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Sixth Grade - Third Form: A Year of Exploration
Third Formers (sixth graders) at Eaglebrook take part in all school activities, but unlike the other grades, they have two homeroom teachers who create an active learning environment. In small classes, they oversee each student's development in English, history, science, mathematics, and study skills. They study Latin, choose electives in art, music, and woodworking, and have a variety of educational experiences outside the classroom. Students in the Third Form maintain group camaraderie through regular class projects and weekly field trips. Because there are generally less than twenty boys in the class, Third Form students are each assigned to just two of the five dorms. The Dorm Heads and advisors in these two dorms maintain close contact with the homeroom teachers. The Third Form residential experience is similar to that of the other students, but these boys also have earlier bedtimes and generally receive more guidance in areas like room cleaning, dorm jobs, study halls. Each boy is assigned a “Big Brother”, a Sixth Form student within that dorm. Big Brothers help their little brothers recognize when they need faculty assistance with academic or social situations, and they let faculty know if they see a Third Form student struggling. Third Form students are placed on athletic teams with their peers in each of the three sports seasons. Eaglebrook offers juniors level teams in many sports and there is an option for all.
Third Form English focuses on developing the skills to write clearly, read literature effectively, use grammar correctly, and expand one’s vocabulary. Students learn to annotate literature to help improve reading comprehension and an emphasis is placed on active reading. Throughout the year, students write journals, paragraphs, poems, and short stories with a focus on improving each student’s understanding of grammar, mechanics, and syntax. Vocabulary is studied through literature based words and the Sadlier program. Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, is studied in connection with the era being studied in history as well as the topics learned in science.
Sample of texts used in the Third Form
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Hannibal: Rome's Worst Nightmare by A Wicked History
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt
Third Form History is a full year course and covers three topics: Eaglebrook history, and the ancient civilizations of both Greece and Rome. Students read from texts and supplement those texts by reading works of fiction that relate to the time period. Students are asked to draw connections between the material they are studying, their Eaglebrook experiences, and their personal lives. Class discussions often center on current events that help students understand the connection between studying history, their own lives, and the historical importance of geographical place and physical space. Students take notes, do nightly written homework, and take frequent tests based on their notes and reading. By the end of the year, the goal is for Third Formers to be able to analyze historical texts, trace cause-and-effect relationships, and generally develop the level of inquiry and academic focus necessary for lifelong learning and academic exploration.
This course, required for all Third Form students, provides a structured introduction to grammar, vocabulary, and reading via the Latin language. Students are expected to read and translate sentences and simple stories in the language, using the first book of the Cambridge Latin Course as a basis. They are introduced to crucial grammatical concepts such as parts of speech, case, and tense. Students also learn about classical myths, deities, and the history and cultural practices of the Roman world.
Third Form Mathematics is a full year course. Students are introduced to problem solving and students review basic math vocabulary and skills: whole number skills, fractions, decimals, percents, customary and metric measurements, multiplication and division, addition and subtraction, ratios, proportions, perimeter, area, volume, number lines, operations with signed numbers, and rational and irrational numbers. Once they have demonstrated mastery of these skills, they study beginning algebra which includes: algebraic vocabulary, expressions, variables, solution of linear equations algebraically and graphically, order of operations, exponential forms, and inequalities.
Third Form Science is a full year course that focuses on observation and inquiry based learning. Topics of study include: the classification of trees and dendrology, invasive species, exposure to chemistry and physics, and field work in the area to support these topics. At the end of the year, the students’ final project consists of a comprehensive report relating their fieldwork to the topics covered during the year. Students keep notebooks that become both a resource and a record of their studies through the year in science. Being able to clearly communicate one’s thinking, both verbally, in writing, and in diagrams is an important part of Third Form Science.
As is tradition at Eaglebrook School, all Third Formers are assigned to the Woodworking elective. The goal of the course is to introduce sixth graders to the fundamentals of woodworking and assist them in the development of basic skills. Emphasis is placed on the responsible and safe use of both hand and power tools and on proper woodshop conduct. A cooperative atmosphere is maintained and overall good citizenship is stressed. Projects are designed sequentially to allow students to build upon their skill set and gain increased confidence in the areas of applied art.
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