Sixth Grade

List of 10 items.

  • Reading & Literature

    • Read and analyze novels, short stories, memoirs, and poetry
    • Develop critical thinking skills through literary analysis of character, setting, theme, and tone
    • Analyze literature and improve comprehension via whole-class discussions, literature groups, and group projects
    • Connect literature to social studies, readings that are relevant to what’s happening in the world today, and make these connections
    • Read and extract main ideas from non-fiction sources
  • Writing & Language Arts

    • Write effective responses to literature, stories, poetry and expository essays
    • Journal as a means of self-reflection and analysis of society Recognize sentence structure and parts of speech with grammar practice
    • Develop critical thinking skills through analysis and editing of one’s own and others’ written work Increase breadth of vocabulary
  • Social Studies

    • Understand the relationship between physical geography and how it informs a region's cultural development
    • Cultural geography informs the development of an ancient civilization
    • Ancient civilizations’ cultural universals and their interconnectedness
    • Investigate the lifeways of Ancient Maya and Ancient Egypt
    • Participate in a simulation of an archaeological excavation, its methodologies, and ethics
    • Public speaking skills: practice through simulations and presentations.
    • Research skills: finding and assessing the quality of text and electronic sources, and taking organized notes.
  • Mathematics

    • Develop mathematical practices such as using appropriate tools strategically to solve problems, attending to precision, justifying answers and showing understanding in multiple ways, and persevering in solving problems.
    • Area and Surface Area
    • Ratio Concepts
    • Unit Rates
    • Percentages
    • Dividing Fractions
    • Decimal Arithmetic
    • Expressions and Equations Positive
    • Negative Numbers
  • Science

    • Lake Merritt - ecology, biodiversity, hydrology, and stewardship
    • Microbes
    • Chemistry and the 5 Essentials of Life -- The Building Blocks of Our Universe
    • Product Testing - experiment design
    • Media Literacy
    • Astronomy - seasons, planetary motion, constellations, chemical composition
    • Digital Citizenship: digital footprints, cyberbullying, media balance, email etiquette
    • Accessing & Utilizing Google Apps for Education
    • Engineering 
  • Spanish

    • Communicate using four modalities: reading, listening, speaking, and writing
    • Paired communication activities
    • Mini Speaking Assessments
    • One-on-one and small group conversation
    • Mastery of present tense and exposure to future and past tenses
    • Exposure to diverse cultures and traditions that make up the Spanish-speaking world including exploration of music and dance
  • Visual Arts

    • Drawing: one-point perspective
    • Stop Motion Animation
    • Lake Merrit Map Making
    • Background – middle ground – foreground perspective collage
  • Music

    • Sixth-grade choir
    • Intermediate conga drum technique
    • Develop drum ensemble concepts
    • Dividing the beat, pattern development, and rhythm cycles
    • Performance band for instrumentalists
  • Physical Education

    • Identifying proper warm-up and cool-down techniques
    • Taking responsibility for independent practice
    • Applying individual skills to team games
    • Demonstrating appropriate sportsmanship in game situations
  • Community Engaged Learning

    • Study the ecology of Lake Merritt
    • Clean the lake
    • Monitor the water quality
    • Partner with the Lake Merritt Institute and Friends of the Rotary Nature Center
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610