Grade 6

6th Grade Curriculum


Areas of study include: traditions of the Catholic Church, the values of Faith, Hope and Love, the church hierarchy and the Old Testament. Students actively participate in the religion curriculum through role-play and other hands-on activities.


Through the use of McGraw Hill Wonders reading program students are engaged in a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction. The curriculum includes spelling, comprehension, vocabulary development, decoding strategies and listening skills. Students study various genres of text including: realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, myth, drama, poetry, biography, narrative non-fiction, and expository text. The daily reading block includes direct reading instruction, small group/whole group instruction, and guided reading.

NOTE: Daily independent reading both at home and in school is a very important part of the total reading program. Reading at home, both independently and aloud, and annotating the texts is greatly encouraged.


Utilizing Judith Hochman’s Basic Writing Skills, an evidence-based approach to writing instruction, students work on organizing ideas to properly structure their writing. Students utilize various outlines from the Hochman Writing Method including the quick outline, summary outline, transitional outline, and multiple paragraph outline. Students work on writing a single paragraph and expand their writing to multiple paragraph essays. Students are instructed in various types of expository writing including compare/contrast essays, persuasive writing, and descriptive essays.


Units of study include: place-value, rounding, fractions, decimals, percent, absolute value, positive and negative integers, ratio, and unit rate.


Units of study include: the diversity of life, rocks and minerals, light and sound, and simple machines.

Social Studies

Areas of study include: foundations of geography, history, and economics, ancient Egypt, ancient civilizations of Africa and China, and civilizations of the eastern hemisphere.

  • Homework is assigned daily. 
  • Assignments should generally take 45-60 minutes to complete.

JCOS has a wonderful system for updating students’ homework assignments and upcoming tests. It is a web-based system called SchoolNotes. You can access the system at Once you access the system, you need to sign up as a parent. You should scroll down to the bottom of the web page to the part that indicates parent sign up. You should “Search by School” for JCOS. There is a drop down menu that asks for the country, state, district (private for JCOS, regardless of your district of residence), and the school’s name. Once you have completed this registration process, you will then be able to locate your child’s homeroom, reading, and math teachers. You can subscribe to each teacher’s page so that you will receive emails directly from SchoolNotes to let you know when the teacher has updated his/her page. There is also a link on each teacher’s page where you can email the teacher directly.  JCOS faculty and staff are most willing to respond to communication from parents. Your expectation for a response should be within 24 hours during the school week between the hours of 3-6 pm. If you need immediate assistance, you should call the office directly. SchoolNotes is wonderful communication tool between families and the school.
In addition to SchoolNotes, the children also write their homework down in their planners each day. It is important to check your child’s planner each day as well as to check his/her folder for any handouts, flyers, or other important information.