Grade 6 Parent Curriculum Guide

One-Year Courses

Critical Literacy

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 mediums 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

Communication Arts
Your child will:

Reading

  • 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
  • read non-fiction and literary works from a variety of cultures and time periods
  • interpret an author’s meaning and relate literary themes to self
  • judge the accuracy and usefulness of written information
  • select comprehension strategies appropriate to task and individual need
  • 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

Writing

  • establish clear focus that considers purpose 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 report based on research from several sources

Speaking and Listening

  • 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 opinions on various topics in a variety of contexts

Mathematics

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

Science

The sixth grade science curriculum is an activity and inquiry based program which integrates life, earth and physical science. Your child will use the scientific method to:

  • understand and use the scientific process
  • understand the dynamic forces that change Earth’s geosphere
  • understand the structures and functions of cells
  • investigate the nature of microorganisms and differentiate their characteristics
  • classify and recognize the properties of matter
  • understand the dynamics related to matter changing

Social Studies

Focus: Ancient cultures of Africa, Europe and Asia
Your child will:

  • 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 land forms, 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

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

Music

(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

Nine-Week Courses

Your child will participate in the following nine-week courses:

Art

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

Computers

Your child will:

  • increase touch-typing ability to become proficient users of application programs
  • become independent users of word processing software
  • apply keyboarding skills and software knowledge to a variety of personal and school-related projects

Family and Consumer Education

Your child will look at himself or herself as a member of a family and a school community. This course is integrated with academic classes. Course content includes child care, foods, basic sewing and environmental issues.

French

Your child will experience the French language and culture through activities that promote basic oral communication in the language.