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Grade 6

Integrated Reading & Language Arts

Students will: 
  • identify and use homophones and homographs
  • determine multiple word meanings
  • use prefixes and suffixes
  • identify and use contractions
  • make inferences
  • make, confirm, and revise predictions
  • identify main ideas and details
  • recognize cause and effect
  • identify the problem and the solution in a selection
  • sequence events
  • compare and contrast content of texts, text structures, authors’ viewpoints, and characters
  • summarize
  • draw conclusions
  • paraphrase
  • distinguish between important and unimportant information
  • make judgments
  • distinguish between fantasy and reality
  • evaluate fact and opinion
  • evaluate an author’s purpose
  • integrate information from more than one text
  • support opinion with evidence from text
  • use critical thinking skills – apply, analyze, synthesize, evaluate
  • identify the literary elements of character, plot, setting, point of view, mood, and theme
  • use the conventions of language – grammar (types of sentences and sentence structures); usage (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions and verb usage); mechanics (capitalization and punctuation)
  • read and write narrative, descriptive, informative, and persuasive modes of writing
  • listen to, read and enjoy poetry
  • use conventional spelling
  • use cursive handwriting
  • demonstrate active listening, speaking, and viewing skills
  • use research and study skills
  • speak and write clearly and logically
  • use the conventions of oral and written expression in a more sophisticated manner
  • use semi-colons in compound sentences
  • apply grade level spelling skills to written language.
  • analyze, evaluate, select, and sequence ideas about a topic through paragraph organization using different thinking styles
  • maintain a writing journal


Students will: 
  • read and identify numbers in standard and expanded form from hundred billions to ten-thousandths
  • round whole numbers through billions
  • solve problems using the order of operations
  • identify powers, exponents, squares, and square roots
  • find sums and differences of whole numbers and decimals
  • identify and evaluate algebraic expressions
  • multiply a decimal by a decimal or by a whole number
  • divide a decimal by a whole number and a decimal by a decimal
  • analyze data using bar graphs, histograms, line graphs, circle graphs, and stem-and-leaf plots
  • identify factors, prime and composite numbers, prime factors, greatest common factor, and least common multiple
  • add and subtract mixed numbers
  • change fractions to decimals and vice versa
  • divide fractions, whole numbers, and mixed numbers by fractions or mixed numbers
  • compute using customary and metric measure and time intervals
  • find the decimal or fraction equal to a percent or vice versa
  • identify constructions of congruent line segments, & congruent angles
  • identify parts of a circle and find circumference and area
  • use the calculator in working with fractions
  • find the percent one number is of another
  • review graphs and scale drawings


Students will: 
  • locate and name constellations in the night sky
  • design a lunar development station for space workers
  • determine the concentration of various solutions
  • differentiate between mixtures and solutions, concentration & saturation
  • analyze the potential of solar energy as an alternative to fossil fuels
  • design solar water heaters and passive solar space heaters
  • design and construct conceptual and physical models
  • identify essential components and relationships within habitats
  • recognize that natural environments continually change
  • communicate their scientific observations and discoveries
  • acquire and use a science vocabulary

Social Studies

Students will: 
  • use map and globe skills to identify specific physical/political features within the Western Hemisphere
  • identify important historical milestones in the World from early civilization to current events
  • explain and compare early civilizations (Mayan, Aztec, Inca, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome)
  • analyze and compare/contrast ancient civilizations
  • augment research skills using multiple information sources, including technology
  • identify aspects that define a culture
  • explain cultural and ethnic diversity
  • discuss current events


Students will: 
  • use a mouse and/or track pad
  • demonstrate a functional knowledge of the keyboard
  • use a word-processing program to write, illustrate, save, and publish documents
  • learn how to use page numeration and page breaks
  • use the spell check and thesaurus functions of a word-processing program
  • manipulate graphics (resize, reshape, move) in a word document
  • insert audio/visual data into a document from other sources
  • construct simple tables, graphs, and spreadsheets
  • operate a scanner, digital camera, digital video camera, and laser disc/DVD
  • use a keyword search to locate specific information
  • evaluate websites
  • learn about computer viruses and Spyware
  • know why school use of the Internet is restricted and blocked/filtered
  • notify school officials if inappropriate sites appear on the monitor
  • care for the computer and its accessories
  • develop an awareness of copyright laws and plagiarism
  • develop an awareness of privacy/confidentiality issues associated with computer use
  • use an online dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas and thesaurus
  • use an online library catalog
  • use an online periodical index
  • cite sources online
  • be assessed on the ability to 1) produce a research paper on a curriculum-related topic that uses the Internet as one source of information, 2) create on-line citations for each source used, 3) produce a multimedia presentation from the research paper that might include text, graphics, scanned images, images from a digital or video camera, recorded sound, and a chart or graph produced from a spreadsheet


Students will: 
  • recognize that accurate, relevant information is the basis for intelligent decision making.
  • develop successful strategies for locating accurate and comprehensive information.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the information problem solving process, and product quality through creative methods of knowledge generation and information sharing.
  • respond to information as presented in a variety of formats.
  • design, develop and evaluate information products and soluations related to personal interests.
  • evaluate the quality one's own information seeking, revising, and improving as needs using the Six Step Strategy for Information Problem solving.
  • respect intellectual property rights, and use technology responsibly.
  • collaborate with others, both in person and through technology, to create information products in appropriate formats.
  • respect others' ideas, points of view, and backgrounds.
  • locate and evaluate online information including resources of the elementary library web page.
  • organize information using the writing process model to demonstrate genuine understanding of a topic through written or oral presentation.
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