Sixth Grade

The sixth grade program applies the constructivist learning theory by utilizing hands - on activities and project-based learning where students explore real-world problems and challenges.  With this active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Differentiation is woven through all lessons to meet the individualized needs of each student. Sixth graders participate in a variety of learning activities to continue to think flexibly and to develop as individuals and as a community of learners. Sixth grade students also develop a variety of life-enriching skills through technology, music, arts, and physical education. 

Specifically, in language arts, sixth graders study literature, grammar, language mechanics, spelling skills, writing, and research skills. Students will be introduced to a variety of genres with an emphasis on literary elements.  Text analysis is a large focus for students as they develop skills to compare texts, connect concepts, analyze how the author chose to present the material, and cite specific evidence from the text. 

In mathematics, sixth grade students focus on connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems, completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers, writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and developing understanding of statistical thinking. 

Scholars in the sixth grade learn about ancient civilizations in their social studies content.  Students focus on their writing, research, and analytical skills as they travel back to ancient times to investigate the lives of early people using art and other primary source documents.

The science curriculum in grade six emphasizes the study of earth sciences. The standards in sixth grade present many of the foundations of geology and geophysics, including plate tectonics and earth structure, shaping Earth's surface, heat (thermal energy), energy in the Earth system, ecology, and resources.   Students focus on asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations.

Students in the sixth grade are also introduced foreign language as part of their core learning.  Students learn Spanish with a physical and active approach through meaningful conversation, language study, and songs.

Technology instruction is an important part of our curriculum.  Multi-media presentations, including iMovie, digital citizenship, blended learning opportunities, programming, and building an iPad application are all part of the Planet Bravo technology curriculum.