Grades 5 and 6

The Beaches Episcopal School fifth and sixth grade programs provide a wholesome environment for learning by providing a variety of experiences to develop the whole child. Through an integrated, hands-on curriculum (including a commitment to enrichment programs), students are encouraged to develop inquisitive, creative minds and a joy of learning. All fifth and sixth grade students have four academic classroom rotations (Math, English, Science, and Social Studies) in addition to their enrichments as we prepare them for middle school.

Enrichment classes are a vital part of the Beaches Episcopal School curriculum. Art, physical education, music, library, computer science, Spanish, and Christian education provide avenues for self-expression and enhanced learning. Students actively participate in chapel services on a weekly basis and share classroom prayers. Opportunities are provided to allow students to develop responsibility and leadership skills, like sixth grade Safety Patrol.

Students in fifth and sixth grade integrate technology throughout the day with the one-to-one iPad program. They manage classes through Google Classroom, utilize educational applications for organization, and access materials that explore sources to deepen the learning process. The iPad program has opened classroom walls and brought the world to their fingertips.
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5th Grade

Core Academic Subjects

Language Arts

  • Read complex text with greater fluency and comprehension
  • Read a variety of genres and analyze and make deeper connections to the text
  • Explore and identify literary devices to analyze text
  • Introduce and support grammar rules and application within writing
  • Understand paragraph organization and be able to produce a three paragraph essay with clear thesis, topic sentences, and supporting details
  • Engage in collaborative discussions and project creation with diverse partners addressing texts
  • Introduce and develop advanced vocabulary through literature and informational text
  • Expose students to spelling words to include commonly misspelled words and words from the curriculum
  • Continue to use technology to enhance learning and produce high-quality products

Math

  • Weekly individualized online practice, TenMarks
  • Mastery of division by a three digit divisor and six digit dividend
  • Knows how to add and subtract fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals
  • Evaluates expressions correctly using the order of operations and solves one-step equations
  • Plots points on a coordinate grid
  • Understands 3D figures' faces, edges, vertices, and can solve for surface area and volume
  • Converts units of length, mass, capacity, and time
  • Graphs data appropriately using bar graphs, double bar graphs, line graphs, line plots, and pictograph

Science

  • Plan and conduct investigations of testable questions through the scientific method and the engineering design process
  • Support arguments with evidence
  • Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry
  • Model connections and relationships in systems

Social Studies

  • Explore American history from origin, colonial growth, westward expansion and statehood
  • Use primary and secondary sources to understand history
  • Understand the organizational structure and powers of federal government
  • Continue developing map skills
  • Understand the importance of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights as our foundation of government.
  • Communicate ideas and theories, analyze arguments, and engage in complex thinking tasks verbally and in written form

Enrichments

Art

  • Understand and apply visual art materials, techniques, and processes
  • Identify and apply the elements of art and principles of design
  • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art

Christian Education

  • To understand, experience, and know God's love through scripture readings, chapel services, prayer, class discussion, and projects
  • Guide students in a growing understanding of Jesus’ life and mission
  • Continue developing an understanding of how to use the Bible

Media/Technology

  • Continue to review computer basics and keyboarding skills
  • Identify and locate collection of materials
  • Identify, reshelf, alphabetize, and organize books
  • Locate information using OPAC
  • Continue coding
  • Use parts of a book to locate information, use appropriate reference sources and identify numerical arrangement of library materials
  • Develop an understanding of plagiarism, copyright and legitimacy of information
  • Develop proficiency in Google Apps for Education
  • 1 to 1 iPads
  • Introduction to Tinkercad
  • Continue to use the computer to enhance learning through curriculum integration.
  • Continue digital citizenship
  • Understand the importance of internet safety

Physical Education

  • Display good sportsmanship and team work in all games and activities, with a Christian mind set (attitude, heart…)
  • Improve flexibility, strength, endurance, and agility
  • To teach levels of proficiency in team sports games and team activities
  • Continue to develop proficiency in loco-motor skills
  • To develop the concept of the relationship of body parts and teach a healthy lifestyle
  • Teach and reinforce the fundamentals of jumping and landing, balance, and the concept of time, force and flow

Music / Band

  • Reads, notates, and performs rhythms using a variety of time signatures (i.e. 4/4, 2/2, 6/8)
  • Composes music for percussion ensembles and drum circles
  • Sings with appropriate timbre and expression
  • Evaluates musical performances using provided criteria and expresses personal music preference using appropriate music terminology
  • Uses a tablet to enhance learning through conducting research, creating multiple-part compositions, and utilizing music apps
  • Optional participation in school band

