Sixth grade students enjoy the benefits of a fully departmentalized program of studies. Having honed their study and organizational skills in fifth grade, students are now ready to apply them as they enjoy the benefits of working with six different teachers. Students are encouraged to begin to understand how each teacher has different expectations.
In science the students explore the skills of observation, data collection, analysis and critical thinking. These skills are emphasized in labs as well as more traditional classroom study. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, nutrition, earth science, the solar system, ecology and biology. Students enjoy the opportunity to present a topic of interest at the Our Lady of Humility Science Fair.
In religion, a strong emphasis is placed on understanding our religious roots. Students learn about the first leaders of Israel and how Catholic rituals are rooted in ancient Jewish traditions. Additionally, students learn how God invites us into his Kingdom, the roots of original sin, and God's infinite capacity for forgiveness.
Building upon their understanding of our religious foundations, students learn about ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, the Indus River Civilization and the early Chinese.
Reading for pleasure and purpose continues to be emphasized in the sixth grade. A understanding of the beauty of poetry is developed as well as an understanding of the literary techniques used by poets. Oral and written book reports are assigned on a regular basis with each report representing a different literary genre. Students are expected to read a minimum of 100 pages per week.
Mathematically, studies are divided into two distinct classes both of which cover the curricular goals of the Archdiocesan curriculum. The four basic operations are applied to fractions, decimals and percents, rates, ratios, proportional reasoning and geometry.