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Grade 6 Parent Curriculum Guide


Your child will:

  • Practice disciplinary literacy skills to strengthen reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • Purposefully write, read, discuss and react to multiple modes of communication
  • Read, interpret and critically analyze informational and literary text to question, examine or dispute the author’s claims or message
  • Develop and support arguments with evidence supported by multiple sources and mediums
  • Read and discuss literary and informational text to understand human experience
  • Read to acquire information


Your child will: 

  • Set a purpose for reading and apply prior knowledge about the reading topic
  • Adjust speed to suit the purpose, text structure and difficulty of material
  • Paraphrase and summarize material orally and in writing
  • rRead informational and literary texts 
  • Interpret an author’s meaning and central ideas
  • Judge the accuracy and usefulness of written information
  • Select comprehension strategies appropriate to task and purpose
  • Use strategies such as note-taking and graphic organizers to access, remember and use information
  • Identify and explain implied ideas in text
  • Apply reading strategies to a variety of written works


Your child will: 

  • Write informational, argumentative, and narrative text
  • Establish clear focus that considers purpose, task and audience
  • Group ideas into paragraphs in logical order
  • Use a variety of supportive detail
  • Edit with increasing accuracy; consult resources as needed
  • Use technology to compose, revise, edit and publish
  • Produce written text based on research from several sources

Speaking and listening

Your child will: 

  • Prepare and present oral presentations for a variety of audiences and purposes
  • Practice effective listening skills in a variety of classroom situations and activities
  • Evaluate effectiveness of oral presentations of self and others
  • Express and justify arguments on various topics in a variety of contexts

Social studies

Focus: Ancient cultures of Africa, Europe and Asia

Your child will explore the ancient cultures through inquiry and the four lenses of geography, economy, civics or government, and history:

  • Examine needs, institutions and experiences common to people of the modern and ancient world
  • Identify contributions that early civilizations have made to the modern world
  • Explore the impact of landforms, climate and natural resources on cultures
  • Examine the political systems of the cultures studied
  • Compare and contrast the modern culture in which we live with ancient cultures
  • Identify causes of cultural changes
  • Develop an awareness of and appreciation for the diversity of people and cultures
  • Refine research skills and apply to topics studied


Your child will:

  • Evaluate mathematical information, identify relationships, and test reasonableness of answers
  • Explain, verbally and in writing, mathematical concepts, procedures and ideas
  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems
  • Compute addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
  • Divide fractions by fractions
  • Perform computation with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples
  • Understand and apply the use of the rational number system
  • Extend prior knowledge of algebraic expressions
  • Reason and solve one variable equation and inequality
  • Represent and analyze quantitative relationship between dependent and independent variables
  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area and volume
  • Develop an understanding of statistical variability


Your child will engage in science and engineering practices to: 

  • Investigate Earth’s place in the universe, including what makes up our solar system. 
  • Investigate and model how the motion of Earth explains seasons and eclipses
  • Figure out that the Earth and life on Earth have changed over time
  • Investigate the movement of tectonic plates and their effect on the surface of Earth
  • Analyze how the materials in and on Earth’s crust change over time
  • Investigate how water influences weather, circulates in the oceans, and shapes Earth’s surface
  • Analyze how factors interact and influence weather and climate
  • Determine how natural hazards can be predicted
  • Investigate how human activities affect Earth systems

Fitness education

(Meets every-other day all year)

Your child will:

  • Understand and apply the components of health-related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill-related fitness
  • Develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • Develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles


(Meets every-other day all year)

Your child will select one of the following courses as his or her sixth-grade music experience. Students in chorus and instrumental music will participate in scheduled evening performances.

  • Chorus – be exposed to many styles of music and development of two-part harmony
  • General music – explore elements of music including rhythm, harmony, melody, movement, timbre, musical style and composition
  • Instrumental music – learn music by performing on a traditional band instrument through group lessons and full instrument band

Social and emotional learning

  • Growth mindset & goal-setting – students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives
    • This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes
  • Emotion management – students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions
    • This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations
  • Empathy & kindness – students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives.
    • this unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view.
  • Problem-solving – students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution.
    • This unit’s content helps students ask, listen and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving

Nine-week courses

Your child will participate in the following nine-week courses, called Quad Rotations:


Your child will:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the elements and principles of design
  • Test the natural characteristics of materials and their possibilities and limitations
  • Develop personal responsibility for their learning and creative processes
  • Express and communicate basic ideas by producing artwork
  • Develop and utilize their knowledge, intuition, and personal experiences to develop ideas for artwork

Applied Engineering and Technology

Your child will explore and apply the engineering design process through:

  • 3D printing
  • coding
  • material fabrication

Health and Wellness

Your child will:

  • Reflect on and make choices in relation to personal health and wellness
  • Learn about, apply concepts, and engage in goal setting around:
    • social and emotional health
    • financial health
    • physical health

Family and Consumer Science

Your child will:

  • Look at himself or herself as a member of a family and a school community
  • Learn about, apply concepts, and engage in goal setting around:
    • interpersonal skills
    • nutrition
    • personal safety
    • cooking