Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: PDE Art StandardsUnits of Study: Shape within Composition, Perspective in Drawing, Alternative Media-Mixed Media, Clay Vessel, Color and Value-Value ShiftsCurriculum-Based Assessments: Formative Sketches and Discussions, Unit Project AssessmentsStandardized Assessments: N/A
Description: Grade 6 art is aligned with the PDE art standards. The art program offers a planned curriculum in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, crafts, and sculpture. Grade 6 furthers the combines and further explores concepts of design with shape and form by building on 4th and 5th-grade concepts. They will advance their clay-making skills by combining and advancing techniques developed in previous grade levels. Grade 6 will begin to explore and practice changing the tone of values. They will develop vocabulary and craftsmanship through project-based learning. Students have opportunities for visual self-expression using a wide variety of tools, materials, and techniques. Students rotate between multiple unique art classrooms through the school year to provide diverse opportunities. The goal of the Art program is to enable students to explore different types of Art media and spark a lifelong interest in Art.
Course Title: Keyboarding & Computer Applications Grade 6 Department: Business & Technology Education
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: Meeting once per 5-day rotation for 45 minutes each for a total of only 36 class meetings per year Length of Course: Academic YearPrimary Resources: Microtype Software, iSafe curriculum provided by guidance department, Teacher created handouts and lessons organized in curriculum binder, Microsoft Word 2013, Microsoft PowerPoint 2013Units of Study: Computer Applications (refresher and warm up of keyboarding skills), Computer Applications, Introduction to PowerPoint, Computer Applications, Internet Safety
Curriculum-Based Assessments: Build skill assessments, Project based assignmentsStandardized Assessments: NADescription: Students will demonstrate keying mastery using touch typing of the alpha keys with an introduction of numeric and symbol keys. In addition, students will build upon skills learned in 5th grade utilizing intermediate word processing skills across all curriculum content areas. The students learn that word processing skills offer versatility and flexibility to support any kind of instruction or activity in school and that word processing saves time, enhances document appearance, and allows sharing and collaboration of documents. PowerPoint basics are also introduced to equip students with tools to deliver an academic presentation. Digital Citizenship focuses on protecting and valuing online identity as much as protecting and valuing offline identity. The students will recognize that the cyber community is as tangible as the physical community. In addition, the students understand digital citizens are responsible for their actions, and that online interactions have real, offline consequences.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 50-85 min/every day Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: August, Diane, et al. Wonders: A Reading/Language Arts Program. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2014.
Units of Study: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, & Word Study (grammar/vocabulary)Curriculum-Based Assessments: Unit/weekly assessments, text-dependent analysis responses, and skill-based quizzesStandardized Assessments: STAR 360, Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)Description: In this course, students learn through a variety of teaching techniques on how to apply skills and strategies to enable them to comprehend text to gain a deeper understanding. As part of learning to comprehend grade-level text, students are also taught strategies to interpret figurative language and draw evidence from the text to support their analysis of both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Students will also learn how to read and interpret the author’s craft and structure as well as connect multiple texts through comparing and contrasting while drawing relevant evidence to support their interpretation and arguments or claims about the text. Additionally, students will respond to literature through oral and written communication. Students will also continually engage in acquiring, utilizing, and analyzing new vocabulary as well as practice speaking and listening skills through collaboration, discussion, and oral presentations. Students will apply concepts to a culminating project. Grade 6 ELA is aligned to PA Academic and Core Standards. PA Core Standards focus on Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 1 time per week for 45 minutes Length of Course: YearUnits of Study: Fitness, Team Sports, and Cooperative Games & ActivitiesCurriculum-Based Assessments: Fitness Assessments, Pre and Post Fitness Testing, Skill Development, Participation, SportsmanshipStandardized Assessments: N/A
Description: The focus of this course is to cultivate knowledge, passion, and skill to empower students to pursue healthy habits and a physically active lifestyle. Students will engage in various physical activities that support health, physical fitness, motor skill improvement, group interactions, and enjoyment. This course is aligned with the PA Academic Health, Safety and Physical Education Standards and focuses on Fitness, Team Sports, and Cooperative Games and Activities. Fitness concepts include experimenting with a variety of activities to improve and promote personal fitness. (e.g. Cardiovascular Endurance, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength, Body Composition, and Flexibility) Students will discover concepts of exercise and nutrition in establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Team Sports will help with the understanding and demonstration of proper teamwork and sportsmanship. Team Sports allow students to apply and improve movement skills (e.g. dribbling, passing, trapping, catching, juggling, running, shooting, ball control, kicking, throwing, setting). Gameplay will be used to demonstrate the benefits of practice through drills, stations, partner work and importance of fair play. (e.g. positions, rules, leadership, & safety) Cooperative Games are used to apply a variety of motor skills, creative movement patterns, strategy, and fitness to participate in large and small group activities. Group activities help to identify the benefits of communication and positive social interaction for success in a variety of physical activity environments.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: Book Selection- One class (30 min) every two weeks, Library Instruction- Approximately two project based units/ year Length of Course: 1 yearUnits of Study: Book Selection, Using Databases, Research Process: Planning, Choosing Sources, Investigating, Sharing Citing Sources, MLACurriculum-Based Assessments: N/A
