Teaching Ideas and Resources for 6th Grade

Sixth grade means the end of elementary school or even the beginning of middle school for some students. Students may be switching classes and going deeper into content than ever before. It’s time to check out these teaching resources for 6th grade!

Sub Binders & Plans

Nothing will give you a bigger headache than sub plans for your sixth grade classroom. No need to stress when you’re sick or absent. The sixth grade emergency sub plan bundle are the perfect plans to fill your sub tub along with the sub binder bundle for all the forms and extras you need for a guest teacher!

For the English teacher, check out the sixth grade ELA sub plans or the year of fifth and sixth grade emergency ELA sub plans. Math plans are also ready-to-go for sixth grade lessons. Science and Social Studies content for subs in the sixth grade classroom come bundled and ready to use as well!

Be sure to check out our FREE Simple Sub Planning Starter Kit to get a jump start on your sub plans!


Sixth grade students are ready to practice fractions! Check out the Pi Day themed lessons on area and circumference or a fun and engaging St. Patrick’s Day game.

Reading and Writing

Secret student writing is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or winter, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, Easter, or the end of the year. Students get a partner to write to and the recipient has to guess who the writer is. You may even want to try this with younger students in the school if your sixth grade classroom is in a K-6 or K-12 building.

Hold your sixth graders accountable for their reading with reading logs. Use the logs at home and school for both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Research is such an important part of sixth grade ELA. Explore autobiographies and biographies through author unit studies.

Start your sixth graders researching various topics with these engaging research topics for kids. Topics include social studies and science related content. Try different research topics including winter holidays, black history, U.S. presidents, inventors and inventions, ancient civilizations, penguins, women’s history, and famous authors. These units work as special unit studies, ELA research work, social studies, or science curriculum.

Science & Social Studies

Research continues into science and social studies! Extreme weather, natural disasters, and the water cycle are great scientific connections for your students to explore. Volcanoes are more than just the old school sixth grade science project with this engaging unit. Sixth graders will enjoy researching all the planets in the solar system. Prehistoric study rules with dinosaur research. Another science and geography unit is landforms and bodies of water.

Study the lives and history of the 45 U.S. presidents. Also, unit studies of the USA States are always welcome in sixth grade! Kindness and character start in the classroom with respecting differences. All the sixth grade science and social studies research units are in a bundle that will keep your students engaged and learning all year long.

Sixth grade teachers have their work cut out for them! You are helping your students learn and grow to the next level. Use these resources to save you time and help them have fun and gain knowledge! We couldn’t link to every single resource in this post, but check out all of our 6th grade resources in our shop below!

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