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Grade 6 Learning Objectives for “It’s a Blast!”

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English Language Arts

General Learning Objective

1. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences.

Specific Learning Objectives

1.1 Discover and Explore

Express ideas and develop understanding

  • Use prior experiences with oral, print and other media texts to choose new texts that meet learning needs and interests
  • Read, write, represent and talk to explore and explain connections between prior knowledge and new information in oral, print and other media texts

Experiment with language and forms

  • Experiment with a variety of forms of oral, print and other media texts to discover those best suited for exploring, organizing and sharing ideas, information and experiences

1.2 Clarify and Extend

Combine ideas

  • Use talk, notes, personal writing and representing, together with texts and the ideas of others, to clarify and shape understanding
  • Evaluate the usefulness of new ideas, techniques and texts in terms of present understanding

General Learning Objective

2. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to comprehend and respond personally and critically to oral, print and other media texts.

Specific Learning Objectives

2.1 Use Strategies and Cues

Use prior knowledge

  • Combine personal experiences and the knowledge and skills gained through previous experiences with oral, print and other media texts to understand new ideas and information
  • Apply knowledge of organizational structures of oral, print and other media texts to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

Use comprehension strategies

  • Identify, and explain in own words, the interrelationship of the main ideas and supporting details
  • Use definitions provided in context to identify the meanings of unfamiliar words
  • Monitor understanding by evaluating new ideas and information in relation to known ideas and information

Use phonics and structural analysis

  • Use the meanings of prefixes and suffixes to predict the meanings of unfamiliar words in context
  • Integrate and apply knowledge of phonics, sight vocabulary, language and context clues, and structural analysis to read unfamiliar words in texts of increasing length and complexity

2.2 Respond to Texts

Experience various texts

  • Experience oral, print and other media texts from a variety of cultural traditions and genres, such as autobiographies, travelogues, comics, short films, myths, legends and dramatic performances
  • Explain own point of view about oral, print and other media texts
  • Make connections between own life and characters and ideas in oral, print and other media texts
  • Discuss common topics or themes in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • Discuss the author’s, illustrator’s, storyteller’s or filmmaker’s intention or purpose

Construct meaning from texts

  • Observe and discuss aspects of human nature revealed in oral, print and other media texts, and relate them to those encountered in the community
  • Summarize oral, print or other media texts, indicating the connections among events, characters and settings
  • Identify or infer reasons for a character’s actions or feelings
  • Make judgements and inferences related to events, characters, setting and main ideas of oral, print and other media texts
  • Comment on the credibility of characters and events in oral, print and other media texts, using evidence from personal experiences and the text

Appreciate the artistry of texts

  • Discuss how detail is used to enhance character, setting, action and mood in oral, print and other media texts

General Learning Objective

3. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to manage ideas and information.

Specific Learning Objectives

3.1 Plan and Focus

Focus attention

  • Use note-taking or representing to assist with understanding ideas and information, and focusing topics for investigation

General Learning Objective

5. Students will listen, speak, read, write, view and represent to respect, support and collaborate with others.

Specific Learning Objectives

5.1 Respect Others and Strengthen Community

Appreciate diversity

  • Share and discuss ideas and experiences that contribute to different responses to oral, print and other media texts


Topic: Life Roles and Career Development

General Learning Objective

Life Learning Choices
Students will use resources effectively to manage and explore life roles and career opportunities
and challenges. 

Specific Learning Objectives


  • Relate knowledge, skills and attitudes of a successful student to those of successful workers


General Learning Objective

6–4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.

Specific Learning Objectives

Students will show growth in acquiring and applying the following traits:

  • Curiosity
  • Confidence in personal ability to learn and develop problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility in considering new ideas
  • A willingness to work with others in shared activities and in sharing of experiences
  • Appreciation of the benefits gained from shared effort and cooperation
  • Respect for living things and environments, and commitment for their care.

Topic A: Air and Aerodynamics

General Learning Objective

6–5 Describe properties of air and the interactions of air with objects in flight.

Specific Learning Objectives

4. Recognize that in order for devices or living things to fly, they must have sufficient lift to overcome the downward force of gravity.

8. Recognize that air is composed of different gases, and identify evidence for different gases. Example evidence might include: effects on flames, the “using up” of a particular gas by burning or rusting, animal needs for air exchange.

Topic C: Sky Science

General Learning Objective

6–7 Observe, describe and interpret the movement of objects in the sky; and identify pattern and order in these movements.

Specific Learning Objectives

9. Recognize that the other eight known planets, which revolve around the Sun, have characteristics and surface conditions that are different from Earth; and identify examples of those differences.