Grade 6

GRADE 6 CURRICULUM

Literacy

MUSE sixth graders are confident and curious readers. In sixth grade, students delve deeper in textual analysis as they examine different works and evaluate their impact. Students focus in on each author’s tone, structure and use of language in order to unravel the written craft as a piece of art and a tool for writing. Students experience literature in a variety of forms through plays, novel studies, and while researching their individual passions. Sixth graders begin to develop their own unique writer’s voice through their argumentative essays, explanatory texts, and narratives. Students learn to embellish their writing by incorporating figurative language and manipulating tone through word choice and sensory details. Sixth graders expand their vocabulary through application and independent inquiry. Students get the opportunity to use their evidence gathering skills to debate hot topics during class Socratic discussions.

Math

Sixth Grade Math follows a rigorous curriculum that includes basic computation, geometry, estimation, problem solving, and algebra. Math is often integrated into other content areas as students create graphs and surveys, solve group problems, or predict outcomes of experimentation. To prepare for real-world uses of mathematics and advanced concepts, students build their mathematical thinking skills daily with warm-ups and open-ended problem solving. Students encounter statistics and probability simulations driven by student interests. Students are eager to dive into Ratios and Probability with hands on passion-based projects and interactive games. Students investigate rational and irrational numbers. Sixth graders design projects based around quantitative measures of median, mean, interquartile range, and mean absolute deviation. Algebraic thinking is explored using puzzles, balances and hands on exploration. Sixth Graders delve deeper with complex Mathematical expressions and equations relating to real world experiences. Sixth graders enjoy integrating STEAM concepts through Geometric decomposition and composition of shapes.

Science

In 6th Grade, Science experiences are challenging, experiential with real-world application over cross curricular themes. Students explore social growth and self-awareness for prevalent scientific issues that face our community and world. Student are encouraged to take risks, inspire others and become lifelong learners in science. The Process Communication Model is used within the exploration of science as students focus on themselves, one another and build teamwork to accomplish experimental goals. Students apply Scientific Inquiry during class and independent experiments. Sixth graders use microscopes to enhance the learning of Life Science as they examine cellular structures and genetics. Students experience Earth Science through cycling of water, air mass, weather conditions, atmospheric and oceanic climate changes. Inquiry plays a huge factor when understanding global changes. Students get the opportunity to use the MUSE Sun Flower project and apply it to solar scientific concepts. Data is collected and transferred to mathematical and scientific results that students can use for a wide diversity of projects. Scientific discoveries are investigated and come alive with Mentorships from the local community.

Social Studies

Sixth graders eagerly begin their social studies experience exploring the Paleolithic era through archaeological studies. Students then engage in a variety of project and inquiry-based activities researching about the geographical, political, economic, religious, and social structures of ancient civilizations. Students participate in a combination of collaborative assignments, independent activities, student-led, and teacher-led lessons as well as fieldtrips in order to bring ancient history alive. Through their research, students uncover the history of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Kush, the ancient Hebrews, Greek, Indian, Chinese and Roman civilizations. In the process of learning about the history and culture of the civilizations, students engage in lessons about geographical features and familiarize themselves with a world map. Students enjoy cartography and sharing about their own diverse cultures with their peers. Through the learning of the past, students become advocates for their future.

MUSORY

Teachers and students come together as a class to build community and focus on self-efficacy, self-reflection and communication. This daily practice allows time for students to set and reflect on personal goals. Topics such as community issues and social justice are explored. MUSORY topics are guided by the self-efficacy and communication standards in the Grade 6 curriculum guide and are developmentally and age appropriate.

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