Grade 6 Curriculum

Sixth grade is a remarkable time when students enter the realm of abstract thinking, where empathy is enhanced through exposure to important mature topics of social justice, and where students spend their last year being advised primarily by their homeroom teachers. They participate in a robust arts program, have the opportunity to try out to participate in interscholastic athletics teams with older students, and they spend their first year in a more immersive language program. In the fall, sixth graders go off for their first extended overnight trip to the Farm School in Athol, Massachusetts, where they learn to work hard as a community and come to appreciate where food comes from. And in the spring, they write and perform a dramatization of the seminal events in civil rights history, create their own projects rooted in social justice and equity, and learn how music both showcases and complements social movements. Over the course of this important year of adolescence, students grow intellectually as well as physically, and are guided by teachers who appreciate the complexity, challenges, and enchanting opportunities of this age group. 

Program Highlights

  • Freedom Night
  • Kindergarten buddies
  • Astronomy Night
  • Solar cars
  • UNICEF fundraiser

Specialist Time

  • World language three times a week for 50 minutes
  • Arts four times a week for 50 minutes (music, visual art, performing arts, and woodworking and 21st century skills)
  • Athletics four times a week for 60 minutes
Sixth graders analyze literary elements such as point of view and author intent; they use text to analyze, develop, and support ideas; they develop their personal voice as writers. They increase the complexity of sentence structure and apply different writing techniques for different purposes as they write in genres ranting from drama to poetry to nonfiction. Reading selections often overlap in content with the social studies curriculum for a cohesive student experience.

English

Sixth graders analyze literary elements such as point of view and author intent; they use text to analyze, develop, and support ideas; they develop their personal voice as writers. They increase the complexity of sentence structure and apply different writing techniques for different purposes as they write in genres ranting from drama to poetry to nonfiction. Reading selections often overlap in content with the social studies curriculum for a cohesive student experience.

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Math

Estimation, number sense, mental math, and a sense of magnitude permeate the sixth grade curriculum. All sixth graders take on complex challenges, including Math Olympiad problems, number theory, and calculating area and volume, and big ideas about ratio and proportion. The overall focus is on conceptual understanding, proficiency, accuracy, and clear communication.

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Sixth graders explore the civil rights movement through fiction, the legal system, history, role playing, music and poetry. A study of food production in the United States ties together nutrition, culture, economics, and marketing. Throughout, students learn how to use primary and secondary sources effectively to understand people, times, and events.

Social Studies

Sixth graders explore the civil rights movement through fiction, the legal system, history, role playing, music and poetry. A study of food production in the United States ties together nutrition, culture, economics, and marketing. Throughout, students learn how to use primary and secondary sources effectively to understand people, times, and events.

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Science

Sixth graders begin the year studying the solar system and go on to study electricity, Newton’s laws, and simple machines. They are introduced to the components of formal lab observations, recording, and procedures. They construct solar cars, designing, testing, and refining their vehicles for the greatest efficiency and speed.

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Sixth graders meet three times a week to study French, Spanish, or Latin. In addition to textbooks, students play language based games, read poetry, work in small groups, and use multimedia resources to practice conversation, correct pronunciation, and develop grammar skills. Our world language program cultivates intellectual discipline, plus a sense of joy and appreciation for the diverse community of Belmont Day and in the world.

World Language

Sixth graders meet three times a week to study French, Spanish, or Latin. In addition to textbooks, students play language based games, read poetry, work in small groups, and use multimedia resources to practice conversation, correct pronunciation, and develop grammar skills. Our world language program cultivates intellectual discipline, plus a sense of joy and appreciation for the diverse community of Belmont Day and in the world.

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Sixth graders apply sophisticated techniques to create elaborate artworks. Inspiration comes from other artists and classroom curriculum.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Sixth graders apply sophisticated techniques to create elaborate artworks. Inspiration comes from other artists and classroom curriculum.

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Sixth graders explore music theory, diverse musical genres, and a variety of instruments. They compose original songs for the Freedom Night performance connected to the social studies curriculum.

Music

Music

Sixth graders explore music theory, diverse musical genres, and a variety of instruments. They compose original songs for the Freedom Night performance connected to the social studies curriculum.

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Students present original biographical and descriptive speeches. They engage in an improvisational process to develop the Freedom Night program connected to social studies curriculum.

Theater Arts

Theater Arts

Students present original biographical and descriptive speeches. They engage in an improvisational process to develop the Freedom Night program connected to social studies curriculum.

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Students think critically and creatively to test design decisions in a collaborative, group environment.

Woodworking & 21st Century Skills

Woodworking & 21st Century Skills

Students think critically and creatively to test design decisions in a collaborative, group environment.

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Each season, seventh grade students choose a sport from our Interscholastic athletics program, which allows athletes to further sport-specific skills and gain leadership experiences on the field. In between seasons, students engage in fitness challenges and team-building activities.

Athletics

Athletics

Each season, seventh grade students choose a sport from our Interscholastic athletics program, which allows athletes to further sport-specific skills and gain leadership experiences on the field. In between seasons, students engage in fitness challenges and team-building activities.

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Sixth grade students explore the importance of community, personal relationships, and healthy choices. Among other topics, they address puberty and effective strategies during challenging times.

Social Competency and Health and Wellness

Social Competency and Health and Wellness

Sixth grade students explore the importance of community, personal relationships, and healthy choices. Among other topics, they address puberty and effective strategies during challenging times.

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Faculty mentor sixth graders in building executive function skills and strategies for writing, studying, and tackling assessments to successfully meet middle school expectations.

Study Skills and Support

Study Skills and Support

Faculty mentor sixth graders in building executive function skills and strategies for writing, studying, and tackling assessments to successfully meet middle school expectations.

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Sixth graders use a variety of digital platforms and applications, both in the classroom and in our ID8 Lab, for research, presentation, and design-thinking purposes.

Information Literacy and Technology

Information Literacy and Technology

Sixth graders use a variety of digital platforms and applications, both in the classroom and in our ID8 Lab, for research, presentation, and design-thinking purposes.

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