Grade 6

Welcome to 6th Grade!

Below you will find 6th Grade course descriptions, contact information, and links to team websites.  You may also use the Faculty Directory to find specific staff members' contact and website information.  A great resource for parents is the Middle School Curriculum Guide.  The curriculum guide contains practice resources, instructional videos, and links to great content.  This is a good way to know what is covered in your child's courses.
  • English/Language Arts

    Expeditionary Learning (EL) Parent Communication: Watch the Video
     
     
    WCPSS has excellent teachers, strong leaders and a wealth of support from parents and the community. We are dedicated to providing our teachers with the best resources possible to ensure students are learning what they must know to be prepared for college, career and life.
     
    We have chosen EL Education as the new curriculum resource to support teachers of English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3 through 8 starting with grades 3 and 6 for the 2017-18 school year.
     
    What is EL Education? EL Education is a curriculum written by and for teachers with emphasis placed on active learning and student engagement. Classrooms are structured with highly collaborative activities that allow students to engage in academic conversations and investigations of rich academic topics. EL aims to contribute to a student’s ability to be globally competitive and active contributors in building a better world.
     
    What resources will be provided? Each learning module comes with books – not textbooks -- which have been carefully selected by the authors as the best books for teaching grade level content. Students will be provided a central text for use during their study of a module. These central texts are supported by a list of recommended texts—books, articles, and primary source documents—that balance literary and informational texts at appropriate levels of complexity.
     
    What should families see at home? Students will have homework assignments related to what they are reading at school. They will be expected to independently read at home and engage families in conversations about the topic.
  • Mathematics

    The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics consist of two types of standards – Standards for Mathematical Practice that span K-12 and Standards for Mathematical Content specific to each course. The Standards for Mathematical Practice rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education. They describe the characteristics and habits of mind that all students who are mathematically proficient should be able to exhibit. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are:
    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    4. Model with mathematics.
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    6. Attend to precision.
    7. Look for and make use of structure.
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
    The Standards for Mathematical Content in Grades 6 – 8 are organized under domains: The Number System, Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Functions, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
  • Math 6

    The foci of Common Core Math 6 are outlined below by domain.
    • Ratios and Proportional Relationships: Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.
    • The Number System: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions; multiply and divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples; apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
    • Expressions and Equations: Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions; reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities; represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.
    • Geometry: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.
    • Statistics and Probability: Develop understanding of statistical variability; summarize and describe distributions.
  • Math 6 PLUS

    Common Core Math 6 PLUS is a compacted course comprised of all of the Common Core Math 6 standards and a portion of the Common Core Math 7 standards. The foci of the course are outlined below by domain.
    • Ratios and Proportional Relationships: Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems; analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
    • The Number System: Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions; multiply and divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples; apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
    • Expressions and Equations: Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions; reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities; represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.
    • Geometry: Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume; solve real life and mathematical problems involving angle and measure.
    • Statistics and Probability: Develop understanding of statistical variability; summarize and describe distributions.
  • Compacted Math 6 Plus / Math 7 Plus

    Compacted Math 6 Plus / Math 7 Plus provides students a more accelerated version of the content in Math 6 Plus and Math 7 Plus. Overall, this course will include all content objectives for grade 6, grade 7 and half of the course content for grade 8. Due to the quick pace of this course, it is designed for the highly proficient and highly gifted learner. Parents and students are strongly recommended to consult with their principal, counselor and/or other appropriate school staff prior to requesting this course to gain a full understanding of its requirements and in what format it is offered.
  • Science

    Traditional laboratory experiences provide opportunities to demonstrate how science is constant, historic, probabilistic, and replicable. Although there are no fixed steps that all scientists follow, scientific investigations usually involve collections of relevant evidence, the use of logical reasoning, the application of imagination to devise hypotheses, and explanations to make sense of collected evidence. Student engagement in scientific investigation provides background for understanding the nature of scientific inquiry. In addition, the science process skills necessary for inquiry are acquired through active experience. The process skills support development of reasoning and problem-solving ability and are the core of scientific methodologies.
     
     By the end of this course, the students will be able to:
    • Understand the earth/moon/sun system, and the properties, structures and predictable motions of celestial bodies in the Universe.
    • Understand the structure of Earth and how interactions of constructive and destructive forces have resulted in changes in the surface of Earth over time and the effects of the lithosphere on humans.
    • Understand the structures, processes and behaviors of plants that enable them to survive and reproduce.
    • Understand the flow of energy through ecosystems and the responses of populations to the biotic and abiotic factors in their environment.
    • Understand the properties of waves and the wavelike property of energy in earthquakes, light and sound waves.
    • Understand the structure, classifications and physical properties of matter.
    • Understand characteristics of energy transfer and interactions of matter and energy.
  • Social Studies

    Students in sixth grade will continue to expand the knowledge, skills, and understandings acquired in the fourth and fifth grade studies of North Carolina and the United States by connecting those studies to their first formal look at a study of the world. Sixth graders will focus heavily on the discipline of geography by using the themes of location, place, movement, human-environment interaction, and region to understand the emergence, expansion, and decline of civilizations and societies from the beginning of human existence to the Age of Exploration. Students will take a systematic look at the history and culture of various world regions including the development of economic, political and social systems through the lens of change and continuity. As students examine the various factors that shaped the development of civilizations, societies, and regions in the ancient world, they will examine both similarities and differences among these areas. A conscious effort will be made to integrate various civilizations, societies, and regions from every continent (Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas). During this study, students will learn to recognize and interpret the “lessons of history;” those transferable understandings that are supported throughout time by recurring themes and issues.
  • Healthful Living

    Healthful Living is required for all 6th grade students and includes health education and physical education. These two courses complement each other as students learn how to be healthy and physically active for a lifetime. Because our health and physical fitness needs are so different from a generation ago, the nature of healthful living is changing. Poor health choices (i.e., use of alcohol and other drugs, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity) now account for more than 50% of the preventable deaths in the United States.
     
    Through a quality healthful living education program, students will learn the importance of health and physical activity and develop skills to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle creating a heightened quality of life. Students will learn how to apply the concepts of proper exercise in their daily lives, discover ways to handle stress, avoid harmful and illegal drugs, learn about the relationship between nutrition and weight management, develop healthy interpersonal relationships (including conflict resolution skills), develop teamwork and character-building skills, and learn how to achieve positive health and fitness goals.
     
    In sixth grade, students will learn a variety of communication techniques that will allow them to employ critical thinking skills to make positive health decisions. Students will appraise their own health and fitness status, understand sound nutrition principles and develop sensible exercise practices. This knowledge will be applied as they demonstrate the ability to set, pursue and achieve personal health and fitness goals. Students will engage in physical activities that provide opportunities for rhythmic/dance movement, lead-up games enhancing basic sport skills, offensive and defensive game strategies, game rules/etiquette, problem solving, fair play, and sportsmanship.
     
    Because of the nature of health education, discussion may include sensitive topics. By contacting the school principal, parents may request in writing that their child be excluded from certain health topics owing to personal/religious beliefs.
  • Electives

    Students will be offered a program of electives at HMS.  Students may participate in an exploratory wheel as part of their elective experience.  The wheel may include Spanish, Visual Arts, Music, or Dance.  Some students may take one or more year-long or semester-long electives, such as Band, Computer Skills & Applications, Exploring Technology & Design, or Family & Consumer Science.
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