Grade 6 science follows the new Smithsonian Science units.  These units cover topics in Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth and Space Systems. The Smithsonian Science for the Classroom program, which is setting the standard for 3-D learning and 3-D assessment, is a new fully integrated STEM curriculum developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is designed to engage students in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines, inspire teachers with point-of-use support, and connect students firsthand to the world around them.

    Topics that are covered are:

     Physical Science:

    • Energy, Forces, and Motion
    • Matter and Interaction
    • Electricity, Waves, and Information Transfer

     Life Science:

    • Ecosystems and their Interactions
    • Structure and Function
    • Genes and Molecular Machines

     Earth/Space Science:

    • Weather and Climate systems
    • Earths Dynamic Systems
    • Space System Exploration

     Textbook: Smithsonian Science Curriculum


     The Eastern Hemisphere

    The Grade 6 social studies curriculum emphasizes the interdependence of all people, keying in on the Eastern Hemisphere. Using the focus of geography and economics, we develop and draw relationships and understandings about social, cultural, political and historic aspects of life in the Eastern Hemisphere.

     Skills Outcomes*

    • Master geography and map skills; interpret timelines, charts, and graphs
    • Understand primary and secondary sources
    • Continue to develop vocabulary and writing skills, research and technical skills

    Content Outcomes, covering the Political, Economic, Social and Geo­graphical aspects of each area*:

    Beginnings of Human Society

    • Geography and History, Prehistory, Beginnings of Civilization

    The Fertile Crescent

    • Babylonia and Assyria, Legacy of Mesopotamia
    • Mediterranean Civilizations
    • Judaism

    Ancient Egypt and Nubia

    • Geography of the Nile
    • Rulers of Egypt
    • Egyptian Religion, Ancient Egyptian and Nubian Culture

    Ancient India

    • Indus and Ganges River Valleys
    • Hinduism in Ancient India
    • Beginnings of Buddhism

    Ancient China

    • Geography of China’s River Valleys
    • Confucius and His Teachings
    • Warring Kingdoms Unite

    The Rise of Ancient Greece

    • Rise of Greek Civilization; Religion, Philosophy and the Arts
    • The Spread of Greek Culture

    The Rise of Ancient Rome

    • The Roman Republic, the Roman Empire
    • Christianity and the Roman Empire
    • The Fall of Rome

    Byzantine and Muslim Civilization

    • The Byzantine Empire
    • Beginnings of Islam, the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization

    Europe: the Middle Ages, the Renais­sance and the Reformation

    • Feudalism and the Manor System
    • The Church and the Rise of Cities, the Crusades, the Power of Kings
    • The Renaissance Begins, the Renaissance Moves North
    • Martin Luther and the Reformation, Reformation Ideas Spread

      http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/ssrg.html  or http://www.wappingersschools.org/SSSL/SS/

      Northern Putnam Boces

    Integrated Social Studies/English Language Arts Curriculum

    The Integrated Social Studies/English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum is a web-based, user-friendly curriculum developed by teachers from the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES region and beyond. The curriculum development process was guided by expert social studies and technology consultants. Following a continuous improvement model, the curriculum is updated annually. The content of the curriculum is based on the New York State Social Studies Framework, integrates the Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Literacy in Social Studies. 


     *Current events are part of our curriculum