Sixth graders prepare for secondary school and learn to clarify an understanding of text by creating outlines, logical notes and summaries or reports. They learn to make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations. Students hone their writing skills by identifying and writing declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative sentences. With growing skill, they use correctly spelled words and punctuation in written work.
Compare and order fractions and mixed numbers; fraction operations; central tendency; analyze data; integer operations; exponents; theoretical probability; ratios and proportions; percentages; circumference; perimeter and the area of shapes; measure angles; explore triangles; evaluate expressions; and solve two-step equations and word problems using Singapore Math bar models
After years of exploration and discovery, the lab is familiar and still full of new discoveries for the sixth graders as they learn about the characteristics of cells, homeostasis and cell processes, photosynthesis and respiration, and mitosis. They delve into DNA, sexual and asexual reproduction, and heredity. Their curriculum culminates in a study of motion (speed/acceleration/ forces), kinetic and potential energy, and gravity.
Sixth graders explore answers to the questions: Why did civilizations develop? Why did they become dominant? Why did they decline? Students write and perform Greek Mythology plays as part of an Ancient Mesopotamia unit. By comparing primary and secondary sources, they refine their research skills, distinguish fact from opinion, and analyze points of view.
Students create a reproduction of a masterpiece of 19th or 20th century art and become that artist for a Masterpiece Show and presentation. Creative, expressive masks are a highlight of midyear, and a culminating show of independent student work takes place in the spring. All of the elements of art and design, student creativity, and visual communication are critical as each student refines his/her voice.
At this stage, technology is completely integrated throughout the curriculum with the one-to-one iPad program. Sixth grade students type and submit the majority of assignments digitally. Digital art expands to include film during this final year of elementary school. Meanwhile, students conduct elaborate research online using advanced search tools. Appropriate and responsible behavior is emphasized as students explore the complexities of digital citizenship.
Sixth grade students engage deeply with a wide range of genres and continue to have the opportunity to participate in an organized book club. While they master use of the online catalog to locate books, they also refine the research process to seek information and generate new knowledge.
Physical education develops wellness and seeks to promote a lifetime appreciation of physical fitness by helping students understand the relationship of human movement and cognitive learning. League play gives students a safe place to take risks and to succeed and fail in a supportive environment. A playoff system prepares them for the challenges of middle school athletics.
After school dance instruction begins in first grade and continues through sixth grade.
Sixth grade music curriculum incorporates handbells and tone chimes as key elements in learning and understanding rhythm, pitch, texture, range, and melody. Students learn and compose pieces on these instruments, and perform for the Campbell Hall community at various school chapels and events. Sixth grade students may also sing in Madrigals.
This level of study in Spanish focuses on building solid oral communication skills, increasing the use of irregular verb conjugations in the written text, and expanding vocabulary to include sports, hobbies, and travel. Sixth grade students also learn a traditional folkloric dance for a school cultural celebration. iPads continue to be used as tools to enhance the learning of Spanish.