Grade 6 Social Competency and Health and Wellness

Recognizing that social and emotional growth are as important as academic, artistic, and athletic development, our sixth graders meet with their homeroom teachers, school nurse, school psychologist, and other faculty to have an opportunity to learn about structures and the importance of community, personal relationships, and healthy individual choices. Topics include negotiation skills, conflict resolution, navigating friendships, effective communication of ideas and feelings, and developing leadership skills. The health and wellness curriculum reviews anatomy, addresses puberty, invites discussion about gender identity and bias, looks at media messages about sexuality and health, confronts bullying, provides strategies for challenges, identifies risky behavior, and introduces healthy decisions.

Sixth graders will:

  • demonstrate the elements of positive social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, self-control, and empathy
  • understand that there are similarities and differences in people in terms of needs, emotions, and cultures
  • respect everyone's personal space and care for their own bodies
  • contribute to the well-being of community members through the use of respectful language, actions, and attitudes
  • differentiate between healthy and unhealthy choices
  • employ effective strategies during challenging times

Topics of study:

Social Competency

  • Building community
  • Classroom expectations
  • Negotiating skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Being a good friend
  • Communication of feelings and ideas
  • Leadership skills

Health & Wellness

  • Personal identity
  • Social identity
  • Unheard voices
  • Gender and stereotypes
  • Puberty review
  • Self-care