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Join Us for Middle School Information Night


Tuesday, December 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Grades 4 - 8

Grade 6

Students build upon their love of learning and capacity for responsibility during Grade 6. The teaching team aims to nurture students' skills in academics, athletics, and the arts and guide students toward becoming organized and independent learners. Our teachers support our sixth graders as they develop the confidence to take risks, express themselves creatively throughout our rich and diverse curriculum, and grow to be both leaders and good citizens.

Special events in Grade 6 include a community-building fieldtrip in the fall to an outdoor adventure center, a "Mission to Mars" fieldtrip at the Christa McAuliffe Center in the winter, and an overnight trip to Project Oceanology and the Mystic Aquarium in the spring. 

Click on an item below to see a summary of Grade 6 work in that subject area. Please note: Each subject includes a guiding question or questions, some of the topics we address in that area, and an overview of some of the skills we work to build through this subject.


List of 13 items.

  • A Sample Day in Grade 6

    Students can arrive as early as 7:30 AM and spend time with friends in the Dining Commons. There is no charge for early arrival. 

    The school day starts promptly at 8:25 AM. In Grade 6, the day begins with either Homeroom or Advisor meetings and a typical day may include:

    • Mathematics
    • Humanities
    • Spanish
    • Snack & Recess - students bring their own snacks
    • Health & Wellness
    • Drama
    • Lunch & Recess - the School provides lunch
    • Visual Arts
    • Science
    • Latin

    Sixth graders are dismissed at 3:35 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and at 12:30 PM on Tuesdays.

    Students in Grades 6-8 also have the option of being part of our intramural athletic teams which have practice and games after the end of the school day.

    We offer a number of fee-based External Programs that allow students to stay as late as 5:45 PM.

  • English and Social Studies in Grade 6

    What do civilizations have in common and what makes them unique? What does The Hero’s Journey reflect about human experience? What influences and shapes a civilization?

    Topics of Study:
    Ancient Civilizations including Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India • The Hero’s Journey in literature and film • Mythology across cultures • Gender roles in Ancient Greece

    Skills We Teach:
    Developing critical thinking and assessing information • Written analysis and form • Revision and constructive criticism of peer-to-peer work • Oral communication and debate • Metacognitive awareness • Research skills and methods • Vocabulary building skills • Collaborating with peers • Analyzing sources of information
  • Latin in Grade 6

    How does Latin differ from English? Why is it important to discover Classical history and mythology?

    Topics of Study:
    Word order and sentence patterns for simple Latin sentences • Basic functions of nouns, verbs, adjectives • Present tense • English vocabulary derived from Latin • Art and geography of the ancient world • Pompeii and Daily Life in Pompeii

    Skills We Teach:
    Comprehension of simple Latin sentences through practice in reading • Translating Latin to English and English to Latin • Memorization of vocabulary and recognition of derived English words • Making connections between Latin passages and cultural information sections • Comparing/contrasting diverse cultures and civilization contemporaneously and across the centuries
  • Mathematics in Grade 6

    How can I use math models to organize and make sense of real world information?

    Topics of Study:
    Looking at Data • Using graphs • Concepts and operations with decimals • Introductory Algebra • Understanding similar shapes • Proportional reasoning: ratio, proportion and percent • Exploring patterns 

    Skills We Teach:
    Finding mean, median and mode of data • Creating graphical representations • Converting among multiple forms of representing rational numbers • Computing with fractions, decimals and percents • Representing relationships using tables, graphs and equations • Using similar figures and scaling • Order of operations • Expressing patterns and change using variables • Deciding when answers are “reasonable” • Developing problem solving strategies
  • Science in Grade 6

    Earth and Environmental Science

    What makes Earth “the living planet”? Do other planets and moons have conditions that might support life? How can we take care of Earth?


    Topics of Study:
    Birth of Earth and a brief history of our planet • Plate tectonics • Engineering for earthquakes • Volcanoes • Deep sea vents and life at extremes • Life beyond Earth • Mission to Mars • Robotic rovers • Earth’s atmosphere • Weather and extreme weather • Climate and climate change• Engineering wind power

    Skills We Teach:
    Developing a science vocabulary • Formulating questions • Making scientific predictions • Collaborating on engineering projects • Graphing • Designing and building models • Making observations • Analyzing evidence • Drawing conclusions • Sharing results via lab reports and presentations
  • Spanish in Grade 6

    How does the study of Spanish help me better understand and communicate with others locally and globally? How does it help me learn geography and culture of Spanish speaking countires, and the origin and structure of languages? How and why are the family and school important parts of culture?

