Students study Scripture passages to understand the goodness of God's creation and to respond to God's love for us. They use the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes to guide them into making the right choices. They see Jesus as the model of forgiveness and the Holy Spirit as their guide. Students celebrate the Eucharist as a sacrament of God's gift of love. They study the lives of Mary as our Blessed Mother and the saints as models of faith. Throughout the 6th grade year, students deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith by studying: Scripture, Penitential Rite, Nicene Creed, Gloria, Family Life, Reconciliation, and attending weekly mass.
We work within a comprehensive language arts program that centers on growth in word analysis, systematic vocabulary development, comprehension, and oral reading fluency. We respond to and analyze literature through discussion and writing. Some language arts activities include: a variety of writing opportunities, the study of grammar and word use, daily reading and response time, oral presentations/essays, grammar practice/word use, spelling units, and reading various novels throughout the school year.
Students will grow in their mastery of number sense, create and solve algebraic equations, and solve problems using various strategies. They will multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Students will explore principles of geometry. They will order and compare fractions and decimals, create charts and graphs and then analyze the data, work with probability and statistics, create and solve proportions, and work with graphing coordinate points.
Students will cover three different types of sciences: Physical, Life, and Earth. When covering Physical science, students will focus on magnetism, electricity, waves, and energy. During Life science, students will cover ecosystems, human body, cells, and types of animals. Lastly, students will cover Earth science by focusing on identifying rocks and minerals, erosion, weathering, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. Throughout the course of the year, students will also explore the Scientific Method through hands-on experiments.
This year the students will focus on the history, culture, government, and geographical features of the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Russia.
Students will practice their keyboarding skills the first 15 minutes of class., They will focus on understanding Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel. They will further explore Microsoft PowerPoint by creating a presentation after doing research on the web.
Students will blend their voices in a group, learn and use appropriate posture, warm-ups, and breathing techniques, develop sight reading skills using solfege, and perform exercises in music notation and composition.
Students will focus on the elements of art and principles of design, art history, aesthetics, art media, drawing and painting with an emphasis on shading, and seasonal faith-based activities.
Indiana State Standards are incorporated into games and exercises. An emphasis is placed on good sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for others. They will develop the skills needed in many different types of sports. They will make self-assessment and goal setting for physical fitness and learn to make healthy life choices.