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6th Grade

Sixth graders at Parkway Heights Middle School are taught a curriculum consisting of language arts, math, social studies, science, and physical education.
 
Most sixth grade students also take one elective that meets every other day for 83 minutes.
Language Arts 6 is based on the California Common Core State Standards. This class covers reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary development, speaking, and literature. 
 
The program is enriched by novels that build upon this study and help develop a love of reading and literature.
Through the use of various materials, students study setting, plot, character development, theme, forms of fiction, poetry, biography and autobiography, expository critique, and literary criticism. 
 
Classes meet daily for 83 minutes.  
 
Visit the California Department of Education's website for a complete listing of the state's Common Core State Standards at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/
Math 6 is based on the California Common Core State Standards. This class covers basic computation skills including arithmetic, decimals, fractions, geometry, and an introduction to algebraic concepts. 
 
Students are placed in one of two levels: Core (grade level) or Strategic (grade level with additional support in basic math concepts). 
 
Placement is based on teacher recommendations, prior grades, and district benchmark testing scores.
 
The typical math pathway for middle school students is Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8 with algebra in ninth grade. 
 
Classes meet daily for 83 minutes.  
 
Visit the California Department of Education's website for a complete listing of the state's Common Core State Standards at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/
Social Studies 6 is a standards-based course that introduces students to ancient civilizations and geography. 
 
This exciting course enables students to explore the civilizations of ancient Egypt, China, India, Israel, Greece, and Rome with many opportunities for interdisciplinary projects that combine history, writing, language arts, technology, and art.

Classes meet every other day for 83 minutes.
Science 6 is a standards-based course that introduces students to earth science. Topics of study include the Earth's resources, the Earth's internal structure, reshaping the land, oceanography, weather, and climate. 
 
Labs, activities, and projects supplement and reinforce the concepts presented.
 
Also included in the program is a unit on health that includes topics such as substance abuse prevention, family life, self-esteem, protecting one's health, and decision-making skills.
 
Classes meet every other day for 83 minutes.