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6th Grade

Writing

Students will develop and strengthen his or her written communication skills through multiple styles and subject matters. Some areas of concentration will include persuasive writing, historical/non-fictional writing, fictional/creative writing, and analytical essays.

Social Studies

Western Hemisphere: Latin America, Canada:

  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Peru

Social Studies Suggested Resources:

  • Canada, by Brian Williams (National Geographic)
  • Canada the People, by Bobbie Kalman
  • Canada the Land, by Bobbie Kalman
  • Mexico, by Beth Gruber (National Geographic)
  • Destination Detectives: Mexico, by Jen Green 
  • Brazil the Culture, by Bobbie Kalman
  • Brazil, by Marion Morrison (Heinemann)
  • The Incas, by Rosemary Rees
  • Peru, by Allison Lassieur 

English: Reading and Language Arts

Students will read a variety of chapter books throughout the year. They will be asked to analyze, decode, and reflect on various genres and subject matters. Examples of books include:

  • Elijah Of Buxton by Christopher Pail Curtis
    This story is about an African American child who was born into freedom in Buxton, Canada (a settlement for runaway slaves). Elijah joins a friend on a journey into the South to free his family from slavery. Through his journey, Elijah realizes the difference in his free life and the life he could have had.
  • Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret by Judy Blume *girls book club*
    Margaret is faced with the confusion of religion as she starts a new school. All her friends are Jewish and belong to the community Y, while Margaret does not have a religion. Her story takes readers on a path of finding out who you are and seeing the difference in people.
  • Indigo’s Star by Hillary McKay *boys book club*
    An American boy befriends Indigo as he returns to his school in England after missing a semester due to being ill. Upon his return, Indigo and his new friend Tom face the trials and tribulations of middle school together.
  • Boomability by Sharon Creech
    Dinnie Boone is removed from her troubled life and taken to Switzerland to live with her aunt where she is surrounded by new cultures, beliefs, and languages. Through a new life, she learns to believe in herself and not forget where she came from.

Math

  • Big Ideas by Houghton Mifflin
    An all inclusive math curriculum focusing on continuing education of all major math concepts including multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, probability, and word problems.

Science

  • Earth Science by Prentice Hall
    • Exploring Planet Earth
    • Earth’s Changing Surface
    • Earth’s Waters
    • Weather and Climate
    • Astronomy