Sixth Grade Academic Team

  • Sixth Grade Showcase

    Sponsored by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels

    The Sixth Grade Showcase is an academic event designed to provide a competitive opportunity for Kentucky’s sixth graders, who are sometimes “lost” between elementary (4-5) and middle grades (6-8) Governor’s Cup competition. When membership is finalized, teams are grouped into “sections” of up to 8 teams each.Competition pairings will be published after membership is finalized.


    • Five Written Assessments-Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Arts/Humanities
    • Quick Recall—double elimination bracket when there are fewer than 8 teams—modified pool play for 8-team sections
    • Composition (Nov. 29)
    • The required reading for the Language Arts exam is Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
    • KAAC provides Coaches Guides for all coaches

    Participation guidelines

    • Each school may have only one team
    • Only sixth grade students may compete
    • Students may compete in both Governor’s Cup and the Showcase
    • Each student may take part in a maximum of three events
    • Each team may enter a maximum of 3 students in the written events and in Composition
    • Students must compete for the school in which they are enrolled
    • Each school participating in Quick Recall MUST provide TWO certified Quick Recall officials
    • Each school participating in Composition MUST provide a reader




    Language Arts Required Readings

    Governor’s Cup

    Elementary: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (changed from a previous work)
    Middle Grades: The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
    High School: The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

    Sixth Grade Showcase

    Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

    Sixth Grade Curriculum


    1. Fractions, Decimals, and Percents (Including Percents Greater Than 100% and Improper Fractions)
    2. Ratios, Exponents (e.g., Squares, Cubes)
    3. Prime and Composite Numbers, Factors, Multiples, Greatest Common Factors, Least Common Multiples
    4. Estimation
    5. Applications Of Properties (e.g., Commutative, Associative, Inverse, Identity)
    6. Regular and Irregular Polygons
    7. Area Of Plane Figures
    8. Length, Weight/Mass, and Volume/Capacity
    9. Regular Polygons, Special Quadrilaterals, Special Triangles
    10. Characteristics Of Lines (e.g., Parallel, Perpendicular), Lines Of Symmetry
    11. Organizing and Interpreting Data
    12. Introduction To Algebra, Cartesian System


    1. Scientific Inquiry
    2. Laboratory Equipment and Safety
    3. Motion and Forces
    4. Solar System and Its Components
    5. Gravitation and Space Phenomena
    6. Earth Phenomena Caused By The Sun’s Energy
    7. Life Science—Regulation and Behavior
    8. Life Science—Populations and Ecosystems
    9. Science and Technology
    10. Resources and Environmental Change
    11. Great Scientists
    12. Current Events In Science

    Social Studies

    1. Human and Physical Geography
    2. Land Use (e.g., Preservation, Development, Modification)
    3. Map Skills
    4. Physical and Human Characteristics Of Places and Regions
    5. Five Themes Of Geography
    6. Economic Concepts
    7. Scarcity and Economic Systems
    8. Modern Forms Of Government
    9. Elements of Cultures
    10. Cultural and Social Institutions
    11. Kentucky History and Geography
    12. U.S. and World Geography
    13. People and Events from 2010 to the present
    14. U.S. Presidents

    Language Arts

    1. Literary Devices and Techniques
    2. Vocabulary: Spelling and Definitions
    3. Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Affixes and Roots
    4. Parts of Speech and their Functions
    5. Grammar: Mechanics and Sentence Structure
    6. Newbery Award Winners
    7. Classic Children’s Novels
    8. Award-winning Contemporary Young Adult Novels
    9. Award-winning Contemporary Young Adult Nonfiction, including Biographies
    10. Famous Poets and Poetry, Poetic forms
    11. Short Stories–Authors, Titles, Characters, Themes
    12. Characters in Fables, Folklore, Tall Tales

    Arts and Humanities

    1. Elements Of Art, Principles Of Art Design
    2. Art Processes and Media
    3. Great Artists and their Works: Emphasis on Michelangelo, Goya, Rembrandt, O’Keeffe
    4. Elements Of Music
    5. Musical Instruments and Families
    6. Great Composers – Emphasis on Chopin, Vivaldi, Handel
    7. Elements Of Dance
    8. Dancers and Choreographers
    9. Elements Of Drama and Age-appropriate Broadway Plays
    10. Historical and Cultural Contexts Of Art, Dance, Music and Drama
    11. Mythology: Emphasis On Greek/Roman
    12. Cultural Icons 1990-present
    13. World Religions; Great Religious Leaders In History
    14. National Landmarks