Learning via Core KnowledgeAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in Grade 6. These sixth grade lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these sixth grade lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Sixth Grade Lesson Plans by Subject

Language Arts

News to the Core

I. Writing, Grammar, and Usage

Shakespeare and Poe Teach Six Trait Writing
The “Write” Stuff: Strategies and Conventions for Expository Writing
Science, Invention and Growth

II. Poetry

The Coffee House
Isn’t It Romantic?
You May Be a Poet, Though You Don’t Know It!

III. Fiction and Drama

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
The Iliad
The Prince and the Pauper
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and You!

IV. Sayings and Phrases

No sixth grade lesson plans available

History and Geography


I. Geography


II. Lasting Ideas from Ancient Civilizations

It’s Greek to Me!
Greek Mythology
All Roads Lead to Rome
Ancient Greece Across the Curriculum
Climbing to the Top of Mount Olympus

III. Enlightenment

Four Armed Men From The Renaissance

IV. French Revolution

Is Freedom Really Free? A Closer Look at the French Revolution

V. Romanticism

Isn’t It Romantic?

VI. Industrialism, Capitalism, and Socialism

Industrial Revolution: Building Books of Knowledge
The Wind Blows from East to West

VII. Latin American Independence Movements

No sixth grade lesson plans available


I. Immigration, Industrialization, and Urbanization

Coming to America: U.S. Immigration
A Changing Society: Industrialization and Urbanization
“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution
The Hopes of Our Ancestors: The Impact of Immigration on America

II. Reform

A Country Ripe for Change
American Reform, Part II
The Weight of Words

Visual Arts

I. Art History: Periods and Schools

The Art of Studying Art
Washington, D.C.: The Ultimate Core Knowledge Field Trip
Geometry in Art and Architecture
Spanish Romanticism and Goya


I. Elements of Music

No sixth grade lesson plans available

II. Classical Music from Baroque to Romantic

This isn’t your Grandma’s Music
The Best of Baroque


I. Numbers and Number Sense

No sixth grade lesson plans available

II. Ratio and Percent

No sixth grade lesson plans available

III. Computation

No sixth grade lesson plans available

IV. Measurement

No sixth grade lesson plans available

V. Geometry

Geometry in Art and Architecture

VI. Probability and Statistics

No sixth grade lesson plans available

VII. Pre-Algebra

Algebra Made Easy


I. Plate Tectonics

Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Plate Tectonics

II. Oceans

Connections in the Deep: The Last Unexplored Territory
Water, Water Everywhere: Oceans

III. Astronomy: Gravity, Stars, and Galaxies

A Chance at Stardom

IV. Energy, Heat, and Energy Transfer

Molecules on the Move (Physical Change: Energy Transfer)
Energy Resources
Heat: The Nomad
Heat and Temperature

V. Human Body

Fighting Back: Our Immune System

VI. Science Biographies

Who Invented THAT?!
Science, Invention and Growth