The middle school student is experiencing physical changes in their bodies that they often sense as disorganization. This is a meaningful time for the students to study the physics of that which they can experience clearly through phenomena: acoustics, optics, magnetism, heat, and electricity. They also study the physical body of the earth in geology and the surrounding expanse through astronomy. Cause and effect thinking is very strong in the sixth grade student; it is here that the rise and fall of Rome is studied. The law and order has a strong appeal as does the consequences of excess. As this is the beginning of the teen years it is of value to highlight the ramifications of a society that went too far. Continuing through with a theme of law and order from Rome, mathematical laws are studied deeply and there is an introduction of economics and business math. Multiple learning modalities are engaged giving all different kinds of learners routes to successful comprehension and daily the children have the opportunity to work both independently and in groups.
Artwork by Jennifer Glennen, The Blue Oak School
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6th Grade Curriculum Components
History and Literature
History of Western Civilization from Rome through the Middle Ages, Rise of Islam, Feudal systems, Crusades, knights and chivalry, Arthurian legends and medieval tales.
Grammar, outlines and expository, narrative and description writing, essays, reports, business writing, biographies and research, plays.
Fluidity in four math processes, fractions and decimals, business math, geometric rules and principles, precise construction of geometrical forms, mental math.
Geography and Science
World geography, including South American and Europe; Physics, including acoustics, optics, heat, and magnetism; Cause and effect, Astronomy, Mineralogy.
Precise geometric and projective drawings, charcoal shadow drawing, portraits, calligraphy, watercolor and clay.
Knitting using four needles to make a pair of socks.
Exercises for exactness, clarity of form, order and structure, Rod exercises, Team sports, Medieval games.
Music theory, singing and recorder ensemble in three and four part harmony, Alto recorder, chants and songs from ancient Rome, Folk songs.
Dramatic poetry, songs and dialogues, Grammar: questions and answers, reading, vocabulary, cultural celebrations, plays.
Soil structure and soil fertility, preparation of garden beds, pruning, tool maintenance, food economy.
European and South American influences in food, creating a meal from seasonal local offerings, musculature.