Middle School 6th Grade Courses
The 6th grade curriculum at Laurel Springs includes courses in language arts, math, science and social studies, as well as opportunities to explore subjects such as health and wellness. Additional offerings such as electives, and world language courses further enhance students’ learning experiences. Our dynamic and comprehensive online learning experience for 6th grade students prepares them for future academic and personal growth.
This research-based course provides structured lessons on reading comprehension, critical reading and analysis, composition, vocabulary, grammar, usage, and mechanics. Lessons are designed to develop comprehension, hone critical reading skills, build vocabulary, and help students evaluate and apply the ideas they have learned from their reading. Students practice writing throughout the course using analysis and critical thinking skills.
Students in 6th grade expand their understanding of History, Civics and Government, Geography, Economics, and individuals, society, and culture by studying the people and events that ushered in the dawn of the major Western and non-Western ancient civilizations. Geography is of special significance in the development of the human story. Students will have the opportunity to explore civilizations by learning about the history, culture, citizenship, economy, religions, and government of the different cultures present at that time. In doing so, the students will utilize math, science, technology, and critical thinking skills in daily learning. Students analyze the interactions among the various cultures, emphasizing their enduring contributions and the link between our world today and these ancient worlds.
6th Grade Math is designed to provide students with a pedagogically sound math program. Each lesson is created so that students have multiple opportunities to practice the concepts and skills introduced. During this course, students will connect ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and use concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems. They will gain an understanding of the division of fractions and extend the concept to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers and mixed numbers. Students will write, interpret, and use expressions and equations throughout the course. Last, they will develop an understanding of statistical thinking.
6th Grade Science is the first in a series of three consecutive science classes. It introduces middle school students to the disciplines of life science, physical science, and earth-space science. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. The lessons make real-world connections and require students to apply STEM skills like analysis, problem solving, science knowledge, and engineering practices. Hands-on and laboratory investigations are included throughout the course to provide students opportunities for exploration through scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem solving, and experimental procedures. By the end of the course, students will be practicing, experimenting, thinking, and talking like a scientist!
Health & Physical Education
In this course, students will learn how to prevent injuries, access valid information to remain safe, analyze situations involving alcohol/tobacco/other drugs, apply decision-making processes to enhance mental/emotional/social health, and continue weekly physical activity to promote overall health. Students will log student-selected activities based on goals set at the beginning of the course. Three hours of weekly physical activity are required to be logged throughout the course.