Grade 6

Course title: English 6

Course description: The study of English in grade 6 focuses on the four basic areas of the language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The objective of the course is to build a solid foundation in each of these four areas. Writing and Reading Workshop Models provide students with structured time to read and write independently, and/with guidance. Students will learn to use various strategies to enhance their skills in writing, word study, note taking, test taking, comprehension, attentive listening, speaking, and reading. Literature units will include writing projects, critical reading/writing exercises, as well as formal/informal public speaking opportunities. Novel studies will investigate the themes of survival, basic needs, relationships, transitions, growing and changing. There is also a continual focus on refining the student´s mastery of the steps in the Writing Process, and the 6 + 1 Traits of Effective Writing. When possible, integrated units are taught in conjunction with the social studies side of the curriculum. Additionally, students have opportunities to improve their technological skills though regular use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Course title: Mathematics 6

Course description: This course is intended to help students consolidate mathematical concepts and techniques acquired during their elementary years. Emphasis will be put on problem solving and creativity. Students will be encouraged to freely explore different applications of mathematical concepts to a variety of situations; by doing this, it is expected that students will not only achieve mastery of mathematical skills, but also that they will develop confidence in their own ability to do math. Mental math will be an important part of the course. Calculators are not allowed at this level. The aim is to go beyond paper-and-pencil calculations, to use different techniques of mental calculation, and when appropriate, estimate answers. Another important objective at this stage is to enhance the command of mathematical vocabulary and to encourage students to express themselves with precision.
To be successful in this course, students need to be confident in the usage of the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) with whole numbers and decimals.

Course title: Science 6: The Nature of Science

Course description: The General Science Class for grade 6 focuses on systems, cycles, and patterns as it examines the Science of Life, Earth and Space, Matter and Energy. Guided by purposeful instruction to inform safe lab practices, activities will be undertaken to practice scientific method, inquiry and feed curiosity. Students will read text and digital sources and view clips, images, charts and graphs to reinforce presentation, exploration and discussion in class. Vocabulary will be learned and studied through use and application. The use of technology will be integrated into data collection and presentation leading to analysis of the dependent variables and synthesis of new ideas revised strategies. The vast resources of the internet will be used to improve presentation by students and the instructor but will also inform the teachable moments that grow out of minds and activities in a science rich environment.

Course title: Social Studies 6: Ancient Civilizations

Course description: 6th Grade Social Studies is a program designed as a world geography, world cultures, and historical development of cultures survey. The program is designed to educate the student on the origins of civilization and the birth of cultures and interconnectedness over time. The sixth grade will be using a Glencoe textbook entitled Journey Across Time, and has an online website that is compatible with the book and helps compliment classroom learning.
This class includes a major focus on developing Geography skills. Students will use maps and graphs, research information on major geographic regions of the world, report orally and in writing, take tests and participate in various in-class activities.
Current events will be also be emphasized in the class as students relate their modern world to the history they are studying.

Course title: Physical Education

Course description: Our hope is to help students enjoy and continue an active, healthy lifestyle, and to realize their potential as athletes. Through physical activities they will challenge themselves as individuals and as a team member. Students should be able to demonstrate basic skills presented in the sports and fitness units during the year. These are referred to as the fundamental movements of each sport. Instruction, application, and transfer time will be given for learning and evaluation.

Course title: Life Skills

Course description: This course covers Study Skills, Health Skills, and Social Emotional Learning. The field of Study Skills introduces students to learning theories and strategies that aim to help them become effective independent learners and increase their personal management skills, both in school and in other contexts. In the area of Health the course equips students with content and also involves them in reflective processes about the important role they can play in their own wellness. Social Emotional Learning provides students with the necessary social skills to be able to have positive interactions in everyday life.

Course title: Middle School Exploratory: Art (one quarter)

Course description: The middle school art program is designed to open the students’ minds to the world of art by providing art experiences so as to foster an ever broadening understanding in the various aspects of art. In Exploratory Art students work on the elements and principles of design by getting their inspiration from the most relevant artists and art movements of all times. The program involves hands-on learning experiences in the visual arts. Students are directed to assume responsibility in completing their individual project requirements at their own ability level and pace. They learn art techniques using a variety of media equip.

Course title: Middle School Exploratory: Computers (one quarter)

Course description: This course will build on previously learned computer skills. Skills learned previously will be reinforced and the next level of skills will be introduced including database skills and the development of spreadsheets and charts, graphics and presentation software. In addition, students will explore digital imaging, audio, video, graphic design, and a mixture of multi-media applications. In this hands-on course, students will create various interactive multimedia projects using Moviemaker, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel and Word. This course will prepare students for the advanced level of technology in high school.

Course title: Middle School Exploratory: Drama (one quarter)

Course description: In drama, the artists create an imagined world about human beings; it is the role of the actor to lead the audience into this visual, aural, and oral world. To help students in grades 6 – 8 develop theater literacy, it is important that they learn to see the created world of theater through the eyes of the playwright, actor, designer, and director. Through active creation of theater, students learn to understand artistic choices and to critique dramatic works. Students should, as this point play a larger toe in the planning and evaluation of their work. They should continue to use drama as a means of confidently expressing their world view, thus developing their person voice.

Course title: Middle School Exploratory: Music (one quarter)

Course description: This course is designed to develop and improve students´ musical abilities and skills. Our approach to achieve this goal is working directly on one or more instruments as a part of a band. At the same time, students´ creativity will find a fertile field and support throughout the course. Music theory will also be provided in order to consolidate practical knowledge. No previous knowledge of music is required. Each student will have the chance to make progress according to his/her potential and previous knowledge. Assessments are based on: 1) Active participation in class is 80%, 2) Final performance is 20% of grade. Enthusiasm, perseverance and patience are important values that every student must cultivate. Practice at home may often be required.

Course title: Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Course description: The study of Spanish as a second language focuses on the four basic areas of the language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The goal of the course is to facilitate acquisition of the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate, read, and write at the intermediate levels. Units of study will include reading and writing projects, vocabulary development through activities in which students will read, write, listen, and converse formally and informally in Spanish. We will also try to strengthen the written language with units of study in grammar and spelling.

Course title: English Language Learners (ELL)

Course description: ELL is a pullout program designed to meet the needs of Non-English speakers as well as Low Limited speakers. Classes are taught by ELL teachers. Students are assessed to ensure the correct level of English support where they concentrate on vocabulary, basic grammar skills, and confidence. The small class sizes allow students varied opportunities to use the English language in a low risk environment. When students have mastered basic interpersonal skills (BICS) they are ready to be mainstreamed in content areas for more demanding academic tasks. Students usually complete this level in one or two years.

Course title: English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Course description: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is designed for Limited and Intermediate English speakers to ensure academic success in the core curriculum. Core courses teachers collaborate with EAP teachers in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. This allows the EAP teacher to continue to assess student strengths and weaknesses and to assist teachers and parents in the development of a plan to meet individual student needs.

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