Curriculum - Grade 6

Links to the Ontario Curriculum


Kids' Fish Art Contest Activities 1-7
[1]: Webs & Stacks
[2]: Know Your Fish!
[3]: Fish & Habitat Balance Mobiles
[4]: One Person's Trash (fish)...
[5]: Chinook Salmon: Too Successful?
[6]: Sketch Studies
[7]: Young Angler’s Licence Artwork



Numbers in [] following expectations refer to the activity number that will contribute to that expectation.




Expectations for the Ontario Curriculum


Grade 6, Visual Arts


Overall Expectations

  • Creating and Presenting: Apply the creative process to produce a variety of two- and three-dimensional art forms, as well as multimedia art works, that communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings, using elements, principles, and techniques of visual arts as well as current media technologies [2/3, 6/7]
  • Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing: Apply the critical analysis process to communicate feelings, ideas, and understandings in response to a variety of art works and art experiences [7]


Creating and Presenting

  • Create two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and multimedia art works that explore feelings, ideas, and issues from a variety of points of view [2/3, 6/7]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of composition, using selected principles of design to create narrative art works or art works on a theme or topic [2/3, 6/7]
  • Use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings [2/3, 6/7]
  • Use a variety of materials, tools, techniques, and technologies to determine solutions to design challenges [2/3, 6/7]


Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing

  • Interpret a variety of art works and identify feelings, issues, themes, and social concerns that they convey [7]
  • Explain how the elements and principles of design are used in their own and others’ art work to communicate meaning or understanding [7]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to read and interpret signs, symbols, and style in art works [7]
  • Identify and explain their strengths, their interests, and areas for improvement as creators, interpreters, and viewers of art [7]


Grade 6, Science and Technology

Understanding Life Systems - Biodiversity


Overall Expectations

  • Assess human impacts on biodiversity, and identify ways of preserving biodiversity [1, 2, 4, 5]
  • Investigate the characteristics of living things, and classify diverse organisms according to specific characteristics [1, 2/3, 4, 5]
  • Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity, its contributions to the stability of natural systems, and its benefits to humans [1, 2/3, 4, 5]


Relating Science and Technology to Society and the Environment

  • Analyse a local issue related to biodiversity, taking different points of view into consideration, purpose action that can be taken to preserve biodiversity, and act on the proposal [1, 2, 4, 5]
  • Assess the benefits that human societies derive from biodiversity and the problems that occur when biodiversity is diminished [1, 2, 4, 5]


Developing Investigation and Communication Skills

  • Use appropriate science and technology vocabulary in oral and written communication [1, 2/3, 4, 5]
  • Use a variety of forms to communicate with different audiences and for a variety of purposes [3, 4]


Understanding Basic Concepts

  • Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on earth, including variety within each species of plant and animal, among species of plants and animals in communities, and among communities and the physical landscape that support them [1, 2/3, 4, 5]
  • Describe ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species [4]
  • Describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities [1, 2/3, 4]
  • Describe interrelationships within species, between species, between species and their environment, and explain how these interrelationships sustain biodiversity [1, 2/3, 4, 5]
  • Explain how invasive species reduce biodiversity in local environments [1, 2, 4]


Grade 6, Social Studies

Canada and World Connections – Canada’s Links to the World


Overall Expectations

  • Identify and describe Canada’s economic, political, social, and physical links with the United States and other regions of the world [5]


Knowledge and Understanding

  • Identify some countries with which Canada has links [5]
  • Describe some of the connections Canada shares with the rest of the world [5]
  • Identify products that Canada imports and exports [5]
  • Identify the countries to which Canada exports goods [5]