6th Grade Curriculum

English 6

Through a writing workshop model, students explore a variety of genres and purposes for writing. Sixth grade English students draft, revise, edit, and publish a variety of creative nonfiction and expository pieces using vivid sensory details and bursts of action. Teachers also incorporate current events and global issues through an extensive research project by working closely with middle school librarians. Throughout the year, students will study myriad poems, writing techniques, and reading strategies woven into frequent vocabulary and grammar lessons.

Math 6

Math 6 is designed to challenge students with a wide range of abilities. All students reinforce skills and concepts appropriate for sixth grade, while exploring new concepts (including some pre-algebra) in preparation for seventh grade. Students who have mastered a particular skill or concept are offered opportunities for enrichment within the context of the course. One section of Math 6 Honors is offered.

Science 6

In Science 6, students study Earth Science (volcanoes, earthquakes, plate tectonics, weather, etc.) through hands-on activities and interactive labs.

Geography 6

This course studies the culture, lifeways, political systems, and historical experiences of people and nations on every continent, complemented by a strong measure of physical geography. Students will also study factors of environmental change, migration, population, commerce, and conflict.

Introduction to World Languages

Sixth grade students take Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish and then, during the seventh grade year, choose to study one of the five languages. The sixth grade introductory language course focuses on speaking, vocabulary acquisition, and a presentation of linguistic concepts. There is also an introduction to culture, history and geography.

Studio Art 6

Art uses the ancient cultures studied in Humanities as a context for learning art in a variety of modalities, including sculpture, printing and Photoshop.

Digital Literacy

In Digital Literacy, students explore and practice what it means to be a responsible citizen, researcher, and friend in the digital age. Throughout the course, students discuss topics such as cyber-bullying, privacy, and evaluation of digital information sources. Current events relating to cyber-security, social media, and Internet culture are brought into the course as appropriate.

Baylor 101: Academic Success

Baylor 101: Academic Success is a course designed to help sixth graders meet academic fluency goals as well as learn the organizational, research, study, and time management skills necessary to become independent, self-motivated students. Students will work on developing an academic mindset, understanding that their growth will depend on their effort.

Arts Electives

Students may choose Band, Orchestra, Choir, or a rotating course consisting of dance, and drama.

Physical Education

In P.E., sixth grade students learn the value of physical fitness while being exposed to the wide range of sports and activities Baylor has to offer.

Wellness

The Middle School years are a time of significant development for students with respect to physical, mental, social, and emotional changes. Our Wellness Program emphasizes making responsible health decisions and provides information and opportunities for mature discussion on a wide range of current health topics and issues. The course is offered to all Middle School students.

6TH GRADE CURRICULUM

The sixth grade curriculum introduces and emphasizes hands-on activities and authentic problem-solving experiences.