Sixth Grade

Language Arts 6 A

Description:

In sixth grade, through the study of authors such as Elizabeth Partridge, Gary Soto, and Langston Hughes, the student will ponder such questions as “Is conflict always bad?”; "How do we decide who we are?”; and "How much do our communities shape us?" Short- and long-term research engages the student’s curiosity and critical-thinking skills. The student is encouraged to support these ideas with evidence as the student practices narrative, informative, and persuasive writing.

The student will sharpen and strengthen skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The student is exposed to a wide variety of writing styles to create a sense of curiosity and excitement. The student will improve comprehension of increasingly complex literature and informational texts using a multi-draft reading approach as the student discusses, analyzes, and critiques. The student will learn to make connections between readings, other titles, and the world. The student will also expand an academic vocabulary and build confidence through independent reading. The student will write expository and creative compositions and employ test-taking strategies that are effective for different types of learners.

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Online Text/eBook

  • eText Common Core Literature Grade 6

Textbook

  • Common Core Literature Grade 6


Language Arts 6 B

Description:

In sixth grade, through the study of authors such as Elizabeth Partridge, Gary Soto, and Langston Hughes, the student will ponder such questions as “Is conflict always bad?”; "How do we decide who we are?”; and "How much do our communities shape us?" Short- and long-term research engages the student’s curiosity and critical-thinking skills. The student is encouraged to support these ideas with evidence as the student practices narrative, informative, and persuasive writing.

The student will sharpen and strengthen skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The student is exposed to a wide variety of writing styles to create a sense of curiosity and excitement. The student will improve comprehension of increasingly complex literature and informational texts using a multi-draft reading approach as the student discusses, analyzes, and critiques. The student will learn to make connections between readings, other titles, and the world. The student will also expand an academic vocabulary and build confidence through independent reading. The student will write expository and creative compositions and employ test-taking strategies that are effective for different types of learners.

Units:

Online Text/eBook

  • eText Common Core Literature Grade 6

Textbook

  • Common Core Literature Grade 6

Math 6 A

Description:

In this course, the student will use the four operations with decimals, fractions, and integers. The student will study patterns and variables as a precursor to solving equations and inequalities. The study of number theory will help the student understand divisibility, prime numbers, factors, and multiples. The student will learn about ratios, proportions, and percents and apply them in scale drawings. 

Throughout the course, the student will engage in many problem-solving strategies, make real-world connections, and participate in mathematical discussions with peers.

Units:

Online Text/eBook

  • eText Mathematics: Course 1 Common Core

Textbook

  • Mathematics: Course 1 Common Core

Math 6 B

Description:

In this course, the student will explore the foundations of geometry, such as classifying polygons, and use measurement skills to find the perimeter, area, and volume of geometric figures. Then the student will study basic probability and explore permutations. By the end of the course, the student will work with integers using all four operations, solve equations and inequalities, and solve problems using the Pythagorean Theorem. 

Units:

Online Text/eBook

  • eText Mathematics: Course 1 Common Core

Textbook

  • Mathematics: Course 1 Common Core

Science 6

Description:

Welcome to Science 6, an innovative course based on the framework for the Next Generation Science standards (NGSS). NGSS focuses on science and engineering practices; Earth, life and physical science core ideas; and fundamental crosscutting concepts vital to relating the various fields of science and developing a scientific world view. The course provides the student opportunities to engage in inquiry-based investigations, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) projects, and other dynamic activities. Hands-on and online activities encourage the student to make connections, collaborate, and reflect on his or her learning. Because the course is designed to meet both national and state-based standards, the sequence of content will vary by state. 

Tip: Links to Pearson® student interactive SCIENCE online textbooks have been added to the Backpack in the Web Links section. These textbooks are intended as supplemental resources as they are organized differently than this course.

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Social Studies: Western Hemisphere

Description:

In Western Hemisphere, the student will study the following themes in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America: culture; time, continuity, and change; people, places, and environments; individual development and identity; individuals, groups, and institutions; power, authority, and governance; production, distribution, and consumption; science, technology, and society; global connections; and civic ideals and practices. 

