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Grade 6


What your child is learning

Grade 6 students

  • understand and use place value
  • determine factors (e.g., 6 is a factor of 24) and multiples (e.g., 45 is a multiple of 9) to solve problems
  • describe how decimals, fractions, ratios and percents are related
  • use graphs and tables to show number patterns and solve problems
  • write and solve equations that represent problems or patterns
  • classify, measure and draw angles and triangles
  • generalize the sum of interior angles for triangles and quadrilaterals
  • construct and compare triangles
  • describe and compare the angles and sides of regular polygons and irregular polygons
  • develop and apply formulas for the perimeter of polygons, the area of rectangles and the volume of right rectangular prisms
  • plot whole number points on a grid
  • perform reflections, rotations and slides in combination on a 2-D shape
  • use line graphs to present and interpret information
  • collect and analyze data to graph and solve problems
  • understand the differences between experimental probability and theoretical probability

For more about Grade 6 Mathematics, refer to the program of studies.

How your child is assessed

Your child’s learning is assessed using a variety of tools and strategies within the classroom. Ask your child’s teacher what methods they are using. The different assessment methods tell you and your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths, the areas in which they might grow and how well your child is doing throughout the course. Your child’s teacher can then change or refine their teaching plans to ensure that learning activities better meet the needs of your child.

At the end of this course, your child will write a Provincial Achievement Test, which provides information about your child’s achievement compared with the achievement of students in the same grade from across the province.

The purposes of Provincial Achievement Tests are to:

  • determine if students are learning what they are expected to learn
  • report to Albertans how well students have achieved provincial standards
  • assist schools, school authorities and Alberta Education in monitoring and improving student learning.

Provincial Achievement Test results can help Alberta Education better understand the factors that influence student achievement. This information can also provide teachers, principals, central office staff and Alberta Education with additional tools to help students and parents in the learning process. Teachers will often use this information to reflect on how the course has been taught and how to better assist students’ learning, and they may use it to report on your child’s level of achievement. More information is available through the Provincial Achievement Tests web page.

Resources to help your child

A variety of digital and print resources, developed by publishers, Alberta Education or Alberta teachers, are available to help students learn. Teachers may select, and bring into the classroom, numerous innovative and creative resources to create rich learning experiences for your child. Visit to learn more about the resources your child may encounter.

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