6th Grade Course Descriptions2017-2018 School YearCORE SUBJECTS-6thLANGUAGE ARTS 6This course teaches comprehension skills and vocabulary within the context of guided and independent reading. Process writing provides practice in a variety of purposes and models and the context for instruction in the grammatical and mechanical skills of language.PRE-AP LANGUAGE ARTS 6This course builds on the range of basic content from the on-level course, and has students investigate literature in more depth. This course also prepares students for entry into additional Pre-AP courses in middle school and further into high school.SCIENCE 6 (Physical Science)This course provides students with the skills to apply science concepts to their daily life. Science instruction involves teaching students to answer questions and solve problems, to become skilled in collecting information and data, to organize it in an effective manner, draw conclusions by analyzing this data, and to become knowledgeable in the content of science.PRE-AP SCIENCE 6 (Physical Science)This course builds on the range of concepts from the on-level course, and has students investigate science in more depth. The students are required to do science research projects that reinforce the use of the scientific method as a problem solving approach to daily life.SOCIAL STUDIES 6 (World Cultures)This course studies the people and places of the contemporary world. This course is multidisciplinary and draws its content and concepts from history, geography, government, citizenship, economics, culture and technology. It also includes elements of the arts, humanities, and language arts.PRE-AP SOCIAL STUDIES 6 (World Cultures)This course builds on the range of concepts covered in the on-level course and requires students to investigate social studies in more depth. Like the on-level course, Pre-AP social studies is multidisciplinary and draws its content and concepts from history, geography, government, citizenship, economics, culture and technology. It also includes elements of the arts, humanities, and language arts.MATH 6Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Students learn to simplify expressions containing parenthesis as the first step in solving multiple-step equations and are introduced to exponents, square roots, and geometric formulas. Students work extensively with rations, percents, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.PRE-AP MATH 6Concepts, procedures and vocabulary needed to succeed in upper-level mathematics are introduced and developed incrementally. This course includes the study of topics such as fractions, decimals, percents, and ratios; perimeter, circumference, area, and volume; exponents, scientific notations, and signed numbers. Students continually practice problem-solving techniques through word problems.***Pre-AP Requirements Open Enrollment Parent/Teacher/Student Contract***
This course is designed to develop critical thinking and the imagination and to introduce students to various media through the exploration of different art forms.
This course is designed for students who wish to learn to play a wind or percussion instrument. The course will focus on the basic techniques of tone production, reading notation, and ensemble performance.
This course introduces students to the basics of choral singing. Students learn proper singing posture, basic vocal technique, skills for sight reading music, and concert performance and etiquette. Students perform four concerts over the course of a year, as well as performances in the community and at school functions.
Keyboarding with Career Focus
This course develops basic computer skills, with an emphasis on the mastery of touch mastery of touch-typing on the keyboard. This course will also allow students to explore potential career options. This course is one semester.
Learning Strategies 1
Learning Strategies provides effective reading acceleration for students in 6-8 grades. The course combines research-validated strategy instruction in different goal-setting, comprehension, and vocabulary skills. Students will become fluent, competent, and confident readers who can interact with a variety of texts at increasing levels of difficulty throughout the course. Outcomes of this course include an increased reading proficiency and nurturing a lifelong love of reading.
This course assists student in developing lifetime recreational interest and fitness habits that improve their quality of life. Through developmental and movement activities, students are provided opportunities to interact with other students, in both cooperative and competitive activities, develop skills necessary to participate in games, sports, gymnastics, and rhythmic activities, and increase perceptual awareness, develop a positive self-image. Requirements include suiting out, personal hygiene and daily participation. This course is required of all 6th grade students for the duration of the school year.
In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Robotics and Engineering. Students will implement high level project based learning through engineering challenges, robot construction, computer programming, and the basics of computer coding.
Theater Arts 1
This class will provide an opportunity for students to explore and master skills in creative dramatics. Classroom activities include pantomime, improvisation, characterization, role playing, original dialogue, puppetry, introduction to technical theatre and play production. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of in class performances and presentations. Students will have the opportunity to audition for productions and/or participate in tournaments; these events will require additional preparation after school hours.
This course focuses on a study of various forms and genres of prose and poetry. Students will read and write in both poetry and in prose. There will be in class writing exercises as well as opportunities for exploring how writing can be integrated into the rest of the student’s life. This course is required of all 6th grade students. This course is one semester.
This course has been designed to provide students with the journalism skills and the ability to apply those skills to the actual production of the yearbook. Components of the course include: teamwork, responsibility, brainstorming, content, coverage, concept, reporting, writing, headlines, captions, editing, photography, typography, design, graphics, finances, social media, sales, marketing, campaigns, advertising and distribution. Because of the intense deadlines, placement on yearbook class and staff is subject to an application, samples, and an audition.