Middle School Grade 6 Courses Description

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  • The content areas below is a listing of all courses offered at the grade 6 level for the 2019/20 school year. Parents and students may use the course catalog from CPALMS.org to make informed decisions for course selections.

  • Science

    Sixth-grade students will engage in Laboratory investigations that include the use of scientific inquiry, research, measurement, problem-solving, laboratory apparatus and technologies, experimental procedures, and safety procedures as an integral part of this course.

    Throughout the year, your child will:

    • learn about the nature of science, energy transfer, the influence of global patterns, weather and climate, earth layers, landforms, changes to earth by human impact, astronomical bodies, the universe, solar system, and seasons.
    • have multiple opportunities to explore science laboratory investigations (labs).
    • interact directly with natural phenomena or with data collected by others using tools, materials, data collection techniques, and models
    • develop a growing understanding of the complexity and ambiguity of empirical work, as well as the skills to calibrate and troubleshoot equipment used to make observations
    • understand measurement error; and have the skills to aggregate, interpret, and present the resulting data

    For additional information regarding the Grade 6 Science courses, please visit the course description and course directory at CPALMS.org

  • Mathematics

    Sixth-grade students will engage in connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers;  writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations, and developing an understanding of statistical thinking.

    Throughout the year, your child will:

    • use reasoning about multiplication and division to solve ratio and rate problems about quantities.
    • use the meaning of fractions, the meanings of multiplication and division, and the relationship between multiplication and division to understand and explain why the procedures for dividing fractions make sense. 
    • reason about the order and absolute value of rational numbers and about the location of points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane.
    • understand the use of variables in mathematical expressions.
    • construct and analyze tables, such as tables of quantities that are equivalent ratios, and they use equations (such as 3x = y) to describe relationships between quantities.
    • build on and reinforce their understanding of number, students begin to develop their ability to think statistically

    For additional information regarding the Grade 6 Mathematics courses, please visit the course description and course directory at CPALMS.org

  • Social Studies

    Sixth-grade students will engage in learning about the world's earliest civilizations through the ancient and classical civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe.  

    Throughout the year, your child will:

    • be exposed to the multiple dynamics of world history including economics, geography, politics, and religion/philosophy.
    • study methods of historical inquiry and primary and secondary historical documents.
    • critically examine the philosophies of early thinkers and apply these concepts to various regions of the world.
    • analyze historical events of the past to help gauge an understanding of how conflicts may affect modern-day challenges.

    For additional information regarding the Grade 6 Social Studies courses, please visit the course description and course directory at CPALMS.org

  • English Language Arts

    Sixth-grade students will engage in using texts of appropriate complexity. Grade 6 English Language Arts integrates language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.  

    Throughout the year, your child will:

    • active reading of varied texts for what they say explicitly, as well as the logical inferences that can be drawn
    • analyze literature and informational texts from varied literary periods to examine:
      • text craft and structure
      • elements of literature
      • arguments and claims supported by textual evidence
      • power and impact of language
      • influence of history, culture, and setting on language
      • personal critical and aesthetic response
    • write for varied purposes

    For additional information regarding the Grade 6 English Language Arts courses, please visit the course description and course directory at CPALMS.org