Grade 6

To the left are links to brief overviews of what your child will learn in Grade 6.  Below is a calendar outlining the CREC Units of Study.  If you should have any questions about your child's curriculum, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

Grade 6 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Note:  Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information. 





Social Studies


Unit 1 - Turn Every Kid into a Reader and Character Analyst!

In the first unit, students will establish goals in their reading community and they will assess their strengths and needs as powerful readers. The character study provides an introduction to the interpretive work that is the cornerstone of middle school reading.

Unit 1 - Narrative Writing

In this unit students will become goal-oriented writers who build on their writing foundations. Through workshop, writers will produce a personal narrative and increase productivity in their independent writing.

Unit 1 - Applications of Geometry

Students will solve problems involving length, area, volume and surface area including work with nets.

Unit 1 - Energy Flow in a System

Students develop an understanding of thermal (heat) energy by solving a problem where materials need to be kept cold or hot.

Unit 1 - East Asia: Economic Powerhouse: China

Students will study the region of East Asia with a focus on China (geography, history, government and economy)


Unit 2 - Ratios and Rates

Students will solve problems using ratios including unit rate and percentage problems.


Unit 2 - Tap the Power of Nonfiction

The major goal of this reading unit is to sharpen students’ ability to read more complex nonfiction. Students will focus on building fluency, accurate understanding of central ideas, and proper citation techniques.

Unit 2 - Up the Ladder Information Writing

The focus of this unit is the research-based informational essay. Writers will go through the research and writing process from whole-class topics to individual areas of interest.

Unit 2 - Weather and Climate / Destructive Weather

Students develop an understanding of the causes of weather and climate and how changes to climate impact the natural word.

Unit 2 - Western Europe: Division and Unification of Modern Europe: The EU

Students will explore Western Europe with a focus on the European Union (geography, history, government and economy)


Unit 3 - Operations with Positive Rational Numbers

Students will add, subtract, multiply and divide with positive whole numbers, decimals and fractions with a focus on making sense of dividing fractions.



Unit 3 - Social Issues Book Clubs

This reading unit gives students a practical introduction to critical literacy. The focus will be on reading to identify and study the social issues that are woven into the fabric of middle grade and young adult fiction. Students will learn how reading across genres can also help to develop a more researched view of an issue in society.

Unit 3 - Literary Essay

Students will write a literary essay by developing a plan that incorporates evidence and explaining how the evidence supports their big idea. Students will practice close reading strategies in order to develop theories about a story, and to apply the strategies to their own writing.

Unit 4 - Expressions and Equations

Students will write algebraic expressions and use tables, graphs, equations, and verbal descriptions to represent and solve problems

Unit 3 - Cells and Body Systems / Concussions in the NFL

Students will study the human body using the lens of concussions to understand connections between cells and body systems.

Unit 3 - South America: Abundant Resources: Brazil and the Amazon Basin

Students will explore South America’s physical and cultural geography and describe the way resources and land-use conflicts impact the region with a focus on the Amazon Basin.



Unit 4 - SBA Test Prep

This short unit provides an opportunity to revisit reading goals and comprehension strategies for complex texts. In addition, the aim is to create a bridge between the authentic reading work up to this point and the specific language and structure of the test.

Unit 4 - SBA Test Prep

This short unit is focused on the specific, unique writing tasks on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Students will review strategies for writing effective short responses, as well as tips for revising and editing.

Unit 5 - Systems of Rational Numbers

Students will work with positive and negative numbers (including fractions) with a focus on location on number lines, comparing & ordering and connections to their lives.

Unit 4 - Reproduction, Heredity, and Growth / Declining Bee Population

Using bee pollinators to study how living things pass on traits and reproduce, students figure out how genetics and reproduction impact bees and our sources of food.

Unit 4 - Sub-Saharan Africa: Economies, Resources, and Governments: South Africa

Students will explore Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on the colonization of South Africa, investigating society during and after Apartheid.


Unit 5 - Fantasy Book Clubs

Readers will draw on all of the skills and strategies they have learned for comprehension to synthesize across fantasies individually and with their book clubs. Students will explore the fantasy genre as a way to look at complex themes and ideas.

Unit 5 - Fantasy Writing*

Writers will apply crafting techniques they learned throughout the year in Writers Workshop to write their own fantasy story. Students will celebrate their writing growth in this final unit of study for the year.

*Poetry Writing may be offered as an alternative option.

Unit 6 - Statistics & Distribution

Students will display data using graphs and analyze using mean, median, mode and range.


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