6th Grade Course Descriptions
ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS 6..........Full Year
Students will learn skills for effective written and oral communication by studying grammar, usage, spelling, and conventions of capitalization and punctuation. Students will gain experience with writing informative/explanatory texts, narratives, and arguments to support claims. Gaining experiences of using research to support student writing and speaking will be a focus along with integrating media and multi-media components.
SOCIAL STUDIES 6..........Full Year
Study begins with early civilizations in SW Asia, followed by Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Ancient China, and the Middle Ages. The importance of geography, political systems, difference in cultures, and the contributions and accomplishments of these early people are the foci.
SCIENCE 6..........Full Year
Students will experience and learn about key concepts in the topics of astronomy, weather, environments, and models and designs. Timely special interest topics such as robotics may also be part of the study.
MATH 6..........Full Year
The choice for most 6th grade students, Math 6 is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Students focus on multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals, and converting among fractions, decimals and percent. Students begin writing equations and expressions and solving equations. Area and perimeter are also studied.
MATH 6 ACCELERATED.......... Full Year
Students in this course learn at an accelerated pace in order to study all of the 6th grade standards and approximately half of the 7th grade standards. In addition to the 6th grade topics, students extend their understanding of fractions and decimals to solve problems involving all rational numbers, including those with negative signs. Students also solve more complex problems involving proportions and percent.
READING 6..........Full Year
Students will be taught skills and strategies for reading in the content areas (non-fiction) as well as the skills and strategies for reading literature.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION 6.......... Semester
Students will engage in activities to promote the benefits of physical activity and set goals relating to personal fitness. They will work toward improved motor performance during modified team and/or individual sports throughout the course.
Students will learn and apply technology skills. They will use technology tools to communication and collaborate, to access and evaluate information, and to create and present relevant products. Students will also learn and demonstrate ethical behaviors and responsible use of technology tools.
BAND 6.......... Full Year
6th grade band gives students their first opportunity to learn to play a band instrument. Emphasis is placed on learning the fundamentals of their instrument in a like-instrument sectional setting, but there are also regularly scheduled full band rehearsals each week during the class period. Students will perform in several concerts throughout the year and may choose to participate in a solo/ensemble festival. 6th grade band students will also have the opportunity to audition for the Simle Jazz Band during the second half of the year. It is highly recommended for 6th grade band students to attend our Bismarck Public Schools Beginner Band Camp at the beginning of August to get a jump start into the band experience.
CHOIR 6..........Full Year
6th Grade Choir is a non-auditioned choir open to all 6th grade students. Students will learn basic concepts of proper singing techniques through daily practice. Students will develop new skills individually as well as in a choral ensemble. Choir members are given the opportunity to explore different genres of music, music history, and music theory through vocal music literature. Members will perform in required concerts (two per semester) with opportunities to further their abilities in optional events such as: State, Regional and National Honor Choirs and Middle School Music Festival.
ORCHESTRA 6.......... Full Year
Orchestra is an elective full year course for students who play the violin, viola, cello, or bass. Students will be introduced to both large and small ensemble performance while continuing to develop and improve their musical skills and knowledge of literature. Students will participate in musical performances for the school and community and have the opportunity to participate in district contests. Orchestra will also cover the basics of music theory, music history, composition, and improvisation.
*The prerequisite to this class is previous string instruction in the elementary schools or privately. If a student is interested in joining orchestra that hasn't played before, they will need to take private lessons until they have acquired the appropriate skills needed to play in the group.
PHYSICAL FITNESS 6..........Semester
Have fun while learning to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Students will be introduced to a variety of group and individual exercise programs and activities through a combination of physical activity and classroom instruction. This course will cover the basics of physical fitness (cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and muscular strength/endurance), as well as teaching students lifetime activities.
Students will create works of art using beginning techniques in drawing, painting & clay sculpture. They will be exploring pencil, colored pencil, tempera & clay to name a few.
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNOLOGY..........Semester
This class will give you the opportunity to see what Technology Education has to offer you now and what is has to offer you in the 7th and 8th grades. You will learn about the history of technology and where it can take you in your future. Critical thinking, design and problem solving are a part of the activities in this class. You will be introduced to several systems of technology and may explore one or more of them through study and hands-on activities. Note: A project fee will accompany this class. (To be determined)
21st CENTURY LEARNING.......... Semester
This course will cover basic study skills such as communication, problem solving, technology literacy, social skills. This is a semester long course being offered as an elective to 6th and 7th graders.
STEM 6.......... Semester
This course will empower students to become innovators in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will also explore careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.