6th Grade Curriculum


Enduring Understandings
Essential Questions
Sample Instructional Activities/Assessments
God created all, and he called and raised a nation through Old Testament patriarchs, judges, and kings.
God makes and keeps covenant promises with people.
God calls us to follow him and grow together.
How does God call and restore people and nations?
How did God guide his people through sojourns, conquest, nation-building, exile, and post-exile?
How is the Old Testament our story today?
Take-home tests; research study project
Classroom discussions, Bible activities
Memory Work: Exodus 20:1-17, I Samuel 2:1-10, Psalm 21, 51, 105 & 106, and other Old Testament passages
Read for fluency, understanding, application.
Apply several genre; point of view, personification, alliteration, consonance.
Study poetry, myth, fable, legend, fairy tale, story, novel.
How does high quality writing help us comprehend it?
How can literary techniques match their content?
Why did Jesus call himself The Word?   What can that mean for us?
Theme studies: Mythology, Legend, Fairy Tale, Tall Tale, Fable; Medieval Living; Jesus’ Day
Application of personification, alliteration, consonance. Tic tac toe--independent reading of genre-novels
English uses common vowel and consonant patterns.
English spelling uses many common suffixes.
Why does English follow common vowel and consonant patterns?
Why should we learn the most common suffixes?
Weekly pretests, practice tests, and post-tests
Weekly lessons to practice vocabulary/spelling lists
Practice pronouncing/defining vocabulary/spelling words
Identify and write varied sentences; adjective and adverb prepositional phrases.
Punctuate dialogue, interjections; review parts of speech.
How are phrases and modifiers used differently?
How can you construct effective phrases and sentences?
Why is knowing correct grammar important?
Daily grammar mini-lessons, journal writing, and sentence surgery; diagramming, paragraph crafting
Unit pretests and post-tests; semester cumulative tests
Apply the writing process: prewriting, first draft, revise, proofread, and publish.
Practice writing a personal narrative, comparison and contrast, story, and research report.
Why is writing clearly essential to communicating?
How should different writing styles match different types of writings?
Personal narrative, comparison and contrast, story
Research report:: prewriting, note cards, draft, revise-proofread, publish
Learn integers, patterns, and percents.
Master decimals and fractions.
Study geometry, and introduce algebra concepts and applications.
How do we understand and use integers, patterns, and percents?
Why are geometry and algebra important to God’s world and our understanding of it?
Daily lessons
Math activities
Unit tests
Learn how and why we study Earth Science: geology, weather, the universe and solar system, the environment and ecology.
How do we understand space, planets, and other heavenly bodies; weather, and geology?  
How should we be stewards/caretakers of our planet?
How do we acknowledge their Creator and Sustainer?
Laboratory experiments
Unit tests
Social Studies
Know the five themes of Geography: location, movement, place, human-environment interaction, and regions.
Apply the five themes to the Western Hemisphere: Latin America, Canada, and the United States.
How do the five themes of geography help us understand God’s world?
What are similarities and differences among people and places?   Why do people live where they do?  
Log of geography terms; nonfiction reading for content
Application/synthesis projects: maps, travel journal, virtual travelogue
Unit tests
Christian Conduct
Jesus calls us to practice our faith with deeds of service.
Growing a vibrantly Christian learning community involves helping, encouraging, and praying with one another. 
How do we practice learning and living as Jesus’ school?
How should we spend time, money, and effort to serve one another and others in our community and world?
Recycle paper and commingled plastics, jars, and cans
Participate in chapel and assist with classroom devotions
Annual local service projects such as raking leaves in a cemetery, fundraiser for Hope International rescue.

*In combination classes, Bible curriculum, Reading novels, Social Studies and Science units, and other activities that are not reflected on this Grade-Level Subject Summary Map may be replaced by or conjoined with that of an adjacent grade-level.