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## Educational Activities and Teaching Resources for 6th Grade

Ah, 6th grade—the first year of middle school for some, the last year of elementary for others. In sixth grade, math takes on a whole new level of excitement! Students will be diving deep into fractions, decimals, and percentages like never before, and using them to solve all sorts of fun problems. They'll also get to flex their geometry skills by exploring the world of angles, lines, and shapes. Don't forget about algebra, where students will get to crack codes and solve puzzles by figuring out the values of different variables.

In reading, 6th graders will be diving into all sorts of amazing books, from classic novels to contemporary works of fiction. They'll be honing their reading skills, including fluency, comprehension, and critical analysis. Along the way, students will get to explore different genres like mysteries, biographies, and fantasy. They will also be building up vocabulary, learning new words and phrases that will help them express themselves better. Let’s journey to new worlds and meet new characters together.

Some of the skills students will master in eSpark include:

Math

• Understanding ratio concepts
• Using ratio reasoning to solve problems
• Understanding the concept of unit rates and converting units
• Using ratio tables
• Understanding percentages
• Dividing fractions and multi-digit numbers with fluency
• Understanding common multiples and factors
• Fluently adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing multi-digit decimals
• Understanding positive and negative numbers, absolute value, and opposites
• Graphing in the coordinate plane
• Evaluating expressions with exponents; writing expressions; understanding equivalent expressions
• Solving one-variable equations
• Understanding statistics and possibility
• Learning center, spread, and shape in data visualization; explaining measures of center and variation
• Visualizing and summarizing data sets

• Using textual evidence to support inferences
• Understanding common themes in literature and non-fiction texts
• Describing plot and character development
• Identifying text structure and how it contributes to setting or theme
• Understanding point of view and author’s purpose
• Comparing and contrasting text and video versions of the same story; comparing and contrasting texts by two authors on the same topic
• Comparing and contrasting genres
• Understanding the main idea/central idea of a text
• Describing the development of an idea or event
• Integrating information from various sources
• Using evidence to support an argument

eSpark is truly unique in the world of online learning. Our holistic, student-centered approach blends the proven benefits of play-based learning with systematic, explicit, and direct instruction. It’s proof that learning can be fun, personalized, and effective, all at once!

eSpark meets the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA guidelines, and has been proven in multiple studies to improve student performance in math and reading.

When you sign up for an eSpark account, your students experience these activities via adaptive, differentiated independent pathways and teacher-driven small group assignments. Teachers also have access to detailed usage and progress reports with valuable insights into standards mastery, student growth trends, and intervention opportunities.

With the addition of the game-changing Choice Texts for the 2023-2024 school year, eSpark has cemented its status as the most loved supplemental instruction option for students and teachers alike. Claim your free account today and see the difference for yourself!