Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014

IXL: Language Arts -- Sixth-grade skills

Solid grammar and vocab drills complement students' in-class writing
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • The 6th grade module covers a variety of grammar and vocabulary skills.
  • In this sample question kids can get practice with dictionary skills.
  • This sample vocabulary-building question targets word roots.
Amy Lauren Botula
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Common Sense Rating 3
How Can Teachers Use It?

IXL's sixth-grade language arts module offers an effective antidote to students who are suffering from an overdose of typical drill-and-kill grammar practice. At the same time, these practice exercises help ensure that kids can get experience with all 103 skills covered in the Common Core standards for sixth grade English.

Utilize IXL's adaptive instruction and offer your students time for differentated, independent practice (albeit limited to grade level and skill concept). Exercises can be completed during a classroom lab session, as homework, or as a combination of both. To make the most of the site's offerings, consider pairing skills from the exercises with students' in-class writing assignments. That way, kids can reinforce, transfer, and apply what they're practicing on the site.

  • Standout: IXL's sixth-grade program adds dictionary and thesaurus skills as well as Latin and Greek root knowledge to its extensive list of grammar concepts.
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