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6th Grade 21st Century Learners


It requires fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. With that in mind, students will take part in an activity that challenges them to walk a gauntlet of laughing, joking hecklers all the while keeping their “stony faced” countenance in tact.

Digital Literacy

Students will explore digital and media literacy issues with a focus on legal implications for bad digital decisions. The lesson will conclude with students creating a set of guidelines for online etiquette.


Effective communication skills are a key component for successful self-advocacy, empowerment and leadership. This lesson will teach middle school students the types of communication, how to understand one's audience, and ways to utilize appropriate tone, timing and words. The goal is for students to apply use of communication skills, so the lesson will incorporate role playing exercises for various settings.

Emotional Intelligence

Through reading a text, and then reflecting upon their own examples of body language, students learn how they communicate without even saying a word.


Students create a business and give back to the community. he businesses are child-centered that promote leadership and school wide community building. The students give back to the community by donating a part of their profit to a non-profit agency. The children are taught they have a voice in the decision making process of what they will produce, the name of the business, how they will spend their profit, and what items they want to purchase with their fake money. The students work cooperatively making the product, and writing and making a commercial for the entire student body to view before the day of the sale during this six week hands-on experience.

Global Citizenship

“Circles of Strength” is a lesson designed to help students reflect upon how they are part of many different community “circles” within the “Circle of Life.” As members of the “Circle of Life” and as citizens of those communities, students will begin to reflect upon how their attitudes and actions “shape” and influence those community circles.

Problem Solving

In this lesson, students consider how to work through a practical problem. They identify problems in their school that need fixing, then devise viable solutions to one of those problems, using problem-solving models and drawing on strategies like the social science of behavioral change. They then test some of their proposed solutions in the field and propose them to the school.


Students will work together to brainstorm 3-4 words that teamwork means to them. Students will then create a list developing three or four positive guidelines for working in a group together. Student will end the lesson creating a list of words that they all have in common . This lesson is designed to teach students that teamwork means working together to share a common goal.