English and Language Arts

Sixth Grade students read and study:  The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Maniac Magee, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Watsons go to Birmingham, Tuck Everlasting, Adam of the Road, and Bridge to Terabithia.  Additional works of literature may be studied.  Sixth grade also learns to analyze a variety of poetry and grow in their understanding of literary elements. Sixth grade students at Holy Trinity Middle School enjoy a varied English/Language Arts curriculum.  Our belief in a literature-rich environment for our students drives the high standards we hold for both our students and our reading selections Language Arts instruction also includes: Vocabulary study focusing on Greek and Latin root words, key grammar concepts to better understand written language and improve analytical skills, and an assortment of Writer’s Workshops to improve composition skills in all genres of writing while maintaining focus on each grade level’s target standard.

Science

The overarching theme for middle school science is “God’s splendor is shown in the energy of the earth and the universe”. Middle school is where students are exposed to science on daily basis with the goal for each student to be prepared for the rigors of a high school science curriculum. Science for all three grades is taught as integrated science which means that students are exposed to aspects of earth, life, and physical science each year. Activities, experiments, and projects are incorporated into the curriculum for hands-on learning. The cumulating learning experience for all students in middle school are the science fair, inventor’s fair, and technology fair which are held at the end of the year on a rotating basis so that a student in middle school is exposed to all three fairs. Collaborative projects involving the other middle school teachers is also a part of the science curriculum.

Sixth grade students start with what science is, the types of science, how science and technology relate to each other and how we measure and observe science safely. The concept of how God’s splendor can be seen through the energy that courses through all things begins in sixth grade.  Sixth grade year students can “see and touch” science which emphasizes God’s workmanship in all things. They learn about minerals and rocks and the energy it takes to create them. They learn about matter and the basics of the energy in matter, force, work and machines. We explore the concept of how energy flows throughout Earth with the water cycle and the energy in water; energy in the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycles; food chains, food webs, and energy pyramids in ecosystems; and how energy drives magnetism and electricity.  Finally, the students end with human body systems, God’s greatest creation and the energy that drives these systems. In all of these explorations, critical thinking skills are being developed with the students through the study of charts and graphs and how to interpret them and how to use math skills in science.