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2013-2014 EMS Course Descriptions

2013-2014 EMS Course Descriptions

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Erie Middle School Course and Curriculum Descriptions2013-204
6
th
GRADE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Core Classes
MATH 6:
Through the Springboard Pre-AP curriculum, as well as other supplementary materials, students will develop numbersense and use numbers and number relationships in problem-solving situations. Students will be able to communicate reasoning inareas involving whole numbers, common fractions, decimals, and percents. Students will also use a variety of tools and techniquesto read, interpret and create number lines, graphs and maps and find the mean, median, mode and range of the data. Students willlearn how to estimate and make predications based on experimental and theoretical probability. In geometry students will be ableto find the area and perimeter of simple polygons, plot points on a coordinate graph and use reflection, translation and rotation toidentify congruent shapes
ACCELERATED PRE-AP MATH 6:
Students who enter this course will already have some foundation with the 6
th
gradestandards- hence the accelerated pace. Students will complete all of the sixth grade material and approximately half of the seventhgrade material by the end of the school year. Additional topics learned will be the division of mixed-numbers and fundamentaldefinitions of Euclidean Geometry including components of two and three-space figures. Students will also be able to write ratios,solve proportions, and apply the set of Integers to fundamental mathematical operations.
 LANGUAGE ARTS 6:
Through the Springboard Pre-AP curriculum, and other supplementary materials, students will refine andacquire standards in oral communication, writing, reading, comprehension, literature, research, and information management.
ACCELERATED PRE-AP LANGUAGE ARTS 6:
In Advanced Pre-AP Language Arts, all of the standards and expectationsof the Language Arts 6 will be met. Additionally, students will be expected to read at a higher level and rate. The assessmentswill be more rigorous, pushing students to express themselves in ways that demonstrate mastery of grammar and higher orderthinking.
 SCIENCE 6:
Students will acquire and develop basic skills to cultivate a foundation in laboratory safety and techniques. Asstudents are introduced to the core concepts of life science, physical science, and earth science, they are given opportunities tofocus on hands-on activities, including group lab work, to deepen their understanding of the interactions of systems. Content forthis class is enriched with additional resources, such as the
T
eaching
E
nvironmental Science
N
aturally (TEN), a program providedby a partnership with the Division of Wildlife, and Geology At Our Doorsteps, and curriculum provided by a partnership with theUniversity of Colorado at Boulder.
SOCIAL STUDIES:
This course will focus on the past and present issues of the Western Hemisphere. The emphasis is ongeography, history and cultures of the United States, Canada and Latin America.
Enrichment Classes
Students must select a music class
 – 
Music classes will meet every other day for the entire year.
BAND 6:
Students will learn how to play band instruments through ensemble and solo performances. Students will learn how toplay their instrument with proper technique, how to read music, and how to produce a characteristic tone for their instrument.Additionally, students will engage in listening, composition, and conducting activities. Students will discuss and constructivelycomment on their own performances and on the performances of the band. Participation in evening concerts is required. This classis designed for sixth grade students with no prior instrumental experience or for students who would like to learn a new instrument.Students may be expected to rent or buy an instrument to participate. This class is a year-long class.
CHOIR 6:
This class will provide 6th grade a chance to further develop their singing voice in a class that is catered to their leveland interests. Students will learn to sing a variety of musical styles and music from various cultures and time periods. Students
 
 
will be learning various vocal techniques, music theory, music history, and performance etiquette. Students will be expected toparticipate in evening choir concerts throughout the year.
 
ORCHESTRA 6:
Students will learn how to play orchestra (violin, viola, cello, and contrabass) instruments through ensembleand solo performances. Students will learn how to play their instrument with proper technique, how to read music, and how toproduce a characteristic tone for their instrument. Additionally, students will engage in listening, composition, and conductingactivities. Students will discuss and constructively comment on their own performances and on the performances of the orchestra.Participation in evening concerts is required. This class is designed for sixth grade students with no prior instrumental experienceor for students who would like to learn a new instrument. This class is a year-long class.
Students must select a Language or Cultures class
 – 
Chinese & Spanish classes will meet every other day for theentire year. People and Places will meet every other day for 1 semester.
SPANISH 1A (Year 1 of Study):
This year-long class is designed to introduce students to the Spanish language and culture.Areas of study will include basic communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The themes studied include
School, “My friends & I”, Food and Hobbies. Students will be able to discuss likes & dislikes of foods & activities, describ
ethemselves & friends, talk about personality traits as well as extend, accept and decline invitations. Students will also learn aboutHispanic culture through readings, short film clips, traditional music and other activities. Spanish 1A and Spanish 1B (Year 2 of study) are equivalent to studying one year of Spanish at the high school level.
CHINESE 1A:
This year-long class is designed to introduce students to the Chinese language and culture. Areas of study willinclude basic communication skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).
PEOPLE and PLACES 6:
Students will study cultural societies. They will research different habitats, traditions, languages, andthe various types of food in their native land.
If students chose People and Places then they must choose one of these classes:STUDY SKILLS 6:
This course is designed
 
to help students with the following:
 
transition to middle school
 
develop organizational skills, including smart us of planners and homework time
 
communications skills, including tips on how to communicate with teachers and parents
 
improve their test taking and note taking skills
 
literacy and numeracy skills
 
technology skills, including safe and smart website and research skills, and infinite campus skills
 
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens is used to develop the students’ confidence and study habits
from the inside out
MUSIC EXPLORATION:
This elective is designed for those students who are especially passionate about learning music! Thisclass will be taken in addition to the required band, choir, and orchestra class. Music Exploration is designed to supplement what istaught in the band, choir, and orchestra classes with lessons on piano, guitar, and voice. In addition to playing and singing, studentswill learn about music composers (like Mozart), genres (like jazz), and world music (like Native American music). Additionally,
students will learn about today’s “pop” music and how it has been influenced by classical and world music. There are no
performances outside of the school day for this class.
All Students will be taking these classes:
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 6:
The course is designed to teach
 all 
students about the importance of physical activity to his or herphysical, mental/emotional and social health. Through a variety of worldwide sports and games (both cooperative andcompetitive), physical activities and conditioning activities, students will learn about health related fitness and the skills that willallow them
 all 
to enjoy a
lifetime
of 
 healthful 
physical activity.
 All 
students are challenged to take responsibility for and improvepersonal (health related) fitness and will experience all the benefits of regular physical activity including, enjoyment, challenge,self-expression, social interaction, increased ability to learn and subsequently academic success.
 
This is a required course.
 
ART 6:
6
th
grade art students will deviate from traditional art methods, and focus on the creation of musical instruments. Studentswill reinforce painting and sculpting skills by creating an Australian didgeridoo, a Brazilian quica, a drum, and a rain stick. Arthistory and the elements of art & principles of design will be emphasized.
 
 
KEYBOARDING 6:
This class is an introductory class to give students usable keyboarding skills. The course will take studentsthrough a series of lessons where they will learn the location of the letters and symbols on the keyboard. They will learn to typeshort manuscripts and documents into Microsoft Word. If time permits, they will learn the location of numerals as well.
HEALTH 6:
This course is designed to provide students a general introduction to various areas of health. Students will studyconcepts related to physical, mental and social wellness. Students will be aware of destructive behaviors and addictions and willcomprehend issues related to responsible decision-making. Safety and emergency care will also be discussed.Course fees will be listed in each course syllabus at the beginning of each semester.http://www.stvrain.k12.co.us 
Please visit the St. Vrain Valley School District’s web page for specific course standards.
Please visit the Colorado Department of Education’s web page for state standards.
 

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