6th Grade Learning Standards

6th Grade Learning Standards

Language Arts
The Language Arts program develops students into effective communicators through a
variety of reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities. Language Arts emphasizes
basic conversational skills, sentence structure, paragraph building, and strong literature
proficiency. Students will continue to build vocabulary and comprehension skills using
interpretive logic, drawing conclusions, and identifying literary genres. The literature
section includes an introduction to literature through literary types, terminology,
methods, and objectives of the study of literature. Students will explore narrative,
expository, functional, persuasive, research, and literary response writing using grammar
skills, pre-writing activities, and 6-traits of writing. Students will continue to develop
reading fluency and accuracy at grade level. Comprehension strategies and elements of
literature will be explored through narrative, informational, historical, and cultural texts.

Mathematics
Students will obtain mastery of basic facts and an automatic fluency with fundamental
operations necessary for higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will
build mathematical skills within real world problem solving situations to make
connections within mathematics and between other disciplines. 6th grade math prepares
the students for pre-algebra, solidifies their fundamental math knowledge base, and
concentrates on operations with:
• whole numbers
• fractions
• percentages
• integers
• ratios and proportions
• square roots
• scientific notation
• basic geometry
• simple interest

History
Sixth grade History emphasizes World history from its earliest cultures through the
Enlightenment, including the early cultures of the Americas. Topics from American
History, World History, Government, Geography, and Economics will be explored.

Science
Students are naturally curious about the world and nature. To sustain this curiosity
students will be actively engaged in learning to view the world scientifically through
hands-on experience and observation. Students will be encouraged to ask questions
about nature and seek the answers, collect, count, and measure things, make observations,
organize collections, and discuss findings. Students will explore topics from Life
Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science and build upon science skills
acquired in the fifth grade.