Sixth Grade


               Mr. K. Craine - Science/ELA             Mr. Craine's Website         
              Mr. K. O’Rourke - Math/ELA          Mr. O'Rourke's Website
    Ms. J. Skirbe - Social Studies/ELA   Ms. Skirbe's Website

    Sixth grade is a year of transition between childhood and adolescence. The sixth grade teachers work as a team to address the academic needs of students at this important developmental stage. Learners at this level are studying math, social studies, and language arts as well as other core subjects at a more in-depth level. Our expectations are that students will become more independent, intentional learners in preparation for the years ahead.


    Communication with Your Child’s Teacher

    The partnership between school and home is crucial to your child’s success. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us with your questions and concerns.

    Junior High Preparation

    Our emphasis at the sixth grade level is to support the emotional, developmental, and academic needs of our learners. To that end, all activities and curricular decisions are made with students’ needs in mind. However, we recognize that the students will soon transition to the junior high school and we tailor our expectations to meet this goal.


    English Language Arts

    Curriculum based on the New York Common Core State Standards


    Reading Standards for Literature

    • Key Ideas and Details
    • Craft and Structure
    • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
    • Responding to Literature

    Reading Standards for Informational Text

    • Key Ideas and Details
    • Craft and Structure
    • Integration of Knowledge and Ideas  


    Students should demonstrate competence in the general writing process: Prewriting; Drafting; Revising/Editing; Proofreading; and Publishing/ Presenting.  Writing may include a persuasive essay, literary essay, expository piece, narrative essay, descriptive essay, poetry,  biography, and autobiography.  In addition, ELA practice will be covered during writing.  


    Grammar studies include parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation and spelling.  



    Vocabulary Words will be taken from the Vocabulary Workshop Vocabulary series. 

    Study Skills

    Knowing how to study is the backbone of being successful in school.  Our focus this year is to help students develop effective and lasting study skills.  We will discuss time management, goal setting, long term planning, maintaining a notebook, and the importance of keeping agendas up to date. 


    The sixth grade Mathematics program follows the New York Common Core Standards.  The topics include:  Algebra/Integers, Decimals, Percents, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Ratios, Rates, Statistics/Probability.

    Social Studies

    Areas of Study:  The Eastern Hemisphere from Historical, Cultural, Geographical, and Economic Point of View. 

    Topics: World Geography, Prehistoric Times, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient India, Ancient China, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Ancient Arabia, The Middle Ages, Modern Times

    Types of Work:  Interdisciplinary assignments, individual research projects, cooperative discussion and activities, individual reading assignments and emphasis on factual essay writing. 

    Evaluation:  Written homework assignments, tests and quizzes, projects, and class participation.