Instrumental Music 6 (Introductory and Advanced): The 6th grade ensembles will be launching into the semester by learning how to assemble/take apart their instruments, basic instrument care, and the ever-exciting first sound. The Advanced ensemble will be reviewing basic instrument care and will dive into producing good tone on their instruments. The students will be discovering good practice habits including a routine that is easy to follow and consistent, and will be documenting their own progress in practice vlogs that they will turn into me every week. The vlogs for September will focus on establishing routines and becoming comfortable with recording and listening to themselves and receiving feedback from me.
Acting 6: The 6th grade acting students will be focusing on learning the basic skills of collaboration and group storytelling. We will be exploring techniques that use our physical and vocal “instruments” to add emotional color and texture to our stories. Theater vocabulary, stage picture, introductory character creation, and constructive critique will all be incorporated over the course of the semester. In September we will introduce group storytelling skills as well as appropriate ways to share feedback.
Vocal Music 6: Welcome to 6th Grade Choir! This is indeed an interesting time to be singing! Nevertheless, we adapt and will thrive! We begin the semester with classroom procedures/responsibilities, posture and breathing, vocal techniques, introductory rhythmic and melodic sight reading, and learn to sing harmony with yourself. Students will also explore the use of new music technology and software. In our first Creative Project, students will document music that is important to themselves and conduct interviews in their homes to explore the musical interests of their family members.
Art 6: Welcome to Middle School Visual Arts!! We are going to start the new school year getting to know each other as aspiring artists and collaborators. We will make sure we have a space at home to support our creative endeavors and we will spend some time familiarizing ourselves with the supplemental art kits that students will pick up during orientation. Students will be using Google Slides as a platform to document their work, to reflect on their creative process, and to share their creations with the classroom audience. Projects will generally start with ancient art as a historical point of departure as we explore a wide range of visual mediums from watercolor pencils to collage. The goal is to maximize the amount of time that students are creating with their hands off of the computer.
PE 6: Welcome to 6th Grade PE. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of the students. There are many goals that we will strive to accomplish in class this year including improving the student’s overall fitness level and their understanding of the different physical fitness concepts while also having a lot of FUN in class. We will start off the year getting to know each other while learning many different exercises and the benefits of doing them. The students will be performing a wide variety of exercises during class that will keep them moving and will help them get some much needed energy out. The students will have a daily fitness log to show what they completed for each day they have class. I am excited to get the school year going!
Health and Wellness 6: Welcome to health and wellness! We’ll launch into the semester with a unit designed to foster connection between students and to help them get to know each other...and themselves better! Students will reflect on their values through a photo project and will delve into an exploration of happiness, through the creation of a “happiness mandala.” We’ll also begin to introduce practices of mindfulness and self-care, which we will continue to develop throughout the semester.
Science 6: Welcome to 6th grade science! I cannot wait to work with your budding scientists throughout this school year. We will be focusing on the foundational skills of science in conjunction with content based around biology, ecology, and “our local environment”. Students will start the year off with a science boot camp. This will give students the opportunity to learn about the prerequisite skills to allow students to engage in carrying out their own experiments and engineering & design challenges later this year. We will start with skills and ideas, such as: Observation vs. inference; qualitative and quantitative analysis; independent vs. dependent variables; and accuracy vs. precision.
French 6: Bienvenue! Welcome to the first year of French! Each unit will be built around questions that help us connect French to our own language and cultures. How many different ways do we use to greet each other? Is there a formal way of speaking in English? This month, as we get to know each other and get used to working together in an online environment, we will start off with greetings and introductions in different contexts. We will also dive into some numbers and common expressions for working in the classroom together. Students will practice their speaking and listening skills using a variety of scenarios, and will learn about speaking formally and informally. We will explore cognates, listen to popular songs, and examine the pitfalls of online translators.
Chinese 6: Guanyin Huanyin Huanyin, I am so excited to welcome all of you entering OES Middle school and you are so brave to take the challenge to learn Chinese Language. This month, besides getting to know each other and getting used to the technology tools, we will be focused on learning Chinese character’s pronunciation based on the pinyin (initials finals) and four tones. Each group of students will have a chance to create a pinyin song by themselves. Meanwhile, we will learn greetings in Chinese manner, common classroom language and numbers.
Spanish 6: ¡BIENVENIDO (welcome)! I am excited to meet you! We are all arriving at OES Middle School with zero or some experience in Spanish. After we get to learn a bit about each other and how to use technology, the first chapter is the basics and brand new for some people and a great review for others! We will be starting with the alphabet and pronunciation supported by some goofy songs. Learning greetings and goodbyes are a natural place to start with some role-playing activities. Also, we will be working on numbers to 100 with games. A basic small-talk area in every language is asking and telling the date and we will practice this often. See you soon!
Technology 6: This year the 6th grade students will take a semester of technology. We will explore computer science through an inquiry and project-based lens with the goal of understanding computational thinking practices and perspectives such as: experimenting and iterating, testing and debugging and viewing technology as a medium of creation. Some of the technologies that may be used in this course are the CoSpaces environment, 3D printing, Unity, VR and AR technologies, and the Scratch programming environment.
Pre-Algebra Prep 6: Welcome to Middle School! I am so looking forward to doing math with you this year. We’ll be starting off the year getting organized, doing some quick review on past topics, getting comfortable with the e-textbook before embarking on powers and exponents, order of operations, divisibility tests, some non-traditional problems and introducing the “24 challenge." As you readjust to being back and school and doing math, I encourage you to ask questions in our face to face classes, via email or setting up a time to see me. I am excited for our year together.
Pre-Algebra 6: Welcome to 6th grade Pre-Algebra! The year begins with a quick review of past topics and problems solving skills, as well as getting organized for the year ahead. You will be introduced to your e-textbook before embarking on powers and exponents, order of operations, prime factorization, and divisibility tests. We then will apply these skills to find greatest common factors and least common denominators. I look forward to seeing you Face to Face (online) during our morning classes.
Humanities 6: Welcome to Humanities! This year, we will be exploring the big question “What does it mean to be human?” through the lens of literature, history, current events, and ourselves. We will begin our school year with the essential work of building a community in each class as well as creating routines for reading, writing, and community discussions. Students will explore the multidimensional concepts of both culture and identity, which will guide our work the rest of the year as we consider perspectives beyond our own. In September, students will write their “Academic Autobiography” as well as share their “Timeball” of important events in their lives. By the end of the month, we will start to read the novel Peak and learn how to do close reading by annotating our books.