In Language Arts, sixth graders focus on becoming avid readers and building their skills in reading fluency and expression, oral language, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, writing mechanics, and spelling. Reading in sixth grade focuses on introducing and reinforcing the elements and techniques of literature. Students read novels, short stories, poetry, mythology, and informational text, and use a variety of strategies to build their critical thinking skills. As much as possible, Language Arts is integrated with Social Studies and students read both fiction and non-fiction books relating to the ancient civilizations they study. In Writer’s Workshop, students are exposed to a variety of writing genres including personal narrative, literary analysis, and script writing. They also reflect on Campbell Hall’s values and their experiences in elementary school and share their writing in chapel.
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 grade studies ancient civilizations beginning the year reviewing the five themes of geography. They explore early humankind through the agricultural revolution. They compare the ancient civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, and Greece to understand how these civilizations developed, prospered, and declined, as well as how they impact our world today. Students read the mythology of the cultures they study and collaborate in small groups to write a script retelling a Greek myth, which they perform for family and friends. Students also apply their understanding of culture by writing about their own cultural identity. Throughout the year, students continue to refine their research skills, distinguish fact from opinion, explore cause and effect relationships, 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.