6th Grade

Sixth grade is the culminating year of the elementary experience.  Before sending our students on to do great things in Jr. High School, they will explore some of the most interesting concepts to date in social studies and science.  The sixth graders will focus their interests on ancient civilizations for their studies about social sciences.  This will lead them through fascinating civilizations including the Egyptians, Romans, Hebrews, and Greeks as they learn about how these ancient cultures still connect to ours today.  In science they get to explore earth sciences as they get even more detailed information about the earth's inner structures as well as easy to observe concepts of weathering and erosion, energy, and ecology.  In addition to these interesting concepts, students will be expected to master tremendous skills in math and language arts.  Algebra and geometry are key topics, but students will also become very familiar with fractions, percentages and decimals.  Finally, students will continue delving deeper into pulling details out of the stories and texts they read.  Students will also be continuing to master the art of persuasive writing.

What Will the Students Learn?

Below is a brief list of Key academic skills that students are expected to have mastered by the end of sixth grade. For a complete list of the California State Standards for Education, follow this link to the California Department of Education's website.

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Language Arts: Reading/Oral Language
  • Read aloud narrative and expository text fluently and accurately
  • Monitor expository text for unknown words or words with novel meanings by using word, sentence, and paragraph clues to determine meaning
  • Connect and clarify main ideas by identifying their relationships to other sources and related topics
  • Determine the adequacy and appropriateness of the evidence for an author's conclusions
  • Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations
  • Identifies the speaker and recognizes the difference between first and third-person narration
  • Explain the effects of common literary devices
  • Critique the credibility of characterization
  • Clarify an understanding of texts by creating outlines, logical notes, summaries, or reports
  • Follow multiple-step instructions for preparing applications

Language Arts: Writing
  • Use simple, compound, and compound-complex sentences
  • Identify and properly use indefinite pronouns and present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect verb tenses; unsure that verbs agree with compound subjects
  • Use colons after the salutation in business letters, semi-colons to connect independent clauses, and commas when linking two clauses with a conjunction in compound sentences
  • Use correct capitalization
  • Spell frequently misspelled words correctly
  • Choose the form of writing (e.g., personal letter, letter to the editor, review, poem, report, narrative) that best suits the intended purpose
  • Create multiple-paragraph expository compositions
  • Use a variety of effective and organizational patterns
  • Revise writing to improve organization and consistency of ideas within and between paragraphs

Mathematics:
  • Compare and order positive and negative fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers
  • Interpret and use ratios in different contexts
  • Use proportions to solve problems
  • Calculate given percentages of quantities
  • Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems using positive and negative integers
  • Determine the least common multiple and greatest common divisor of whole numbers; use them to solve problems with fractions
  • Write ans solve one-step linear equations in one variable
  • Apply algebraic order of operations and the commutative, associative, and distributive properties to evaluate expressions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of rate
  • Use the properties of complementary and supplementary angles and the sum of the angles of a triangle to solve problems involving an unknown angle

Science:
  • Earth Science
  • Plate tectonics and the Earth's structure
  • Shaping Earth's Surface
  • Energy Resources
  • Ecology (Life Sciences)
  • Heat
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Investigation and Experimentation

History/Social Science: World History and Geography: Ancient Civilizations
  • Geography
  • Early Humankind
  • Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Kush
  • The Ancient Hebrews
  • The Ancient Greeks
  • Early Civilizations of India and China
  • Development of Rome