current 5TH GRADERs

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TECHNOLOGY

ARTS

WORLD LANGUAGE

LITERACY

6th grade elective options
Students will be asked to rank their top four elective options from the list of elective classes below.

Innovative Minds I is designed to provide students with a hands on, collaborative approach to learning and problem solving using technology. Students engage in activities that not only build knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.

Innovation art & design 1
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Introductory middle school art course for students who want to explore their creative side using a variety of art materials, develop art techniques, and use creative thinking skills to express ideas and viewpoints about personal experiences and the world. Students will produce meaningful and unique drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, ceramics, crafts and digital art in a studio setting. Students will also develop skills using digital tools to create artworks illustrating their viewpoints about personal experiences via digital media and/or digital photography.

Students will learn to create, perform, and respond to ukulele music in a variety of styles/genres. Students will learn and develop ukulele skills, including selected major, minor, and seventh chords; pentatonic scales; basic strumming and picking technique; and tuning technique. They study cultural, historical, personal, and social context as they relate to ukulele repertoire. Students will develop effective practice habits so they can progress independently. This course is open to all students, regardless of music background.

This course is for students with no prior instrumental music experience. Basic instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students are taught the elements of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. The development of technical skills necessary to perform Grade 1 to Grade 2 Level music is stressed, performance levels established by the National Association for Music Education. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional band or orchestra ensemble. Students also learn melodic form and construction as they examine and perform more complex folk melodies and melodies from master composers.

This course is for students with no prior instrumental music experience. Basic instrumental skills are developed by performing a variety of music. Students are taught the elements of musical form, terms and symbols, tone production, instrument care and maintenance, and the importance of consistent practice habits. The development of technical skills necessary to perform Grade 1 to Grade 2 Level music is stressed, performance levels established by the National Association for Music Education. Emphasis is placed on developing formal rehearsal decorum, following a conductor, and developing pitch and rhythmic security in preparation for performing an independent part in the traditional band or orchestra ensemble. Students also learn melodic form and construction as they examine and perform more complex folk melodies and melodies from master composers.

french language level i

This is a High School Credit course.

Students begin to learn to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about topics related to daily life. They interpret basic information when listening and reading. Vocabulary and basic grammatical structures are taught within the context of these familiar topics. Culture is embedded throughout the course.

Spanish language level i

This is a High School Credit course.

Students begin to learn to communicate orally and in writing in a culturally appropriate manner about topics related to daily life. They interpret basic information when listening and reading. Vocabulary and basic grammatical structures are taught within the context of these

spanish for spanish speaker I

This is a High School Credit course.

Spanish for Spanish Speakers courses provide language instruction for students with some proficiency in Spanish, either because it is their first language or it is spoken in their home. Each course integrates history, culture, language, and connections related to the Spanish-speaking world. *Students must complete a language assessment for placement in this course.

dIGITAL LITERACY

The Digital Literacy 1 curriculum focuses on developing critical and creative thinking through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing in a 21st century approach. Working through a problem-based process, students learn to define real-world problems of interest, research the causes of those problems using real-time global texts, and then create solutions to address the problems. Students will advance their understanding of comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of text as well as vocabulary acquisition through reading complex informational and argumentative texts in a technology-rich medium. Students will collaborate regularly through research and solution phases of their investigations. Students’ curiosity and motivation will engage them in their investigations while learning and refining the processes that will enrich all other courses and prepare them for college and career projects.

LIGHTS CAMERA LITERACY 1

This course increases literacy in both written and visual text, improves collaboration skills, builds confidence and motivation, and provides opportunities for high-level thinking via specific strategies. Students transfer their skills as viewers of film to skills on the written page, as well as learn how to read visual text and create effective visual communications. The course focuses on all three areas of the MCPS Moving Image Education—integrating, deconstructing, and creating the moving image. Students transfer reading skills such as inference from screen to script page to book. They use critical-thinking skills and explore new vocabulary in the areas of lexicography, chess, and film. Students deconstruct information at the literary, dramatic, and cinematic levels. Throughout the course, students reflect on their learning through student-to-student discourse and journal writing. They work collaboratively to apply the various skills and use technology to produce an authentic product—a short film.

6th grade core team

Ms. Lisa Shorts
Administrator
Email:
Lisa_N_Shorts@mcpsmd.org

Ms. Lisa Tran
Counselor
Email: Lisa_L_Tran@mcpsmd.org

Mr. Daniel Grenier
Team Leader
Email:
Daniel_B_Grenier@mcpsmd.org

Mr. Jae Hwang
Magnet Coordinator
Email:
Jae_Hwang@mcpsmd.org