ENGLISH
The St. Martha Catholic School student will understand and use elements of the writing process to compose texts such as personal narratives, expository essays, research reports, creative writing, and both formal and informal letters. Students will produce finished writing projects utilizing MLA format. They will use conventions to be able to write complete sentences with subject/verb agreement, correct punctuation, capitalization, word usage, and parts of speech. They will practice editing skills on a daily basis and become proficient editors of their own work and that of others. Students will also increase their vocabularies with weekly vocabulary exercises and tests. They will understand and master the English language including the following parts of speech.
Parts of Speech
- Nouns
- Pronouns
- Adjectives
- Verbs
- Adverbs
- Prepositions
- Sentences
- Conjunctions
- Interjections
- Diagramming
- Literature
- Review of literary elements
- Novel studies
- Nonfiction (text structures, text features, reading nonfiction)
- Word study using Greek/Latin roots and analogies
- Poetry - figurative language
- Fairy tales, folk tales,
- Introduction to drama
LITERATURE
- Novel studies
- Nonfiction (text structures, text features, reading nonfiction)
- Word study using Greek/Latin roots and analogies
- Poetry - figurative language
- Fairy tales and folk tales
- Introduction to Drama
MATH
Numbers, Operations, and Computation
- Whole numbers: place value/place name for large numbers; comparing/ordering; words to digits; expanded form; estimating using rounding and compatible numbers
- Properties of numbers
- Order of operations with exponents
- Decimals: place value/place name; comparing and ordering; words to digits; expanded form; rounding; comparing/ordering; Estimating using rounding and front-end estimation; all operations
- Fractions: prime Factoring using exponents; find GCF and LCM; find equivalent fractions; convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions; compare/order; estimate sums, differences, products, and quotients; all operations; renaming mixed numbers to subtract
- Time conversions to measure elapsed time
- Identify ratios
- Understanding, writing from word problems and solving proportions
- Using a scale to increase/decrease size of a drawing or model
- Using map scales to compute distances
- Convert between Percentages, Fractions and Decimals
- Finding the Percent of a number using a proportion, decimal, or mental math
- Estimating percentages in problem situations
Data, Graphs, and Chance
- Finding the mean, median, mode, and range and analyzing data using each calculation
- Analyzing and creating frequency tables, line plots, bar graphs, line graphs, stem and leaf plots, box and whisker plots
- Analysis of misleading graphs and statistics
- Circle graphs: reading and sketching after computing percentages of each data total
- Tree diagrams and the counting principle
- Find the probability of an event and its complement
Patterns, Functions & Algebra
- Write rules for patterns and make conjectures to predict more values in a pattern
- Evaluate algebraic expressions
- Write algebraic expressions from words
- Use algebraic expressions to apply to real life situations
- Solve one step equations with all operations using whole numbers and fractions
- Write equations from word problems involving all operations, using a variable for the unknown
- Use integers to represent real life situations
- Compare and Order integers
- Introduce operations with integers
- Locate and name points on the coordinate plane
Measurement
- Choose the appropriate unit of measure given a situation
- Changing units in the customary system for length, capacity and mass.
- Add and subtract two measurements and rename units to simplify
- Choose the appropriate unit of measure given a situation
- Changing units in the metric system
Geometry
- Identify and work with points, lines, segments, and rays
- Measure and classify angles
- Finding complementary, supplementary, and vertical angles
- Classify triangles by sides and angles
- Classifying polygons
- Identify congruent and similar figures
- Find lines of symmetry
- Identify and draw translations, reflections and rotations
- Solve problems involving perimeters and areas of rectangles
- Solve problems involving areas of parallelograms, triangles, complex figures
- Identify parts of a circle to find radius, diameter, and circumference
- Find the area of a circle
- Three Dimensional Figures and Spatial Reasoning
- Find the surface area of prisms and cylinders
- Find volumes of rectangular prisms and cylinders
SCIENCE
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston follows the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) and we implement an integrated science program utilizing McGraw-Hill’s I-Science textbook.
In 6th grade we focus on the following:
- Nature of Science
- Sun-moon-Earth systems and interactions
- Earth’s atmosphere
- Earth’s changing surface
- Finalize the Water Cycle
- Natural resources
- Cells
- Natural Selection, adaptations and inheritance of adaptations
- Energy and Energy transformation
- Waves, light and sound
- Electricity and magnetism
SOCIAL STUDIES
6th Grade-In this class, we will be developing students’ awareness of the world around them. This will be achieved through the honing of students’ mapping skills while also examining various geographic regions and cultures by continent. Throughout the middle school (grades 6-8) grades application of concepts to real life is the goal. Many opportunities are afforded to students to use skills involving computation, estimation, time, money, measurement, geometry, graphing, probability, data analysis, percentages, and algebra to solve a variety of problems.