6th Grade

Teacher

JAMIE LIPPINCOTT
 jlippincott@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger
  • Laudate App
  • New American Bible

Tracing the roots of Christianity into the Hebrew Testament, students have a better understanding of and appreciation of the Hebrew tradition. Students learn the story of God’s chosen people and prophets, the Mosaic Law and justice and, analyze the writings of St. Paul as they attempt to determine what it truly means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program. Students explore concepts related to family backgrounds and genetics, to the importance of self-knowledge and of living true to the self, to the virtue of delaying gratification, to seeking guidance from the Church in decision-making, to changes in family life with the birth of a baby, to society’s attitudes toward aging, and to the responsibility to reach out to the suffering and needy. Students also participate in a Community Service Program. This program allows students to commit to a charity for the duration of time in middle school. Students utilize their 1:1 iPads to access material focused on the Bible and apps that provide valuable resources for Catholics.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Literature-Copper, Prentice-Hall
  • Junior Great Books, Great Books Foundation
  • Various Novels
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics, Zaner-Bloser
  • Wordly Wise Vocabulary 3000, EPS
  • Accelerated Reader Program, Renaissance Learning

Students study grammar, literature, writing, spelling, and vocabulary. They read grade-appropriate material to describe and connect essential ideas to deepen their understanding of texts, analyze author’s arguments and synthesize information from multiple sources. Through inquiry-based reading, critical thinking and writing activities, the students explore as they ask questions, read closely, support ideas with evidence, listen and respond to classmates’ ideas and extend their thinking. Students learn to write in-depth the purpose and structure of narrative, informative/expository, opinion, persuasive, and descriptive texts, with special focus on revisions and final copy while working Google Docs. Reading and reciting poetry allows students to interpret and gain insight into poetry. Students also participate in Accelerated Reader (AR) that is based on personalized goals according to each student’s independent reading level that guide students to books difficult enough in order to keep them challenged.

 

MATH

  • Course 1 Mathematics, Prentice Hall
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Sixth grade math provides a transition in which students are presented a new level of challenge. Topics covered include order of operations, fractions, decimals, geometry, integers, etc. Most important is the “Language of Math”, an exciting new way to look at math and problem-solving. Students use their iPads to present information to the class and one another through creation of videos and interactive whiteboard apps. The St Math, online interactive program, boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual, spatial temporal learning that enables students to improve their conceptual understanding and problem solving.
ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoning to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. Blended and collaborative learning opportunities are experienced daily with the student’s utilization of iPad integration. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction.

SCIENCE

  • Science 6, Prentice Hall
  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

Middle school students study the concepts of earth, life and physical sciences such as the structure and properties of matter and its interactions, forces, motion and stability, energy, from molecules to organisms, ecosystem’s interactions: energy and dynamics, heredity, biological evolution: unity and diversity, earth’s systems, the earth and human activity, space system, history of the earth, weather and climate, human impacts, engineers design,  chemical reactions, growth, development and reproduction of organisms, waves and electromagnetic radiation, natural selection and adaptions, chemical formulas, acids/bases, and gas laws. Each year the concepts build upon knowledge acquisition of the previous year. Hands-on investigation and experimentation is an integral part of daily science along with 1:1 iPad usage for research and application.  Bi-weekly, the students participate in the hands-on, active learning Brain Storm, program, a STEM based education course of study.  Students participate in the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair and the nation-wide You Be the Chemist Challenge (YBTC) Competition. Students experience the “Galapagos Island of the Northern Hemisphere” by participating in a three-day field studies opportunity to the Channel Islands off the coast of Ventura, California. Students utilize their Science TechBook to investigate research and create projects to further extend their knowledge and mastery of concepts. The STEM infused interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by: exploring the overarching themes of science

  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the Scientific Method
  • Student’s iPad utilization is an integral part of their learning for research, reference and class presentation

 

 SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Ancient Civilization, McGraw Hill

Students study ancient history as an opportunity to view the past. They learn about why the study of history is important, what makes civilization, etc. By participating in the living history of “Walk through Ancient Worlds,” students discover the mysteries of the past. Students use the geographic, economic, political, religious, and social structures of early civilizations. Special focus is on Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. The students develop a working knowledge of the geo/political world and the responsibility given by God to be caretakers of His creation. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent information.

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, Logic and Physical Education