Grade 6 Adapted Curriculum Alignments

Information for Parents and Guardians

The information listed below is intended to help you understand how the curriculum your child is learning aligns to the progress report standards. The items listed under each progress report standard reflect an academic curriculum that is based upon the Virginia Essentialized Standards of Learning (VESOL). Students who receive instruction in these standards require individualized approaches in order to make progress in the general curriculum. The standards which apply to your child will be indicated. Not all standards will be covered in their entirety by the end of a school year. Content that students do not learn in a particular classroom or school (e.g., band, strings, World Languages) will be marked as “nt” or “not taught.”


Listens and speaks for a specific purpose

  • Participate in group discussions
  • Communicate so that others understand
  • Seek clarification for unfamiliar words
  • Use content-specific words and phrases
  • Ask and respond to questions

Locates and uses information for a variety of sources

  • Use simple reference materials
  • Identify significant events familiar story or drama

Reads with accuracy and fluency

  • Use a variety of word recognition skills
  • Self-corrects
  • Uses expression when reading

Reads with understanding

  • Determine the meaning of simple idioms and figures of speech
  • Use context clues to determine meaning of vocabulary
  • Draw simple inferences
  • Identify central theme, episodes or significant events
  • Use strategies to read a variety of fiction and nonfiction materials

Writes with purpose, clarity, and expression

  • Write to convey ideas and information to include facts, details, and other information
  • Write about a personal event or experience with at least one character and two or more events in sequence
  • Revise own writing by adding more information
  • Use content specific vocabulary when writing on a topic
  • Write research report to answer a question using two or more resources
  • Identify quotes from print or digital resources

Edits for usage and mechanics in own writing

  • Use capitalization, end punctuation, and correct spelling when writing, including question mark


Explains how the people and events of the past have influenced the present

  • Demonstrate how early cultures developed in North America
  • Describe motivations, obstacles, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English explorations
  • Describe cultural and economic interactions between Europeans and American Indians and the American Indian concept of land
  • Describe the religious and economic events and conditions that led to the colonization of America
  • Describe colonial life in America from perspectives of large landowners, farmers, artisans, merchants, women, free African Americans, indentured servants, and enslaved African Americans
  • Explain the political and economic relationships between the colonies and Great Britain
  • Explain the issues of dissatisfaction that led to the American Revolution
  • Describe key events and the roles of key individuals in the American Revolution, with emphasis on George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and the Marquis de Lafayette
  • Explain reasons why the colonies were able to defeat Great Britain
  • Describe major accomplishments of the first five presidents of the United States

Recognizes the structure of government and the relationship between rules, laws and becoming a good citizen

  • Demonstrate characteristics of a good citizen
  • Recognize why government is necessary in the classroom, school, and community
  • Explain rules and laws
  • Describe historical development of the Constitution of the United States

Reads maps and globes and understands the impact of geography on our culture

  • Label the seven continents and five oceans
  • Locate and describe major geographic regions of North American: Coastal Plain, Appalachian Mountains, Canadian Shield, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Basin and Range, Coastal Range
  • Locate major water features and explain their importance to the early history of the United States
  • Recognize key geographic features on maps, diagrams, and/or photographs
  • Locate where American Indians lived  
  • Describe territorial expansion effect on the political map of the Untied States
  • Interpret geographic information from maps, tables, graphs, and charts

  Understands economic concepts and the impact of economics on culture

  • Describe the cultural, economic, and constitutional issues that divided the nation
  • Describe the impact of inventions, including cotton gin, the reaper, the steamboat, and steam locomotive on life in America
  • Describe economic interactions between Europeans and American Indians
  • Demonstrate knowledge of government, geography, and economics


Represents numbers accurately and understand number relationships

  • Demonstrate simple ratio relationship
  • Understand the relationship between positive and negative numbers
  • Compare the relationship between two unit fractions
  • Identify equivalent number sentences

Computes numbers with fluency/makes reasonable estimates

  • Solve two factor multiplication problems with products up to 50 using concrete objects or calculators

Measures with accuracy and estimates measurements

  • Demonstrate area

Analyzes characteristics of geometric figures and demonstrates an understanding of spatial relationships

  • Demonstrate area
  • Identify common three-dimensional shapes

Uses data to describe, interpret, and predict events

  • Display data on graph or table that shows variability in data
  • Summarize data on graph or table
  • Answer question related to collected data

Represents situations and mathematical relationships with algebraic symbols

  • Match an equation to a real-world problem
  • Demonstrate understanding of equivalent expressions


Investigates the natural world using scientific processes and resources

  • Use observations to make fine discriminations between objects
  • Record precise and approximate measurements
  • Use scale models to estimate distance, volume, and quantity
  • Identify independent and dependent variables
  • Devises a method to test validity of predictions and inferences
  • Collects, records, and analyzes data using metric tools and measurements
  • Designs and uses models and simulations
  • Uses graphical representation of data

Understands concepts of physical science including forces, motion, energy, and matter

  • Investigate and understand basic sources of energy
  • Investigate and understand all matter is made up of atoms
  • Investigate and understand properties and characteristics of water
  • Investigate and understand properties of air and the structure of the Earth’s atmosphere

Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of life science including life processes and living systems

  • This standard is not taught in the grade 6 curriculum.  Students will receive a grade of “nt” in this standard.

