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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:


  • 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


  • 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


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


The sixth grade science curriculum is a guided inquiry approach using scientific principles, processes, and evidence focusing on earth and space systems:

Your child will investigate the following questions:

  • what is Earth’s place in the universe?
  • what makes up our solar system and how can the motion of Earth explain seasons and eclipses?
  • how do people figure out that the Earth and life on Earth have changed over time?
  • how does the movement of tectonic plates affect the surface of Earth?
  • how do the materials in and on Earth’s crust change over time?
  • how does water influence weather, circulate in the oceans, and shape Earth’s surface?
  • what factors interact and influence weather and climate?
  • how can natural hazards be predicted?
  • how do human activities affect Earth systems?

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


(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-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:


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

Technology and computer essentials

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.


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