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Grade 6 Program - Courses/Modules Overview

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Language Arts

Consists of five language arts modules plus three novel studies. Items of study include: stories, poems, books, plays, and articles. Skills developed include: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing. A Home Instructor's Guide and Assignment Booklet is provided for each module.

Module 1: The Pacific Rim

A focus on Pacific Rim countries and the Pacific Ocean. This module introduces the skills of analyzing techniques and elements of short stories, sequencing, and clustering.

Module 2: Looking Up

A focus on space and astronauts - experiences in space, the sky, clouds, birds, and fireworks. This module teaches how to manage information with an emphasis on prewriting steps. Students choose a topic, identify an audience, form and purpose, and research and organize material.

Module 3: The Creature World

This module looks at real and imaginary creatures to teach communicating ideas using well-organized, clear and precise language. Activities include giving speeches and writing business and personal letters.

Module 4: In the Days of Knights

This module uses texts drawn from Arthurian legends and the fields of chivalry, heraldry, and knighthood. The focus is on the use of exploratory language.

Module 5: Our Heritage

The texts used in this module are drawn from a variety of time periods and regional areas of Canada. The focus is on the skills of managing information through the creation of a newspaper. Careers in the fields of English Langue Arts are profiled.

Mathematics

Provides a review of arithmetic skills and introduction of math concepts in decimals, fractions, estimation, word problems, rations and percents, geometry and measurement. Students complete a series of workbook assignments; there is no textbook for the Grade 6 Math program.

Social Studies

Examines how Canada links to other countries through trade and culture. The course compares government, resources, trade, transportation, communication, meeting basic needs, and cultural similarities and differences. Students are encouraged to varying points of view. Mapping and research skills are developed.

Students living abroad or travelling are welcome to examine local cultures and countries. Course Textbook: Global Citizens

Science

A selection of modular units covering a variety of topics and science skills. Experiments and activities in this course make use of materials found in the home.

Module 2: Microbiology, Life Under the Microscope

After being introduced to microscopes and magnifiers, students learn about cells and the relationship between micro-organisms and people.

Module 4: People and Electricity

Students are introduced to some of the problems with the most commonly used sources of electrical power generation and examine the advantages and disadvantages of various energy sources.

Module 5: On the Air! Air and Aerodynamics

The first part of this module focuses on the scientific properties of air. The focus of the second part is on aerodynamics, the study of how air moves and how things move through air.

Module 7: Our Place in the Universe

Students examine relationships between Earth, the Moon and the Sun, and the resulting phenomena such as changing seasons, phases of the Moon, and tides.

Fine Arts

Concepts developed include the study of colour (warm and cool, tints and shades), sketching, texture, design, lettering and sign making, abstract, silhouettes, mounting, and presentation of artwork.

French

This is an introductory course consisting of three modules and a selection of six special projects. This program focuses on communicating in French in meaningful, true-to-life situations. A tape recorder is required.​