6th Grade Curriculum

List of 13 items.

  • Band

    Sixth-grade students learn to read music and learn to play a band instrument as members of the beginning band. No prior musical or band experience is necessary. All students are placed on an instrument (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, or drums/bells), balancing their interests, their physical predispositions, and the needs of the band program. Students are taught basic tone production and technique on that instrument. Counting, reading, playing, and listening are all elements of the program method. In addition to learning how to play a musical instrument, students learn cooperation and the discipline of regular practice. The beginning band presents one concert at the end of the year.
  • Ceramics

  • Choir

    Sixth-grade choir is a 36-week intensive course in choral singing and musicianship that encourages students to be expressive and creative in connecting their musical and academic interests. Our study of music focuses on healthy singing techniques, intermediate reading, notating, ear training, and choral ensemble singing. This study of music provides the foundation for future involvement in the performing arts, and is our basis for approaching stagecraft, acting, storytelling, history, literature, language, and movement. In sixth-grade choir, we study choral and vocal music from many different time periods and cultures with the goal of helping students to connect the dots between a number of disciplines. Choir members experience singing a variety of songs, performing original pieces (musical and dramatic), and even playing musical instruments (drums, guitar, and piano). The choir performs in multiple concerts throughout the year, and members act as ambassadors for St. Andrew’s throughout the Jackson area. Sixth-grade choir is a place of discovery, performance, and practice that fosters joyful music-making, regardless of musical skill or experience.
  • Coding

    In addition to the Fine Arts electives in performing arts, sixth-grade students also have quarter rotations, with four different classes meeting for nine weeks over the course of the year. These quarter-length classes include: technology/coding, Mandarin and Spanish, and Visual Arts. The sixth-grade technology quarter rotation is a continuation of some of the work students did in fifth-grade technology and fifth-grade math. Students build on the digital citizenship topics covered in fifth grade. In addition, students explore big computational thinking challenges through coding and computer science.
  • Drama

    Sixth-grade drama is a 36-week intensive course in the performing arts that encourages students to be expressive and creative in connecting their artistic and academic interests. Our study of drama focuses on acting through speech, movement, music, improvisation, and performance. This survey of drama provides the foundation for future involvement in the performing arts, and is our basis for approaching stagecraft, storytelling, history, literature, language, and movement. In the sixth-grade drama, we study acting techniques, monologues, scenes, short stories, plays, characters, stage movement, and vocal music from many different time periods and cultures with the goal of helping students to connect the dots between a number of disciplines. Drama class members experience acting in a variety of styles, performing original pieces (dramatic and musical), and even playing musical instruments (drums, guitar, and piano). The drama class offers frequent in-class performances throughout the year, and members act as ambassadors for St. Andrew’s throughout the Jackson area. Sixth-grade drama is a place of discovery, performance, and practice that fosters a joy for performing in all students.
  • Fitness

    The St. Andrew’s Middle School fitness program promotes wellness, individual accountability, and group cohesion through age-appropriate activities. The fitness program includes the Presidential Fitness Test, which is designed to measure the basic fitness level of each student. Students in grades 5–8 also participate in a variety of games, including floor hockey, dodgeball, basketball relays, kickball and wiffle ball. The running program teaches basic fundamentals of running using dot mats, ladders, mini-hurdles, and jump ropes. Each fitness class includes a warm-up and stretching period.
  • History

    Sixth-grade history is a continuation of the world history course that is taught in the fifth grade. This course begins with ancient Rome, the rise of Christianity, and the Byzantine empire. Next, students will study the rise of Islam and its influence on the Middle East and the early civilizations of Africa. Then, students will learn about the dynasties of China in the Middle Ages and the rise of Japan. This course finishes the year examining medieval Europe, with focuses on feudalism, the Crusades, the Renaissance, and the Reformation. Through this content, sixth-grade history also has a heavy emphasis on life-long skills such as taking notes on class readings, comprehension and written expression, and organizing material into manageable chunks.
  • Literature

    Sixth-grade English includes literature, grammar, vocabulary, formal and creative writing, and the development of inferential, critical, and evaluative thought processes. Through novel units, poetry, and a broad, literary anthology,  sixth graders view the universal themes of love, loyalty, honor, courage, perseverance, loss, grief, and beginnings and endings. Students define and apply their knowledge of the literary elements of plot, theme, characterization, setting, conflict, climax, and denouement as they discuss and develop written responses to the literature examined. The sixth-grade writing process forms the foundation of all writing endeavors, guiding students through prewriting, drafting, editing (self, peer, and teacher editing), final product, and presentation. Students review and master English grammar rules and structure from phrases to complex sentence structure and then apply their grammatical knowledge and usage skills to the writing process and literature. Formal vocabulary-building continues, as does the study of Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes, and root words.
  • Math

    Sixth-grade math stresses the successful development of mathematical thinkers. The curriculum - Math in Focus: Singapore Math - integrates concepts, skills, processes, attitudes, and metacognition into the problem solving process. Its approach is concrete-pictorial-abstract with time built into lessons to develop understanding. The model drawing technique used provides students with visual models to help solve problems, leading directly to the abstract models used in algebra. Lessons focus on the application of mathematics to real world situations as students work with whole numbers, fractions, decimals, rates, ratios, percents, integers, data analysis, graphing, properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric figures, patterns, equations, and inequalities.
  • Model UN

  • Science

    Sixth-grade students will be developing an understanding of the processes involved in the scientific method as a way of exploring and learning about our world as well as developing their critical thinking skills. This course also integrates math and the metric system which is reinforced during labs associated with our topics: the reasons for the seasons, the phases of the moon and tides, the solar system, chemistry, microscopy, and cells and heredity. These topics also included labs involving various hands-on activities to strengthen observational skills, reinforce key terms, and develop an understanding of higher-level concepts.
  • Spanish

    In addition to performing arts electives, sixth-grade students also have quarter rotations, with four different classes meeting for nine weeks over the course of the year. These quarter-length classes include: technology/coding, Mandarin and Spanish, and visual arts. For the language component in the sixth grade, students take both Mandarin and Spanish. Language courses are interactive and project based, and they are meant to foster broad, conversational skills and cultural awareness. Exposure to both of these languages - which start at St. Andrew’s in PK3 - is a nice transition into the moment when students select a language to focus on explicitly in seventh grade.
  • Speech and Debate

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