A sixth-grade child is often experiencing the early stages of adolescence complete with growth spurts and emotional changes. The sixth-grade program recognizes these changes and strives to help focus each child with interesting and challenging material aimed at problem solving and critical thinking.
The English Language Arts program focuses on the study of novels with oral and independent reading. These books are taken from historical fiction lists and other genres that coordinate develop the themes in a unit. Other literary forms such as poetry are incorporated into the study of reading when appropriate. Activities designed to develop vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills are included. To meet individual needs in the development of reading and comprehension skills, students are placed in the Accelerated Reader Program. This computer program tests and tracks each student’s independent reading. Writing assignments are in the form of creative writing, formal book reports, and research reports to exercise the usage of English. Proficiency in mechanics and the usage of the eight parts of speech are included in the writing activities.
The sixth-grade mathematics course is a combination of sixth and seventh grade topics. Students participate in a concentrated study of basic arithmetic skills and practice. Algebraic applications are introduced and reinforced at this level, as well as geometric applications of polygons, area, and perimeter. All skills necessary for Pre-Algebra are mastered in this course. Homework problems are designed to continually review previously covered skills. Mathematics is an exciting and important part of our world. It is our goal at EDS to equip our students with all the necessary tools for being successful and contributing citizens, and to foster in them a love for learning and an appreciation for the role Mathematics will play in their future.
In the sixth-grade science curriculum, physical science is emphasized. Basic concepts of matter and its properties, elements, compounds, reactions, forces and motion, as well as work, power, and efficiency are included. Hands-on activities enhance the basic curriculum. Students focus on being a better scientist. The scientific method is presented as a logical approach to problem solving. Students’ skills with the scientific method help them with creating a science fair project since it is their first experience with such a long-term project. The following are some of the labs to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom: the emergence time of a sponge, density of unknown solutions, making ice cream, identifying chemical reactions, constructing paper airplanes, skimmers, gliders, jet toys, Barbie bungee jumping, and roller coasters. Each year students attend the Chem Expo which is presented by the LAIA.
Journey Across Time: The Early Ages Sixth grade is the year of introduction into World History. In World History we will cover the chronology of the world from early people to the Renaissance. Students will study world geography, economics, civics and anthropology. Each unit it taught using hands-on projects and exciting research opportunities. We incorporate Document Based Question sets into our study, these DBQ’s have multiple components from primary sources to essay topics. Students participate in Socratic Seminars that encourage both higher order thinking and class discussions. The sixth grade also visits the Houston History Museum to spend the “Night at the Museum” and perform various projects.