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American International School of Egypt - East Campus


G R A D E   6

At AIS Egypt, we believe that curriculum must be based on a current, clearly articulated progression of Standards of Learning. These standards and corresponding Benchmarks must be sequential and dynamic to meet the needs of our unique students.

To that end, at AIS Egypt, we use the National Standards as our reference with specific standards of learning chosen from the state of Virginia. We believe that in doing so, we are able to meet the values and mission of AIS Egypt and provide quality learning and success for our students in the 21st century.

At AIS Egypt we are dedicated to using exemplary educational practices to provide students with a strong academic foundation. Our goal in designing our curriculum is also to address the affective domain. We wish to provide opportunities for students in their studies to utilize problem solving, inquiry, discovery and self direction as well as creative and critical thinking.

To ensure alignment and current pedagogy, we utilize a school wide curriculum review process where we review Standards and Benchmarks and match those with quality textbooks and learning resources.

All students are expected to carry a full program of studies.  Grade 6 year long core courses include English- ELL, Arabic- AFL, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies-Civics, and Physical Education.  Electives include French, Art, Music and Extended English.

Grade 6 students are required to study the following core subjects :


Core Subjects

 Elective Subjects


Core Subjects

English (with Ms. Dalia Ramadan)


Introduction to the Course

This year will be a busy year filled with a wide range of topics and challenges. You will be expected to come to every class with an open mind and a strong desire to learn something new. Whether you are reading a new novel or giving a speech, you will experience so many different forms of the English language!


Term 1 Introduction: Classroom Procedures and Warm Ups
Communication: Working and Presenting in Groups
Reading: Non-Fiction Texts
  • Biographies and Autobiographies
Writing: Grammar and Punctuation
  • Sentence Structure
  • Parts of Speech
  • Coordinating Conjunctions
  • Correct use of apostrophe for contractions and possessives.
Narrative Writing
6+1 Traits
Basic MLA
Term 2 Reading: Literary Elements of a Novel
  • Setting
  • Theme
  • Plot
  • Character Traits
  • Tone and Mood
  • Internal and External Conflict
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Communication: Media Literacy
  • Analyzing different forms of media.
  • Advertisements 
Descriptive Writing
Reader’s Response Journals
Term 3 Reading: Literature Circles
  • The Outsiders
  • The Music of Dolphins
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Maniac Magee
Oral Presentations and Speeches
  • Fact v. Opinion
Term 4 Greek and Latin Roots of Words
Figurative Language: Poetry
Research: Write an informative report
Informative writing


Math (with Mr. Monty Swiryn)


Sixth Grade Mathematics places continued emphasis on the study of whole numbers, decimals, and rational numbers (fractions). By the end of sixth grade, a student masters the four arithmetic operations with whole numbers, positive fractions, and positive decimal integers; a grade six student accurately computes and solves problems. Students understand the concepts of mean, median, and the mode of data sets and how to calculate the range.  Students will also use ratios to compare data sets; make conversions within a given measurement system; classify two-dimensional figures; collect, analyze, display, and interpret data using a variety of graphical and statistical methods. Sixth grade students begin using integers and percent and investigate numerical and geometric patterns. 



Whole numbers and patterns, Variables and expressions, Decimals

Fractions, Percent, Proportional relationships, understanding Integers


Geometric relationships, Geometry and Measurement

Collecting Data and


Compare, and order whole numbers, decimals, identify place value from billions to billionths.  


Solve problems involving the four operations and use estimation strategies.


Use Order of Operations to evaluate an expression. 


Write algebraic expressions and solve one step equations. 

Compare, and order fractions and percent and determine equivalent relationships.  Find multiples, factors, prime, and composite numbers, and describe integers.


Solve problems involving the four operations and use estimation strategies.


Identify representations of a given percent and describe the relationship among decimals, fractions, and percent.


Identify, classify, and describe plane figures, polygons, angles, and lines. 


Determine congruency of figures.


Determine length and area of a figure.  Find and solve formulas for perimeter and area of polygons. 


Estimate and measure angles.

Collect, analyze, interpret and display data using graphical representations.


Solve problems involving graphical methods.


Describe the range, outlier, mean, median, and mode of central tendency and determine their meaning for a set of data.  


Create and solve problems involving mean, median, mode and range.



Science (with Mr. Colton Marshall)


Students in Sixth Grade Science develop an understanding of the scientific process as they survey the physical and life sciences. Students emphasize data analysis and experimentation. Scientific methodology and focusing on precision in stating hypotheses is strongly reinforced. The concept of change is explored through the study of transformations of energy and matter. Students focus on integrated topics which include water in the environment and basic chemistry concepts. Natural resource management, its relation to public policy, and cost/benefit tradeoffs in conservation policies are introduced. Science process skills such as observation, classification, inferring, hypothesizing, comparing, contrasting, measurement, interpreting data, use of numbers and communication are a key focus throughout the year.


