Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Textbooks:

Elements of Literature , Hold Rinehart Winston, Inc.

Be a Better Reader , Globe Book Company

Elements of Writing , Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Spelling , McGraw-Hill



In our literature curriculum, the student is presented with various genres of literature and required to analyze them for theme, conflict, literary techniques, and characterization. Students will combine this study with written language arts as they write essays and reviews regarding the literature they have read.

In grammar studies, we focus on the three levels of language mastery: syntax (formation of plausible phrases / ideas), analysis (through diagramming sentences), and semantics (usage of the language). Students are put through a rigorous program to prepare them for the highest level of learning in middle school and beyond.

In composition, we teach students to master the 6-trait approach to writing, including the following traits:

· Ideas and content

· Organization

· Word Choice

· Sentence fluency

· Voice

· Mechanics


MATHEMATICS

At Bear Creek Elementary, we teach from the Saxon Math series.

Course II provides students with a solid foundation of skills and concepts needed for success in analytic and quantitative courses. The interrelationship of fractions, decimals, and percents is reinforced throughout the text, and geometric concepts are continually practiced. Daily mental math and problem-solving exercises further reinforce students' skills.

Course II emphasizes concepts and skills necessary for success in upper-level mathematics courses including:

· geometric construction, similar and congruent figures, similar geometric figures, angle measurement and relationship, classification of geometric figures and transformations, the Pythagorean theorem

· integers, exponents, order of operations, properties of real numbers, and prime factorization

· variables, algebraic terms, inequalities, equations, functions, graphing equations

· ratio, rate, percent, data collection and display, statistics, probability, measurement, scientific notation



Course I
reinforces the basic mathematical concepts and skills that students learned in previous grades. Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Daily mental math and problem-solving exercises enhance students' repertoire of skills and increase their mathematical power.

In Course I, students will learn to:

· simplify expressions containing parentheses

· add, subtract, multiply, and divide signed numbers

· work with exponents, square roots, geometric formulas, ratios, percents, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals


SOCIAL STUDIES
Textbooks:

Daily Geography, McDougal, Littell and Company
Latin America and Canada , Macmillan/McGraw Hill

Students in 6th grade social studies will study a variety of concepts and themes. They will review and build geography skills and learn about our neighbors to the north and south of us: Canada, and Mexico, Central America and South America .


Students will be required to maintain their skill level in geography with weekly exercises using an atlas (G.R.O.W.)


SCIENCE

Textbook:

Science, Glencoe (a McGraw-Hill Company)

including a free ONLINE textbook.


The 6th grade science curriculum focuses relationships found in Earth and Life science, using the categories listed below:

  • matter
  • energy
  • Earth's processes
  • ecosystems and living organisms
Students are taught the scientific method, and will be expected to use it in the Spring Science Fair (optional participation).