Sixth Grade Curriculum
Carden Arbor View School is dedicated to providing an outstanding Middle School learning experience. Middle School students' days are spent with several teachers, each of whom is experienced in his or her subject area and trained in the Carden method of teaching. Students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades have a challenging eight period day, consisting of six core subjects and two center subject classes. To meet individual student needs better, we provide additional faculty for small group instruction in composition and math classes. Supporting this rich and diverse program is a teacher who serves as an advisor to a group of ten to twelve Middle School students. These teacher advisors meet with their individual group of students to provide guidance and support in achieving school success. All Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in after school sports, electives, yearbook, and Student Council. Carden Arbor View School students are expected to take an active role in the life of the school by taking advantage of one or more of these opportunities.
ELA (English Language Arts) utilizes an expanded class (85 minutes per day) to synthesize the disciplines of writing, grammar and literature. Students will explore the classic novels The Little Prince, Tom Sawyer, Alice In Wonderland, A Dog of Flanders, and The Odyssey, as well as the short stories The Necklace, All Summer In A Day, and Sarah Tops, along with a variety of poetry throughout the year. Students will practice creative and expository writing styles including Autobiography, Biography, Short Story, Poetry, Descriptive Writing, Persuasive Essays, Comparison-and-Contrast, Cause-and-Effect, How-To, and a Research Report. We will master the writing process (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing and Proofreading, Publishing and Presenting) and workshop the majority of our writing in class, benefitting from teacher and peer editing and collaboration. Through our reading and writing we will refine skills of grammar, usage and mechanics. Grammar/Vocabulary tests will take place weekly.
Textbook: Writing and Grammar, 7th Grade (Prentice Hall, 2008)
World History: Civilizations from early man up to the Middle Ages are explored in this class, where 6th graders are introduced to history from a high school-level text. Supplementing the instruction are regular notebook entries and trimester reports, presented orally to the class, where students bring depth to historical figures or topics while learning the basics of writing research papers. Smart Board and internet access in the classroom also enhance the instruction.
Textbooks: History of Our World (Prentice Hall)
Math: Major topics covered are fractions expressed as percents, ratios/proportions, types of numbers, geometry (volume, area, and perimeter), simple algebraic equations requiring one or two operations, and factoring numbers to determine the greatest and lowest common denominators.
Earth Science: Earth Science – Includes topics such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, the solar system, and oceanography. Science is taught utilizing a dynamic, hands-on approach that allows students to gain experience in using the scientific process. Additionally, Smartboard Technologies, class discussions, and online activities compliment lab experimentation.
Books, Materials and Resources
• Prentice Hall, Earth Science
• Planet Earth series
Projects and Experiments (click HERE for more info)
Physical Education: Emphasis is placed on physical fitness activities, major muscle group recognition, individual skill development, and participation in team games. Students change to physical education wear for most activities. (See uniform information for current physical education dress.)
French: This is an intermediate level course for teenagers with an emphasis on fluency in listening, understanding, speaking, practicing, reading & writing. In addition, students will deepen their appreciation for French culture by continuing to explore French customs. Textbook & Workbook: ET Toi –Didier FLE
Life Skills: The purpose of Life Skills is to provide students the opportunity to explore and develop successful communication skills, positive decision-making skills, media literacy, and a positive self-concept. We believe that assisting students in developing strong communication skills is supportive of the Carden philosophy of respecting others and ourselves. The ability to recognize and avoid the pressure of peers and media are crucial in making positive decisions.
We will provide a comfortable and supportive atmosphere for discussion groups and activities. We will use videos, role playing, and guest speakers as a part of our presentations. We encourage parental support by asking parents to be available to their children to discuss topics that concern them.
Computers: Keyboarding skills are reviewed with speed and accuracy as the new goal. The software used is PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, iMovie, iPhoto, on Apple iMacs. Click here to view class projects.
Music: This class is designed to give students a greater understanding and appreciation of music. The different eras of music are studied and analyzed with emphasis on musical styles and forms. Students study styles of music from other cultures and from the U.S.
Art: Students will use their knowledge of the art elements (line, form, color, texture, value and space) as they work on different styles of art in relationship to history, literature and cultures of the world. Students will also continue to strengthen their art techniques and their confidence in their own creativity.
Outdoor Education Sixth graders make a week-long trip to the Catalina Island Marine Institute on Catalina Island.
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