Grade 6

Key Learnings

In this section:
Fine Arts
Language Arts
Physical Education
Social Studies



Exploring Jesus' Life: His Teaching, Death, Resurrection and the Early Church

  • Identify the Bible as God's way of communicating to humanity
  • Demonstrate how to use aides for greater understanding when studying the Bible
  • Understand that God is omnipotent, omniscient and infinite, yet is affected by your response to Him
  • Explain the relationship of God, heaven and the angels to Jesus and His life on earth
  • Know what the great controversy is and how the plan of salvation relates to it
  • Know the gospel story and why it is important to accept Jesus as Savior and model one's life after His
  • Understand importance of baptism, becoming a part of God's family
  • Explain the mission of the church and the importance of using one's spiritual gifts to share the Gospel with all people
  • Understand the early development of the Christian church


  • Select media, techniques and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
  • Employ organizational structures and analyze their effectiveness in the communication of ideas
  • Use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artwork
  • Describe and place a variety of art objects in historical and cultural context
  • Analyze, describe and demonstrate how factors of time and place influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art
  • Describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures
  • Describe ways in which the principles and subject matter of other disciplines taught in the school are interrelated with the visual arts
  • Recognize and write the C major scale
  • Recognize the sound of a major scale
  • Sight-read a simple song
  • Identify and sing cadence
  • Demonstrate and use first and second endings
  • Identify canon form (liturgy)
  • Know symbols and meanings for fermata and tenuto
  • Compare the tone qualities of orchestral music from different cultures
  • Identify and sing early Advent hymns


  • Scan for a specific purpose using visual media
  • Define and interpret examples of literary forms from visual media
  • Adapt listening strategies to fit various situations
  • Analyze presentations using established criteria
  • Follow multi-step instructions
  • Adapt pace and reading techniques
  • Understand specific devices an author uses to accomplish purpose
  • Recognize and determine meaning of non-standard usage - images, slang, dialects
  • Read for comprehension and application
  • Use effective speaking skills in varied situations
  • Use appropriate verbal and non-verbal techniques for oral presentations
Visually Representing
  • Produce visual media to support an opinion
  • Generate visual media to compare and contrast information
  • Design visual media to conduct an interview
  • Demonstrate how media effects the coverage of events or issues
  • Begin word processing in all subject areas
  • Practice the writing process
  • Use characteristics of good writing
  • Write entertaining and complete stories
  • Check for effective transitions between sentences to unify ideas
  • Write clear, coherent, and focused essays and reports including footnotes and italics


Numbers and Operations
  • Understand the meaning and use of exponents
  • Understand the associative property of addition and multiplication
  • Extend understanding of whole number operations to fractions, decimals, percents and mixed numbers
  • Understand and apply divisibility rules
  • Round decimals to the nearest thousandths
  • Understand the concepts of ratio, percent and percentage
  • Compare and order improper fractions, mixed numbers and decimal fractions to thousandths
  • Develop meaning for integers and use integers to represent and compare quantities
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide integers
  • Give the prime factorization of a number
  • Use factor trees to give the prime factorization of a number
  • Convert fractions to decimals to percents and vice versa
  • Convert fractions to terminating, repeating or rounded decimals
  • Solve proportions with an unknown
  • Understand and use mathematical vocabulary appropriately
  • Write a remainder as a fraction or decimal
  • Find the percent of a number
  • Find the percent one number is of another and find the original number when the percent is given
  • Use percents to determine sales tax, commission, discount and simple interest
  • Write, solve and graph linear equations
  • Use two-step operations to solve linear equations
  • Write and solve inequalities
  • Infer and use a rule to determine a missing number
  • Use appropriate mathematical vocabulary and properties
  • Compare integers on a number line
  • Define and use appropriate geometrical vocabulary
  • Use strategies to develop formulas for determining perimeter and area of triangles, rectangles and parallelograms and volume of rectangular prisms
  • Find the area of parallelograms and triangles
  • Find the circumference and area of circles
  • Find the volume and surface area of prisms
  • Classify triangles according to the angles and sides
  • Understand parallel, intersecting, and perpendicular lines
  • Measure an angle using a protractor
  • Draw similar figures that model proportional relations
  • Explore fractal patterns
  • Do geometric construction, e.g. bisect a segment
  • Describe how perimeter, area and volume are affected when dimensions of a figure are changed
  • Use strategies to develop formulas for finding circumference and area of circles, and area of sectors
  • Express solutions to the nearest unit
  • Estimate length, area, volume, perimeter, circumference, area of a circle, various shapes and surfaces using everyday objects
  • Make conversions within the same measurement system while performing computations
  • Use indirect measurement such as similar triangles to solve problems
Data Analysis/ Probability
  • Calculate the probability of independent and dependent events
  • Construct a multiple line graph
  • Make logical inferences from statistical data
  • Calculate the odds
  • Design an experiment to test a theoretical probability and explain how the results may vary
  • Construct a scatter plot
  • Make organized lists and tree diagrams


