Sixth Grade

List of 11 items.

  • Reading & Literature

    • Read and discuss novels, short stories, myths, and tales
    • Develop critical thinking skills through literary analysis of character, setting, theme, and tone
    • Analyze literature and improve comprehension: whole class discussion, literature groups, and group projects
    • Connect literature to social studies: cultural universals and ancient civilizations in literature
    • Read and extract main ideas from non-fiction sources
  • Writing & Language Arts

    • Write effective paragraphs, stories, and essays
    • Recognize sentence structure and parts of speech with daily grammar practice
    • Develop critical thinking skills through analysis and editing of one’s own and others’ written work
    • Increase breadth of vocabulary
  • Social Studies

    • Understanding cultural universals and their interconnections
    • Dig 2: an introduction to archaeological methodology and ethics
    • Ancient Civilizations: Egypt and Greece
    • Study of farmworkers’ rights
    • Public speaking skills: practice through simulations and presentations
    • Research skills: finding and assessing quality of paper and electronic sources, taking organized notes
  • Mathematics

    • Solidifying basic operations using integers, fractions, and decimals
    • Data collection, organization, and analysis
    • Using ratios, rates, proportions, averages, and graphs to draw conclusions and solve for unknowns
    • 2D geometry
    • Dealing with imprecision: estimating and rounding reasonably
    • Using words and equations to explain why and how in math and science
  • Science

    • Water quality: learn how society influences the natural world
    • Chemistry of preservation and decay: natural recycling
    • Consumer education: product testing and comparison and analytical writing
    • Physics of motion: apply the abstract to the concrete
  • Spanish

    • Use Total Physical Response storytelling model: Canechi y Chipote
    • Use Realidades B textbook, workbook, and interactive website
    • Communicate using four modalities: reading, listening, speaking, and writing
    • Paired communication activities and Mini Speaking Assessments
    • One-on-one and small group conversation
    • Present, preterite, and future tenses
    • Use University of Texas at Austin Oral Proficiency site

    • Digital citizenship: digital footprint, netiquette
    • Google Applications: Forms, Drawing, etc.
    • Coding with Scratch 2.0 and
    • Digital presentations: Adobe Voice and Slate
    • Design challenges using Design Thinking
    • Catapult design and construction with focus on propulsion and tension
    • Build Rube Goldberg machines with focus on energy transference
  • Fine Arts

    • Drawing: one-point perspective
    • Clay: animation
    • Ancient civilizations: Prehistoric, Egyptian, and Greek
    • Background – middle ground – foreground perspective collage
  • Music

    • Sixth grade choir with guest choir master
    • Three-part a cappella singing
    • 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
    • Distinguishing between courageous and reckless acts
  • Service Learning

    • Study the ecology of Lake Merritt and clean the lake
    • Map Your World: improving the community through civic engagement
St. Paul's Episcopal School
116 Montecito Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610