Sixth Grade

Becoming an Independent Learner

6th Sixth Grade Virtual School Student
Calvert’s 6th Grade program helps your child become an increasingly independent learner as the Middle School years begin.

With Calvert’s detailed Lesson Manuals as your guide, you will help your child:

  • Strengthen close reading, analysis, and writing skills while reading texts across a variety of genres and periods – either through our standard ELA course or our specialized Verticy ELA course for struggling readers.
  • Explore world history from the rise of early civilizations through the birth of the modern era.
  • Prepare for 21st century success through inquiry-based learning and STEM activities in Science.
  • Develop more confidence in math while working with ratios, rates, and percentages as well as algebraic and linear equations.
  • Solve real-world math problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

Providing Everything You Need to Teach Your 6th Grader

Our comprehensive program includes everything you need to successfully educate your child at home:

  • Best-of-class texts, online resources, and manipulatives from top education publishers.
  • Lesson Manuals with daily lesson plans and step-by-step instructions.
  • An online learning platform, the Calvert Teaching Navigator, that provides 24/7 access to texts, manuals, interactive activities, assessments and progress tracking tools, and more.
  • Free support from state-certified teachers who help with curriculum questions, alternative teaching approaches, and keeping students on-track.

Discover What Your Child Will Learn In 6th Grade

English Language Arts
Texts from different genres and periods are introduced. After reading Bud, Not Buddy, students reflect on their life experiences and write their own set of rules to live by. They will also study editorials and how they convey opinions, culminating in writing not only their own editorial, but also an opposing editorial. This exercise introduces them to the art of creating a sound argument.
Math
Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop an understanding of numbers and operations, compare numbers with percents and ratios, write and evaluate algebraic expressions, study the area of triangles and other polygons, and summarize data distributions. Students learn by planning an event where they must create a menu, determine quantities based on the number of attendees, and then calculate pay rate, sales tax, and gratuity.
Science
In Grade 6, the focus is on Earth Sciences. Students study the nature of Science, measurement, data collection and analysis, and engineering design principles as a foundation for conducting scientific investigations. Earth Science topics such as astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology are explored through inquiry-based learning and STEM activities that encourage scientific thought.
Social Studies
Students are captivated by the past as they study ancient civilizations that include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire, as well as early Asian, American, and African Empires; Europe’s Dark Ages through the Renaissance and Reformation; and on into the Age of Enlightenment.

Students create an interactive exhibit comparing and contrasting the ways knowledge and opinions were disseminated during the Renaissance/Reformation as compared to modern day.

Art & Art History 6: Sculpture
In this course, students study Egyptian line drawing, soft-dough sculpture, relief sculpture and symmetry. Lessons are coordinated with Art History – in which students learn about the sculpture of ancient times all the way through present day.
Middle School Health
Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week.

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