The student will activate his prior knowledge and make personal connections while reading narratives by students from each continent. Additionally, he will interpret maps, survey the continent’s history, analyze primary sources, and think critically about issues presently affecting countries in the western hemisphere.

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Health and Physical Education 6

Description:

The Health and Physical Education course will provide the student with the foundation for concepts and skills necessary for lifelong health and physical fitness. In the health portion of the course, the student will be introduced to and assessed on various topics ranging from body systems to proper nutrition and fitness, as well as understanding what it means to be healthy. The student will also be introduced to skills that can be applied toward healthy behaviors. The physical education portion of the course will offer great freedom as the student will be able to choose a physical education regimen that will fit the student’s individual needs. The student will be given a choice of three paths that place emphasis on lifelong activities as well as current fitness trends. Physical education lessons are geared toward a “physically fit” lifestyle that will aid the student in the years to come and ensure a higher quality of life.

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Art 6 A

Description:

The middle school art program is organized around the three artistic processes of creating, presenting, and responding. In addition, the program emphasizes how art and design can drive innovation in the same way science, technology, engineering, and mathematics do. Throughout the courses, students use various media and techniques to construct projects, collaborate with peers, and critique their own work as well as the work of other artists. In Semester A, students explore the wide range and variety of visual arts. They learn the basic elements of art and principles of design and apply them in their own creative ways. The semester culminates in a study of factors involved in evaluating and critiquing art.

Units:

Kit

  • MS Art Kit

Supplies

  • Drawing pencils (3)
  • Eraser, kneaded
  • Paint, acrylic (6 colors, 3/4 oz)
  • Paintbrushes, acrylic (3)
  • Pastels, oil (12 colors)
  • Sketchpad, white paper (40 sheet)

Art 6 B

Description:

The middle school art program is organized around the three artistic processes of creating, presenting, and responding. In addition, the program emphasizes how art and design can drive innovation in the same way science, technology, engineering, and mathematics do. Throughout the courses, students use various media and techniques to construct projects, collaborate with peers, and critique their own work as well as the work of other artists. 

In Semester B, students consider the preservation and protection of art. They then explore how international, national, and local art influences ideas, actions, cultures, and environments. Using this information, students build their own ideas of the role art plays in their lives. 

Units:

Kit

  • MS Art Kit

Supplies

  • Drawing pencils (3)
  • Eraser, kneaded
  • Paint, acrylic (6 colors, 3/4 oz)
  • Paintbrushes, acrylic (3)
  • Pastels, oil (12 colors)
  • Sketchpad, white paper (40 sheet)

Educational Technology and Online Learning 6

Prerequisites:

  • To participate in this course you must have Microsoft® Office, or software that is equivalent, installed on your computer.

Description:

Students progress to more sophisticated work in this course, including the use of electronic media and software to apply academic concepts in the creation of meaningful organizers, projects and presentations. Students locate, retrieve and evaluate data in order to construct and analyze databases. Students produce presentations on Internet safety, online predators, and cyberbullying. At the end of the course, students become effective communicators and collaborators as they plan, evaluate and synthesize research emphasizing current issues with technology.

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Middle Spanish I

Description:

Middle Spanish I is an introductory-level course that will introduce the student to Spanish. The units are designed to introduce the student to Spanish language and culture through familiar topics such as my family, my week, and food. Culture is presented throughout the course to help the student make connections between his culture and the culture of people in the Spanish-speaking world.

Please Note: The World Languages courses require a headset and microphone which is compatible with the computer being used for the course. This equipment is not provided by Connections Education.

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Exploring Music I

Prerequisites:

  • When enrolling your student in a music course, please consider the student’s grade level and previous music experience. If the student is new to the school and has no prior music experience, place the student in the level I course in the appropriate grade band. If the student is new to the school and does have a background in music, please work with the student’s Caretaker to determine an appropriate placement level.

Description:

Designed for students in grades 6–8, this course teaches fundamental musicianship skills approached from a Western-Classical style, while aligning to National Core Arts Standards. The course challenges the student to improve listening, notation, analysis, performance, and improvisation skills. With audio, visual, and interactive technologies, the course provides a unique and advanced learning experience for the student.

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