Standardized Assessments: N/A
Description: The sixth-grade library curriculum continues to build on the use of electronic resources for research. Learning activities are project-based and developed to support the content area curriculum. Sixth-grade students learn how to use advanced search features in databases and develop the ability to choose a database for their information need. There is a strong focus on the ethical use of information as students create works cited lists and cite the sources of information and borrowed material using MLA style citations.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 52 minutes a day Length of Course: Year
Primary Resources: Glencoe Math Built to the Common Core, Glencoe/McGraw HillUnits of Study: Unit 1: Algebraic Concepts: Expressions, Equations and the Number System, Unit 2: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, Unit 3: Statistics and Probability: Analyzing Data and Measurements, Unit 4: GeometryCurriculum Based Assessments: Section Quizzes, Chapter TestsStandardized Assessments: Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) Test, STAR 360Description: Math 6 prepares students for the rigorous requirements of the PA Core Standards in Mathematics, through their ability to understand and retain eligible content over the course of the year. The following areas will be covered: Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions/Equations/Inequalities, Geometry, and Statistics/Probability. In addition, this course will assist in facilitating the development of pre-algebra skills. Cumulative skills attained through this course will include but not be limited to problem-solving, “real world” application, and critical thinking skills.Students will also encounter differentiated instruction through the use of ALEKS. ALEKS is an adaptive online resource that uses open-responsive questions to provide each student with a personalized learning path. The personalized instruction allows the students to progress at their own pace while following the curriculum. ALEKS targets instruction on Ready to Learn topics while building learning momentum and confidence. The students will be assigned ALEKS as a continuous assignment throughout the course.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/5-day rotation Length of Course: Year (part of 5-day rotation)Primary Resources: Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/Standards/National Music StandardsUnits of Study: Music Literacy: Rhythm/dotted eighth-sixteenth notes, Music Literacy: Rhythm/uneven sixteenth note patterns, Music Literacy: Pitch/Tablature, Listening and Analysis: Form/Vocab/Evaluation, Musical Contexts: Styles of Music/History/Composers, Performance Skills, Creativity/Improvisation, TechnologyCurriculum-Based Assessments: Topic/Chapter Tests, Performance-based assessmentsStandardized Assessments: N/A
Description: 6th Grade students will further develop a basic understanding of music through the concepts of Pitch (with a focus on bass clef and guitar tablature), Rhythm (dotted eighth-sixteenth and uneven sixteenth note combinations), and Composition/Arrangement (with a focus on group ostinati). Students will use this knowledge to read songs and rhythms and actively listen to a variety of musical styles. They will also move, sing, and perform repertoire utilizing these concepts. Students will continue to build upon their knowledge of music vocabulary in order to describe music and participate in intellectual dialogue using appropriate phrasing. Students will continue to develop self-assessment rubrics where they are able to self-monitor their individual progress and constructively critique the performance of other classmates.
Performance components of the course include: singing, playing a variety of instruments, and using classroom instruments to fluently demonstrate their mastery of various concepts discussed throughout the year. 6th Grade students will also continue the exploration of Guitar and Keyboard basics with an emphasis on performance. Students develop an appreciation of music through a historical lens and listen to a variety of music styles, while analyzing composer/arranger decision-making rationale and creative process.
Course Title: Band - Grade 6 Department: Music
Grade Level: 6th grade Time Per Week: One small group lesson & two full band rehearsals Length of Course: Full year
Primary Resources: Textbook: Sheldon, Boonshaft, Black, Phillips. "Sound Innovations for Concert Band" 2010, bk. 2; Concert performance music grade 1.5 - 2; EHUE 6th grade band website play-along tracks
Units of Study:Quality of sound, Ensemble movement, Matching pitch, Technique and Artistry, Expression, Phrasing, Stylistic traits, Feeling, Cultural understandingCurriculum-Based Assessments: Performances (annual winter & spring)
Standardized Assessments: None
Description of Course: 6th Grade Band is a course that emphasizes continuing instruction on learning to play a band instrument. Group lessons give instrument-specific instruction. Full ensemble rehearsal emphasizes playing with other instrumental sections in preparation for concert performances. Attendance at concert performances is required.
Course Title: Chorus - Grade 6 Department: Music
Grade Level: 6th grade Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes / once a week Length of Course: Full year
Primary Resources: Unison/Two-part repertoire, Elementary Choral method resources and Resources designed by teacher
Units of Study:
- Vocal Tone production
- Vocal Warm-ups, Rounds, and Songs
- Music Literacy and Sightreading
- Ear Training
- Two-part & Three-part Choral Literature
- Vocal Performance
Standardized Assessments: None
Description of Course: 6th-grade Chorus is an explore ensemble that is offered to all students in 6th grade. This ensembles focus on continuing vocal & breathing techniques, utilizing various warm-ups, ear-training, and explore unison and two-part repertoire.
