Sixth Grade Curriculum Overview


Textbook: Blest Are We

  • Primary focus: Old Testament, Salvation History
  • Scripture study
  • Church structure, the universal church
  • Stewardship
  • Gospel Value – Focus on Scripture
  • Social Justice
  • Church History
  • Old Testament and New Testament Scripture
  • Coordinated service hours
  • Called to Protect for Youth
  • Support the Adopt-a-Family program
  • Participate in spiritual activities and prayer Lead Holy Thursday’s Stations of the Cross
  • Adopt a Godchild from Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos
  • Host class Masses, Adoration in Chapel, Reconciliation


Textbook: Houghton Mifflin: Journeys

  • Literature
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Writing integrated across subject areas: Narrative, Informative, & Persuasive
  • Supplement: Prentice Hall’s Writing and Grammar
  • Literature-based curriculum
  • Accelerated Reader supplementary reading program
  • Novel studies focusing on literary analysis and literary elements
  • Sadlier vocabulary program
  • Easy Grammar emphasis on: Parts of speech, Sentence diagramming and Issues in writing
  • Writing styles used in high school (Organization)
  • 6 +1 Traits of Writing Focus
  • The writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing)
  • Writing applications (analytical, persuasive, expository and narrative)
  • Editing & journaling experiences

Social Studies

Textbook: Prentice Hall's History of the World

  • Focus on World History
  • Topics include:
    • Beginnings of Civilization
    • Ancient China, Egypt, & India
    • Ancient Greece & Rome
    • Middle Ages
    • Renaissance & Reformation


The math curriculum consists of three courses that are aligned to the Diocesan Standards.

Mathematics (Course 2)

Textbook: Saxon Math by Houghton Mifflin

  • Operations with integers, decimals, fractions and mixed numbers
  • Solving one-step algebraic equations
  • Organizing and displaying data, including stem-and-leaf plots, bar graphs, histograms, box-and-whisker plots, mean, median, mode and range
  • Geometry topics include angles, polygons, circles, perimeter, area, circumference

Pre-Algebra (Course 3)

Textbook: Saxon Math by Houghton Mifflin (7)

  • Principles of algebra, such as evaluating and writing algebraic expressions and equations
  • Operations with rational numbers (integers, fractions, decimals, mixed numbers)
  • Solving one-step and multi-step algebraic equations
  • Ratios, proportions, similar figures, and scale drawings
  • Percents – including relating percents to fractions and decimals, percent of change, applications with percents
  • Perimeter, area, volume, and surface area


Textbook: Glencoe Earth Science

  • Focus on Earth Science

STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math)

  • Scheduled classes 2 times per week
  • Create videos, web pages, 3D models and computer programs
  • Develop internet research skills
  • Utilize WeVideo, TinkerCAD and other software
  • Research applications in all subjects
  • Receive instruction in spreadsheet, presentation, database and word processing tools
  • Use of Google applications and resources
  • Read more information about our STREAM program


Students begin their year by focusing on the four key areas of language study: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Using short stories and/or chapter books the students are exposed to new vocabulary and grammar concepts, reading and listening comprehension activities, speaking and writing activities, multimedia cultural presentations, interactive activities, and practices to reinforce new vocabulary and grammar. There is a strong emphasis on providing context and conversational examples for the language concepts presented throughout the year. Students will become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns, participate in simple conversations, analyze and compare cultural practices of various Spanish-speaking countries, and take frequent assessments to monitor their language progression.