Sixth Grade

St. John the Baptist Catholic School’s curriculum is based on the school’s mission, philosophies, and Minnesota Standards.


Sixth Grade Religion (Sadlier We Believe, 2011) focuses on the idea of Covenant and God’s relationship with us. The main themes include:

  • Forming the covenant
  • Building and then redefining the covenant
  • The Covenant being fulfilled in Jesus.

We will also have a special emphasis on Liturgy, in which we will study the liturgical seasons and during Advent and Lent plan and participate in a school mass.

Language Arts

Language Arts in sixth grade focuses on the communication skills of writing and speaking. The emphasis is on grammar usage and mechanics, vocabulary, spelling, and the writing process. Students learn to:

  • Identify the parts of speech.
  • Understand words and their meanings, usage, and relationships to other words.
  • Apply new grammar and vocabulary skills to their writing.
  • Write persuasive, descriptive, and narrative essays using the 6 Traits of Writing.

The Language Arts curriculum is supported by Prentice Hall Writing and Grammar (2010) and Vocabulary in Action by Loyola Press (2010).


An overall strength is the fact that we have a separate class to enhance reading and comprehension skills.

  • Summer reading projects start the year with two novels. (One novel is picked by the student and the second novel is from a list provided from the teacher). The students are asked to present their books to the class during the first month of school.
  • Novel studies: Hatchet and Where the Red Fern Grows ( would like to add another during the year)
  • Literature textbook (Prentice Hall Literature – 2010) offers a wide variety of genres.
  • Many additional resources are available to use along with the textbook.
  • Literature is portfolio based and graded as Pass/Fail. This allows the students to be more relaxed as they explore different areas of reading.

This class also promotes organization. Students cannot pass without keeping all documents and notes organized.


Sixth grade math focuses on preparing students for Algebra and Geometry (using Prentice Hall, 2008). This course is also open to students in grade 5 with qualifying test scores, teacher recommendation, and parent/family input. Topics include:

  • Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • Data and Graphs
  • Algebra: Patterns and Variables
  • Number Theory and Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
  • Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • Tools of Geometry
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Exploring Probability
  • Algebra: Integers
  • Algebra: Equations and Inequalities


Sixth grade science course is a general science course that covers the three main branches of science: life, earth, and physical. The Macmillan/McGraw Hill (2012) program supports the curriculum.

Topics include:

  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Classifying Living Things
  • Cells
  • Genetics
  • Weather and Climate
  • Astronomy
  • Classifying Matter
  • Chemistry
  • Exploring Forces

Social Studies

The sixth grade social studies course gives students an understanding of how and where to find sources for History, how to determine validity of sources, as well as the varying types of sources that may be available to them. In addition, students will gain an appreciation for the cultural, political and scientific advancements made by the ancient cultures they learn about, as well as those advancements we have made since. The Holt Ancient History (2008) program supports the curriculum.


Formal Spanish instruction begins in 6th grade. The student is introduced to the Spanish language through active participation in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. The goal is to begin to develop basic skills that will be used to communicate in Spanish. The class is built on vocabulary themes, grammar topics and cultural information. Students will explore the Hispanic culture, centered around the chapter themes. The textbook Realidades (2004) is used.


The sixth grade curriculum is based on a timeline of Art History which corresponds to the social studies timeline. Students will learn about the art of ancient times and create art which reflects the style of that time. Students explore the meaning of as well as the motivation behind creation of beauty throughout history.


Major Focus:

  • Internet Safety
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Blogging
  • Integrating Technology with projects from other subjects
    • Ex: projects in conjunction with Literature Class
      • Create PowerPoint of your perfect world
      • Research Utopian Societies
    • Create Spanish flash cards
    • Scratch Animation