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Grade 6

English Language Arts

Sixth grade students use oral language, written language, and media and technology for expressive, informational, argumentative, critical, and literary purposes. Students also explore the structure of language and study grammatical rules in order to speak and write effectively.

While emphasis in sixth grade is placed on personal expression, students also: interpret and synthesize information; develop an understanding of the foundations of argument; critically analyze print and non-print communication, use effective sentence construction and edit for improvements in sentence formation, usage, mechanics, and spelling and interpret and evaluate a wide range of literature.


Students will cover the following topics: negative rational numbers; addition and subtraction of non-negative rational numbers; percent; transformations in the coordinate plane; number properties; probability; perimeter and area; equations and inequalities; median, mode, and range; multiplication and division of non- negative rational

Numbers; bar graphs and leaf plots. Students will solve relevant and authentic problems using appropriate technology and apply these concepts as well as those developed in earlier years.


Learners will study natural and technological systems. All goals should focus on the unifying concepts of science defined by the National Science Education Standards: Systems, Order, and Organization; Evidence, Models, and Explanation; Constancy, Change, and Measurement; Evolution and Equilibrium; and Form and Function. The skills of inquiry and technological design are targeted for mastery.

Students will cover the following topics: scientific inquiry, technological design, the lithosphere, cycling of matter, the Solar System, energy transfer/transformation and population dynamics.

Social Studies

The focus for sixth grade is on the continued development of knowledge and skills acquired in the fourth and fifth grade studies of North Carolina and the United States by considering, comparing, and connecting those studies to the study of South America and Europe, including Russia. As students examine social, economic, and political institutions they analyze similarities and differences among societies. While concepts are drawn from history and the social sciences, the primary discipline is geography, especially cultural geography. This focus provides students with a framework for studying local, regional, national, and global issues that concern them, for understanding the interdependence of the world in which they live, and for making informed judgments as active citizens.


Students will cover the following topics: responsible and safe use of online resources, using Copyright and Fair Use guidelines, refining application skills, using formulas in a spreadsheet, using search strategy two or more criteria in a database, increasing productivity and accuracy in keyboarding, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and multimedia for assignments in all subject areas, locating and retrieving information using telecommunications, evaluating resources and information for accuracy and usefulness and selecting and using a variety of technology tools.Healthful Living

Students will cover the following topics: decision making, assertive refusal and negotiation skills, manipulative skills that impact the quality of movement patterns, dietary guidelines, relationship between food consumption, physical activity levels, and body weight, social and physical consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, appreciation for creative aspects of skilled performance in school, home and community, setting realistic physical activity goals and a plan to obtain them and resolving interpersonal conflicts in a non-combative way.


Students will cover the following topics: using media, imagining and implementing images, elaborating on an idea or theme, applying the elements of art and the principles of design, art as a means of communication and persuasion, interpreting the environment, visual arts purpose and function in history and cultures, contributions of visual arts in various cultures, purposes for creating works of art, identifying connections, and similarities and differences, the impact of technology on the arts and art as a vocation and avocation.


Students will cover the following topics: demonstrating appropriate expressive and technical vocal and instrumental practices, demonstrating pitch and rhythmic accuracy, reading and notating rhythmic and melodic patterns, identifying and applying traditional symbols and terms and using appropriate terminology, improvising, composing, and arranging music, listening to, analyzing, and evaluating music, developing understanding of music in relation to history, culture, and other content areas and showing respect for the efforts of others.

Foreign Language

Students are taught depending on their skill level: Beginning, Continuing or Exploratory.