Welcome to 6th Grade at Noah Webster Schools!
6th grade year at Noah Webster Schools is a mentally stimulating and thrilling time for students. As they enter their final year at Noah Webster Schools, they’ll find that they are now the wise 6th graders who younger students look up to for advice. Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum has always been and will continue to be a large part of the students’ school day. With the use of technology to advance education and having individualized and customized curriculum set to specific needs, all of our students are positioned to be challenged on a regular basis and motivated to succeed.
Every year our 6th graders enjoy some time spent outside of the classroom as they go on field trips to continue the learning in a new and exciting location. All field trips will align with the curriculum and complement a specific subject, topic or course the students are learning at that time. While field trips often vary from year to year, some past 6th grade field trips have included trips to JA Biztown in Tempe and even the Grand Canyon!
6th Grade Curriculum
When it comes to 6th grade math, we mean serious business. Students will develop a stronger number sense that goes beyond memorization, as well as gain procedural understanding. Critical skills will be improved as students utilize real world applications by studying the following and much more:
- Real world problems with ratio and ratios using diagrams
- Writing algebraic expressions to describe real life situations
- Describe quantities in real-world situations using positive & negative numbers
- Create & solve algebraic equations or inequalities from a word problem & justify answer
- Data collection to answer statistical questions, describing & summarizing its distribution
- Calculate surface area of a 3D solid by creating a net
- Use theoretical probability to predict, compare, & replicate experimental outcomes
In 6th grade language arts, students will work towards growing an even better understanding of the English language by continuing to work on their reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills. Our ability to customize the curriculum will continue to challenge your child to ensure they are learning at their own pace and to the best of their ability.
While the specific works of literature may vary by teacher and by year, you can be sure that your child will be challenged with a variety of different literary material. Students will learn how to use reading strategies to comprehend text and narratives through literature books and other selective stories. Students will be taught and asked to identify:
- Components of functional text
- Common structural elements in literature from a variety of cultures
- The theme in prose, poetry, and drama
- Facts and details that support the author’s argument
- Organizational structures of expository text
- Characteristics and structural elements of poetry
We understand that every child is different. This is why our teachers will work with each child to customize the curriculum to meet their specific needs. Students will be able to describe the plot, components, author’s point of view, and motivations of major and minor characters in a story. Students will also be asked to use text evidence to draw conclusions, analyze how individuals, events, or ideas are introduced, illustrated and elaborated in a text and determine the meaning of figurative language in prose and poetry. After 6th grade, your child will be able to compare two texts in different forms and discuss the similar themes and topics between the two.
In 6th grade writing, students will be asked to write informative, persuasive and research essays, business letters, and persuasive letters. Students will complete literary responses in which they must write a summary of the book they read, along with reflections on connections, themes and personal experiences that relate to the book. Throughout these writings, effective and natural dialogue with proper use of quotation marks will be taught and expected of students. Teachers will instruct students to write narrative and imaginative pieces including:
- Sensory details
- Effective sentences
- Logical sequencing
During their 6th grade year, students will learn how to write poetry that uses several poetic elements including figurative language, rhythm, rhyme and stanzas. Our 6th graders will also learn to organize writing for an oral presentation, manuscript, and/or multimedia presentation!
Our students will be introduced to 53 prepositions and taught all parts of speech during 6th grade grammar. Sentence construction including appositives, semicolon, comma, subordinate clauses and punctuation for complex sentences will also be a high priority for students.
Vocabulary and Spelling
Your 6th grader will continue to improve upon their vocabulary and spelling skills by following Wordly Wise 3000, receiving one grade a week, and performing online spelling tests. Students will also be introduced to Greek and Latin as a way to better educate them on the English language.
The 6th grade social studies curriculum will cover World history, Ancient World history, the Roman Empire and Beyond the Renaissance. During this school year, students will practice note-taking, perform weekly tests and complete a robust research paper on a specific country.
As the “S” in our STEM curriculum, science plays an integral role in the education of our students. Your child will improve upon previously learned information to advance their skills with maps, diagrams and charts. Students will work with the scientific method, learn animal and plant biology, geology, chemistry and environmental science which includes Earth and outer space. Each year, students will participate in a science fair in which they will complete an experiment or invent something, following specific guidelines that relate to what they have learned in science class.
Technology is crucial to the way we teach and address various lesson plans. Students at our Mesa campus are given laptops to work with throughout the school year. They will utilize the computers for writing projects and other academic practices. All 6th graders will also perform 30-minute in-class reading and math sessions, utilizing classroom technology. Additionally, Mesa students will benefit from the latest forms of technology found throughout our classrooms: Smartboards, Qwizdom remotes and Fuse document cameras. Each and every classroom at our Pima campus comes equipped with Samsung School, a student-centric classroom environment that empowers students through a 1:1 learning experience. This provides each student with a Samsung Galaxy tablet to use throughout the school year, and provides each classroom with an interactive whiteboard display.
All students participate in physical education classes at least once a week. Classes focus on competency of motor skills and performance of physical activities in order to achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of fitness. Positive social interaction is embedded into instruction while promoting the value of physical activity.
All students participate in music classes at least once a week. Students create meaning and expression through the use of listening, performing and improvisational skills. Students are introduced to the elements and theory of music and musical instruments. Studentsalso have the opportunity to participate in the free band and orchestra program.
Noah Webster offers an online cataloging system. Destiny Quest allows students to browse Noah Webster Schools Library’s entire collection and place a hold on their final selection. The book will then be delivered to the student’s classroom within 3-4 business days. Reference materials are also available.
Noah Webster Schools has implemented Art Masterpiece to introduce artists and styles from diverse cultures and time periods. Students are taught to use classic and modern techniques in order to create artwork to communicate ideas, meanings, and/or purposes.
6th Grade Supply List
Remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) with first and last name. This will help locate them should personal items become lost.
Please make sure all applicable supplies are non-toxic and labeled as such.
- Headphones/Earbuds (for laptop/tabletuse)
- Mechanical pencils with lead and erasers
- A 3-subject spiral notebook or 3 individual notebooks (note taking)
- 3 Two-Pocket folders
- Colored Pens - no blue or black
- Paper Towels
- Tissue Boxes
- NOTE: No binders due to limited desk space.
Your assigned teacher may provide a small list specific to your student's classroom needs at Open House.
Remember to bring a form of payment to purchase the required planner and homework folder.
6th Grade Teaching Team
Noah Webster Schools
Our daughter absolutely loves that she gets to use a laptop in class. We're amazed at how quickly she is learning.
I am very impressed with my daughter's improvement with all her academics and challenges of different schoolwork. I've seen an enormous difference in her and it has inspired her to love school. Thank you!
An excerpt from a 6th grade alumni to his 6th grade teacher: "I just wanted to thank you for pushing me and my classmates as hard as you did. I recently took a math test to determine whether or not I should be placed in an advanced seventh grade class. Just yesterday, the results were received, my work was dubbed exceptional and they wish to place me in a freshman algebra class in high school! Of course I wasn't the only one to do so, but one of the few. Thank you so much for everything, you will never be forgotten."