Rhodes School District 84.5

Sixth Grade

Welcome to 6th grade! This is an exciting year that builds the bridge from elementary to middle school here at Rhodes. In 6th grade, students are provided instruction in reading, math, science, social studies, language arts, physical education, health, technology, art, music, applied consumer science, and industrial arts.


Organization is extremely important and is a key to success for the 6th grade students, who now have to move from class to class for the first time. Organizational skills, study skills, and test taking strategies are taught early on to ensure an easy transition into the fast paced world of a middle school student.

Support Services

For additional support, 6th grade students can be placed in Title 1 Reading and Math classes, Project Teach classes, as well as a pull out Enrichment class. Students may also receive extra services or support to better meet the student's needs and allow them to have greater success.

What it's like in a 6th grade Reading class at Rhodes:

Mrs. Urbanski's gives out monthly book reports. Each month a different genre is studied and a book to coincide is read. These book reports may consist of creating cereal boxes, a scrapbook, and/or a quilt to share about the book the students have read.

Various genres are also read using Reading Street, the literature book. There are smaller literature units that consist of Tall Tales, Fairy Tales, and Myths to name a few.

What it's like in a 6th grade Language Arts class at Rhodes:

There are many components that make up a Language Arts class in 6th grade. Starting in the 2011-2012 school year, we will follow Six Traits +1 Writing program. Students also work on grammar using several research-based sources and get spelling weekly using the Zaner Blosser spelling program. Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository forms of writing are also done in 6th grade. Other assignments and units that stand out in 6th grade include writing friendly and business letters, poem books, and a 6th grade newsletters.

What it's like in a 6th grade Math class at Rhodes:

Ms. Taubman tries to make math in 6th grade interesting, useful, exciting, and relate to her students lives. Students use Everyday Math for their math instruction. Some of the "big ideas" this year include having a deep understanding with rational numbers, as well as being comfortable with computation and estimation. Students will also learn how to construct and interpret graphs, and will be exposed to algebraic expressions and formulas. Learning to convert between fraction, decimals, and percents is another key idea. Ms. Taubman incorporates technology, white boards, and math games to enhance students learning.

What it's like in a 6th grade Science class at Rhodes:

Science, in the 6th grade, is a class of discovery. Through our new series, Interactive Science, the students have the opportunities to explore the topics through reading, writing, discussion, and hand-on activities. Thinking, creating, and connecting to our world is stressed. A couple favorites this year were: designing bird beaks and building a watershed.

What it's like in a 6th grade Social Studies class at Rhodes:

Social Studies, in the 6th grade, is an exciting adventure as we travel back in time. Learning about prehistoric life through a novel, Maroo of the Winter Caves, while keep a daily journal, begins the year with high interest. Moving on to the ancient worlds of the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Romans, to name a few, help students see how history in connected to us today. Art activities, simulations, decision-making scenarios, are a few of the ways we bring Social studies to life.

Other activities that happen if you are a 6th grader:

Students in 6th grade get to be a part of several special activities. These include an Arbor Day Celebration, an afternoon at Trumbull Park, a field trip to Brookfield Zoo, a trip to one of the museums in downtown Chicago, and a 6th grade picnic. The 6th grade team try to connect what is learned during the year to the real world in which we all live share.

Teachers can be contacted via email. Please visit our Staff Connection to contact your child's teacher.

Sixth Grade Curriculum Maps