Program
Middle School

Grade 6

List of 11 items.

  • Art

    Clay, Colored pencils, Computers, Drawing, Sculpting, Watercolor Painting

    LEARNING GOALS FOR VISUAL ART:
    • Understand art within the context of a culture and community
    • Learn watercolor techniques
    • Build and carve with clay
    • Paint with acrylic paint
    • Understand color theory
    • Understand  proportion
    • Give and receive feedback

    LEARNING GOALS FOR OBSERVING ART:
    • Describe image
    • Make connections to image
    • Analyze image
    • Interpret image
    • Evaluate image
  • English

    NOVELS:
    Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings (summer reading); The Giver by Lois Lowry; Out of Bounds: Seven stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo; Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang; Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

    POSSIBLE LITERATURE CIRCLE CHOICE BOOKS:
    Define Normal by Julie Anne Peters; Divergent by Veronica Roth; Nothing but the Truth by Avi; Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry; Legend by Marie Lu; Ticket to India by N.H. Senzai; Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
     
    ADDITIONAL TEXTS:
    Non-FictionEssays and Articles; Plays; Poems; Short Stories; Songs

    GRAMMAR AND WRITING REFERENCE TEXTS:
    Elements of Language Introductory Workbook and Textbook published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston; Elements of Language First Course Workbook published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston

    VOCABULARY PROGRAM:
    Word Wisdom published by Zaner-Bloser, Inc.

    LEARNING GOALS FOR READING:
    • Read and comprehend a range of texts (e.g., literature, short stories, poems) proficiently and independently
    • Summarize text
    • Make inferences
    • Make connections
    • Interpret figurative language
    • Analyze and explain how authors develop the point of view of narrators and speakers in various texts
    • Cite textual evidence
    • Determine themes of texts
    • Determine word meanings
    • Build and develop vocabulary 
    LEARNING GOALS FOR WRITING:

    FORMS OF WRITING:
    Compare and Contrast Essays; Expository Paragraphs; Five-Paragraph Essay; Journal Entries; Literature Circle Writing Responses; Personal Narratives; Research Paper; Short Stories; Speeches
    • Use the writing process: brainstorm, plan, write, revise, edit, publish
    • Develop topic sentences and essay outlines
    • Use details to support topic sentences
    • Organize writing pieces clearly and logically
    • Use transition words appropriately
    • Use appropriate word choice
    • Write for a variety of audiences
    • Vary sentence structure
    • Reflect on written work and set writing goals
    • Give and receive peer feedback
    • Incorporate teacher feedback
    • Proofread for accurate spelling, mechanics, and grammar
       
    LEARNING GOALS FOR LISTENING AND SPEAKING:
    • Participate in a variety of discussions (e.g., one-on-one, small group, large group, teacher-led)
    • Answer and generate questions related to topic
    • Summarize main points of discussion
    • Deliver a speech comfortably and clearly 
  • Health and Wellness

    BODY HEALTH
    • Understand and communicate changes that occur with puberty
    • Understand that there are many aspects of human sexuality and development
    • Understand and communicate the importance of nutrition and sleep
    • Examine and assess the role of media on body image
           
    SOCIAL HEALTH
    • Apply skills to foster healthy relationships with girls and boys
    • Refine conflict resolution skills
           
    EMOTIONAL HEALTH
    • Identify and manage stress through healthy choices
    • Identify appropriate support services
    • Seek and accept support when needed
  • Library and Information Literacy

    CORE RESOURCES:
    Standards for the 21st century Learner AASL
    Adaptation of California School Library Recommended Library Skills
           
    • Build research plans to gather and manage information
    • Build competency in accessing, processing, and evaluating information
    • Use linked resource pathfinders (Libguides)
    • Create and execute effective presentations of research
  • Mathematics

    COURSES OFFERED:
     
    Math 6, Pre-Algebra

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MATH 6:

    TEXT:
    Connected Mathematics 3 published by Pearson, 2014

    NUMBER SENSE AND OPERATIONS
    • Use all four operations to solve problems with all types of numbers
    • Understand the properties (distributive, associative, commutative) that underlie the four operations
    • Extend number theory to include exponents, square roots, divisibility rules, and prime factorization
    • Evaluate expressions containing integers and simple exponents using order of operations
    • Use ratio and proportion to solve problems
    • Convert fluently between decimals, fractions, and percents
    • Learn about the real number system especially integers, fractions, and decimals and their placement on the number line
    ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
    • Write and solve one- and two-step linear equations in one variable
    • Investigate geometric patterns and describe them algebraically
    • Graph ordered pairs in the four quadrants of the coordinate plane
    • Use basic expressions and formulas to solve problems
    • Begin to use commutative, associative, and distributive properties to show how two expressions are equivalent
    • Analyze data in tables
    GEOMETRY AND MEASUREMENT
    • Know and use metric measure; understand the relationships of length, capacity, and weight
    • Identify angles as vertical, adjacent, corresponding, complementary, and/or supplementary
    • Use the properties of complementary and supplementary angles and the sum of the angles of a triangle to solve problems involving an unknown angle
    • Understand parallel lines, perpendicular lines, segments, and rays
    • Understand and solve problems with perimeter, area, and volume
    • Begin to understand surface area 
  • Music

