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Kaleidos 6

Kaleidos 6 is a dynamic, full year language arts curriculum for sixth graders. Based on classic literature and writing, it promotes skills in all language areas.

Kaleidos 6 Front Cover

The Year At A Glance

Year At A Glance Chart

You can print The Year At A Glance chart that gives a concise overview of the program.

There are 15 three-week modules which include:
  • 10 Full Modules = 3 weeks each (Literature, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Phonics Reader, Computer)
  • 2 Research Writing Modules - 6 consecutive weeks
  • 3 Literature Only Modules - weeks
This is a total of 45 weeks which can be a year round 12 month curriculum. For those who prefer a nine-month, thirty-six week curriculum, instructions are provided on how to combine the research and literature modules.

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Kaleidos 6 - Overview & Week 1

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Literature in Kaleidos 6

The great line-up of books for sixth graders include::
  • Amos Fortune, Free Man By Elizabeth Yates
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Daughter of the Mountain by Louise Rankin
  • The Door In the Wall by Margeurite de Angeli
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • Shiloh by Phyllis Naylor
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • Calico Bush By Rachel Field
  • Moccasin Trail by Eloise McGraw
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • The Incredible Journey By Sheila Burnford
  • Ten Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Read the descriptions of the books in Kaleidos 6 reading list.

Writing in Kaleidos 6

Write On

Sixth graders in Kaleidos continue learning creative writing and essay construction using Write On, The Kid-Friendly, Mother Pleasing, Gentle Way to Learn to Write.

Particular emphasis is given to lessons #56 through 74, as well as reviewing and reinforcing prior skills introduced previously. Somoe of the writing done this year will include:
  • Mastering chronological essays
  • Writing about cause and effect
  • Comparing different sources
  • Writing analysis of literature
  • Descriptive writing
  • Using mood in writing
  • Use of humor
  • Poetry

Write On #70

As the picture above demonstrates, each Write On has a sample student model, directions for the teacher, and objectives. Many have idea clouds and sentence starters.

The wide variety of types of writing adds interest, and essays gradually build as students to learn to write with persuasive, narrative, and informative writing.

Speaking and Oral Presentations

Once or twice a week students give a short presentation of their studies for a few minutes in order to practice speaking and organizational skills. In addition, Kaleidos 6 gives them three opportunities to present formal oral presentations. These include:
  • Informative Speech with Powerpoint presentation
  • Character Sketch with silhouettes
  • Cause and Effect Speech with demonstration

Syllable Savvy 6

Syllable Savvy 6

Syllable Savvy Spelling 6 is the spelling program used in Kaleidos 6.

Syllable Savvy has some unique features that promote spelling mastery for even the worst spellers. Each word on the weekly spelling list is portrayed in three different columns:
  • 1st column shows the phonetic spelling (pronunciation)
  • 2nd column is the normal spelling
  • 3rd column is syllable by syllable - showing the number of letters in each syllable
After studying the words, students write each word on the work page in syllables, then count to make sure each syllable has the correct number of letters and each is correct.

How does this help? Poor spellers tend to see a long list of imcomprehensible letters. Syllables are short, most are three or four letters.

While the number of letter combinations in practically infinite, the number of spelling patterns is quite finite. It is easy to recognize the patterns inside of words.

To make it even easier, the first page of each lesson identifies one of the twenty-one common spelling patterns or "rules." That's it. Only twenty-one rules to remember.

Moreover, no-one is expected to memorize the twenty-one rules. They simply use them.

Here is a simple of the some of the word lists in Syllable Savvy 6.


The Big Bad Grammar Slammer

The Big Bad Grammar Slammer

Those students who did not use The Big, Bad Grammar Slammer in fifth grade will complete the modules in two months. These will teach them all the functional parts of speech with an emphasis on writing and punctuation.

Students who completed The Big Bad Grammar Slammer last year will play the diagramming game once a week. This allows them to continue to practice all the parts of grammar previously learned in a painless and fun activity.

Essential English Grammar

Students will continue their study of grammar using this non-consumable, economical guide from Dover Publications. Short activities, twice a week, will expose them to all the basic rules of grammar. We use this guide throughout middle school and high-school, emphasizing to students that grammar has a set number of basic rules.


The Kaleidos 6 Weekly Schedule includes three times a week lessons for computer: twice a week they practice those essential keyboarding skills and once a week they learn how to use Excel files. The Instructor's Guide in the back of the Kaleidos 6 book gives directions on how to individualize your curriculum if your student has already mastered this material, or where to turn if they need more basic computer information.

Buy Kaleidos 6

Kaleidos 6 Kaleidos is a soft cover manual that will be shipped to you within two business days.

$12.99 Includes full year schedule and Instructor's Guide

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