Quarter 1

Experimental Design (Scientific Method)

Quarter 2

Forces, Motion, and Energy

Quarter 3

Matter and Basic Chemistry

Quarter 4

Earth and Space Systems

  • Ask a Question
  • Do background  research
  • Construct a Hypothesis
  • Test Your Hypothesis (experiment)
  • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
  • Report Your Results

Earth’s Waters

  • Properties of Water
  • Water Cycle
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Resources
  • Water Ecosystems
  • Physical and Chemical Reactions of Water
  • Identifying Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Simple Machines
  • Energy Transformations
  • Calculating Formulas ( power, force, work)


  • Properties of Matter
  • Physical Change and Chemical Change
  • Periodic Table (elements)
  • Atoms
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical equations
  • Chemical Interactions


  • Motion of the Atmosphere
  • Weather Systems
  • Air Pressure, Temperature, and Humidity
  • Basic Measurement for Weather Conditions
  • Sun, Moon, Earth, Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets
  • Space Exploration
  • Revolution and Rotation
  • Planets




Social Studies-Civics (with Mrs. Danae Weekley)


In Sixth Grade Social Studies students will be learning Civics where students will examine the roles citizens play in the political and governmental systems in the United States. Students examine the constitution of the United States; identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens; and describe the structure and operation of government at the national level. Students investigate the process by which decisions are made in the American political system and explain the government’s role in it. The standards identify personal character traits, such as patriotism, respect for the law, and a sense of civic duty, that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.  Civic education also must emphasize the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. Students practice these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by the standards for Civics.



CE 4 a, b, c, d, e, f and g




Personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful, effective participation in civic life in the family, school, community, country and world.


  • trustworthiness
  • honesty
  • courtesy
  • accountability
  • responsibility
  • patriotism
  • respect for law
  • decision making
  • respect for the rights of others
  • self-reliance and
  • service


STANDARD CE 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, USI 5c, 6a, 6b, 6c, 6d and 7c





Citizenship: the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens in a government system.


Knowledge and background of factors that shaped the American Revolution and led to the American Constitutional system of government.  Compare and contrast to the Egyptian revolution and the emerging form of government.


STANDARD CE 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 6a, 6b, 6d, 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d




The foundations of American Constitutional government including the founding and inspiring documents.  The structure of the United States government such as the three branches and the role of each in the American system.


STANDARD CE 5b, 5a, 5c, 5e, 5f, 5g, 5d, 9a and 9b, 4g






The political process including parties, media, interest groups, voting, running for election and money.  World citizenship explored through a possible World Summit on Peace project.




Physical Education (with Mr. Bruce Croft Mr. Brian Witecha, and Mr. Steve Landvatter)


Students in Sixth Grade Physical Education combine fundamental skills into more complex movement forms in modified game, dance, and recreational activities. Cooperative and competitive small-group games are appropriate, emphasis being on developing skills and tactical understanding. Students use feedback to initiate and maintain practice to improve skill performance. Students assess their health-related fitness status and set reasonable and appropriate goals for development, maintenance, and improvement. Social interaction becomes more complex as peer pressure becomes increasingly pronounced, impacting individual performance. Students solve problems and make responsible decisions as they work together. They exhibit a physically active lifestyle at school and outside the school environment.




  • Running
  • Strength


  • Rules
  • Proper Setting
  • Bumping
  • Serving
  • Spiking


  • Basic Rules
  • Basic Serve
  • Under/forehand serve
  • Dropping the birdie


  • Safety
  • Skills
  • Diving
  • Survival
  • Treading water



  • Basic Fitness
  • Nutrition Plan
  • Anatomy of the Human Body
  • Hygiene



  • Basic Rules/Form
  • Stick-Handling
  • Passing
  • Shooting



  • Basic Rules/Safety
  • Throwing
  • Catching/Fielding
  • Batting



  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Shooting on goal



  • Rules
  • Dribbling
  • Form shooting
  • Passing
  • Strategies
  • Stance

Track & Field

  • Races
  • Jumps
  • Throws

Arabic ( Mr. Mohamed Aly)


Grade 6 Arabic represents a progression from Elementary Arabic to Middle School Arabic. Students read and write compositions in Modern Standard Arabic, with a focus on the preliminary study of syntax. Students summarize novels and simple poetry to develop their verbal skills in language. Students become more familiar with the more advanced genres of literature as they advance from Grade 6 through 8.



AFL (with Mr. Amira Tawik)


There are 2 levels of Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) 6-8: Beginning and Advanced. Students in these courses are non- native speakers and are placed in the appropriate level based on their previous knowledge of Arabic and their score on a placement test.


