Sixth Grade Course Listings
Sixth grade provides opportunities for developing new interests and friendships. Sixth graders are encouraged to think deeply and are challenged to question critically. Students begin to think like junior high students with an eye toward more independence.
Ancient Civilizations and World History
6th grade students will study the beginning of early civilizations through the fall of the Roman Empire. Students will study the geographical, religious, economic, and political foundations as well as the achievements and social structures of these civilizations. The students will analyze the shift from early nomadic societies to agricultural civilizations, including the areas of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Ancient Israel, Greece, and Rome. This course will be the first concentrated study of world history and geography and will utilize appropriate media, informational texts, and primary sources.
6th grade is the entry point for the beginning study of a brass or woodwind instrument at Lipscomb Academy. With the guidance of Mr. Hicks, students choose an instrument and learn fundamental skills in tone production, facility with the instrument, music literacy, rhythmic accuracy and expression. The 6th Grade Beginning Band performs each year in the Christmas concert and the end of the year Spring concert.
The 6th grade Bible course offers a survey of the Old Testament where major characters studied include God, primary ancestors, Israel, judges, kings, prophets, and non-Israelite influences during the exilic and postexilic periods. As time allows, students will also examine some of the wisdom literature including the book of Job and Psalms. Overarching themes throughout the year will include (but are not limited to) creation, covenant, purity, justice, mercy, hospitality, freedom, and God's faithfullness. In the broadest sense, students are encouraged to read the Old Testament as an ongoing narrative moving inevitably toward the arrival od Jesus as the messiah and culminating in the salvific event of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
The 6th Grade Choral Curriculum is based on learning to sing 2 & 3-part music in a variety of styles and languages. These choruses are “Experiential” in nature so that each student has the opportunity to perform in a choral ensemble. Curriculum includes reviewing and learning the Music Basics and music symbols, sight-reading simple rhythms and melodies, solfege, being introduced to singing harmony, understanding how to follow choral music, and a cross-curricular study with Social Studies. They also use Orff instruments, recorders, and movement to enhance their knowledge of the Music Basics and Harmony. These choruses will perform at least once every 9 weeks; a lunchtime concert, at Christmas, at Grandparents Day, at “Evening with the Arts”, at the end of the year, as well as selected students will take part in the MTVA Honors Choral Festival for 4th-6th grade.
In sixth grade grammar we study sentences, capitalization, punctuation, eight parts of speech, phrases and clauses, complements, and subject/verb agreement. Grammar skills are practiced, reinforced, and improved in both oral and written activities. Sadlier-Oxford interactive online edition is used to help students expand their vocabularies, improve words acquisition skills, and prepare for standardized tests and academic success. It is an interactive web based curriculum that provides innovative ways to teach the students through highly interactive technology. The goal for the student in sixth grade English is to recognize and demonstrate effective communication skills.
The sixth grade math course is designed to prepare students for future success in all areas of mathematics. Students will spend time learning about algebra, including the order of operations. Sixth grade math includes adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers. Students learn to convert fractions to decimals and percents, decimals to fractions and percents, and percents to fractions and decimals. Sixth grade math also includes learning about ratios, rates, proportions, and probability. Geometry is a large unit sixth graders spend time exploring. Sixth grade math also includes statistics, graphs, integers, and measurement. Students are constantly challenged to brainstorm ways to apply math in everyday scenarios.
Physical Education (PE)
Beginning in sixth grade, our classes are split by gender. The curriculum builds on the skills and strategies within team sports along with physical fitness activities. The concepts of teamwork, selflessness, and sportsmanship are emphasized as the students learn to compete as a part of a team.
In sixth grade we continue to develop a love for reading. Along with continued emphasis on reading skills, we read short stories, poetry, and four novels; one of which is a non-fiction novel.
The novels read are: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster, The Wednesday Wars, The Wright 3, and Twain’s classic, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. We develop our writing skills through many different avenues. Letters and thank you notes, an original poem, paragraphs, five paragraph essays, creative writing, an advertising project, and development of a cross-curricular research project are all part of our writing emphasis. We also use the WPP, a computer based Writing Practice Program which provides immediate feedback to the student on how to improve their writing. We create a year long personalized iBook which is a portfolio of the student’s sixth grade year. Our middle school has a school- wide read over the summer and participates in a school- wide writing contest every year.
Sixth grade science emphasizes science practices as well as science content. Earth science, astronomy, and weather are the primary areas of focus of our content. This content serves as the framework on which science practices are taught. Science practices include asking and defining problems, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, and constructing explanations and designing solutions. Activities to teach these skills vary widely. Labs are based on the scientific method and recorded in an electronic lab notebook which students will continue to add to throughout their scholastic careers at Lipscomb Academy.
Student's projects will guide them through the principles of design, including: shape, form, balance, pattern, proportion and composition. Each project will highlight new "types" of art to the students. We will have specialized projects where we focus on an artist from art history and create our own visual work of art using the style and ideas of the artist. We will learn how to connect and apply what is learned in other subjects and transfer them to art class; for example, we will use geometry to learn how to make patterns fits together perfectly, and we will use word association to create a visual representation of a passage or a poem in our poetry illustration project. We will also learn how to use the rules of 1 point perspective to create depth in a drawing. The main goal will be to provide an opportunity for students to create art that they can take pride in while using their own ideas and draw inspiration from their own lives.