Spiritual Emphasis
  • Recognize that God's ideal for quality living includes a health lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one's lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being
Movement and Motor Skills
  • Demonstrate mature form for all basic manipulative, locomotor and non-locomotor skills
  • Demonstrate increasing competence in more advanced skills
  • Adapt and combine skills to the demands of increasingly complex situations of selected movement forms
  • Demonstrate beginning strategies for net and invasion games
  • Apply previously learned knowledge to improve performance
  • Apply information from a variety of internal and external sources to improve performance
  • Identify and apply principles of practice and conditioning that enhance performance
  • Recognize sport specific movement patterns applied to games
  • Understand terms that describe basic movement
  • Use basic offensive/defensive strategies in non-complex settings
Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Identify opportunities in the school and community for regular participation in physical activity
  • Participate daily in some form of health-enhancing physical activity
  • Discover personal interests and capabilities in regard to one's exercise behavior
  • Identify the critical aspects of a healthy lifestyle
  • Participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity in a variety of settings
  • Monitor intensity of exercise
  • Understand the reason for proper cool-down/warm-up techniques
  • Begin to develop a strategy for the improvement of selected fitness components
  • Work somewhat independently with minimal supervision in pursuit of personal fitness goals
  • Meet the health-related fitness standards as defined by a standard physical fitness test, e.g. AAHPERD Physical Best, Fitnessgram, President's Challenge
  • Recognize physical activity as a positive opportunity for social and group interaction
  • Experience enjoyment from participation in physical activities
  • Use physical activity to express feelings and relieve stress
  • Seek personally challenging experiences
Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors
  • Participate in establishing rules, procedures and etiquette that are safe and effective for specific activity situations
  • Work cooperatively and productively in a group to accomplish a set goal in cooperative and competitive activities
  • Make conscious Christ-like decisions about applying rules, procedures and etiquette
  • Utilize time effectively to complete assigned tasks
  • Acknowledge differences in the behaviors of people of different gender, culture, ethnicity, development and disability
  • Cooperate with disabled peers and those of different gender, race, ethnicity and religion
  • Work cooperatively with both more and less skilled peers


Physical: Electricity, Magnetism
  • Compare and describe static and current electricity
  • Identify the difference between conductors and insulators
  • Differentiate between open and closed circuits and parallel and series circuits
  • Identify characteristics of magnets and what causes magnetism
  • Describe the relationship between electricity and magnetism
  • Identify uses of electromagnets 
Life: Human Body Systems
  • Describe and explain the structure and functions of the human body in terms of cells, tissues and organs
  • Describe the functions of each major organ system in the human body
  • Describe and explain the relationship and interaction of the organ systems in the human body
Earth: Geology
  • Describe Earth's structure and features
  • Explain how Earth changes/has changed over time (e.g., erosion, weathering, earthquakes)
  • Explore and interpret evidences for the Genesis Flood and the Ice Age
  • Describe the components and relationships of Earth's land forms and geological features
  • Describe the processes by which rocks and soils are formed
  • Classify rocks, minerals and soils based on their origin and their chemical and physical properties
  • Identify how successive layers of sedimentary rock and the fossils contained within them can be used to confirm the age, history and changing life forms of the Earth
Health: Drug Effects, Decision Making, Nutrition
  • Define drug and identify helpful and harmful drugs
  • Explain the short- and long-term physical and emotional consequences of drug use
  • Identify personal and community resources for drug abuse education and treatment
  • Describe the steps in decision-making, how values develop and how these apply to healthy choices
  • Explain healthy eating practices and design nutritional goals based on national dietary guidelines and individual needs
  • Identify eating disorders and explain how they adversely affect health 
Scientific Inquiry
  • Make observations
  • Ask questions or form hypotheses based on these observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use the data collected from the investigation to explain the results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment
Service/Career Options
  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of science


World History: Creation - Middle Ages (Ancient Civilizations: Mesopotamia, India, Sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China; Americas: Incas, Mayas, Aztecs; Current Events)

  • Recognize God's involvement in the world's history through the prophetic fulfillment of the rise and fall of nations
  • Describe the relationships between people/groups, events and cultures in World History
  • Understand the major characteristics and historical influence of ancient civilizations on world development - past and present, and be able to place them on a timeline
  • Understand the democratic legacy of Greek ideas and government
  • Describe the relationships between people/groups, events and cultures in World History
  • Understand the democratic legacy of Greek ideas and government
  • Understand the global role and work of the Adventist church in North America
  • Compare and contrast the various forms of government in the world's history and identify their effect on the modern world
  • Understand how politics helps people with different ideas to reach agreements
  • Understand competing ideas about the purposes government should serve
  • Know that the world is divided into nations that claim sovereignty over a defined territory and jurisdiction over everyone within it
  • Know the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Interpret maps and charts of the world and organize information about people, places and environments
  • Construct charts and maps to show information
  • Identify the characteristics of ecosystems on the Earth's surface
  • Understand the broader defining characteristics of the term stewardship
  • Understand the concept of prices and the interaction of supply and demand in a market economy
  • Know the impact of trade on the development of countries
  • Identify and understand the changes in people's lives as a result of technology
  • Understand economic systems


  • Demonstrate proper use/care of computers, input/output devices
  • Learn to troubleshoot for basic malfunctions
  • Practice keyboarding, using correct hand position and posture
  • Use word processing, editing and file management skills
  • Begin using presentation software
  • Use electronic resources to enhance and access information
  • Know proper technology terms
  • Understand consumer issues regarding technology
  • Investigate technology-related occupations
  • Use courtesy while sharing computer time
  • Become aware of legal issues when using software
  • Identify computer abuse including use of Internet

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).