    Philosophy of Zoltán Kodály and Carl Orff

    LEARNING GOALS FOR MUSIC:
    • Reinforce basic recorder fingerings and extend fingerings and range of recorder notes
    • Transfer knowledge of music reading to the recorder and Orff instruments
    • Read and write musical notes from musical score and through identification of rhythmic motives or melodic patterns
    • Reinforce and identify songs in major and minor keys
    • Read, sing and play songs in different meters: compound and simple
    • Explore playing and singing songs with I, IV, V7 chords
    • Practice two- and three-part singing, playing, and speaking through rounds, speech ensembles, body percussion, songs and Orff instrumental pieces
    • Research independently current musical artists of various genres – country, classical, rock, jazz, country and pop
    • Create and compose pieces, individually and collectively, in small groups using computers programs and GarageBand
    • Strengthen performance skills in recorder; singing and playing percussion and Orff instruments
    • Learn the following guitar chords: C; G7; G; and D7
  • Physical Education

    LEARNING GOALS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
    (Climbing Wall, Dance, Sports/Fitness)
    • Demonstrate  sportsmanship
    • Develop skills for climbing wall (e.g., bouldering, belaying, knot work, hand placement, footwork, route reading, and route setting)
    • Strengthen body awareness
    • Develop dance technique skills (hip hop, modern dance, West African)
    • Expand basic vocabulary for dance (locomotor movements, axial movements, pathway, level, direction, tempo, shape)
    • Learn (or choreograph) and perform short dances
    • Connect dance curriculum to English and science curriculum
    • Develop skills for individual and team sports
    • Participate in cooperative games
    • Engage in team building activities and challenges
    • Engage in fitness activities
    • Understand importance of fitness
    • Understand importance of short term and long term benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Science and Engineering/Computer Science

    THEME: Environmental Science
    TEXTS (published by Prentice Hall): Science Explorer Earth’s Water; Science Explorer Environmental Science

    UNITS: Hydrosphere; Lithosphere; Ecosystems

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SCIENCE:
    • Develop research questions
    • Develop use of supported hypothesis
    • Write scientifically (why/because)
    • Develop and ask scientific questions
    • Read scientifically
    • Read and interpret bar and line graphs
    • Write Scientific Method Lab report
    • Participate in independent experimentation (design and implementation)
    • Apply information to new situations
    • Practice Engineering Design Process in earthquake-proof house project
    • Identify problem, brainstorm, design, build, test, evaluate, redesign, and share solution
    • Research online and cite sources
    • Use and apply technology skills
    • Learn and practice lab equipment skills

    TECHNOLOGY
    EQUIPMENT TYPICALLY USED: Cameras; document cameras; 1:1 iPads® program; iPod®; laptops; microphones

    APPLICATIONS TYPICALLY USED: Animation software; E-mail applications; Google™ Apps; iLife® Suite; Internet browsers; Microsoft® Office Suite; photo editing software; video editing software; eBackpack; iTunes U

    PROGRAMMING


    CORE RESOURCES: Codea for iPad, Two Lives Left; Cargo-Bot, Two Lives Left; SNAP, University of California at Berkeley and MioSoft Corporation

    LEARNING GOALS FOR PROGRAMMING
    • Motion (move, turn, change x,y, point in direction)
    • Pen (set pen down/up, set pen width, set pen color, clear)
    • Looks (change size by, change costume, show/hide)
    • Sound (play sound, change tempo)
    • Controls (repeat, wait, forever, if/then, if/then/else)
    • Develop understanding of four quadrants, x,y coordinates, fractions
    • Develop understanding of conditional statements, Boolean values, variables
    • Problem solving (shortest possible solution)
    • Subroutines (short programming code that represents a longer code)
    • Programming using the iPad:
    -    Create functions
    -    Game creation
    -    Use commands to perform actions
    -    Use codes to represent colors
    -    Use codes to represent sounds
    -    Create a game prototype
    -    Inline code documentation


    MATHEMATICS
    TEXT: Mathematics Course 2 by Charles, Illingworth, McNemar, Mills, Ramirez, and Reeves published by Pearson Prentice  Hall
    KEY SUPPLEMENTAL TOOLS: IXL.COM
    COURSES OFFERED: Math 6; Math 6 Accelerated; Math 6 Honors