Demonstrates understanding of Earth’s patterns, cycles, changes, and systems

  • Investigate and understand basic sources of energy
  • Investigate and understand the role of solar energy
  • Investigate and understand properties and characteristics of water
  • Investigate and understand properties of air and the structure of the Earth’s atmosphere


Demonstrates an understanding of concepts and behaviors that reduce health risks and enhance health

  • Uses knowledge of body structures to make sound mental and physical health-related decisions
  • Explains the effects of environmental influences on personal health
  • Describes the connection between actions, self-image, and personal success
  • Explains the dietary guidelines
  • Describes prevention of communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Analyzes the effects of peer pressure and bullying

Demonstrates ability to access and evaluate health-related information

  • Accesses and analyzes information to improve health
  • Conducts an assessment of personal and family wellness

Demonstrates knowledge of appropriate health practices and behaviors

  • Describes the connection between mental and physical development
  • Demonstrates knowledge of injury prevention and management skills
  • Identifies benefits and opportunities for volunteerism
  • Describes the importance of respecting others and following rules and regulations


Engages in the creative process to develop artwork

  • Develops ideas for artwork before beginning
  • Follows appropriate steps in art making
  • Uses art materials safely and appropriately
  • Reflects on art and art making by describing and explaining own artwork

Uses art media and techniques appropriately to produce artwork

  • Uses a variety of art materials to produce artwork
  • Demonstrates control and craftsmanship with art materials

Expresses meaning in artwork in a variety of ways

  • Expresses personally relevant ideas in artwork
  • Depicts a range of subject matter in artwork
  • Uses and applies knowledge from other subject areas when creating artwork

Applies an understanding of art history, culture, criticism, and aesthetics when making and discussing artwork

  • Engages in discussion about artworks from different places and time to inform art making
  • Responds to own and other’s artwork
  • Uses art vocabulary appropriately to identify and describe artwork


Performs movement skills and patterns in physical activities

  • Combines locomotor and manipulative skills into specialized sequences
  • Performs movement sequences in rhythmic activities
  • Demonstrates skill in activities from different cultures
  • Demonstrates basic offensive and defensive positioning

Demonstrates knowledge and use of concepts and principles to improve movement skills

  • Demonstrates application of movement concepts
  • Uses feedback to improve skill performance
  • Applies offensive and defensive tactics in modified games

Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary for a health- enhancing level of personal fitness

  • Uses personal fitness data to develop two goals and a plan to improve physical fitness
  • Develops a personal fitness plan using FITT principle: Frequency, Intensity, Type, Time
  • Monitors, implements, reassesses, and adapts a personal fitness plan
  • Describes and applies basic principles of training

Demonstrates knowledge and skills that ensure safe participation in physical activity settings

  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems, resolve conflicts, and accept decisions
  • Identifies peer pressure influences on decisions and actions
  • Applies safety rules and procedures
  • Uses practice time to improve performance

Demonstrates knowledge and strategies for living a physically active lifestyle

  • Identifies opportunities to participate in physical activity in school, at home, and in the community


Demonstrates appropriate singing skills

  • Sings accurately and with proper technique
  • Sings simple two-part music

Demonstrates appropriate skills playing instruments

  • Plays instruments accurately and with proper technique
  • Performs rhythmic patterns, melodies, and accompaniments

Responds to music with movement

  • Demonstrates the steady beat
  • Moves to music in structured dances and action songs

Demonstrates appropriate skills in composing and improvising

  • Composes rhythmic patterns and melodies using traditional and nontraditional notation
  • Improvises rhythmic patterns, melodies, and harmonies; instrumentally, vocally, and physically

Demonstrates appropriate skills in music literacy

  • Sight-sings intervals and rhythmic patterns
  • Reads and notates music using traditional symbols
  • Analyzes music of diverse styles, periods, and cultures

Applies appropriate listening skills

  • Recognizes and discusses various musical attributes
  • Evaluates the quality of own and other’s performances