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In sixth grade science, Earth Science will be the primary thing studied. Students will start with rocks and minerals, soils, and structure of the Earth.  From there, they will study the types of volcanoes and earthquakes.  All of those are combined in the rock cycle. Weather fronts and patterns make up the third unit of study.  The history of space science theories, planet comparisons, and the scale of our solar system and objects in it will be studied in the spring.

In sixth grade social studies, World History will be studied.  Students will be learning about early civilizations of the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians, the Phoenicians and Hebrews, Africa and the Americas, the Greeks, and the Romans.  Students will also learn about the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

In sixth grade language arts, we will concentrate on the areas of speaking, listening, and writing.  For speaking/listening, the students will work to use proper eye contact, volume, and body language while speaking in front of a group. For writing, students will start with reviewing the basics of composing a complete sentence without fragments/run-ons and build to writing essay compositions including narrative, expository (a research paper), and persuasive pieces for assessments. To aid this process, students will use graphic organizers and outlines to gather and organize details.

In sixth grade literature, students will read and understand a variety of literature through individualized as well as group readings.  Each quarter, students will read one large fiction text as well as several paired nonfiction texts.  Literary elements such as character, setting, plot, and theme will be explored.  Various reading strategies will be implemented to improve comprehension and other reading skills. Students will be assessed using methods including various projects as well as paper tests.

In sixth grade math, we will be building on and applying what was previously learned in elementary school. The four main topics we will learn about are fractions, ratios and rates, expressions, and equations. Additionally, we will learn about rational numbers, geometry, statistics, and graphing. Students will be challenged to justify their answers, problem solve, and apply this knowledge to real-world problems.



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