    LEARNING GOALS FOR MATHEMATICS:
    NUMBER SENSE AND OPERATIONS
    • Use all four operations to solve problems with all types of numbers
    • Understand the properties (distributive, associative, commutative) that underlie the four operations
    • Extend number theory to include exponents, square roots, divisibility rules, and prime factorization
    • Evaluate expressions containing integers and simple exponents using order of operations
    • Use ratio and proportion to solve problems
    • Convert fluently between decimals, fractions, and percents
    • Learn about the real number system especially integers, fractions, and decimals and their placement on the number line
    ALGEBRA AND FUNCTIONS
    • Write and solve one- and two-step linear equations in one variable
    • Investigate geometric patterns and describe them algebraically
    • Graph ordered pairs in the four quadrants of the coordinate plane
    • Use basic expressions and formulas to solve problems
    • Begin to use commutative, associative, and distributive properties to show how two expressions are equivalent
    • Analyze data in tables
    GEOMETRY AND MEASUREMENT
    • Know and use metric measure; understand the relationships of length, capacity, and weight
    • Identify angles as vertical, adjacent, corresponding, complementary, and/or supplementary
    • Use the properties of complementary and supplementary angles and the sum of the angles of a triangle to solve problems involving an unknown angle
    • Understand parallel lines, perpendicular lines, segments, and rays
    • Understand and solve problems with perimeter, area, and volume
    • Begin to understand surface area
    • Use variables and some related problems in expressions describing geometric quantities: the formulas for the perimeter and area of a rectangle, parallelogram, square, triangle, trapezoid, and circles
    • Use coordinate geometry to represent the properties of geometric shapes
    STATISTICS, DATA ANALYSIS, AND PROBABILITY
    • Determine the range, mean, median, and mode for a given set of data
    • Interpret, critique, and make various types of graphs to represent information in a data set
    • Understand and apply basic concepts of probability
    • Take samples/surveys and evaluate sampling methods
    • Understand and find mean, median, mode, range, outliers, and shape of data
    ADDITIONAL  LEARNING  GOALS  FOR  MATH  6  HONORS
    • Solve multi-step linear equations and introduce distributive property as well as variables on both sides of an equation
    • Explore idea of slope in linear functions
    • Graph simple linear functions on coordinate place using x/y charts, x- and y-intercepts, and slope intercept form
  • Social Studies

    UNITS:
    Identity & Community
    World Religions
    India (Ancient, Freedom Struggle, Great Partition, Human Trafficking)
    Africa (Chocolate Industry, Culture/Kingdoms of West Africa, Lost Boys, Girls’ Education, Apartheid) China (Silk Road through Modern Day) 

    LENSES FOR ANALYSIS: 
    Art; Daily Life; Economy; Geography; Government; History; Literature; Religion; Social Justice 

    TEXTBOOK:
    History Alive! (various texts) published by Teachers’ Curriculum Institute 

    NOVELS:
    The Giver by Lois Lowry; Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Li Jiang; Out of Bounds: Seven stories of Conflict and Hope by Beverley Naidoo; A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park; Ticket to India by N.H. Senzai; Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth 

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES:
    • Identify main idea/salient points
    • Connect ideas across topics
    • Recognize the interrelatedness of geography, economics, culture, belief systems, and political systems  within
    • historyUnderstand movement of people, goods, and ideas
    • Read, interpret, and create maps
    • Summarize and paraphrase information
    • Gather, organize, and synthesize information
    • Understand cause and effect
    • Develop an informed opinion supported by textual evidence
    • Develop hypothesis
    • Create and deliver presentations
    • Evaluate sources
    • Check for validity
    • Recognize bias
    • Use Internet to find appropriate sources
    • Use technology to present information
    • Use primary and secondary sources 
     
  • Theater Arts

    LEARNING GOALS FOR THEATER ARTS:
    • Work from instinct
    • Experiment with different styles of sound, speech, and movement
    • Use mindful breath to focus and calm
    • Warm up voice, body, imagination, focus, and teamwork
    • Work on projection and diction
    • Listen and react authentically to a partner
    • Collaborate a story or scene with a partner, saying “yes” to their creative ideas or offers
    • Keep bodies open to audience and scene/game members
    • Create an effective stage picture (tableau) with balance, levels, variety, and specificity
    • Confront and overcome stage fright
    • Take and apply direction from a director
    • Read and memorize lines and blocking from a given text
  • World Language: Spanish

    TEXTBOOK: Ven Conmigo: En Camino Level B published by Holt, Reinhart and Winston

    NOVEL: Piratas y El Mapa Secreto by Mira and Carol Gaab

    ADDITIONAL TEXTS: Advertisements; Articles about culture in Spanish-speaking countries; Letters; Recipes; Websites

    CULTURAL CONTENT: Ecuador; Chile; Argentina; food; festivals; religion; customs; artists; holidays; clothing

    LEARNING GOALS FOR SPANISH:
    • Geography
    • Traditions
    • Increase global awareness
    • Engage in conversation
    • Develop pronunciation skills
    • Understand, use, and practice in written and oral communication vocabulary words
    • Use grade-level grammatical structures accurately
    • Develop and strengthen reading skills
    • Summarize text
    • Develop writing skills
    • Write short descriptive paragraphs
    • Write letters to pen pals
    • Write poems
    • Edit peer writing
Please note: The K-8 Curriculum Guide is an articulation of the core aspects of the academic program at Hamlin; it is not intended to capture every concept and skill that is taught. Moreover, the K-8 Curriculum Guide will not reflect additional topics of study, which are inspired annually by student interests, teacher creativity, and current events.

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