These grade-appropriate vocabulary words for sixth graders will be used in many subjects this year — from English and history to math and science. These words are also used in everyday adult conversation. Knowing these vocabulary words aids in reading comprehension and adds precision to your child’s writing and speaking.

Print this list, courtesy of Hyde Park Central School District, and post it on your fridge so you and your child will see it regularly. Try using these so-called $5 words in conversation with your child — hearing new words in context is one of the easiest ways for kids to learn and remember new words.

adjacent dimension obedient
accumulate drastic oblivious
adapt elaborate origin
adequate encourage peculiar
analyze equation persuade
anticipate evaluate prediction
appropriate exaggerate priority
artifact exhaust quote
benefit expression realistic
calculate extend recount
catastrophe extensive reinforce
chronological factor repetition
citizen ferocious retrieve
civilization frequent frequency
compose genuine solution
conclusion government strategy
congruent history substitute
consequence hypothesis suspense
construct insists tentative
continuous irrigate thesis
contrast lofty transfer
contribute manipulate unanimous
declare massive unique
democracy narrate variable
similar viewpoint violate


See the academic vocabulary lists for 5th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade, too.

Learn more about how to help your 6th grader with reading skills:

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