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6th Grade Curriculum


Our literacy series is from Benchmark Education Company called Benchmark Universe.  The 10-Unit series focuses on Read-Aloud, Shared Reading and Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Word Study, and Writing Workshop.

The components of a balanced literacy approach include the following:

  • Read-Aloud—Teachers read and model; students listen
  • Shared Reading—Whole group reading, shared reading booklet; selections from content area texts or supplementary resources; teacher reads and students follow along
  • Guided Reading—Small groups read based on common reading level or shared need; students practice using reading strategies
  • Independent Reading—Students demonstrate reading strategies and reflect on their reading.
  • Word Study—Embedded in other subject areas looking at words within context to identify meaning including study of roots and affixes.
  • Writing Workshop—Work on various essay formats: argumentative, narrative, and informational/expository; mini-lessons taught based on grade level expectations as well as student need. Writing is embedded in all subject areas too. Writing is responding to the text that is read.


District 54’s program aligned with our Essential Outcomes is an engaging and interactive approach to covering the Common Core State Standards.  The Student Edition is a Write-In workbook that ensure appropriate levels of depth and rigor through the development of the

**Students switch for math class, please check with your student which math teacher they have when asking questions or contacting the teacher.

Mathematical Practices.

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Inquiry-based program* that allows children to experiment and investigate using scientific method.  Units include:

  • Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems
  • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
  • Earth’s Systems
  • Weather and Climate
  • Engineering Design (PLTW)
  • Health

*Students will rotate through these 6-week units throughout the year with a 6th grade teacher teaching two subject matters each trimester for about 13 weeks.

Social Science/Ancient Civilizations

Through the study of Ancient Civilizations students will…

  • Identify roles played by citizens (examples: voters, jurors, taxpayers, military, protesters, and office holders).
  • Describe the origins, purposes, and impact of constitutions, laws, treaties, and international agreements.
  • Compare the means by which individuals and groups change societies, promote the common good, and protect rights.
  • Explain why standards of living increase as productivity improves.
  • Analyze the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in a market economy.
  • Analyze the relationship between skills, education, jobs, and income.
  • Use geographic representations (maps, photographs, satellite images, etc.) to explain the relationships between the locations (places and regions) and changes in their environment.
  • Identify how cultural and environmental characteristics vary among regions of the world.
  • Classify series of historical events and developments as examples of change and/or continuity.