Sixth Grade

Weekly Newsletter from Mrs. Barfell

Weekly Reading Log


Sixth Grade Curriculum Overview        

Bible – Purposeful Design (ASCI 2011)

The goal of the Purposeful Design Elementary Bible series is for every series is for every student to develop a Christian worldview.  Key to the development of that worldview is the presentation of overarching themes that permeate all the lessons.  These themes and concepts, as follows, are woven throughout the series:

  • God tells His great story in the Bible
  • God’s Word is truth
  • God loves everyone
  • Everyone needs to come to a saving faith in Jesus
  • Christ-like behavior, evangelism, ministry, stewardship and apologetics are all applications of spiritual growth in Christ
  • Bible study, prayer and worship are disciplines for spiritual growth
  • Students need to know and understand spiritual concepts

Sixth graders spend their year studying the New Testament books.  Each week allows a study of a different book of the New Testament.  As they involve themselves in an in-depth knowledge of Bible truths, they will also be encouraged to apply Scripture to their daily lives.

Reading/Language Arts – Reading Street (Scott Foresman 2007)

  • Explore literary styles and structures
  • Recognize literary elements: setting, ploy, characterization
  • Use listening skills to confirm details
  • Examine stereotypes, mind-sets, gender
  • Explore cause and effect relationships
  • Participate in expressive reading through drama, speech, etc.
  • Expand and use vocabulary critical to meaning
  • Identify how structure affects meaning
  • Predict outcomes, make inferences
  • Identify conflict, climax, and resolution in literature
  • Interpret text using literary elements and inferences


  • Extend grammar and mechanics skills to writing
  • Explore and extend vocabulary
  • Evaluate, analyze, synthesis information in preparation for writing
  • Produce formal and informal original written composition
  • Develop a variety of writing styles and organizational skills
  • Extend decoding and encoding skills to original writing
  • Write from prompts
  • Implement writing process through self-monitoring

Math – Mathematics (Sadlier Oxford 2014)

  • Number Sense, Addition, and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division of Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Integers
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division of Fractions
  • Probability, Data, and Statistics
  • Geometry
  • Ratio, Proportion, and Percent

Science and Health – Science (Houghton Mifflin 2007)

  • Cells (activity, structure, reproduction)
  • Living organisms (food chains, food webs, cycles, populations
  • Elements and compounds (acids, salts, bases)
  • Light (behavior of light, mirrors, lenses, color)
  • Electrical energy (circuits, generators, electronics)
  • Weather (fronts, masses, wind belts, climate changes
  • Growth and development (reproduction, life cycles, growth)
  • Flowering plants (photosynthesis, growth & development)
  • Oceans (zones, protecting the oceans)
  • Chemical and nuclear changes (fusion, fission)
  • Sound (behavior and characteristics of sound)
  • Movement of the earth’s plates (earthquakes, volcanoes)
  • Solar system (stars, galaxies)
  • Body systems (how they work together)

Social Studies – Our World (Macmillian/McGraw-Hill 2003)

  • Identities and characteristics of ancient civilizations
  • Examine governmental systems of ancient civilizations
  • Develop and use globe and map skills
  • Compare/contrast Biblical and humanistic solutions to problems of culture and varying belief systems
  • Study ethics and belief systems of ancient cultures and compare them to Christian beliefs
  • Compare/contrast theories of origin of man
  • Identify origins of contemporary cultures
  • Define and clarify problems, issues and ideas


  • Rhythm
  • Harmony
  • Melody
  • Form
  • Tone Color Expressive qualities
  • Movement Spiritual/sacred music
  • Composers & Musical periods
  • Optional performing choir
  • Optional wind instrument group instruction

Sixth Grade Band (Advanced Band) – Essential Elements 2000-Book 1 (Hal Leonard Corporation 1999)

  • Advance Band is offered to students who have completed one year of Beginning Band
  • Students will learn multiple part pieces that challenge the students rhythmic ability, note reading ability, and musicianship.
  • Students in advanced band will have the opportunity to compete in the ACSI Music Festival.

Physical Education – Dynamic Physical Education for School Children (Allyn & Bacon), Physical Best Activity Guide Elementary Level (National Association for Sport and Physical Education 2004), Lessons From the Heart (Beth Kirkpatrick and Burton H. Birnbaum)

  • Team sport activities
  • Terminology, rules, strategies, and safety practices
  • Individual and recreational sports
  • Line and circle folk dance rhythms
  • Individual and partner rope jumping routines and exercise
  • Relay activities
  • Aerobic, strength, and flexibility activities
  • Physical fitness testing
  • Stunts and tumbling skills
  • Christian attitude demonstrations Report on sport topics


  • Color wheel terms
  • Shape and form usage
  • Values in composition
  • Balance/rhythm
  • Creativity in clay
  • Texture
  • Contrast
  • Calligraphy
  • Pencil/pen & ink drawing
  • One & two-point perspective
  • Painting with acrylics and watercolors
  • Multi-media sculpture
  • Creativity with yarn and fabrics\
  • Develop understanding of various artistic styles


  • Once weekly
  • The Sixth Grade uses Global Academics curriculum to produce a cross curricular project each quarter.


  • Once weekly