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  • English

    Sixth grade English continues to reinforce grammar skills and language mechanics with an emphasis on narrative writing. Vocabulary skills are based on Latin and Greek root words. Challenging but age-appropriate novels are read in class and at home. The literature book covers a wide range of fiction including poetry, drama, and short stories as well as non-fiction essays and autobiographies. Students write in various formats to enhance their learning experience and apply the grammar skills learned.
  • Fine Arts


    The purpose of the Middle School band program is to engage all students of varying performance levels in a performance group best suited for their needs. Sixth-grade intermediate band offers a quick review of beginning band techniques and progresses to an intermediate performance level.


    The primary purpose of the choral program is to actively engage students in the study and performance of choral music. Students will study various composers and styles of music. Students develop their ability to read, comprehend, and articulate abstract concepts within the choral music studied. Students will learn the skills that will enable them to be versatile, competent, and confident in performing a wide spectrum of vocal music.


    The Cannon Middle School theater program is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of theatrical performance. In this course, students will study a variety of theatrical styles and will have a number of performance opportunities. Students will focus on the utilization of improvisational exercises in order to develop the skills necessary for confident performances. The theater curriculum stresses teamwork as the group works together to prepare for a variety of in-class performances as well as a production for a fall Middle School assembly and a larger staged production in the spring, which is open to the public.

    Visual Art

    The Middle School art program builds the foundation for self-expression and art appreciation through the use and understanding of the elements and principles of art and design. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of art mediums in the context of drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.
  • History

    Sixth graders explore the development of civilizations throughout the ancient and Medieval periods in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Students experience history through a wide variety of methods including investigations, simulations, and excavations. By employing hands-on, minds-on activities, students will be able to compare different cultures and, in turn, make meaningful connections to their own lives. Themes covered include civics, economics, and ethics.
  • Math

    The sixth-grade math program includes the study of the following units: basic operations in whole numbers, fractions, decimals, integers, measurements, equations, number theory, geometry, ratio, proportion, percent, perimeter, area, volume, probability, statistics, and graphing. Abstract thinking, application, and problem-solving permeate each unit. Various manipulatives, technology opportunities, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment. There is a strong emphasis on project-based learning and collaboration among students and teachers.

    Sixth-Grade Pre-Algebra

    This course enables a select group of sixth-grade students to make connections between concrete experiences and abstract ideas within areas of mathematics. This pre-algebra program exposes students to expressions, equations, inequalities, integers, geometry, probability, and statistics as a foundation for Algebra I. A cornerstone of this class is that students learn to be strategic in their thinking through analyzing problems at the conceptual level. Multiple approaches to creative problem-solving are valued and reinforced through communication and collaboration. Integration of the curriculum allows for mathematics to be relevant in the real world. IPads, graphing calculators, project-based learning, and mathematics competitions are used for enrichment.
  • Physical Education

    Health Education

    In grades five through eight, age-appropriate texts and resources are used to teach mental, physical, and social skills necessary to maintaining one's health. Units taught include human growth and development, evaluating health-related information, products and services, decision-making, family living, nutrition, safety and basic first aid, and environmental health.

    Physical Education

    The Middle School physical education program stresses physical fitness and a variety of athletic experiences. The program includes training and testing for the Cannon strength and conditioning program. Also included are units on soccer, flag football, volleyball, tennis, aerobics, cardiovascular fitness and conditioning, basketball, softball, baseball, and lacrosse. Participation is mandatory. However, students develop skills for performance at their individual levels.
  • Science

    The middle school science curriculum incorporates the different disciplines of science into each course of study beginning in fifth grade. In sixth grade, the major topics to be covered include the brain and growth mindset, classification of life, cells, properties of water, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, simple machines and the physics of motion. There is also a strong focus on skills that middle school students need. Some of the skills are specific to science, such as gathering and analyzing data using scientific tools. Other skills are basic technological and research skills as well as general study and organizational skills, such as reading comprehension, taking notes and time management.
  • World Language

    In sixth grade, world language is an integral part of the curriculum, and students attend daily classes to learn basic grammar and vocabulary to allow them to describe themselves and the world around them in the target language.

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