Welcome to 6th Grade


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You will find important information about sixth grade on this website.  Please take some time and explore this page.

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Mrs. Barnes

Welcome to the wonderful world of 6th grade!  I am Mrs. Barnes, one of the 6th grade teachers here at Immanuel.  My teaching experienced is varied:  third grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, and art education.  I have over 20 years of teaching experience with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling. I have been blessed to be a part of the Immanuel family.  As an educator, it is my desire to foster a love of learning in every student, incorporating creativity, problem-solving, and/or experiential learning experiences in a Christ-centered environment.  My husband, Tom, and I are members here at Immanuel.  Our family includes our daughter, Katie, an  alumnus of Immanuel.

Mrs. Van Hevel

“Here I am Lord!” Trying to live my life in response to God’s call has led me to the 6th grade at Immanuel, and there is no place I would rather serve! I determined in 10th grade that I wanted to change the world and that the best way to do that would be to shape the future through education. I attended Western Michigan University’s Lee Honor’s College for my Undergrad, and later earned my Master’s in Teaching and Learning from Oakland University. I previously taught at the high school level and am looking forward to the eagerness of Middle School learners and the opportunity to openly share the love of Jesus.

My and my family’s emersion in Immanuel Church and School has shaped our faith and family. My husband Brian and I have been active members at Immanuel for 12 years, participating in worship, study, and volunteerism. My boys, Kayden (7th grade) and Jayce (5th grade), began participating in the Children’s Ministry before they could walk, and have attended Immanuel School since 3-year-old preschool.

I love to spend my time with my family. We play sports together, play board games and card games, and even read together. Occasionally, my boys convince me to play video games or watch action movies. I also enjoy creating and decorating.

I am very excited for this school year! I feel blessed to teach at Immanuel, and I look forward to helping your children and families grow in knowledge and faith.



Curriculum - 6th Grade

Religion - The religion lessons contain a thought-provoking approach to the Bible text or topic, life-related activities, and memory verses that will help students learn more about God's love for them in Jesus Christ. The lessons will assist them in applying Biblical truths to their lives. The 6th grade curriculum uses the text Applying Luther’s Catechism by Concordia Publishing House as our guide.

Math – The concepts covered are decimal operations, expressions and equations, integers, fractions, ratios, proportions, percents, and geometry.

Language Arts

  • Literature/Reading – The students spend a large portion of their time independently reading at their level and their interests to build them as readers.  Students will also study poetry, drama, short stories, the novel, non-fiction, and folk tales written by classic and contemporary authors.  Mini lessons on reading strategies, literary elements, and skills are an integral part of the classroom.  Incorporated within this framework are four classroom novels.
  • English - The first year in a three year series studying the fundamentals of the English language. Students study the grammar, usage, and mechanics of the English language.
  • Writing – Writing is incorporated throughout the school year in the context of what they are studying in English.  They will write personal narratives, persuasive pieces, as well as a character analysis paper.  The writing curriculum concludes with a research paper on a historical figure, and a public speaking experience via a Historical Wax Museum.
  • Spelling - This subject is taught through phonics and word parts. It is taught by practice and tests.

Social Studies - Sixth grade concentrates on world history from ancient times to the Middle Ages.  Experiential learning includes cuneiform writing, pyramid building, Greek mythology plays, and a Medieval Festival.

Science – In sixth grade, students will study earth science. Topics include: elements, minerals, rocks, earthquakes, volcanoes, and culminates with a study on creation and Noah’s Flood and its geological impact.

Physical Education -Students participate in physical education activities twice a week.

Computers – Students attend a weekly computer class on a variety of topics.

Fine Arts -   Students may choose electives from the following courses:  advanced band, choir, music appreciation, hand bells, world news, and study hall.

Art - The sixth grade art program includes drawing technique, a variety of art medium and technique, and the emphasis of the seven elements of art.

Spelling Word Lists
Social Studies




Field Trips
6th Graders will be taking the "Cultural Tour" this year!
  • We will go to Cranbrook in the Fall to correlate with our Minerals and Rocks unit in Earth Science.
  • We will go to Meadowbrook Theatre in the winter to see A Christmas Carol. The students will read the story in literature class prior to the trip.
  • We also added a two additional movie visits after reading the novel Wonder in fifth grade, and A Wrinkle in Time in sixth grade, we went to see both movies at the theatre.