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Sixth Grade

Our Sixth Grade Curriculum

At Carden Academy of Whittier, we consider nothing more important than to help each student learn and grow at their best pace. We have constructed our sixth grade program with the aim of benefiting all of our students. With our small class sizes, our dedicated faculty members are able to provide an accelerated curriculum to put our students ahead of the curve as they advance through their academic journeys. The Carden Method provides individualized instruction that benefits all students who need additional support in an academic area by working in small groups daily.

When you choose Carden Academy of Whittier, you ensure that your child will be exposed to a wide and varied curriculum filled with all of the skill sets necessary to help guide their development thoroughly. We offer instruction in classical literature, math, physical education, music, foreign languages, art, and advanced academic programs such as STEM. We believe a child’s development is not just cognitive, but also social, creative, and physical. We are committed to supporting the development of the whole child at every grade level. 

Schedule a tour to learn more about our sixth grade program!

Sixth Grade Objectives

To give each child - 

Security in learning, the ability to think, self-reliance, understanding of what he/she is learning, and knowledge of the purpose of that learning; good study habits, love of reading and math, a pleasurable learning experience.


Parts of Speech: Define, identify, and use in sentences

Parts of a Sentence: Ability to find/write: the subject (simple, complete, compound); the verb, (transitive, intransitive, linking); direct/indirect object; phrases (adjectival, adverbial), the clauses (adjectival, adverbial, noun).

Ability to diagram and build sentences.

Types of Sentences: Simple, compound, complex, declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory.

Verbs: Principal parts of irregular verbs, tenses and their helpers, four forms, regular and progressive, voice, punctuation/capitalization, letter writing (thank you).

Spelling: Vowel chart, Carden Controls, dictionary marks, grammar, and dictation.


Fractions: Process (+,-,x,-), mixed numbers/improper/reducing, LCD and LCM, story problems, complex.

Decimals: Processes, change to fractions/percentages, story problems.

Percentages: Change to decimals/fractions, story problems, percentage (=Base x Rate).

Roman Numerals: 1–1,000, converting to Arabic.

Measurements: Liquid, dry, weight, time, area, volume, metric.

Advanced: Estimating, rounding, average.

Graphs: Reading/plotting.

Geometry: Polygons (area/perimeter), angles, lines, rays, segments, congruent, similar, circles (circumference), parallel/perpendicular lines, solids (volume).

Properties: Associative, commutative, distributive, and identity (addition/multiplication).

Other: Rate/time/distance; ratios/proportions, negative/positive integers; number series; exponents; sets (disjoint, equivalent, subsets,...); types of numbers (integers, natural, whole, composite, prime, etc.); pre-algebra, and the metric system.

Art: Art appreciation and history, drawing, and painting.

World Geography: United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Spanish: Vocabulary, verbs, basic sounds.

Poetry: Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Music: Sighsinging, chorus, and music appreciation.

Ancient History: Beginnings of civilization, Fertile Crescent, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome.

Earth Science: Energy, continental drift, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, and ecosystems.

Social Studies: Developing knowledge and skill in history, geography, culture, economics, civics, and government. We also focus on people and their interaction with others and the world in which they live. Our students gain a better understanding of their country and its regions.

DAR Essay: Rough draft due Thursday, October 12th.

Attitude Development: While discussing Carden Standards of Living, the student is helped to develop the ability to function without self-consciousness in the presence of classmates and adults, accept responsibility for learning, make individual contributions to group discussions, praise the work of others, accept constructive correction, have a calm demeanor, have a sense of security in the learning experience, and display kindness and respect to others.

Books for the Pupil:

Carden Books:

Learning to Think as You Read

Comprehension Techniques



Tom Sawyer

Alice in Wonderland

The Dog of Flanders

The Story of the Odyssey

Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes


Language Mechanics:

Spelling Book VI

Composition Forms 6



Houghton Mifflin Science & Discovery Works



Houghton Mifflin: Mathematics

Field Trips (Dates TBA):

Getty Museum

Reagan Library

Independence Hall – Knott’s Berry Farm

Washington D.C./Gettysburg

After-School Activities:


Musical Theater


Math Club

Cross Country (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)

Spanish Club

Reading Club


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