Beginning: The main emphasis is on Modern Standard Arabic. The course requires 5 hours per week of classroom instruction and up to 10 hours of home assignments. A student who successfully completes the first year of MSA can expect to possess a working competence in reading and in writing Modern Standard Arabic.


Advanced: This course includes advanced reading and writing as well as lectures in special topics. At the end of the advanced course, students should be able to communicate with ease and clarity with native speakers.



Special Classes


French (with Ms. Amanda Barrileaux)


This is a semester long class in which students will be introduced to the French language through a focus on vocabulary building, grammar and punctuation through the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  Students will be able to practice their French in real-life situations via role play, etc.  The course also includes an introduction to various cultural aspects of France and French-speaking countries.

French 1A 6th Grade





Term 1

Term 2


Term 3


Term 4





Greetings and Salutations

    Classroom Vocabulary



Greetings and Salutations


Describe self, peronality

Classroom Vocabulary





Body parts





Describe self, appearance

Body parts




Francophone World




Francophone World


Describe others





Counting to 100

Articles, Pronouns, Adjective



Counting to 100


Describe places and things

Articles, Pronouns, Adjective






























Art (with Ms. Renee Gian)


Introduction to Visual Arts


In Introduction to Visual Arts, students use the elements of art and the principles of design as a framework, and explore a variety of experiences and concepts. Using expressive and technical approaches, students investigate and create various two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. Students learn to critique artists’ meaning, focusing on their use of forms, media, and symbols. Students develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art as a means of personal and cultural expression.


Term 1/3

Term 2/4

Field Trip Unit*

Value/Types of Shading

One-Point Perspective

Facial Proportion and Portrait Drawing/ Pencil and Charcoal

Elements and Principles of Art


Formal Art Critique

Color Theory



2D Studio I


In 2D Studio I, students explore basic 2D processes and materials for a variety of 2D art media. They engage in exploration, analysis, and investigation of the creative process. Students develop technical skills that empower them to communicate ideas visually, with the focus on realistic representations of their environment. Students acquire knowledge that permits them to identify art styles and the periods to which those styles belong. They develop inquiry skills and vocabulary as they explore the meaning of works of art, using analysis of subject matter, themes, and symbols. Students develop an increased awareness of the nature of art and of their relationship to it as they explore the meaning and value of works of art.



Term 1/3

Term 2/4

Field Trip Unit*


Two-Point Perspective

Landscape Painting/Watercolor

Computer Graphics/Photoshop

Mural Painting

Formal Art Critique



Beginning Music (with Mr. Brad Regier and Mr. Kevin King)


The AIS Music Department provides a performance-based outlet for highly motivated students interested in music. 6th grade music is an introduction to instrumental and choral music with the goal of students dedicating themselves to the art of performance. Students in music are graded through performance and written assignments. Class activities include listening and performing quality music, music theory, sight singing and developing the overall musician. One formal concert each semester is required with more opportunities possible throughout the year.


Extended Studies – English and Math (with Mrs. Anne Neill and Mr. Art Brown)

Extended Studies is a semester long, pass/fail, elective course designed to support literacy, numeracy and study skills.  Students are identified through careful consideration of MAP scores and teacher recommendation.  The course is team-taught by the EAL Collaborative Teacher and Math Collaborative Support teacher at each grade level.  These teachers also teach in collaboration with the mainstream teachers in the English and Math classrooms.





During class all students must abide by the following expectations:

  1. Be respectful to all AIS staff and students, and their property.
  2. Be compliant: do what adults ask you, when they ask you, with a good attitude.
  3. Be honest: no lying, cheating, or stealing.
  4. Be responsible.
  5. Speak English at all times in the classroom.




In the event of misbehavior on the part of a student, teachers will enact a continuum of consequences that may include (but not be limited to) a warning, lunch detention, after-school detention, and referral to Mr. Matt , Middle School Assistant Principal, and Mr. Kris Achter, Middle School Principal. Proper behavior is taken very seriously; misbehavior will not be permitted to interfere with the learning of any student and his peers. Parents, we appreciate your support at home regarding your student’s school behavior!




The school year is divided into two semesters. Each semester consists of approximately 18 instructional weeks. Each semester is further divided into two nine-week grading terms. At the close of each nine week term, students receive a report card. The term report card indicates the grades earned in each class. Absences, if any, are recorded on the report card, which reflects the period attendance.


Semester 1 = Term 1 (9 weeks) & Term 2 (9 weeks)

Semester 2 = Term 3 (9 weeks) & Term 4 (9 weeks)


Progress reports are handed out approximately every four weeks into each term. If a student is receiving a “D” or lower, in any class, he/she will receive a progress report and will be instructed to share this information with his/her parents. Since the progress reports are issued to students, we require students to present progress reports to the parents and return the progress report with a parent signature. If a student is in danger of failing, teachers and/or the School Administration will contact the parents at least once in the term. Parents are strongly encouraged to monitor their students’ academic progress online using Engrade.


