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Curriculum Overview

Sixth Grade Curriculum Overview:


6th Grade will be using the curriculum Springboard. The language arts class is often split between literature and language chapters, with focuses on grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Sixth graders also start participating in projects that incorporate various subjects, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They learn how to brainstorm and how to create different styles of writing, such as plays and poems.


Sixth grade math utilizes the Open Up Resouces curriculum.  Students work though the eight units of study, expanding on prior geometry and arithmetic skills to move forward into proportional reasoning and algebraic skills.  


This year, sixth graders will apply the scientific process and how it leads to discoveries. This includes ethics, safety techniques, experiments, and more. They also focus more on the different properties of matter and how liquids differ from gasses and solids and vice versa. Students take a more in-depth look at the solar system, plants, and electricity. They may grow plants and discuss the different functions of specific parts. In energy studies, they will look at how force and motion interact with objects, as well as the use of fossil fuels and electricity. They may also learn about magnets and electromagnetism.

Social Studies:

In Social Studies, sixth grade students learn about early civilizations, such as those in Africa, India, and Rome.  Classes also review the economic system, social systems and political systems. 

Becoming increasingly independent

With the start of middle school, many sixth graders are looking for more independence and self-reliance. They are starting to realize that their parents and teachers are not always perfect, and they may question authorities.

Friendships become stronger and they may enjoy participating in competitive sports. Sixth grade students are more focused on activities that they enjoy, and may even start having plans for their future schooling and careers. Some of their future pursuits may be prompted by a seed planted in sixth grade.