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
  • Informational Writing Techniques
  • Literary Nonfiction
  • Effectively Using Writer’s Literary Tools
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Research-Writing Cycle
  • Historical Fiction
  • Persuasion

Oral Communication

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


  • Character Development
  • Developing and Refining Theories about Text
  • Exploring Author’s Literary Tools
  • Multiple Points of View
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction Text Features and Organizational Patterns
  • Everyday Texts: From Advertisements to Webpages
  • Examining Bias and Persuasion in Media Messages
  • Poetry
  • Understanding How “Test Reading” Works
  • Historical Fiction
  • Word Study and Vocabulary Development


  • 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
  • Energy Sources
  • Electricity
  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • Public Policy Related to Energy

Social Studies

United States History to 1865

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • 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