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6th Grade Curriculum

 

LITERACY

In sixth grade, students are aware of the author’s craft. They are able to adjust their purpose, pace and strategies
according to difficulty and/or type of text. Students continue to reflect on their skills and adjust their comprehension
and vocabulary strategies to become better readers. Students discuss, reflect, and respond, using evidence from text,
to a wide variety of literary genres and informational text. Students read for pleasure and choose books based on
personal preference, topic, genre, theme, or author.

Reading

Applies multi-syllabic strategies when reading words in all literary and informational texts
• Reads aloud at the rate of 130 words per minute with 95% accuracy
• Builds vocabulary through reading in the content areas and study of prefixes and suffixes
• Expands comprehension by analyzing, interpreting, and synthesizing information and ideas in literary
and informational text
• Chooses to read widely from a variety of materials, including fiction and non-fiction
• Applies appropriate thinking strategies before, during, and after reading
• Increases knowledge about different features of a variety of texts

Writing

Writes a topic sentence with, details and facts that are supported by examples and explanations
• Applies appropriate conventions
• Writes for the appropriate audience
• Writes to a prompt
• Writes in the appropriate mode

MATH

Mathematical literacy is the ability to apply one’s understanding of math concepts to solve problems, reason
analytically, and interpret and communicate mathematical information. In order to do this, it is important to
encourage initiative, curiosity,persistence, creativity and reflection in everyday problem solving. Students will
build knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including:

Number Sense
Understand the concept, apply the properties, and use procedures of addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and division to rational numbers.
• Understand the concepts of ratio and percent.

Measurement
Understand the concepts of and apply procedures to measure volume, area and surface area.
• Understand the differences between square and cubic units.

Geometric Sense
• Understand the characteristics of angles, polygons, circles and rectangular prisms.
• Understand the relative location of integers on a number line.

Probability and Statistics
Understand various ways to determine outcomes of events or situations.
• Analyze how data collection methods affect data collected & apply measures of central tendency
to interpret a set of data.
• Understand how to organize, display, and interpret data from single line graphs and scatter plots.

Algebraic Sense
Apply understanding of tables, graphs, expressions, equations, or inequalities to represent situations
involving two arithmetic operations.
• Understand and apply procedures to evaluate expressions formulas and one-to-one equations.

SCIENCE

Through making observations and planning investigations, students build their understanding of science.
The topic of study in 6th grade is Earth science.

• Understands and applies earth science concepts, content and principles
• Applies scientific skills and procedures
• Participates in inquiry and scientific design

HEALTH

Students develop the concepts and skills necessary for a safe, active and healthy life.
By the end of middle school, the student will:

• Identify positive and negative consequences of behavior choices
• Understand the physical maturation process
• Understand the relationship between nutrition and health
• Identify community health resources

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

In physical education classes, students will:
• Participate in a variety of individual and team fitness activities;
• Understand the components of physical fitness; and
• Create and monitor a personal fitness plan to meet appropriate fitness standards.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The 6th grade students will:
• Study the geography, history, civics, and economics of the ancient world from pre-history to 600 A.D.
• Compare and contrast elements of culture - society, government, economy, technology, arts,
ideas and benefits in:

  • River Civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Africa
  • Greece , Rome and China