Grade 6



Sixth grade is certainly an exciting time in a young person’s life. I want to work with you to make the sixth grade experience as meaningful and memorable as possible. Throughout this school year, your child will look to you for support and guidance as you and I work together as a team to help your child be successful.
This year, students will be switching classes for Math and Science. Ms. Moore will be teaching Math and I will be teaching Science.
There will be opportunities for you, as parents, to become involved in your child’s education at school and at home. If there are ever any comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school (885-6111) or by e-mail ( I look forward to working with each and every student this year. It is my personal goal to make the 2018-2019 school year the best yet!

For the month of May the Sixth graders will be learning the following:

English\Language Arts\Writing: Students will be working on several comprehension skills and strategies which will include: citing evidence from text, determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings, engaging effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly, and practicing summarizing from text, determining an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text. The Sixth Graders will continue reading Brian’s Winter, (our current novel study) by Gary Paulsen. We will be using Mentor Sentences which will be practiced on a daily basis to improve grammar usage and the quality of writing.

Science: Students will begin a unit of study on the Earth, Moon, and Sun. Within this unit, students will investigate how the Earth moves, as well as the Earth’s seasons in the northern hemisphere. Students will also come to understand two factors which are gravity and inertia, that keep the planets in orbit around the sun and moons in orbit around planets.

Math: For the month of May, students will spend the first few weeks finishing up algebra (writing and solving equations). For the rest of May, we will focus on geometry, specifically area, volume, and surface area, as well as identifying different shapes based on these characteristics.

Social Studies: Students will complete their study of the Byzantine Empire. They will move on to study Ancient Arabia and the development of Islam. Students will come to understand that Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are three of the world’s great monotheistic faiths. They share many of the same sites, such as Jerusalem, and prophets, such as Abraham. Also, students will be introduced to the Prophet Mohammad, who accepted his role as God’s prophet and began to preach the word of the one God, or Allah, in Arabic. Lastly, they will learn about the four pillars of faith and then compare them to the Ten Commandments.

Religion: For the month of April, the sixth graders will come to understand that through prayer, they can be strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Students will be taught how to use meditation as a way to pray and grow in hope. Through our own prayer, we are strengthened in faith, hope, and love – the basic virtues of Christian discipleship. Lastly, we will identify scripture readings for Sundays in the liturgical year and trace the life of Christ through these weekly readings.


Reading/Language Arts/ Writing:The Sixth Grade students will learn and utilize several reading comprehension skills and strategies which include the following:*Author’s purpose*Author’s technique*Genres*Literary terms*Story structure*Inferring*Drawing conclusions*Sequencing*Cause-and-Effect

Not only will these skills and strategies be used within our reading series, they will also be incorporated into the other core academic subjects.

Grammar Concepts: including nouns, pronouns, verbs, sentence structure, tenses, adverbs, adjectives, plurals, possessives, prepositions, punctuation, capitalization, etc. will be practiced on a daily basis to continually improve the quality of writing. Journal Writing is also practiced on a daily basis to enable students to freely write and avoid writers block. Weekly Writing – Students will write for an audience on a weekly basis, utilizing all steps of the writing process.

The Sixth Grade class will be completing novel studies on the following titles: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, and Freak the Mighty, by Rodman Philbrick.

Social Studies: Sixth Grade students will be learning about Early River Civilizations during the first half of the school year. These include Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, the Indus River Valley, and Ancient Egypt. The countries of Ancient Greece and Rome will also be covered. Students will study their geographic features, climate, government, arts/entertainment and architecture. During the second half of the school year we will cover the Spread of Islam, Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Reformation/Age of Exploration, and the Industrial Revolution.

*For each of these countries/concepts, students will be involved in “hands-on” projects to show their understanding through creativity.

Science: Sixth Grade students will be studying Earth Science. Specific topics that will be covered are the following:*Scientific Method/ Lab Safety*Daily, Monthly, and Seasonal Changes on Earth*Erosion/Weathering*Rock Formation/Mineral Testing/ Rock Cycle*Weather and Climate*Students participate in a “hands-on” science lab once a week, testing various theories and hypotheses.*Sixth Graders participate along with the Eighth Graders in the Science Fair, which is held in the school gym every year. Each student will design their own experiment, test it and then present their findings to other classmates and the school community.

Religion: The Sixth Grade will focus on the Old Testament this year. Specific topics and concepts include the following:*Ancestors of Faith- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Samuel*The structure of the Bible *God’s Call and Promise*God’s Covenant with Moses and the Israelites*Judges, Kings and Prophets*Contemporary Challenges*Self-Respect and Conscience

Math: Sixth Grade students will be working with the following mathematical concepts:*Number Sense and Operations*Algebra*Statistics*Geometry*Probability

Specials: Sixth Grade students have weekly instruction with the following:
*Physical Education*Art*Spanish*Technology*Music*Library




Mrs. Eileen Maruscak - Grade 6