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5th & 6th Grade

Fifth grade at Ada Christian is faith-filled, fun, and is all around fantastic! We work hard academically... studying new concepts in math and science, learning how to be better writers, but we also play hard, have T-time (our chapel time) and our off-site camps. We strive to build and strengthen relationships between teacher and student, with peers and, more importantly, with God.  

Some academic highlights are Social Studies Simulations like Discovery 2 (Explorers), doing Tech Olympics, and learning about fractions, decimals, and graphs in math. In Bible, we start out with the Old Testament, move on to learning about our world through the Hunger unit, and spend second semester working on our Jesus Project.  

In Fifth grade you can expect your child to be challenged, appreciated, and cared for within a community. We desire to teach the kids about the Christian journey and taking the "hard, but right way" which happens with a relationship with Jesus. We love this age group and love being a part of fifth grade.

Sixth grade is a year for many great new experiences. Students enjoy switching classes, learning science through labs and experiments, using computers more often, and having more freedom and responsibility. Other highlights of the year include the 56er Mixer, the two-day service project, a week of exploration activities, sport teams, class trip, and the World Fair project.

5th Grade Curriculum Highlights

Science

Fifth graders at Ada Christian School use and develop scientific models on both a large and small scale. From the solar system to particles inside mixtures and solutions, students investigate the intricacies of God’s creation. A large portion of the year is spent studying the relationships between Earth’s many living things.

Math

  • Decimals – place value, rounding, and all four operations with decimals.
  • Fractions – comparing, ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions.
  • Expressions and Patterns – order of operations, numerical expressions, and graphing ordered pairs.
  • Geometry – classifying polygons, building three-dimensional figures, and computing area and volume of various figures. 
  • Measurement – metric system, and measuring mass and capacity.

Social Studies

  • Maps and global geography
  • Students first sweep through US history (Age of Exploration to the 20th century)
  • Historical simulation events 
  • South America and Canada (Historical and Geographical study of our neighbors)

Language Arts

  • Continue to strengthen reading comprehension skills through reading to self, teacher read-alouds, and reading units
  • Review formal grammar skills and focus on using correct grammar in reading and writing
  • Increase writing stamina through daily journals as well as work on formal writings such as personal narratives, persuasive essays and informational writings throughout the year.
  • Use the Sitton spelling curriculum 

Bible

In Bible, we start out by studying the Pentateuch.  By this point most of the 5th graders have heard the stories of the Patriarchs and the covenants that God made with His people.  We dig a little deeper and try to discover what God was revealing to His people then and how that can shape our faith today.  

In November and December we move on to talk about our world and it's people through our Hunger Awareness unit.  Each 5th grader is assigned an identity from a first, second or third world country.  

The second half of the year is spent on our Jesus Project.  This is the first time that the CSI curriculum moves on to the New Testament.  Through a series of readings, writings, illustrations and plays, we look at the miracles, parables and teachings that Jesus used to teach His people.

Physical Education

Physical Education is offered two times a week for 30 minutes each. In 5th grade our focus is on gaining the knowledge and practicing the skills needed to play different sports and activities. An exciting experience in 5th grade is tackling the game of lacrosse.

6th Grade Curriculum Overview

Sixth grade is a year of learning and learning how to learn. In addition to the academic subject areas, the sixth grade focuses on developing study skills, learning methods, organization, and prioritizing tasks and assignments. We are intentional about growing the young Christian adolescent spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.

Sixth Grade Science offers opportunities for students to investigate a variety of physical, earth, and life science concepts. Students use and develop scientific models for understanding matter, forces and motion, and energy. They use these models to describe weather on Earth as well as magnetic force and electricity. A large portion of the year is also dedicated to studying the diversity of life in God’s creation.

In math we cover five key units that will help students build a strong foundation for upcoming math courses. The five general units that we cover are Fractions, Decimals and Percents; The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, Statistics and Probability

We spend special time helping students grow in their ability solve multi-step problems. We show and encourage the process of problem solving and mathematical thinking. These skills are foundational for them as they continue to grow in their math abilities.

King Tutankhamen, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, the Great Pyramid, the Middle Ages are just a few of the many topics we study in 6th grade history. This class focuses on Ancient History and how ancient civilizations developed and survived thousands of years ago. We will also look for connections between what we are studying to stories in the Bible and to current events.

Language is a gift from God. The study of Language Arts embraces listening, speaking, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. In sixth grade the students will develop an appreciation for literature and language through several novels and short stories, research and writing, spelling and speaking, as well as a review of sentence structure and the parts of speech. Students thoroughly enjoy the interdisciplinary World Fair project which includes creative, comparative, informative, and persuasive writing pieces.

Band, Orchestra and Choir are all offered during 6th grade. The study of music further enhances the development of the brain. Learning an instrument uses unique parts of the brain that have been shown to enhance learning skills in other areas. During band and orchestra we work through method books and additional music resources. During choir we sing a huge variety of songs, study different types of music, watch and learn the music from at least one musical, continue to build theory skills and also do at least two performances during the year.

Physical Education is offered two times a week for 45 minutes each. In 6th grade our focus is on learning the rules of the different sports and activities that we play throughout the year. We teach these sports and activities to show the students different ways that help us to keep active and healthy for life. A few extra experiences in 6th grade PE include the Super Snow bowl, where we play a grade wide football tournament outside in the month of January.

This year in Bible your child will be studying the Bible with a focus on the first half of the Old Testament. We will not only look at the stories of the Bible in the context in which they occur, but we will also look to apply these stories to your child’s life so they can grow in their faith. We will focus on presenting the Bible as the story of God’s actions and words, written so that people might know God and themselves, accept his gift of salvation, and live lives of joyful service. We will view the Bible not only as a history book, a theological treatise, and a guide book for life, but also and most importantly as the divinely inspired and infallible Word of God. We will show that each part of the Bible has a particular purpose and that all parts fit together to show God’s plan of salvation for His people.

We want students to be knowledgeable of the stories of the Bible, so that they grow in wisdom, sensitivity, and creativity. We want to help students make an informed commitment to Christ as Savior and Lord, and to live that out through love, obedience, and service as they grow in their faith.

5th and 6th Grade Special Events

6th Grade Special Events

  • Spiritual Retreat
  • Small Groups & Chapels
  • Weekly devotions lead by parents
  • Art Prize Field Trip
  • Service Project
  • Spelling/Geography Bee
  • Super Snow Bowl 
  • Exploration Week
  • Greek Olympics
  • World Fair Project & Night
  • Intramurals during noon hour
  • 6th Grade Sports (basketball, volleyball, track, swimming, golf, soccer, ski club)

Tell them and they will forget. 
Show them and they will remember.
Involve them and they will understand.