By the end of 6th Grade, a student will:

Spelling/Language Arts

  • Identify and create sentences with dependent clauses
  • Create a bibliography using periodicals, books, and reference material
  • Compare and contrast similar ideas
  • Identify and correctly use the different parts of speech
  • Correctly write different types of paragraphs (e.g., time order, explanatory, persuasive, descriptive, compare/contrast, etc.)
  • Correctly take notes and create and outline in the process of writing a research paper


  • Relate a whole number or decimal to its equivalent expanded notation
  • Express large numbers in scientific notation and convert notation to regular decimal notation
  • Find the greatest common factor and the least common multiple of two whole numbers
  • Round a decimal to any place value
  • Estimate and find the sum, difference, quotient, or product of any two decimals
  • Solve simple proportion and verbal problems using a proportion
  • Express a given percent as hundredths in either fraction or decimal form, and conversely
  • Construct line, bar, and circle graphs as appropriate for a given or collected set of date
  • Determine the relationship between fractions and decimals, and convert from one to the other
  • Find prime and composite numbers; write the prime factorization
  • Be able to add, subtract, and divide fractions and mixed numbers


  • Identify stated and inferred cause and effect relationships in stories
  • Recognize propaganda and persuasion techniques
  • Recognize author’s point of view and purpose
  • Use the index as a location, and key words to main topic, subtopics, cross-reference
  • Correctly summarize a reading selection
  • Draw conclusions and predict outcomes from fiction and nonfiction selections
  • Identify and use literary techniques – foreshadowing, flashback, imagery, mood, and tone, characterization, etc.
  • Identify and use context clues to determine word meanings


  • Use insect cards or similar to practice using the laws of genetics as they apply to dominant and recessive characteristics. Distinguish between a hybrid and a mutant
  • Use the cell model to explain the activities of cells (life process, structure, reproduction)
  • Analyze a given community (pond, woods, field) and give examples of producers, consumers, and decomposers
  • Compare transpiration and respiration in animals of varying complexity
  • Identify differences between mineral and rock and different types of rocks

Social Studies

  • Calculate time changes between time zones
  • Explain how elevation affects climate
  • Explain how a country’s industrial and manufacturing centers are based on the location of their natural resources
  • Describe the modern day roles of the countries of the Western Hemisphere in today’s world (political, economical, cultural, etc.)
  • Identify parallels and meridians
  • Use political, transit, relief, climate, resource, population and landmark maps