SCIENCE: The World of Flying Creatures
In this study of birds, your child learns about the design and characteristics of flying creatures, including physical characteristics, nesting habits, flight patterns, and more! Your student will learn how to attract various bird species to your yard and identify them by looking at their special physical characteristics, diverse nests, and interesting domestic practices.
Some Topics Include:
Unit 1: Zoology
Classification, binomial nomenclature, flight, airfoil, drag, habitats, instinct, extinction, and extinction errors
Unit 2: What Makes a Bird a Bird?
Bird Watching, Benefits, Identification, Field Guides, Field Marks, Wings, Crests, Passerines, Large to Small, Behavior, Habitats, Bird Banter, Songs andCalls, Claims to Territory, Purpose of Calls and Communication, and Banding.
Unit 3: Birds of a Feather
Feather Facts, Molting, Feather Features, Contours, Down, Semi-plume, Filo-plume, Bristles, Preening, Cormorants, Feather Color, Bird Baths, and Sunbathing.
Unit 4: Flying Facts
Mighty Muscles, Takeoff, steering, Flapping and gliding, Soaring, Seabirds, Migration, Knowing Where to Go, Using Landmarks, Sun and Stars, Magnetic Fields, Migrator, perils not eh Path, Flocks or Loners, and Left Alone.
Unit 5: Nesting
HomeBuilders, Types of Nests, Unusual Nests, Weavers, No Nests, Ground and Mound Nesters, Earth-Hole Nesters, Cavity Nesters, Platform Nesters, Cup Nesters, Adherent Nests, and Egg Color.
Unit 6: Matching and Hatching
Showcase, Helpful Mates, Single Parents, Exceptional Eggs, Clutch, Incubation, Development int he Egg, Egg Tooth, Baby Birds, and Precocial Birds.
Unit 7: Bats
Keystone Bats, Bat Anatomy, Echolocation, Creation Confirmation, Micro-bats, What Big Ears You Have, Mega Bats, Bat Habitats, Guano, Winter Homes, Breeding, and TheNursery.
Unit 8: Flying Reptiles
Pterosaurs, Pterosaurs in History, Types of Pterosaurs, Pterosaur Lifestyle, Powered Flight, and Other Pterosaur Lifestyle Issues.
Unit 9: A First Look at Insects
Identifying Insects, Cold Blooded, Exoskeleton, Molting, Insect Heads, Insect Eyes, Antennae, Mouths, Thorax, and the Abdomen.
Unit 10: Insect Life Cycles and Life Styles
Finding a Mate, Metamorphosis, Complete Metamorphosis, Incomplete Metamorphosis, More Incomplete Metamorphosis, Crypsis, Mimicry, Trickery, Chemical Defense, Creation Confirmation, and Bites and Stings.
Unit 11:Social Insects
Hymenoptera, Worker Ant Jobs, Ant Talk, Ant Food, The Ant Shepherds and Farmers, The Honeybee, Royal Food, The Queen Bee, Worker Bees, Dancing Bees, Flower Power, Making Honey, Bumblebees, Wasps, Termites, and Ants vs Termites.
Unit 12: Beetles, Flies, and True Bugs
Beetle Behavior, Both Beneficial and Pesky, Scarab Beetles, Fireflies/Lightning Bugs, Ladybugs, Flies, Mosquitoes, and True Bugs.
Unit 13: Interesting Insects
Praying Mantises, Dragonflies and Damselflies, Winging It, Seeing More than Double, Feeding on the Fly, Water Babies, Crickets, Grasshoppers, and Katydids, Dangers and Defense, Orthoptera, Aphids, and Cicadas.
Unit 14: Order Lepidoptera
Lep Anatomy, Antenne, Drinking Straws, Thorax, Migration,Cocoon, Chrysalis, Home sweet Home, and Butterfly Pets.
Social Studies: The Middle Ages (400 - 1600)
Making use of The Story of the World, Volume 2 along with The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia and numerous instructor-assigned supplemental materials, this class studies the medieval world at a logic-stage level. Students will make use of primary sources, timelines, and other logic-stage materials to learn about the medieval world, from the fall of the Roman empire through the beginnings of the Renaissance. Students will be required to turn in at least two outlines, six written summaries, and a final history project. Weekly timeline work, periodic exams and weekly comprehension quizzes will accompany class discussion to engage deeper understanding of the time period being studied.
Topics to be covered include:
The Roman Past , Early Medieval Britain, Byzantium, Medieval India, The Birth of Islam, China & East of China, Australia, The Foundations of France , The Norsemen, Early England , Medieval Chivalry, The Crusades, Kingship in England ,The Diaspora, The Mongols, Ming China, The Ottoman Empire, The Black Death, The Hundred Years’ Wa, Spain & Portugal, African Kingdoms, The Moghuls of India, Native American Kingdoms, The New World, Reformation, Renaissance, Elizabethan England, Colonizing North America, Spanish-English War
Grammar and Writing
Sixth grade is a continuation of the same program used in fifth grade for grammar and writing. Students move from basic definitions through advanced sentence structure and analysis—your student will learn the three essential elements of language education: understanding and memorizing rules (prescriptive teaching), repeated exposure to examples of how those rules are used (descriptive instruction), and practice using those rules in exercises and in writing (practical experience). Students will move through the most basic concepts through advanced grammatical concepts such as modal and hortative verbs and multiple functions of noun clauses.Extensive diagramming exercises reinforce the rules and help technical and visual learners to understand and use the English language effectively. Text for examples and exercises are drawn from great works of literature, as well as from well-written nonfiction texts in science, mathematics, and the social sciences.
Books We May Read In Class*
*Book lists are subject to change
1.) Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
2.) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
3.) A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
4.) Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
5.) Heroes of Black History (from the Who Was…? series - Harriet Tubman, MLK, Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson)
6.) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
7.) The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
8.) Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
9.) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
10.) Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Sixth Grade Math
The Lab school of Oklahoma uses Saxon math for it's core math instruction. We believe each student is unique and teach to the individual. Therefore, we supplement with Math-U-See to integrate a more hands on approach with those who would benefit. For more information on Saxon math, please visit our "About Us" page.
Below is a list of new topics covered this year in math. As always we strive to fit our math program to your Childs unique needs. For a great resource and explanation on why we use Saxon Math, please refer to our "About Us" page.
Using a calculator to find roots
Percent of change
Conversion between temperature scales
Determining the precision of a measuring tool
Semicircles and sectors
Intercepts of a line
Graphing transformations on the coordinate plane
Combining like terms
Solving simple quadratic equations
Graphing on a number line
Graphing on a coordinate plane
Identifying misleading graphs
Slope of a line