Grade Six

As listed in Rod and Staff's 2013 catalog

A Time to Build

This reader contains 40 narratives, 6 selections of Bible prose, 6 English poems, and 4 composition themes (of which two are Scripture passages). Vocabulary lists and comprehension exercises are included in the book at the end of each lesson.

The teacher's guide for this reader has general helps for teaching the courses, as well as practical helps for each lesson. These include suggestions for class discussion to improve comprehension, pointers for oral reading, and information on the vocabulary words. There are also suggested answers for the exercises in the readers.

The supplementary workbook was developed to supplement the reader. It includes valuable vocabulary exercises and questions that develop comprehension skills. Written especially with the multi-grade teacher in mind, these lessons can be done by the students without much teacher guidance. The questions in the reader could be used for guided class discussion, and the workbook for written assignments.


11601 Reader   $13.95

[A Time to Build]  

11691 Teacher's Guide   $7.95

Supplementary Items

11621 Reader Workbook   $3.00
11692 Teacher's Workbook Edition   $3.95

God's Chosen Family as a Nation

This second book in the series The Story of God's Chosen Family covers Old Testament history from King Saul to the end of the Old Testament.

As the pupils study the Israelite kings, the prophets, and the nations' responses to God's messengers, they see the importance of right choices and the awful results of rejecting truth. They follow the Israelite nation, both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, to captivity because of their sin. They return with a remnant of Jews to rebuild the nation of Judah in the face of opposition from surrounding enemies.

The Bible is the pupil's textbook. The workbook guides the pupil through the study of the Bible as he looks up verses and answers the questions. A variety of question types includes multiple choice and filling in the blank. There are also vocabulary studies and other educational exercises on such subjects as music in Bible times, the ten "lost" tribes of Israel, and doctors in Bible times. Five lessons focus on Life in Bible Times: "What Did People Wear?" "The Israelite Family," "Israel's Neighbors," "Foods and Mealtime Customs," and "Making a Living." Each of these lessons also includes a section on using Bible study books.

The pupil's book has 30 lessons divided into 6 chapters, a review for each chapter, and a final review. A test for each chapter and a final test are in a separate booklet with tear-out sheets.

The teacher's manual, bound with a durable cover, has a reduced copy of the pupil's workbook with the answers filled in. Oral reviews, main points, suggested memory passages, and other notes to the teacher are in the margins.


17621 Pupil's Workbook   $7.95
17691 Teacher's Manual   $9.95
17611 Test Booklet   $1.75

Understanding Mathematics

This hardcover textbook has 170 lessons that review and extend skills taught in previous levels. Review in each lesson keeps previous skills current. New concepts include the following areas:

Numbers -- Greatest common factor, lowest common multiple, mental shortcuts in calculation

Fractions -- Decimal-fraction equivalents

Decimals -- Multiplying and dividing

Percents -- Discounts, commissions, interest

Measures -- Conversions between English and metric measures, time zones

Geometry -- Perimeter and area triangles and parallelograms, circumference and area of circles, measuring angles with a protractor

Graphs -- Constructing circle graphs

Quizzes and Speed Tests are provided in a separate booklet with tear-out sheets.

Chapter tests are also in a separate booklet.

The teacher's manual comes in two volumes. Each lesson shows the pupil's pages full size with answers filled in. Extra pages guide the teacher in lesson preparation. Answer keys for quizzes, speed tests, and chapter tests are included.


13601.3 Pupil's Textbook   $14.95
13691.3 Teacher's Manual, Part 1   $11.95
13692.3 Teacher's Manual, Part 2   $11.95
13611.3 Test Booklet   $2.25
13671.3 Quizzes and Speed Tests   $4.50

Progressing with Courage

This course has 132 lessons divided into 11 chapters. The first two chapters deal with understanding sentence types and structure. Chapters 3-6 and 8-10 focus on the eight parts of speech. Chapter 7 teaches concepts about capitalization and punctuation. Chapter 11 deals with miscellaneous lessons on the dictionary, Bible reference books, synonyms, antonymns, homonymns, and word families.

Interspersed throughout the book are 32 oral and written composition lessons. Continual review is built into the course.

A separate booklet of 82 worksheets is available for additional practice. The sheets may be copied as needed in teaching this English course. The test booklet contains eleven chapter tests and a final test. The teacher's manual has reduced copies of the pupil's text, with the answer keys beside the exercises. For the worksheets and tests, the answers are shown in color on the reproduced pupil's pages. Guidance is given for presenting the lesson to the students. The specific points to be taught are listed, along with further instruction and information for the teacher.


12606.3 Pupil's Textbook   $17.95
12626.3 Worksheets   $3.25
12696.3 Teacher's Manual   $24.95
12616.3 Test Booklet   $2.25

Supplementary English Worksheets
Grades 6-8

These worksheets are suitable as supplementary work for any or all grades from 6-8 and as remedial work for students above fifth grade. In some multigrade classrooms, several grades have worked together with good success on exercises of this type.

The worksheets include three sets: (1) The Eight Parts of Speech, (2) The Sentence, and (3) Punctuation and Capitalization. We recommend they be studied in this order. Each subject is presented in two levels of difficulty: Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8. The rate at which they are completed is not important. Some may complete one set of worksheets each year. Others may cover more or less.