6th-grade Chorus performs annual winter and spring concerts, as well as the annual “We Are the Music Maker’s Concert”
6th-grade students have the opportunity to audition for the All-Star Chorus, which is a select group of 5th & 6th-grade Chorus students.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 30 minutes small group / Two 30 minutes full ensembles Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: Resources developed by teachers and aligned to PA Academic Standards/Standards/National Music Standards, Essential Elements Book 1 and 2 Hal LeonardUnits of Study: Instrument Parts and Beginning Playing Positions, Left Hand Skills, Music Reading, Right Hand (Bow) Skills, Music Understand and Ensemble Skills, Ear TrainingCurriculum-Based Assessments: N/A
Standardized Assessments: N/ADescription: Orchestra students in grade 6 receive one 30-minute small group pull-out lesson per 5-day rotation and two 30-minute full ensemble rehearsals per 5-day rotation. Lessons are scheduled on a rotating basis and taught by one of the string teachers.
In small group lessons, students learn and review essentials for playing a string instrument, such as posture, playing posture, parts of their instrument and different instruments of the orchestra. By the end of the third year of playing, students will be able to perform more complex melodies on their instrument both by ear and by reading music.
Students also have the opportunity to audition for the Chamber Orchestra. This group meets on specific dates throughout the year and provides students with more challenging orchestral music as well as community performances.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 50 minutes/every day Length of Class: YearPrimary Resource(s): IScience Earth and Space. Columbus, OH, McGraw-Hill Education, 2017.Units of Study: Rock Cycle and Fossil Profiles, Weathering and Erosion of Rocks and Soil, Understanding Weather and Climate - Storms, Water, and Other ResourcesCurriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Chapter tests, Unit tests
Standardized Assessments: N/A
Description: Unit 1 focuses on the rock cycle. Students identify and describe types of rocks and how they are formed. Students learn how the Earth’s surface is constantly changing. Fossils provide students with opportunities to view historical features. They learn how fossils are formed and categorize the fossils based upon a variety of characteristics. Weathering and erosion are the key concepts in unit 2. Students learn about the naturally occurring process of weathering and identify and discuss various types of weathering. The process of soil development through transfer and deposit is studied through lab experiences and textbook/online resources. Unit 3 provides students with hands-on opportunities to understand weather and climate. Weather systems such as tornado develop and other natural events are explored. Students learn the relationship between Earth surfaces (land vs. water) and weather. Students take on the role of a meteorologist as they learn about weather maps and systems. Grade 6 science is aligned with the PA Academic and Core Standards. PA Core Standards focus on reading and writing in the content areas and PA Academic Standards are comprised of the Nature of Science, Physical, Life, and Earth and Space Science.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/every day Length of Course: YearPrimary Resources: HMH Social Studies: World Civilizations., Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt, 2018.Units of Study: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece & Rome
Curriculum Based Assessments: Section quizzes, Unit Tests, Unit ProjectsStandardized Assessments: N/ADescription: The 6th grade Social Studies course is designed to introduce students to four ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome. In each of these four civilizations, we will focus our attention on four Big Ideas. Each unit will start with a focus on how humans interacted with the environment to build and sustain a civilization. Next, students will study the location of resources, transportation, communication, and how technological innovations affected trade and the distribution of goods. Students will then explore how the ruling classes organized government and structured society. Students will also gain an understanding of how human belief systems affected the development of each civilization. Grade 6 Social Studies is aligned to the PA Academic and Core Standards. PA Core Standards focus on reading and writing in the content areas.
Grade Level: 6 Time Per Day/Week: 45 minutes/once every 5 days Length of Course: Year
Primary Resources: N/A
Units of Study: (1) Chinese (2) Korean (3) Indigenous Languages of Central and South America (4) Artificial LanguagesCurriculum Based Assessments: Projects, Quizzes, DialoguesStandardized Assessments: N/ADescription: In Unit 1, students are introduced to the Chinese language and culture. Students will practice writing Chinese characters and words, and they will use Chinese animal vocabulary to create a Chinese zodiac wheel for Chinese New Year.
In Unit 2, students will explore Korean language and culture. They will learn about Taekwondo while practicing Korean numbers and body part vocabulary words. At the end of this unit, students will write, rehearse, and perform a Taekwondo skit.
In Unit 3, students will learn about the culture and language of the ancient Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas. Students will study the unique writing system of the Mayas by examining an example of a stelae. They will then study Aztec glyphs and create their own Aztec codex. Finally, they will explore the challenges faced by the Inca people who had no written language. Students will study and experience how these people used chasquis (road runners) and quipus (systems of knotted strings) to communicate without a written language.
In Unit 4, the students will discuss the concept of made-up languages such as Esperanto and fictional languages from movies such as Avatar, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. They will then have the opportunity to create their own language. Taking inspiration from the languages they have studied over the years, students will begin by creating an alphabet, then they will generate vocabulary words, and finally, they will establish grammar rules so they are able to read and write in their constructed languages. This is the culminating project for Eden Hall’s World Language Program and our students’ chance to demonstrate the application of everything they have learned about language over the past three years.