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Grade 6

Computer Education
  • explores a computer simulation relating to each of the subject areas
  • uses appropriate software to reinforce subject areas, and develop basic, problem-exploration and critical-thinking skills
  • uses multimedia technologies to support learning in all subject areas

Library Skills
  • uses bibliographies, illustrations, and the front and back matter of a book to evaluate the usefulness of a specific source of information on a particular topic
  • organizes ideas and information in an outline form
  • expresses opinions about what he or she has read

  • designs in 2 dimensions, emphasizing craft skills such as weaving and knotting
  • makes 3-dimensional designs using paper
  • understands costuming with an emphasis on the effect of color

Communication Arts and Reading
  • uses appropriate gestures, body language, voice quality, and language in oral presentation
  • uses formal and informal language appropriately in impromptu talks, class discussions, oral reports, debates
  • reads short stories, novels, poems, essays, biographies, newspapers
  • evaluates fiction by examining the characters, plot, conflict, author's message and style; evaluate non-fiction by examining clarity of material, accuracy of information, freedom from bias author's message and style
  • uses language structure, vocabulary, and clues from the reading material to find the message of new words in literature and textbooks in all subject areas

Health and Physical Education
  • designs an individual plan to incorporate good nutrition and non-addictive habits into a healthy lifestyle
  • leads and follows in small group activities
  • relates learning to other subject areas and daily family life
  • understands that human growth and development occurs at different rates

  • uses percentages in problems, circle graphs, and probability investigations
  • uses formulas
  • creates and solves problems involving ratio and proportion
  • develops formulas for area of polygons
  • discusses the meaning of permutations and combinations, and describes real-life situations in which these concepts are important

  • applies mathematical formulas to science
  • identifies differences between physical and chemical changes
  • investigates energy use in complex system
  • demonstrates how levers, pulleys, and other simple machines work

Second/Foreign Languages

(Second language study usually begins at the sixth or seventh grade and continues into high school through various 
checkpoints in the way to fluency)

Checkpoint One
  • understands simple statements and questions
  • holds a conversation using questions and answers
  • understands simple short, general messages
  • writes a paragraph or short composition about himself or herself
  • becomes aware of and better understands other cultures
Checkpoint Two
  • understands short conversation about everyday situations
  • begins to carry out a conversation using limited vocabulary
  • reads and understands simple stories
  • writes simple notes, letters, and short reports
  • continues to increase awareness of, begins to appreciate, and develops greater understanding of other cultures
Checkpoint Three
  • understands the important points of discussion of familiar topics
  • initiates and holds a conversation in which more complex ideas are expresses
  • reads and understands more sophisticated stories
  • writes short letters and notes that native speakers of the second language are able to understand
  • respects, appreciates, and becomes more knowledgeable about other cultures

Social Studies
  • explores diverse regions of the Eastern Hemisphere including Europe, the Mediterranean lands, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia, with emphasis on economic and geographic perspectives
  • understands that nations join together to promote economic development and growth
  • understands that the environment is affected by the people of a region as they interact with it
  • understands and uses various grids, symbols, and notations for identifying geographical and political regions on all maps