Sixth Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative and Critical Thinker Ethical and Global Citizen Goal Directed and Resilient Thinker

A goal of FCPS is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in authentic ways and support students in the development of skills that employers are seeking for the workforce. Teachers in FCPS are enhancing learning opportunities to include the Portrait of a Graduate attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

To develop these skills, FCPS strives for all students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across subject areas and in real life settings.
  • Utilize and grow critical thinking skills that require them to go beyond the facts.
  • Engage in learning that fosters curiosity.
  • Confront and make contributions to solving real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate learning and skills in a variety of ways, such as projects and portfolios.
  • Set goals and reflect on their progress.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Memoirs
  • Literary Nonfiction
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Poetry
  • Content Area Research
  • Historical Short Stories
  • Persuasive Essays
  • Quotations with Dialogue
  • Editing Run-Ons, Comma Splices, Double Negatives
  • Subject-Verb and Pronoun-Antecedent Agreements
  • Adverbs
  • Subordinating and Coordinating Conjunctions
  • Subject and Object Pronouns

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills
  • Presentations Using a Variety of Media Forms


  • Character and Plot Development
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction Craft and Features
  • Critical Literacy
  • Poetry
  • Content Area Research
  • Historical Fiction
  • Functional Texts
  • Testing as a Genre
  • Reading Habits

Word Study

  • Paired Latin and Greek Prefixes/Roots
  • Latin Roots with Multiple Forms
  • Noun and Adjective Suffixes


  • Integers
  • Operations with Integers
  • Fractions, Decimals, and Percents 
  • Estimation
  • Operations with Fractions and Decimals
  • Ratios and Unit Rates 
  • Proportional Reasoning 
  • Order of Operations
  • Exponents and Perfect Squares
  • Algebraic Expressions, One- Step Linear Equations, and Inequalities
  • Congruence
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Circles
  • Data and Graphing: Measure of Center


  • Scientific Investigation
  • Solar System
  • Seasons
  • Tides
  • Atmosphere
  • Weather Patterns
  • Solar Energy
  • Storms
  • Cloud Types and Formations
  • Global Winds and Fronts
  • Properties of Water
  • Chemistry Basics
  • Energy Sources
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Public Policy Related to Energy

Social Studies

 United States History to 1865

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethical and Global Citizenship
  • Analyzing and Using Primary and Secondary Sources
  • Geographic Regions and Water Features of North America
  • American Indians of North America
  • European Exploration in North America
  • West African empires
  • Colonial America
  • American Revolution
  • America as a New Nation
  • Expansion and Reform in America
  • Civil War