Sixth Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Identify, explain and find examples of literary elements including character, setting, plot, conflict and theme
  • Read to evaluate, interpret and draw conclusions in fiction and nonfiction
  • Write about fiction and nonfiction to describe and tell stories
  • Write quality three paragraph themes, which include introduction, body and conclusion
  • Read and write poetry and understand the writing devices used in poetry
  • Speak extemporaneously alone or in groups to present interpretations, evaluations and conclusions; to entertain and describe
  • Evaluate oral/visual presentations
  • Apply note-taking and study skills
  • Use appropriate grammar in writing
  • Correctly diagram sentences to demonstrate an understanding of parts of speech, and the role these words play in a sentence
  • Correctly spell, use and understand words in writing and from readings
  • Correctly use vocabulary words in writing


  • Read and write whole numbers through trillions, and compare and order these numbers
  • Understand the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Evaluate whole number expressions according to order of operations
  • Read and write decimals through the hundred-thousandths, and compare and order these numbers
  • Read and write numbers having exponents; find prime factorizations of composite numbers using exponents
  • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers having common and uncommon denominators
  • Use critical thinking in evaluating logical statements involving "and" and "or"
  • Find the product of two fractions, or two mixed numbers, including reciprocals
  • Find the quotient of two fractions or two mixed numbers
  • Build and identify space figures, and find number of faces, edges and vertices
  • Identify and draw basic plane figures, parallel, perpendicular and skew lines
  • Identify, estimate and measure angles; construct angles
  • Describe, name and identify different polygons
  • Write ratios as fractions and find equal ratios
  • Analyze and create bar and circle graphs; create and use scatter plots and frequency tables
  • Analyze data by finding mean, median, mode and range


  • Translate a verbal phrase to a numerical of algebraic expression
  • Solve an equation for a replacement set that was given
  • Use addition, subtraction to solve equations involving whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Use the basic properties of addition or multiplication to write an algebraic expression
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide integers
  • Use inductive reasoning to make generalizations about geometric figures and solids; find areas, volumes, and perimeters
  • Understand decimal notation and place value; compare and order decimals
  • Write equations to solve simple problems using decimals
  • Use estimation in problem-solving
  • Develop and apply the concepts of factors, multiples, primes, and prime factorizations, GCF, and LCM to problem situations
  • Investigate divisibility rules and the basic ideas of powers and exponents
  • Describe the relationship between two variables using functions
  • Make the transition in problem-solving situations from work with rational numbers to application of rational numbers
  • Decide what the variable should represent when setting up an equation
  • Solve equations which include rational number multiplication and division
  • Use exponents, in products and quotients, scientific-notation and repeating decimals to solve problems
  • Solve equations with combined operations and with all types of numbers by using equation-solving process
  • Understand the relationship between percents, fractions and decimals, by changing them from one form to another
  • Create and analyze linear, bar, and circle graphs
  • Measure length, weight, and capacity in metric and customary units
  • Convert between systems of measurement
  • Determine simple probabilities


  • Make quantitative and qualitative observations using scientific tools
  • Classify objects and organisms based on their characteristics and properties
  • Use scientific method
  • Classify matter according to its phase (state) and explain the change in atomic structure for each phase
  • Demonstrate an understanding of work, forces, kinetic and potential energy
  • Identify energy as the capacity to do work
  • Classify simple machines and explain how they work
  • Cycles: Day/night, carbon/oxygen, water cycles, moon phases, tides and Earth’s cyclic movement around the Sun
  • Cycles associated with plant life, cells, metamorphosis and migration
  • Species diversity, biomes, habitat and climates


  • Identify and use Old and New Testament
  • Recognize major and minor prophets
  • State and infer meaning of the Ten Commandments
  • Differentiate between signs and symbols
  • Name and interpret the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Name and illustrate application of the Corporal Works of Mercy in daily living
  • Compare and contrast the lives of particular Saints
  • Recognize and integrate the importance of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
  • Saint Thomas Chastity Curriculum for Sixth Grade

Social Studies

  • Acquaint each student with the map and flag of each country being studied
  • Demonstrate the cultural heritage of each country being studied
  • Understand the religious, artistic, dress, and food tastes of each country
  • Master the cause-and-effect relationship of historical events
  • Introduce an economic study of each country
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the political, social, and economic problems of each country
  • Produce projects that explain the differences and similarities of each country or continent
  • Develop an understanding on how environment, climate, and land mass play an important role in the life of the people
  • Demonstrate the relationship of education to technology and lifestyles
  • Master at least two countries from each continent

Psycho/Social Development

  • Recognize the need to maintain and exercise a positive attitude toward self, others, and situations
  • Acquire and make use of skills and methods needed to interact positively within a group
  • Develop future potential with confidence and positive assertiveness