Spanish

  • Greetings
  • colors
  • weather
  • clothing
  • calendar
  • months of the year
  • numbers 1-1,000,000
  • time
  • Community
  • Food and restaurant
  • Gender and number agreement
  • Verbs in simple present
  • Present progressive
  • Simple future and preterite phrases
  • Regular verbs
  • Irregular verbs
  • Top 30 (high frequency) phrases
  • Adjectives
  • Verb to be
  • Pronouns
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Culture
  • Geography

6th Grade

Core Academic Subjects

Language Arts

  • Read complex text with greater fluency and comprehension
  • Read a variety of genres and analyze and make deeper connections to the text
  • Explore and identify literary devices to analyze text
  • Introduce and support grammar rules and application within writing
  • Understand paragraph organization and be able to produce a three paragraph essay with clear thesis, topic sentences, and supporting details
  • Engage in collaborative discussions and project creation with diverse partners addressing texts
  • Introduce and develop advanced vocabulary through literature and informational text
  • Expose students to spelling words to include commonly misspelled words and words from the curriculum
  • Continue to use technology to enhance learning and produce high-quality products

Math

  • Weekly individualized online practice, TenMarks
  • Determines equivalent ratios and rates
  • Converts between fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Knows how to solve one and two-step equations
  • Understands addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of integers
  • Evaluates expressions using substitution and solves two-step equations and inequalities
  • Finds the area of geometric figures and circumference of circles

Science

  • Apply inquiry-based and problem-solving processes and skills to scientific investigations
  • Analyze and interpret data describing the impact of human activities
  • Develop a model to describe the cycling of Energy in an Ecosystem
  • Synthesize and communicate information collaboratively
  • Research and examine arguments based on evidence through self-directed means

Social Studies

  • Communicate ideas and theories, analyze arguments, and engage in complex thinking tasks verbally and in written form
  • Continue to use maps to understand development of civilizations
  • Explore early civilizations and understand their contributions to development of world cultures, religions, governments, social class, economy, and technology.
  • Interpret primary and secondary sources
  • Evaluate the roles, rights and responsibilities of being citizens and the origin of our government, law, and American political system.

Enrichments

Art

  • Understand and apply visual art materials, techniques, and processes.
  • Identify and apply the elements of art and principles of design.
  • Students are acquainted with some of the great artists and their works of art.

Christian Education

  • To understand, experience, and know God's love through scripture readings, chapel services, prayer, class discussion, and projects.
  • Guide students in a growing understanding of Jesus’ life and mission
  • Continue developing an understanding of how to use the Bible

Media/Technology

  • Continue to review computer basics and keyboarding skills
  • Identify and locate collection of materials
  • Identify, reshelf, alphabetize, and organize books
  • Locate information using OPAC
  • Use parts of a book to locate information, use appropriate reference sources and identify numerical arrangement of library materials
  • Develop an understanding of plagiarism, copyright and legitimacy of information
  • Develop proficiency in Google Apps for Education
  • 1 to 1 iPads
  • Continue coding
  • Continue to develop skills in Tinkercad
  • Continue to use the computer to enhance learning through curriculum integration.
  • Continue digital citizenship
  • Understand the importance of internet safety

Physical Education

  • Display good sportsmanship and team work in all games and activities, with a Christian mind set (attitude, heart…)
  • Improve flexibility, strength, endurance, and agility
  • To teach levels of proficiency in team sports games and team activities.
  • Continue to develop proficiency in loco-motor skills
  • To develop the concept of the relationship of body parts and teach a healthy lifestyle
  • Teach and reinforce the fundamentals of jumping and landing, balance, and the concept of time, force and flow

Music/Band

  • Reads, notates, and performs rhythms using a variety of time signatures (i.e. 4/4, 2/2, 6/8)
  • Composes music for percussion ensembles and drum circles
  • Sings with appropriate timbre and expression
  • Evaluates musical performances using provided criteria and expresses personal music preference using appropriate music terminology
  • Uses a tablet to enhance learning through conducting research, creating multiple-part compositions, and utilizing music apps
  • Optional participation in school band

Spanish

Greetings, colors, weather, clothing, calendar, months of the year, numbers 1-1,000,000, time, community, food and restaurant. Gender and number agreement, verbs in simple present, present progressive, simple future and preterite phrases, regular verbs, irregular verbs, Top 30 (high frequency) phrases, adjectives, verb to be, pronouns, definite and indefinite articles, culture and geography.