The 6th Grade Ivrit curriculum focuses on the following areas:
V   Reading with fluency and accuracy at the sentence and paragraph levels 
V   Analyzing text 
V   Using grammatical forms: present, past, and future tense
V   Using new vocabulary in coherent sentences


V   Skills to handle new situations and beginnings 
V   Strengthen Hebrew conversational skills
V   Yearlong focus on utilizing problem-solving skills throughout curriculum 
V  Memory folder - focus on classifying and retaining knowledge

Lessons on each Jewish holiday will fill the calendar as we proceed from Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays through Chanukah, Purim, Passover, Shavuot and other special days. The students will gain practical instruction in the traditions through arts & crafts and hands-on learning. They will also learn about the meanings of each holiday and their relevant customs and importance today.

V  Parshat Hashavua: Student will understand the story and details from that week’s Torah Portion. Student will also bring home questions to discuss the Parsha at home
V  Yamim Meryuchadim: Student will identify the date and significance of specific special days on the calendar
V  Chagim (Jewish Holidays): Student will identify date and significance of Jewish Holidays. Students will also learn customs and blessing of the holiday
V  Tefila: Students will learn to be fluent in reading the morning prayers and understand the significance of specific blessings. Students will progressively learn new blessings for their morning prayers throughout the unit
V  Pirkei Avot Unit: Students will understand the background, lessons, and stories of Pirkei Avot
V  Yidios Klaliyos: Students will gain knowledge in Judacis, and various other general topics
 Shabbat Unit: Students will understand the importance of Shabbat and some of the laws that apply on that day

By 6th grade we are putting the ‘icing on the cake’.  This year the focus will be more formal and evaluative work in reading, writing and grammar, including diagramming sentences, timed reading comprehension pieces reflecting higher thinking skills, rhetorical analysis of devices used in essays, speeches and formal writing, and more directed nightly reading and reading comprehension testing, (often on a near-nightly basis).

The ability to read effectively and respond to written material is one of the most important skills our students need to have before moving into middle and high school grades. Shaloh House students have developed excellent decoding and basic comprehension, grammar and spelling skills prior to coming to upper elementary.

All writing submitted will utilize lead-ins, thesis questions, arguments and detailed backup, including quotations, finishing with concluding statements. We follow the basic Common Core requirements by grade.

The essence of reading this year is discussing the process of analyzing not only the story but the art and voice of the author. We are looking at when the story was written, why and how the author uses personification to create the story and effectively sway the audience. 

Students are continuing working with Wordly Wise Series, Handwriting without Tears series and moving along towards typing skills.

As part of vocabulary development, students are mastering their spelling skills. All students are expected to utilize proper spelling of any words encountered in a text, and needed for responses to queries.

In other words our 6th graders are reading as a study of the craft of writing.

V  Properties of Quadrilaterals revision
V  Describe and compare data sets using the concepts of median, mean, mode
V  Experimental probability
V  Negative Numbers – Introduction, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
V  Factors and Multiples, Prime Factorization, Exponential Notation
V  Greatest Common Factor (GCF), Least Common Multiple (LCM)
V  Idea of Negative Numbers and the Number Line
V  Multiplication, Division and Combined operation of Integers
V  Rational Numbers – Definition, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division
V  Introduction to Algebra, Use of Letters, Basic Notations, Algebraic Expressions, Factorization

Using the many materials from the PEARSON Interactive Science Curriculum, all classes will cover basic information on Scientific Inquiry, Experiments, and Research.  All students will have some level of information about the formation of the earth, planets, evolution, and global warming.  We will all do a series of lessons on the use of water & will have the Boston Water Department in to do presentations on the use and conservation of water, tied in with the water cycle, weather etc…

Each week will be working through pages from the Interactive Science Workbook, supplementing with National Resource Materials provided by groups such as NASA, as well as working towards hands-on science experiments at the culmination of each chapter. There are approximately 10 Chapters in each science book, as well as a myriad of extra materials available to supplement the study work.  Please read your child’s tracker for the most up to date information regarding the chapters we are reading and discussing.  This month we will be focused on the formation of the earth, which will fall in nicely with discussion of geography in Social Studies.

Grade 6 will be working on a Science Project during the last semester, which will utilize English writing skills, as well as Scientific Experimentation and Documentation.


In 6th Grade Social Studies (History), we will continue to dive into the study of history as the study of our own story as human beings. It informs not only about the events of the past, but serves as a guide to the future. This is the conceptual rationale for social studies, to provide students with a historical perspective regarding the world in which they live. With regards to specific subject matter, we will begin our studies with an in-depth look at several countries around the world. By studying these countries, students will be able to position the history we learn with the geographical location it has happened in.

Following this, we will begin with a look at the cultures of Asia. We will proceed on a largely geographical path as we discuss the development of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. The “big picture” goal of the course is for each student to have a basic grasp of the events that shaped civilization from the medieval period to modern times, and to understand that as far as history is concerned, as Shakespeare wrote, “What’s past is prologue.”