  Students review and continue to learn about note values and staff placement including treble and bass clefs.  As a culmination of their musical learning, eighth grade students create a song with lyrics, melody, rhythms, harmonies, and chord progressions.

Students are also offered an opportunity to join the middle school choir.  They sing at the school masses and at the spring concert.

In addition to choir, students may elect to participate in the instrumental music program complete with weekly lessons.  A concert is held annually for the school community to enjoy.

In PE, instruction emphasizes the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle through participation in team oriented games, activities, and sports with the continuing theme of fair play and sportsmanship.

 

Specials

Students attend an art, music, gym, and computer class once per week. In art students experience an in-depth concentration and development on drawing and painting skills. They learn value shading and color blending techniques at a more sophisticated level as well as the manipulation of brushes and drawing tools. Lessons are related to past, renowned artists and their works along with styles in art history and cultural art practices. At this level, several art lessons are inter-related with the lessons of the social studies curriculum.

An art show is held annually during Catholic Schools Week
All students participate in the diocesan art contest
Other optional art contests are announced by the instructor

In music the curriculum for fifth through eighth grade covers music history of Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque Music, Classical and Romantic Periods, Music of the 20th Century including the composers and different styles, as well as American Music from the 1900’s to present.  The elements of music and definitions including melody, rhythm, genres, dynamics, tempos are learned.  Students review and continue to learn about note values and staff placement including treble and bass clefs.  As a culmination of their musical learning, eighth grade students create a song with lyrics, melody, rhythms, harmonies, and chord progressions.

Students are also offered an opportunity to join the middle school choir.  They sing at the school masses and at the spring concert.

In addition to choir, students may elect to participate in the instrumental music program complete with weekly lessons.  A concert is held annually for the school community to enjoy.

In PE, instruction emphasizes the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle through participation in team oriented games, activities, and sports with the continuing theme of fair play and sportsmanship.

 

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