    Topics of Study:
    Seasons and weather • Introductions, meeting and greeting • Describing physical characteristics and personality traits • The family and household • School and after school activities • Food and eating habits

    Students will be able to:

    Use numbers 1-100 in different contexts • Identify days of the week, and months of the year • Talk about the seasons and weather • Identify and describe people and academic classes • Identify Spanish speaking countries and capitals and tell where someone is from • Describe families and pets and talk about the home • Discuss what kids do in school and after school • Identify foods and talk about meals • Order food and drinks at a café or restaurant • Compare and contrast eating habits in some Spanish speaking countries with their own
  • Drama in Grade 6

    How does Drama give us the skills to appreciate Shakespeare? 

    Topics of Study:
    Reading, dissecting, and performing scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

    Skills We Teach:
    Taking direction • Memorizing and performing Shakespeare while incorporating the techniques of dramatic acting and comic timing 
  • Technology in Grade 6

    How can we best use technology as a resource and tool to demonstrate what we have learned?

    Skills We Teach:
    Incorporating previously learned skills, including technology-related vocabulary, problem solving, personal device management, into daily technology use • Using Google Apps for Education, other software, and iPad apps across content areas to support learning • Using Google Classroom • Developing further programming skills with robotics • Creating videos and using movie making software for editing • Using digital resources for research with increased independence
  • Health & Wellness in Grade 6

    How can we use our knowledge of health to promote our optimal well-being? How can students build confidence in themselves in order to cope with the challenges of adolescence? How can we make responsible choices for our health and well-being?

    Topics of Study:
    Transition to Grade 6 •  Friendship • Self-empowerment • Nutrition • Digital Citizenship • Human sexuality
  • Library in Grade 6

    Use of the library in Grade 6 is incorporated into subject area classes.
    Library and Information Literacy skills in the sixth grade focus on citing sources (what is plagiarism and how to avoid it) • Using NoodleTools to create works-cited lists and electronic notecards • Finding and using the most appropriate resources for research using online databases, books, reference sources and the Internet
  • Music in Grade 6

    Our Musical Journey: Culture Through Sound

    Topics of Study:
    Elements of music • World folk music • American folk music • Blues and jazz • Harmonic progressions • Songwriting • Musical scene study

    Skills We Teach:
    Singing techniques • Harmonic and melodic composition • Performing rhythms on instruments • Understanding musical patterns • Writing lyrics and melodies using blues chord progressions • Using voice to portray characters in a musical
  • PE in Grade 6

    As we continue to explore new physical activities, how are personal growth and team play affected?

    Topics of Study:
    Cooperative activities • Volleyball • Pickleball • Softball • Create a game • Track and Field • Futsal • Basketball • Frisbee golf • Tennis • Fitness • Cooperative games • Media portrayal of the female athlete and Title IX

    Skills We Teach:
    Pass and set • Learn racket handling, footwork, skills and rules for singles Pickleball • Sprint, hurdle and jump for distance • Hit grounders, place hits and prevent scoring in softball • Use knowledge of motor and locomotor movement • Equipment and strategies to create a game for a specific grade • How to incorporate fitness into everyday life
  • Visual Arts in Grade 6

    What do we notice about artwork from the past and what kind of connections can we make to create our own artwork?

    Topics of Study:
    Observational and imaginative drawing • Symbols from the past-Cuneiform tablets • Mask making • Introduction to Artist Books • Contemporary artist study

    Skills We Teach:
    Drawing and painting using line and value • Designing and building a mask using cardboard, plaster, and acrylic paint • Using additive and subtractive building techniques with clay sculpture • Mixing and blending colors • Looking for and using symbols in art
Sixth graders are curious, enthusiastic, and socially aware. We capitalize on these traits to help them grow in our Middle School.

Grade 6 Homeroom Teachers

List of 2 members.

  • Susan Lewis 

    Grades 6-7 Science/ Grade 6 Homeroom
    Harvard University - B.A.
    Lesley University / Shady Hill School TTC - M.Ed.
  • Caroline Tocci 

    Middle School English and Grade 6 Homeroom
    Colgate University - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.

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Nashoba Brooks School is a coed Lower School from Preschool to Grade 3 and an all-girls Middle School from Grades 4 to 8 located in Concord, Massachussetts.