6th Grade Exploratories & Electives

Full Year Courses

This is a beginner level course which includes the basic elements of music, playing skills, and introduction to band literature. Students begin with one of four instruments, flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone, but may move on to a different instrument second semester. Most beginning band students are learning to play their first musical instrument, though some may have had piano lessons previously.

This course is available to beginning students who would like to learn to play a stringed instrument as well as those students who are already proficient in the playing of a stringed instrument. Students expand on technical and performance skills.

Six-Week Courses

This course introduces students to the basic elements of music theory and the instrument families of the symphony orchestra. Students also study the role of music in different cultures throughout the world.

This course provides students an introduction to both 2D and 3D art forms. Students will use a variety of media to produce drawings, paintings, and sculpture.

Introduction to Computer Applications
The focus of this course is the Technology Standards of Learning for middle school. In this six week course students will review Word and graphics tools by creating a flyer or advertisement. They will review searching the Internet by completing a scavenger hunt. They will also learn appropriate Citations and Copyright Laws. By using Powerpoint, students will learn basic elements of good screen design and then create a slideshow presentation on a historical character or event. Students will become more familiar with Excel spreadsheets when they compare prices of a favorite item, and will create an Access database of something they like to collect. The remainder of the course will be spent creating web pages using basic HTML programming tags.

In this course students become familiar with their personal folder on the server and how to navigate the school network. They focus on science skills as they use the computerized microscope and various resources on the Internet.

Study Skills
Effective study skills and test-taking techniques form the basis of this course. Students become familiar with various practices that will aid them in becoming successful students. Library research skills are included in the topics covered.

This course helps students understand the purpose and civic values that our government represents: individual rights, liberty, the public or common good, self government, equality, diversity, openness and free inquiry, truth, and patriotism.

Soar to Success Reading and SOL Math Courses
Students who did not pass the fifth grade SOL tests in reading or math will take a corresponding semester course to work on those skills.