Grade Six Curriculum

  • Earth-Sun system
  • Meteorology, climate change and sustainability
  • Earth’s place in the Universe
  • Earth’s internal processes and the composition of Earth’s crust
  • Plate tectonics and resulting geological events
  • Local geologic history


  • Observing nature and its relationships
  • Measurement of scientific properties using a variety of tools and units
  • Recording, manipulating, plotting and analyzing data
  • Asking questions and forming conclusions
  • Analyzing visuals including figures, maps, charts and graphs
  • Problem solving and collaboration
Number development and operations
  • Factors and multiples (LCM & GCF)
  • Order of operations
  • Fractions/decimals/percentage
  • Integers
Geometry and spatial relationships
  • Scale drawings
  • Attributes of 2-D and 3-D figures
  • Area and perimeter
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Variable equation
Algebraic Development
  • Estimating
  • Problem-solving
  • Building new mathematics knowledge; applying appropriate strategies

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PE and Athletics
Interscholastic athletics
  • Fall: soccer, field hockey, football, cross-country
  • Winter: basketball, hockey, wrestling, squash
  • Spring: lacrosse, track, baseball, softball, tennis
  • Developing sportsmanship and appreciation of sports
  • Team problem solving and building camaraderie
  • Understanding strategy, concepts and rules
  • Competing against 30+ schools in the Boston area
Library and Research
Developing executive function skills necessary for writing a major research paper
  • Time management
  • Topic selection
  • Writing an outline
  • Taking notes
  • Paraphrasing versus plagiarism
  • Creating topic sentences
  • Preparing a bibliography
  • Structuring an essay
  • Editing process
  • Identifying and properly citing a reliable source
  • Conducting responsible online research
Literacy, Reading and English
  • Engaging with independently chosen books
  • Introduction to annotation: tracing themes/ guided reading through Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Exploring literary devices through various texts
    Critical reading/exploration of texts including short stories and the text A Long Walk to Water through the lens of year-long essential questions:  “How do multiple perspectives and voices serve to contribute to cultures of peace?” and “How can we use language as a vehicle to communicate those perspectives?”
  • Skills: inference, cause and effect, prediction, drawing conclusions, author’s intent/moral, theme, conflict/resolution
  • Developing thesis statements
  • Supporting claims with clear and reasonable evidence
  • Writing cohesive paragraphs and papers about literature with the use of templates
  • Applying grammar/punctuation conventions in paragraphs and papers
  • Choosing topics, writing a cohesive paragraph, writing in past/present tense, editing
  • Incorporating new vocabulary words into writing
  • Creative writing through journal entries and stories
  • Engaging effectively and respectfully in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on a variety of topics.
  • Supporting claims with clear and reasonable evidence
  • Making inference from text
  • Presenting academic ideas in a clear and articulate way
  • Performance based; all Middle School grades mixed together
  • Various types of music performed, in various groupings
  • Continued improvement in vocal sound; emphasis on sight-reading
Wind and String Ensembles
  • All Middle School grades mixed together in separate wind and string groups to perform varied musical selections
  • Emphasis on ensemble togetherness, sight-reading and technique
General Music
  • Taught in separate grade-level sections
  • Music history and music theory; includes some performance
  • Emphasis on musical elements
  • Opera, percussion playing, folk dancing
  • How to listen to music
Visual Arts
  • Summer reading unit
  • Designing and constructing personal vessels
  • Mask-making
  • Sculpting in clay
  • Elaboration of form
Performing Arts
Speech 101
  • Demonstration speech
  • Impromptu speaking (limited preparation)
  • Storytelling (tales from around the world)
  • Opportunities to participate in Massachusetts Middle School Speech League
  • Understanding the importance of public speaking
  • Organizing and writing a speech and presenting it clearly and concisely
  • Reducing anxiety about speaking in front of groups
  • Developing skill in oral language and voice/body expression
  • Demonstrating how to be a skilled speaker
  • Developing a story with a clear and engaging plot structure
  • Developing character texts that differentiate narrator and characters
  • Demonstrating a creative use of language, voice and body
Social Studies
Central Theme: Migration
  • Human evolution and migration of hominids
  • North America: Native Americans (diversity among tribes)
  • South America: Inca and Aztec culture
  • Research (using the library; evaluating/selecting sources)
  • Documenting sources (bibliography, note taking, outline, draft, editing, in-text citations)
  • Geographic literacy
  • Working with primary and secondary sources
  • Critical reading and critical thinking (Cornell note-taking and QAR question-answer relationship)
    • Socratic seminar
Vocabulary and topics

Alphabet, greetings, activities, adjectives, describing self and others, telling time, using calendar, numbers 1-100,000, comparatives, feelings, likes and dislikes, school schedule, classes, activities, food and family, idiomatic expressions with tener


Subject pronouns, adjective agreement, articles, gustar, tener, ser, estar, hay, ir, present tense of -ar, -er, -ir verbs, stem-changing e-ie verbs, interrogative words, possessive adjectives


Focus on United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico

Vocabulary and topics

Alphabet, greetings, friends and family, ordering in a café, numbers 1-100, telling time, days of the week, months and dates, weather and seasons, likes and dislikes, describing yourself and others, the room, possessions


Subject pronouns, verbs, indefinite articles and plural of nouns, definite article -er verbs, contractions with a, conjunctions, the verb être, adjectives agreement


Francophone influence in the U.S.; comparison of francophone places in the world

  • Learning the building blocks of language: parts of speech; use of nouns; prepositional phrases; concept of case, number, gender; noun-adjective agreement; the infinitive; the subject (person) of a verb
  • Speaking Latin words – pronunciation and greetings
  • Connecting Latin and English: roots and derivatives
  • Exploring Greco-Roman myths: gods and goddesses
  • Meeting the Roman family
Affective Education
Key Values: Cooperation, communication, connection
  • Active listening, collaborative problem solving, taking turns
  • Positive social risk taking
  • Expressing thoughts, feelings, ideas, experiences
Instructional Technology
  • Mastering Chromebook functionality
  • Creating and sharing Google Docs
  • Creating and manipulating spreadsheets
  • Creating graphs from spreadsheet data
  • Downloading and using high-quality digital images
  • Using NoodleTools to create citations
  • Using VDI to access Windows programs
  • Digital citizenship