Sixth Grade Courses

Language Arts (English 6)
Social Studies (Minnesota Studies Plus)
Wheel Courses (Middle School Success I, Art, Design and Modeling, Health)
Physical Education
Music Elective (Band, Choir or Orchestra)


Math 6
Sixth grade mathematics is designed to provide a smooth transition from elementary into middle school where students gain a foundation of mathematical concepts. Students will explore concepts such as fraction, decimal, and integer operations, writing and solving equations, proportional relationships, functions, percents, measurements, problem solving, probability, geometry, and graphing. This will be accomplished through group collaboration, differentiation within the classroom, daily assignments and activities, and writing in mathematics. This course will prepare students for pre-algebra or algebra placement in 7th grade and is aligned with Minnesota’s 6th grade math standards.

Math placement for courses other than Math 6 will be determined by successful completion of prerequisite courses and/or assessment results.

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Social Studies 6 - Minnesota History
Take a journey through Minnesota history to discover your role and the role of others in the transformation of this state we call home. In this year-long course, students will access content through a variety of teaching strategies, including inquiry, collaboration, project-based learning and literacy strategies specific to social studies. This 6th grade social studies course meets the requirements of the Minnesota Social Studies Standards, including geography, economics, civics, and history.

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English 6
Students will participate in reading, writing, listening and critical thinking activities. Novels, as well as the textbook, will be read in and outside of class. Student will focus on reading texts of different genres, written for a variety of purposes. Students will also write formally and informally, and be expected to apply standard English punctuation, mechanics and spelling rules to their work. In this class students will master the eight parts of speech, additional grammar skills and apply them to their writing and speaking.

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Physical Science 6

Sixth Grade Physical Science is a course developed around the Physical Science standards of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Students will build a foundation of scientific skills including scientific inquiry, measuring in science, science lab processes, and developing evidence-based claims.  An emphasis is placed on developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, and evaluating and communicating information. Topics of study include: Matter and its Interactions; Motion and Stability - Forces and Interactions; Energy; LEGO Robotics; and Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer.

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Wheel Courses
Students will access four quarter-long courses designed to explore various topics and interests, from robotics to art and more.

  • Art 6 - 1 Quarter
    Sixth Grade Art is an introductory course designed to expose students to the amazing world of the visual arts. In the quarter-long class, students will draw, paint, learn some printmaking techniques, and create clay projects. Students will also learn a little about art movements of the past, and the technical skills and terminology involved.
  • Health 6 - 1 Quarter
    This course will provide students an opportunity to develop an understanding of health concepts, behaviors, and skills that reduce health risks and enhance the health and well-being of self and others, to set personal health goals, and to evaluate health information, products, services, and the effects of health behaviors on the community.  
  • Middle School Success I - 1 Quarter
    Middle School Success I will be taken by students during either quarter 1 or quarter 2 of their 6th grade year. This course is designed to introduce students to study, note-taking, and organizational skills needed in middle school through project-based activities that also help students explore how they learn and interact with others.  
  • Design and Modeling - 1 Quarter
    Students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions.

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Physical Education 6 - 1 Semester (Every other day alternating with music)
Students will participate in a variety of fun activities focused on fitness. Throughout this course, students will use a variety of digital resources to measure and track their progress and development of their physical fitness. Students will use strategies, sportsmanship and team building skills. The students will be fitness tested throughout the year and the fitness tests will be used to help the students create and work toward fitness goals.

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Music Elective
Students will take one semester of a music elective. This will alternate every other day with the required physical education requirement.

  • General Music 6 - 1 Semester
    General music is a non-performanced based music class which will teach students how to listen to, describe, and experience music in a historical and cultural context using vocabulary and concepts specific to the art of music, as well as understand the fundamental process of creating music and musical structure
  • Choir 6 - 1 Semester
    In this choral performance class students will work toward becoming independent musicians. Students will use the musical language of solfege to read music. Vocal performance skills, correct singing techniques and choral skills will be developed through the study of music from a variety of cultures, styles and time periods. Students will perform quality middle level literature with thoughtful expression and age-appropriate skill, demonstrate knowledge of correct singing technique and participate cooperatively and effectively in large and small ensembles. Various evening and daytime performances will be required as part of the course.
  • Band 6 - 1 Semester
    Prerequisite: One year of elementary school band participation
    This course is available to all woodwind, brass, and percussion performers who have at least one year of experience performing on their instrument. Students in this instrumental performance class will continue their study of basic musicianship by performing authentic and challenging literature in a variety of styles in instrument alike groups as well as full band settings. Consistent practice outside of the school day will be needed in order to progress at the level of the group. Students will be expected to perform in the two evening concerts and the Solo and Ensemble Festival.
  • Orchestra 6 - 1 Semester
    Prerequisite: One year of elementary school orchestra participation
    Students will continue to expand their abilities of note reading, rhythmic understanding, and counting both through written work and performance. Students will work toward mastery in the development of tone quality, bowing techniques and flexibility, and intonation (pitch awareness and accuracy). Students will be introduced and/or continue to develop vibrato and shifting skills. Students will continue to evolve in the awareness and execution of the importance of correct position for optimum results.  

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