Sixth Grade “In a Nutshell”

Major works we read:

  • Holes By Louis Sachar
  • Bridge to Terabithia By Katherine Patterson
  • Missing May By Cynthia Rylant
  • Number the Stars By Lois Lowry

Writing Projects we develop:

While studying Language Arts, sixth grade read, investigate, and comprehend a collection of poetry, short stories, nonfiction literature, and plays. Developing research strategies and the collection of valid information is practiced throughout the year. The goal of sixth grade is creating active student learners.

6th Grade dress up for the All-Saints Biography project
  • Saint Biography
  • Poetry Compilation
  • Poet Research and Poem Analysis
  • Book Compare and Contrast
  • Bullying Op/Ed
  • Argumentative Writing

Skills we cultivate:

  • Learning and practicing the process of writing
  • Identifying and using new vocabulary
  • Learning to be an active learner, reader, participatory and notetaker
  • Responsibly using technology for educational communication and collaboration
  • Studying and identifying the mechanics of grammar

Math we investigate:

At St. Peter School, we use the Saxon Math Program for all grades. This program uses an effective technique called “incremental development”. It introduces topics to students in spaced steps. The time between steps allows students to gain confidence at one level of a topic before moving on to the next. Throughout the year, in every lesson, previously learned information is continually reviewed and practiced. Topics are not dropped but grow in complexity, so learning is systematic and sequential.

Sixth-grade students are exposed to content in small incremental steps; students practice and compute new concepts, which are introduced in each lesson. Using Saxon Math, Course 1, the curriculum increases over the course of the year, building in its complexity. This creates a confident student fluent in the required mathematical concepts.


Science classes in grades 6-8 use Pearson Interactive Science curriculum. Interactive Science is a comprehensive middle school science curriculum that supports project-based inquiry and hands-on learning. Lessons incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) including Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI), Crosscutting Concepts (CCC), and Science and Engineering Practices (SEP). Interdisciplinary STEM activities and projects are included in every chapter. Interactive Science provides new digital lessons and teaching tools for blended learning experiences that engage students and drive inquiry. Learn more here.

Sixth-grade science is a very exciting year that revolves around biology.  Students will study, experiment with, cells, DNA, heredity, evolution, and ecology.  Class meets four days a week and one of those four blocks is a designated lab block.

Highlights of the year include working with microscopes, extracting strawberry DNA, examining our classroom traits, and working on a biome project.

At the end of the year, students use their knowledge of the scientific method to conduct and present a science experiment.

In science class students are encouraged to think abstractly, problem solve with peers, analyze information, and inquire about the world around them.

Social Studies

Grades 5-8 use TCI’s History Alive! Curriculum. TCI’s online History Alive! programs transform middle school social studies class into a multi-faceted learning experience. TCI lessons start with a big idea — Essential Question — and incorporate graphic notetaking, groupwork, and step-by-step discovery. Students are the center of instruction that taps a variety of learning styles, allowing students of all abilities to learn and succeed. Learn more here.