Sixth Grade is a transition year into the Junior High. Sixth grade students will have more than one teacher during the course of the school day. We still strive to maintain a family-like atmosphere in the sixth grade. The sixth grade is a very important year for the development of students. The curriculum meets the need of the whole child and allows for student growth spiritually, academically, physically, emotionally, and socially.
The religion curriculum used in sixth grade is published by Concordia Publishing House. The sixth grade curriculum is designed to help students learn key concepts of faith. Each lesson centers on the cross of Christ and is grounded in the Word of God. The curriculum encourages living a Christian lifestyle in service to God and others, using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to demonstrate Christ-like love in their lives.
Math in sixth grade provides theory, practice, and practical applications of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students will explore the relationship between fractions and decimals. Students will also be introduced to the concept of negative numbers, ratios, and proportions. Students will be able to write and solve one and two-step algebraic equations, including one and two-step inequality equations. They will be able to solve basic geometric problems including: determining the perimeter and area of basic polygons, classifying angles, triangles, and solid figures. Student will be able to analyze a set of data by interpreting its measures of central tendency. Finally, students will solve real world problems involving whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. Skills will be demonstrated through daily assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects.
Social Studies education in the sixth grade is designed to help students see themselves as children of God and enable each student to see their personal role and value in God’s world. Using the concepts of history and geography, sixth grade students at First Lutheran School will take a trip through American history from the Civil War to the present time. Through teacher-led instruction, daily assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects sixth grade students will see how the United States is a nation of many nationalities, many races, many religions – bound together by a single unity, the unity of freedom and equality. They will see how the present and the past are connected, how some things change over time and some things stay the same.
Science is taught in accordance with God’s Word, enabling each child to understand what a magnificent universe God has created for them. It promotes Christian responsibilities as caretakers of the earth. The science curriculum provides the opportunity to explore various scientific concepts. The topics include: classification of living organisms, cells and heredity, body systems, plants, biomes and ecosystems, rocks and minerals, climate, matter and energy, forces and motion, and space.
Reading enables students to find a lifetime of enjoyment, insight, inspiration, and the grace of God. Effective reading instruction is essential. It is one of the key tools of communication and is integral to all subject areas and life skills. In sixth grade, students read for meaning to evaluate, interpret, and draw conclusions in textbooks, novels, reference materials, and other areas of fiction and nonfiction.
Students in the sixth grade learn the mechanics of effective writing. Learning parts of speech, sentence structures, paragraphing, and various writing strategies (short stories, poetry, letters, and research papers) develops the students’ ability to write and communicate effectively.
The spelling curriculum is based on sound patterns in words. The students engage in activities that allow the students to build knowledge of suffixes, prefixes, and roots to help them spell new words. Dictionary and thesaurus skills are reinforced through the spelling lessons.
We believe at First Lutheran School that at some point in a student’s career they must have some formal instruction in vocabulary. Through high-frequency words that are normally found in everyday reading, the vocabulary curriculum allows the sixth grade student’s vocabulary to grow. This increases reading comprehension in all subject areas.
Computer skills are developed in the computer lab and classroom. Sixth grade students use prior learning on keyboarding skills to create brochures, advertisements, invitations, etc. PowerPoint is used for in class presentations which showcase their technology. Microsoft Publisher is also used to enhance student understanding of the curriculum. The Internet is used for reliable research and skill reinforcement in most areas of the curriculum.
Art, Choir, Band & Spanish
At First Lutheran on the sixth grade level fine arts and Spanish are taught in a cross-curricular fashion. There are many opportunities for students to experience how the arts affect every part of our lives, and are a part of the many Spanish-speaking cultures today. The sixth grade is learning conversational techniques, grammar and sentence structure in Spanish class. The curriculum is designed in such a way that new students can come in and catch up very successfully.
Students have art class weekly, where they learn fine art techniques and art history as it applies to their projects. Every year we participate in the Western Arkansas Art Educator’s Region Contest, and every year we place well. The past 3 years, the Best of Show honors have been bestowed upon First Lutheran artists.
The sixth grade class participates in the design and construction of the operetta set every year, as they also traditionally have the lead parts in the production. Sixth graders are a part of the Junior Choir, rehearsing for performances at school, and other locations by invitation. Sixth grade students are also in band every day, and develop the self-discipline necessary to perform on their chosen instrument. Every spring, band students participate in the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Region II solo and ensemble festival, and every year we return with Superior Medals. As a part of band class, students also learn music theory and music history as it pertains to the music they play.
Teacher’s Education Philosophy
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Our goal is to strive for educational excellence by instilling in our students the desire to be life-long learners, helping them to live up to their individual potential, and enabling them to become responsible and independent citizens who are eager successfully bring their world to know Christ as their personal Savior.