Grade 6 Compilation

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Year At A Glance

Grade 6 English Language Arts

6th grade students are expected to read and comprehend literature and informational texts at grade level. In addition, they will write in all genres including argument, informative and narrative.

Grade 6 Math

In grade 6, students' learning will focus on four critical areas:

  1. connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division, and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems;
  2. completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers;
  3. writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and
  4. developing understanding of statistical thinking.

Grade 6 History and Social Science

Sixth graders systematically study the world outside of the United States and North America by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. Students systematically learn geography around the world continent by continent, similar to the way in which atlases are organized. They also learn about each continent in an order that reflects, first, the early development of the river valley civilizations and then the later development of maritime civilizations in the Mediterranean area and in Northern and Western Europe. In so doing, students are better prepared for the study of early civilizations around the Mediterranean area in grade 7.

Grade 6 Science & Technology/Engineering

The integration of Earth and space, life, and physical sciences with technology/engineering gives grade 6 students relevant and engaging opportunities with natural phenomena and design problems that highlight the relationship of structure and function in the world around them. Students relate structure and function through analyzing the macro- and microscopic world, such as Earth features and processes, the role of cells and anatomy in supporting living organisms, and properties of materials and waves. Students use models and provide evidence to make claims and explanations about structure-function relationships in different STE domains.

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Grade 6 Health

This health course teaches students fundamental concepts and skills that foster healthy habits and behaviors through the teaching of developmentally appropriate lessons that address nutrition, hygiene, disease prevention, violence prevention, including bullying, decision making, and hygiene. Students will study the emotional and physical changes as related to the reproductive system during puberty.

Grade 6 Physical Education

This course provides students the opportunity to learn through a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive sequentially planned physical education program aligned with the Physical Education Content Standards for Massachusetts Public Schools. In 6th grade, the content standards emphasize working cooperatively to achieve a common goal. The focus of this course is the development of movement skill combinations and movement skill knowledge; the assessment and maintenance of physical fitness to improve health and performance, and the requisite knowledge of physical fitness concepts, principles and strategies; and the application of psychological and sociological concepts, including selfresponsibility, positive social interaction, and group dynamics, in the learning and performance of physical activity. Units of activity include: physical fitness (activities and assessment, concepts, development and maintenance); cooperative activities; throwing and catching skills and lea-dup games (team handball and/or flag football); volleying skills and lea-dup games (volley tennis and/or small-sided volleyball games); racket skills and lead-up games (paddle tennis, pickle ball, or tennis); dribbling skills (hand dribble and foot dribble) and lead-up games (3-on-3 basketball and small-sided soccer games.)

Grade 6 Music

Students will continue to synthesize their understanding of musical concepts on order to perform and critique their own work. Students will engage in singing and movement games, play parties and dances, improvisation and composition exercises, play un-pitched percussion instruments and use body percussion (i.e. clapping, patting etc.) Students will begin formal study of World Music and Classical music.

Grade 6 Middle School Music

Grade 6 Art

Areas of study will include the introduction to using shapes to express mood or emotion, two-point perspective with simple shapes, psychology of color in art, transparent, translucent and opaque paints, organizing shapes into a composition, careers in two-dimensional and three dimensional art, modeling of human bust through sculpture, the distinction between visual and tactile texture.