Not all the material in the Building Christian English Series is covered in these workbooks, nor do they correspond lesson by lesson. They are not designed to be used in place of the textbooks. They provide drill in specific areas for those who desire it. Answer keys are available in the form of worksheets with answers filled in.

English Worksheets

129262 The Eight Parts of Speech   $4.50
129272 The Sentence   $3.50
129282 Punctuation and Capitalization   $2.75

Teacher's Editions

129962 Parts of Speech   $5.50
129972 The Sentence   $4.50
129982 Punctuation and Capitalization   $3.75

Spelling by Sound and Structure 6

This edition has an improved format and focuses more on the spelling words. The word lists are nearly identical to the old edition.

This hardbound textbook has thirty-four lessons divided into units of six lessons each (except for the last unit, which has only four lessons). Each unit (except the last) has five regular lessons followed by a review lesson for that unit. The units are generally self-contained, so that a student can find the spelling rules and helps for each review lesson within the same unit.

Each regular lesson has sixteen "New Words" and four "Review Words" and is divided into three main parts.

Part A, Sounds and Letters, drills the phonetic composition of the words in the spelling list. Spelling rules for the speech sounds taught in the lesson are given just before the work relating to them. In many of the lessons, students will need to interpret a number of phonetic spellings.

Part B, Using Your Words, emphasizes the vocabulary aspect of the spelling words. Part B also teaches some dictionary-related skills. As with other lesson parts, the student is expected to use the "Speller Dictionary" as needed.

Part C, Building Words, emphasizes the use of words or word parts in forming other words. Plural and compound nouns, present and past tenses, prefixes and suffixes, and contractions are some of the concepts taught.

An additional part at the end of the regular lessons is entitled "Bible Thoughts." This part is designed to link use of the spelling words to Bible concepts. The student is to use his Bible as needed in completing this part.

The hardbound teacher's manual includes a reduced copy of the pupil's pages. An answer key and test sentences are given in the margins.


166012 Pupil's Textbook   $8.50
166912 Teacher's Guide   $8.95

Spelling Word Lists for Grades 5-8
      See Grade 8.

God's Inhabited World

This course contains 37 lessons, including reviews. It covers the solar system, energy, food chains, electricity and magnetism, body systems and health, and the earth with its support of life.

The book's theme strongly emphasizes how God designed the earth for life and designed life for the earth. The spiritual tone is drawn from the book of Isaiah. The book also imparts the values of good stewardship.

The teacher's manual contains a copy of each pupil page, plus answer keys, lesson guides, and other helpful teaching aids.

New Science

14601 Pupil's Textbook   $16.50
14691 Teacher's Manual   $13.50
14611 Test Booklet   $2.25

God's Marvelous Works
Book Two

This book consists of 250 pages with 30 lessons divided into 4 units.

As pupils study the first unit ("Algae and Fungi"), they learn the reason for such marvels as the sudden upspringing of mushrooms and the process of fermentation. In the second unit, pupils study mammals. They learn the importance of the predator system and of the important connection between the mammals. In the third and fourth units, aquatic creatures and amphibians are introduced.

Old Science

14505 Pupil's Textbook   $12.35
14595 Teacher's Edition   $11.45
14515 Test Booklet   $2.25

2930 Happy Times With God's Creation   $4.50
Coloring book arranged to coincide with
God's Marvelous Works, Book 2

Understanding Latin America

This hardcover textbook covers the geography and history of the Latin American countries from a Biblical viewpoint.

Geographical and political features of Latin American countries are emphasized in the first eight chapters. Climates, population, exports, and other statistical information are discussed and map skills are taught. The last four chapters begin with a study of the ancient Indian empires, and cover Spanish exploration and conquest of the New World and move on to modern times. Glimpses of contemporary Mennonite missions in Latin America remind us of God's plan in spreading the Gospel to all mankind.

Many color and black-and-white maps, illustrations, and photographs are used. Study exercises and reviews are included. The book also has blank maps that may be traced or copied for map exercises.

The hardcover teacher's manual includes teaching helps, main points, Christian perspective, and answer keys. A separate test booklet is also available.

Social Studies

19601 Pupil's Textbook   $18.95
196911 Teacher's Manual   $21.95
19611 Test Booklet   $2.25

Developing in Music
Grades 6 and 7

This music course consists of four books: pupil's textbook, workbook, test booklet, and teacher's manual. The pupil's textbook explains the rudiments of music. Concepts reviewed or taught include the staff and its parts, accidentals, the major and minor diatonic scales, the chromatic scale, key signatures, note values, measure structure, and expressive singing.

In addition, the appendix gives sight-reading exercises, three-part songs, and a glossary.

The teacher's manual divides the work into 30 lessons and gives practical help for teaching the music class. Suggested songs that relate to the lessons may be found in the Christian Hymnal.


18601 Pupil's Textbook   $6.50
18621 Pupil's Workbook   $2.50
18691 Teacher's Manual   $6.00
18611 Test Booklet   $1.75

Art With a Purpose

Thirty-six lessons focus on shading with colored pencils, drawing faces, lettering, freehand and perspective drawing


60166 Artpac 6   $7.95

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