Students in sixth grade will be prepared to enter middle school with high standards in all core subject areas. In addition to academics, students are prepared to enter middle school by practicing daily organization skills, switching classes, and using a locker between each class.
Sixth-grade Math covers a wide variety of topics. In this course, students will study number sense (place value of whole numbers and decimals, computation skills, and decimals. Another topic of study in math is the measurement, learning about the units for capacity. Students will study the three E's of Algebra (exponents, expressions, and equations). Students will be asked to solve mathematical operations with various fractions and mixed numbers. In addition, students will use their knowledge of fractions to create proportions, rates, and ratios. Geometry is another primary unit of study in sixth-grade math. The significant skills required are finding the area and volume, identifying congruency and similar shapes, and working on the coordinate plane.
In science, students will learn about concepts connected to Earth and Space. The science curriculum covers various topics, including Space Systems, the History of the Earth, Earth Systems, Weather, and Climate. Within each unit, students will explore science through interactive, hands-on labs. The class will be engaged in discussions, exploration, independent and group work, and experiments.
Sixth-grade English Language Arts will cover New York State performance indicators in the areas of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students will learn and study different genres in literature, as the significant units of study are: Fiction and Nonfiction; Short Stories; Types of Nonfiction; Poetry; Drama; and Themes in Folk Literature. Students will strengthen their writing and grammar skills as they develop writing pieces associated with each unit of study. In addition to the primary units, students will also read various novels, both as a unit of study and independently.
Sixth-grade social studies is a dramatic departure from the K-5 content of general social studies concepts and the history of the United States and New York.
Sixth graders embark on a journey that begins millions of years ago and ends with studying significant 20th-century events. This immense period is examined almost exclusively through the viewpoint of the study of the Eastern Hemisphere.
In addition to the core subject areas, students will participate in special area classes, such as STEM, physical education, art, Project Based Learning, and Spanish. Students can participate in afterschool clubs and activities, such as Intramurals, Math Olympiads, STEAM Science Olympiads, and Robotics. At Syracuse Academy of Science, we want our students to excel in academic and fine arts fields.
Sixth grade Project Based Learning, or PBL: Offers a unique experience in which students gain deeper knowledge through problem-solving and real-world challenges. As a part of this class, students will be engaged in projects and will be learning speaking and listening skills through presentations to advocate for themselves and to respect, cooperate and work with others, including community members, while becoming positive role models in our school and community.
6th Grade Supply List