Grade 6 - What to Expect

 

Welcome to Mr. Morrissey's Sixth Grade webpage.  Please email any questions you may have to Erik Morrissey.

What to expect in Grade 6...

Chapel is on Monday except for special holidays and weeks where there is no school on Monday.

We will have PE 3 days per week.  Latin classes will be daily.  We will visit the library once a week.  Students will have a choice between intermediate band and art.     

Our study of Religion will include:  a look at the early Christian church; St. Paul's conversion and missionary journeys; Christ's birth, death and resurrection; Christ's parable and miracles.

In literature we my read: 

  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • The Giver by Lois Lowery
  • Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Teacher read-alouds may include:

  • "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling
  • "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry
  • "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry
  • "All Summer in a Day " by Ray Bradbury

In English we will: 

  • Classify and diagram five sentence patterns
  • Review and apply more rules of spelling
  • Apply grammar and punctuation rules
  • Edit and revise composition
  • Write expository and persuasive paragraphs and essays
  • in Progymnasmata we will study Chreia (Chreia is an important link in a series of writing steps leading to full persuasive essays. It is the first exercise in the progymnasmata sequence where the student is not merely retelling a narrative.

In Math we will: use Saxon Math 7/6 where we will study addition and subtraction of signed numbers; multiplication and division of signed numbers; powers of decimals and fractions; percents greater than 100; rates; estimating roots; prime factorization; irrational numbers; word problems.

 

Our study of history will include:  B.C. timeline events 1-32, which is Creation through the Council of Nicea.   Particular points of interest will be the history of Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.

In Science we will:  focus on General Science.  This includes instruction in biology, chemistry, and physics.  Science is centered on a hands-on approach to learning.  The curriculum's main objective is content memorization with a minor objective of developing higher-level thinking skills. Math, history, and Latin have been integrated into the science curriculum as well.

For memory we will memorize:

  • The six chief parts of the Catechism and selected Bible verses related to our Catechetical memory; Learn By Heart.

Some exciting field trips may include:

  • Four day/Three night trip to Camp Lone Star in LaGrange, Texas for Outdoor Education

Special events & projects:

  • Science fair project
  • History projects and essays