6th Grade Required Courses
- Social Studies (World Geography)
- English (Pre-Ap or Grade Level)
- Ask your English teacher for their recommendation.
- Math (Pre-Ap or Grade Level)
- Level of math placement will be dependent on district assessments, state assessments, and teacher recommendation.
- Music (band, choir, or orchestra)
- Elective Exploratory Wheel
Description of Courses
This course focuses on the study of people, places, and societies of the contemporary world. Societies for study are from the following regions of the world: Europe, Russia and the Eurasian republics, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Southwest Asia-North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Pacific realm. Students describe the influence of individuals and groups on historical and contemporary events in those societies and identify the locations and geographic characteristics of various societies. Students also participate in academic research and in a variety of projects.
Science 6 is an interdisciplinary science course with a focus on earth and physical science. Students utilize scientific investigations and reasoning to explore the natural world. Content covers the foundational knowledge in chemistry, physics, biology, geology, and earth & space science. Students utilize scientific investigations and reasoning to explore the natural world.
This course is an enhanced, analytical approach to the study of language, literature, and writing, including the development of listening and speaking skills. Students will focus on grammar, vocabulary, analogies, literary elements, and written composition in a variety of modes. Critical thinking skills will be developed through a wide variety of diverse material including classical and contemporary literature and informational texts.
The class will extend the study of grammar, vocabulary, literary elements, and written composition in a variety of modes, expanding on the English curriculum with higher levels of application. Successful Pre-AP students read above grade level, demonstrate abstract and higher-level thinking skills, take responsibility for a larger volume of work, and are self-motivated for independent reading and writing assignments.
Math placement will be decided by 5th grade math teachers in May. Fifth grade teachers place students in the appropriate math instructional level. All students are evaluated on classroom performance, grades, and standardized test scores. Assessments will occur in the spring.
Students rotate through twelve weeks of instruction for each:
Art: Students will experience a sampling of various media. Short exploratory projects are made in clay, ink, pencil, paint and many other materials.
Computer Literacy: The curriculum is designed to explore word processing and internet features which will equip students with the necessary skills to produce correctly formatted documents and presentations and to introduce students to basic spreadsheets, databases and desktop publishing. Keyboarding skills will be reinforced throughout this course as well as in other curricular classes.
Drama: Drama offers the student opportunities to explore sensory awareness, spatial perception and body movement, improvisation, characterization, puppetry and oral reading. The course encourages creativity and imagination on the part of the student.
Band is for students who have no previous training playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. It is divided into like-instrument classes of flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone and baritone/tuba. Instrument selection is under the advisement of the band directors. Students will receive training in the basics of tone production, instrumental technique, music reading, personal responsibility and collaboration with other musicians. Beginning Band students will be expected to participate in 3-4 evening performances, school assemblies and one solo & ensemble opportunity during the school year.
Open to all sixth graders: Students will receive training in basic choir skills including healthy vocal production, development of music reading skills, personal responsibility and working together as a team. The students will sing a wide variety of musical styles and will have the opportunity to share their accomplishments in 4 evening performances and 2 school assemblies through the year.
Orchestra is for students who have little or no training on traditional string instruments and includes instruction on violin, viola, cello, bass or harp. The campus orchestra teacher will assist in the selection of the specific instrument. Students will receive training in the basics of hand position, tone production, instrumental technique, music reading, personal responsibility and collaboration with other musicians. Orchestra students will be expected to participate in multiple evening performances and school assemblies during the school year.
The sixth grade physical education program concentrates on mastering basic motor skills used in most team sports. Sportsmanship, history of sport, and a working knowledge of cardio-respiratory fitness are included. Team sports include volleyball, soccer, flag football, handball, basketball, softball, floor hockey, and various modified games. Instruction is also provided in two major health units: Self-Responsibility (sex education curriculum) and Wellness. Grades are based on participation and written work. PE Students will have P.E. each day of the school year.
PE uniforms are required (cost of $20).
*PE Category 1 Waiver is available for 6th grade students if they meet the following conditions: Students must be participating in a program that leads to Olympic level participation and/or competition for a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intense, professionally supervised training. It must total a minimum of 90 hours per semester.