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Grade 6 Curriculum

Grade 6 Curriculum


English Language Arts


Reading Literature

  • Cite textual evidence accurately
  • Identify and summarize the theme of a text
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases using figurative language
  • Explain how a develop point of view
  • Analyze how written text compares to visual or oral presentations of that text
  • Compare and contrast text in different genres

Reading Informational Text

  • Cite textual evidence accurately
  • Determine main idea and key details to summarize text
  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases using figurative and technical language
  • Determine an author’s point of view
  • Compare multiple accounts of the same event or topic
  • Compare one author’s presentation of events with that of another
  • Trace and evaluate the specific claims in a text, identifying those backed by research



  • Write arguments to support claims
  • Write informative texts to examine a topic and convey ideas
  • Write narrative texts to develop real or imagined experiences
  • Produce clear and organized writing
  • Plan, revise and edit for conventions
  • Use technology to produce and publish writing (includes keyboarding)
  • Conduct short research projects
  • Gather information from various sources to support research projects
  • Gather evidence from texts to support analysis, reflection, and research


Speaking and Listening

  • Engage effectively in discussions (partners and groups)
  • Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats
  • Outline a speakers argument and specific claims, identifying those supported by research
  • Give a presentation providing facts and pertinent information using eye contact, adequate volume and clear pronunciation



  • Use grammar and conventions in speaking, writing and spelling
  • Clarify the meaning of unknown words, multiple-meanings and phrases
  • Consult reference materials (dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses) to find pronunciation or clarify meaning of words
  • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances




Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems


The Number System

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions
  • Compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples
  • Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers


Expressions and Equations

  • Apply and extend previous understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions
  • Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities
  • Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables



  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume


Statistics and Probability

  • Develop understanding of statistical variability
  • Summarize and describe distributions




Content Outline: Sixth Grade Biology Course

Scientific Method Mini-Unit

Major Objective: Students will learn the seven steps to the scientific method and learn how to design and conduct their own science experiments.


MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3 Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

MS-LS1-8 Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage of memories.


MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

MS-LS3-1 Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism.


MS-LS3-2 Develop and use a model why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.  (Punnett Squares as models)





MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

MS-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.


MS-LS4-2 Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.


MS-LS4-3 Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.


MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.


MS-LS4-5 Gather and synthesize information about the technologies that have changed the way humans influence the inheritance of desired traits in organisms.


MS-LS4-6 Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.


MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals.


MS-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.


MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity

MS-ETS1 Engineering Design

Social Studies


  • Introduction to cultural universals: archaeology, anthropology, examining prehistory artifacts and historical records
  • Civilization of Mesopotamia: hunters and gatherers vs. early farmers, characteristics of civilizations form of government
  • Civilization of Ancient Egypt: Dynastic Rule, Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, religious beliefs, social order
  • Civilization of Ancient India: Indus Valley civilizations, culture and architecture of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro, introduction of Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Civilization of Ancient China: Early dynasties, The Silk Road, Confucianism, Legalism, Daoism, and Maoism, calligraphy and poetry
  • Civilization of Ancient Greece: Rise of City-States, Art and Architecture, Golden Age of Greece, The Origins of Democracy, Greek Mythology, Alexander the Great, Early Philosophers
  • Civilization of Ancient Rome: Birth of Rome, Rise of the Republic and Empire, Citizenship
  • Develop good citizenship qualities through a year-long service learning project TNA by the teacher and students each year as well a year-long service to our sister school in Palestine





  • Created to be like God/belief in one God
  • Created for God
  • Original sin and God's mercy
  • Knowing and reverence for the Old Testament of the Bible: books, stories, figures
  • The Law of Love
  • Paul and the early Christians
  • The Works of Mercy
  • Catholics and Jews
  • The Beatitudes
  • Death and eternal life



  • Celebrating Reconciliation and Eucharist
  • The vows of the sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders
  • Passover and Easter


We Live as Children of God

  • We receive God's own life in Baptism
  • We are strengthened by Confirmation
  • We are fed through the Eucharist]
  • Living with faith and courage



  • Prayer through the Bible: intensive study of the Old Testament
  • Formal and informal forms of prayer: The Apostle's Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Confiteor, Hail Holy Queen, The Angelus, How to pray the Rosary, Memorare, Acts of Faith, Hope and Love, Mass responses


Special Celebrations

  • The seasons of the liturgical year
  • Seasons of Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter
  • Holy Week


Building Catholic Character (Virtues)

  • Participate in rotating three-year Virtues program
  • Participate in year-long service project to be decided upon at start of year
  • Participate in global service in support of our sister school in Palestine