BIBLE: Winning the Race (Positive Action)
The sixth grade Bible class is a study designed for the students to find God’s truths from His Word for themselves. Class discussion deepens their understanding of the material. Students also memorize a key verse with each lesson. Every lesson includes the students thinking through how to apply it to their own lives. Units take students through “Preparing for the Race,” “Developing Inner Strength,” and “Striving for the Prize,” in which character and living in God’s will are developed. Students learn about “Hindrances Toward the Runner,” such as foolishness, greed, Satan, temptation, and worldliness. “Pressing Toward the Goal” teaches how to strive for Christ-likeness and includes lessons on the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior. The year finishes with an overview of the future events written in the Book of Revelation as “The Prize is Won.”
SCIENCE: Observing God’s World (A Beka Book)
Sixth grade science emphasizes the “plan of God as it is revealed in His orderly creation.” Students are presented with things they can observe and understand in the world God created for His own glory! They learn about the flowers, trees, and plant families. Students observe invertebrates such as insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other “creepy crawlies.” They also study this earth with its earthquakes, volcanoes, rocks, and magnetism, and the universe, including space, constellations, stars, the solar system, light, telescopes, the space race, and the origin of the universe. A unit on Matter & Chemistry teaches students about atoms, elements, molecules, and compounds.
HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY:
New World History & Geography in Christian Perspective (A Beka Book)
The history of North and South America is presented “as a picture of what man has done with the time God has given him.” Students begin in the Arctic and move south through Canada and the regions of the United States. The class includes an overview of American history, then goes on to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and finally South America. Sixth grade social studies includes the recitation and study of American documents, such as the American’s Creed and a portion of the Declaration of Independence, as well as development of map study skills.
MATHEMATICS: Mathematics Course 1 (Prentice Hall)
Sixth grade math offers students a rigorous preparation for either Course 2 or Pre-Algebra in 7th grade. Conceptual understanding is stressed as the students learn how to model concepts and describe in words what a problem is asking or what an answer means. Note-taking and problem solving skills are taught throughout the course. The study of decimals, fractions, percents, ratios, proportions, patterns, and variables is completed first semester, before the class moves on to data, graphs, geometry, measurement, integers, probability, and equations.
LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION: English 6 – Writing and Grammar (Bob Jones Press)
The key goal for the year is to “foster an appreciation of language as a gift from God.” Grammar topics include the correct usage of sentences, phrases, clauses, nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. The writing process is used to teach such writing genres as personal and fictional narratives, newspaper editorials, instructions, research reports, historical fiction, compare-contrast essays, and limerick and free verse poetry. A unit on study and reference skills coaches students on using such tools as dictionaries, encyclopedias, periodicals, and atlases, as well as taking notes from an article.
Wordly Wise 3000® provides direct academic vocabulary instruction that develops the critical link between vocabulary and reading comprehension. Direct instruction of important, useful, or difficult words for each grade level helps students successfully comprehend content-area texts and improve test results.
READING: As Full as the World (Bob Jones Press)
Comprehension skills are emphasized in sixth grade reading, along with biblical principles and discernment for life. Students enjoy a variety of selections, such as fiction, adventure, humor, biography, historical fiction, folktales, and poetry. They develop higher-level thinking skills and critical reasoning abilities.