6th grade is another year of increased demands as students start middle school. An emphasis is put on reading comprehension and written analysis of text. Students should be reading and responding to a wide variety of written text through numerous genres. Student response to text should also be increasing in complexity and analysis. While there may still be some multiple choice responses, students will see more and more short answer and essay responses to their reading. In math, students will build on their previous knowledge as they begin exploring the world of algebraic concepts. In addition to these increased academic demands, kids in this grade are also undergoing many internal demands as well with puberty, peer pressure, and growth spurts.
Although we can’t directly help with the growth spurts and puberty, you will find many amazing products on Educents that can help you meet the academic needs of your 6th grade students. You can find a variety of writing resources that will help your 6th grader improve their vocabulary, grammar usage, and spelling. Additionally, there are many engaging resources to practice short answer and essay responses to reading. A great way to put all of this together is through a research based project or activity that focuses on an engaging history or science topic. Study an ancient civilization, learn about a famous leader or create your own history timeline. Educents also has some amazing resources to help with math. Help your students gain a strong foundation in algebraic concepts with our lessons and curriculum. As students are introduced to the concept of coordinate plane graphing, help them practice this skill with practice sheets that turn their graphing into aliens, video game characters and more.
As students get older their ability to problem solve and develop real world skills for their future becomes more and more important. Combine multiple content areas with real world problem solving skills and try a problem based learning activity or STEM project. Both will have your students thinking out of the box and working hard without realizing how much they are really learning in the process!