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
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