Semester grades for Middle School Students (grades 6, 7, 8) are determined in the following manner:

            First Term        50%

            Second Term   50%

Formal reporting periods are four times per year, once per term.  Parent/teacher conferences are held in November and in April. Below are the letter grades and their percentage equivalents:

Letter Grade                           % age                                     

A+                                           98-100                                                

A                                             93-97                                                  

A-                                            90-92                                                  

B+                                           88-89                                                  

B                                             83-87                                                  

B-                                            80-82                                                  

C+                                           78-79                                                  

C                                             73-77                                                  

C-                                            70-72                                                  

D+                                           68-69                                                  

D                                             63-67                                                  

D-                                            60-62                                                  

F                                              Below 60                                            

High achieving students are recognized at the Celebration of Achievement Assembly each term. Students may be listed on the Honor Roll each term if they achieve a high grade point standing.  The Honor Roll is obtainable for Grades 6-8 and is compiled at the close of each term by using the student’s grades. 


Students receiving High Honors will have earned all “A” grades.

Students receiving Honors will have earned “A” & “B” grades.

Students receiving B Honors will have earned all “B” grades.


All students who achieve Honor Roll or High Honors are congratulated at the Celebration of Achievement assemblies at the end of each term.


Homework is assigned in the Middle School for reinforcement, practice of skills and/or enrichment for needing students.  Homework may also be comprised of projects or presentations.  Parents can assist their child by providing a quiet, comfortable place to work.  Parents can also help by monitoring TV and electronic game use in order to help children develop a respect for learning.  Parents should work to facilitate, and not complete, student work.


Middle School students can expect from 1-2 hours of homework per night (consisting of short and long term projects and assignments).  Students who do not have their homework turned in on the day it is due will be subject to penalties pending the classroom expectations of each teacher.




Academic honesty means being truthful about your school work. Academic honesty means you do not:


  • Copy another person’s work, ideas or words
  • Share information about a test or quiz
  • Cheat on tests and quizzes
  • Break exam protocol
  • Copy homework
  • Take credit for work you did not do


Using work that is not yours will result in receiving no credit for the assignment. AISE uses a plagiarism policy based on a widely used computer program called Turnitin.com. The policy based on the objective of Turnitin.com clearly outlines the consequences of handing in work that contains plagiarized material.

Students and parents will be provided with copies of the policy early in the school year.




            It is of the utmost importance that your student has access to the internet at all times. If your internet connection frequently has problems, please purchase internet access through a USB drive as a back-up. Several classes have websites that students must access daily. Also, many projects and assignments are based on the internet entirely.




Each term, a progress report and report card will be sent home to parents in order for you to review the progress your child has made.


Progress Report


Progress reports will be issued midway through each of the four terms of the AISE school year.


Report Card


Report cards will be issued at the end of each of the four terms of the AISE school year.


Parent Conferences


If you would like to set up a conference with one or more of your child’s teachers, please contact the Middle School office to set up an appointment. Tuesdays and Thursdays are designated as conference days. If you have scheduled a parent conference, please arrive promptly in order to avoid having your conference re-scheduled.



Email should be used as the first line of communication with the Grade 6 team as it is the most efficient means of contact.  It is very important that you have a working email address and have submitted that address to the middle school office. If you do not currently have an email, please make the effort to set up an email account. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers by email. Please allow 36-48 hours for a response from your child’s teacher. Response time may be longer during weekends and holidays.



  • 1 Large 3-ring binder
  • 4 notebooks, spiral bound, about 60-100 pages needed.
  • 4 packages of loose-leaf paper, A-4 only
  • 1 package of graph paper
  • Pencil case
  • 20 pencils with erasers
  • 2-3 large erasers
  • 3 sets of dividers
  • 4 blue pens.  No glitter pens.
  • Colored pencils
  • 4 highlighters
  • Scissors
  • 4 folders with pockets and brads
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 4 Large plastic envelope with snap
  • 1 box of sheet protectors
  • Flash drive with a minimum of 2 GB
  • 2 boxes tissues



Name of Teacher



Colton Marshall


Science/Grade 6 Team Leader


Matt Augspurger



Danae Weekley

Social Studies/Civics


Tyler Roche



Gram Watt

Art Brown

ELL Support

Math Support



Daniel Cruz

Michael Mills

Steve Landvatter

Physical Education (P.E.)




Hala Fouad

Mohamed Aly

Arabic/Arabic Supervisor K-12



Amira Tawfik



Amanda Barrilleaux



Renee Gian



Kevin King



Brad Regier



Joe Parish

Middle School student advisor



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