Talbot County's Grade 6 English Language Arts course is based the Maryland State Department of Education's approved Common Core State Curriculum Framework. The course is designed to meet all grade level appropriate Anchor Standards in Language, Reading Information Text, Reading Literature, Speaking & Listening and Writing.
Units of Study will include:
- Plot and Text Structure
- Theme and Point of View
- Meanings of Words and Phrases: Figurative Language and Connotative Meanings
- Literature Review
Elements of Literature - First Course - Holt, 2009
Other texts, including grade-level appropriate novels, will be assigned for additional reading and as the foundation for discussion and independent writing.
Sixth Grade Health is based on the Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum and National Standards in Health Education. These may be found on the MSDE website.
Course Key Learning/Exit Outcomes:
Students will use mental and emotional health knowledge, skills, and strategies to enhance wellness.
Students will use drug knowledge, decision-making skills, and health-enhancing strategies to address the non-use, use, and abuse of medications, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Students will use consumer knowledge, skills, and strategies to develop sound personal health practices involving the use of health care products, services, and community resources.
Students will use human development knowledge, social skills, and health enhancing strategies to promote positive relationships and healthy growth and development throughout the life cycle.
Students will apply prevention and intervention knowledge, skills, and processes to promote safe living in the home, school, and community.
Students will use nutrition and fitness knowledge, skills, and strategies to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Students will apply prevention and treatment knowledge, skills, and strategies to reduce susceptibility and manage disease.
Units will include:
- Mental & Emotional Health
- Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
- Personal & Consumer Health
- Family Life and Human Sexuality
- Nutrition and Fitness
- Disease Prevention and Control
In Grade 6 Mathematics, instructional time should focus on four critical areas:
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
Developing understanding of statistical thinking.
- Physical Education
Sixth Grade Physical Education is based on the Maryland State Department of Education approved curriculum that may be found on the MSDE website. Maryland Curriculum Framework Standards include Skillfulness, Biomechanical Principles, Motor Learning Principles, Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity and Social-Psychological Principles.
Course Key Learning/Exit Outcomes:
The student will identify the components of offense and defense.
The student will identify how absorption of force increases control.
The student will demonstrate self and peer assessment in a sport skill.
The student will identify components of a fitness plan.
The student will define and determine resting heart rate, target heart rate, and maximum heart rate and relationship for fitness improvement.
Units will include:
- Introduction - Personal Fitness
- Net/Wall Games
- Invasion/Goal Games
- Striking, Fielding and Target Games
Talbot County's Grade 6 Science course is based the Maryland State Department of Education's Voluntary State Curriculum. The voluntary state curriculum may be viewed at http://www.mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/science/index.html. The course is designed to meet all grade level appropriate standards and objectives.
Units of Study
- The Grade 6 Life Science Unit focuses on ecosystems. By the end of the unit students will be able to:
- Explain that in any particular environment, the growth and survival of organisms and species depend on the physical conditions
- Recognize that all organisms have needs that are met by their environment and adaptations provide an advantage in meeting those needs
- Identify that basic interactions in ecosystems are food chains and food webs in which matter cycles and energy flows
- Recognize that over time ecosystems maintain a balance, but that balance can be changed positively or negatively by natural and human actions.
The Grade 6 Environmental Unit focuses on ecosystems. By the end of the unit students will be able to:
- Recognize and compare how different parts of the world have varying amounts and types of natural resources and how the use of those resources impacts environmental quality.
- Recognize and explain that human-caused changes have consequences for Maryland's environment as well as for other places and future times.
The Grade 6 Earth Science Unit focuses on Earth’s systems. By the end of the unit students will be able to:
- Cite evidence to demonstrate and explain that physical weathering and chemical weathering cause changes to Earth materials.
- Differentiate among sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks based upon the processes by which they are formed.
- Recognize and describe the internal and external structure of the Earth.
- Recognize and explain how major geologic events are a result of the movement of Earth's crustal plates.
- Recognize that objects of our solar system are interrelated.
- Cite evidence to explain the relationship between the hydrosphere and atmosphere.
- Fine Arts
Students in grades 6-8 will be offered a variety of options in order to experience Fine Arts. Course offerings will encompass Music, Art and Theater. All courses will utilize the MSDE State Curriculum for the Arts and incorporate the Common Core State Standards for reading, writing, listening/speaking and performing. Students will be provided opportunities to participate in community art shows, theatrical productions and musical performances.
Middle School Courses:
- Instrumental Music
- Choral Music
- Visual Arts
- Performing Arts - Theater
- Social Studies
As students in grade 6 examine ancient cultures, they will see the connections that link various groups of people and determine their early beginnings. As human societies are established, students will examine the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt, Ancient India and China, and Ancient Greece and Rome. Viewing those societies from a geographic, economic and historical perspective will allow for an overview of why societies survive in a particular area and how they are able to sustain over a long period of time.
Using the textbook "World Studies, The Ancient World" (Pearson Pub.) will provide background knowledge as the basic text. Supplemental resources will used including trade books, websites, county units and assessments and literature series. Instruction will follow the MSDE grade 6 Social Studies curriculum documents, C3 content and Common Core State Standards in the reading of informational text.
As a supplemental literature connection, students will read "Horrible Histories." This series of trade books allows students to experience ancient history from a satirical perspective, adding some humor to historical situations.