Beginning Instrumental Music 6: I am very excited to start this year working with the 6th grade instrumental music students! The Beginning Instrumental Music students will be spending some time working on and demonstrating basic skills in reading music and how that relates to playing an instrument. We will be focused on defining good tone, practicing technique for producing sound, and learning the language of music.
Advanced Instrumental Music 6: The Advanced Instrumental Music students will spend time on revisiting the basics of reading music and how it relates to their instrument. We will be focused on defining good tone, practicing technique for producing sound, and learning the language of music. The will be an emphasis on demonstration as the students get to know me and my teaching style, and as I get to know them and their skill levels.
Acting 6: The 6th grade acting students will be focusing on learning the basic skills of collaborative 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.
Vocal Music 6: Students will jump right into solo and group singing, including finding their current vocal range. They will also be analyzing their strengths and potential as a musician and performer by engaging in activities that employ proper vocal technique and aural, sight reading, and performance skills. They will also be setting goals for growth over the year.
Art 6: Students will begin by learning about the earliest cave drawings in the world and experimenting with line and tone to create their own animal and line design drawings. This will be followed by studying about the Book of Kells, the oldest known illuminated (illustrated) book with overlapping lines and geometric design. We will watch The Secret of Kells for inspiration, take doodle notes, and then use those notes to create our own visual narrative that includes similar art elements to this ancient manuscript.
PE 6: The 6th grade PE students will begin the year outside with units on Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer. We begin each unit with the basic rules, skills and strategies that are needed to play the game successfully. We will also be completing our first round of Physical Fitness Testing (no need to panic about this). The plan is to have classes outside on the fields as long as the weather allows. Once the Oregon rain appears we will make the transition inside to SPARC.
Boys' Health and Wellness 6: We start the year with team building initiatives and low ropes course challenges to begin to collaborate as a team and get to know one another. After the 6th grade trip in September, we study the ins and outs of friendship, teasing and bullying, restorative practice, as well as mindfulness. Throughout the year we will do a half-hour mindfulness practice every Wednesday led by Ms. McEnroe.
Girls' Health and Wellness 6: We start the year with some low ropes course activities to get to know one another and learn how to collaborate. After the 6th grade trip in September, we study the ins and outs of friendship, teasing and bullying, restorative practice, as well as mindfulness. We rely primarily on Rosalind Wiseman’s work for guidelines on friendship, teasing, bullying, and restorative practice. We do a half-hour mindful practice every Wednesday with Ms. McEnroe and a shorter practice on Tuesdays with Mrs. Tooley. Looking forward to a great year!
Science 6: This year we will be exploring the world around us in the streams, pond, wetlands and woods of OES. In September, students will hone their skills of qualitative and quantitative observation in a series of activities based in these habitats. Students will practice scientific illustration, capturing images using iPads, and will be introduced to measurement tools we’ll be using throughout the year, as they learn to experience the world around them through a scientific lens.
French 6: Bienvenue! Welcome to the first year of French! We will start off with greetings and introductions in different contexts. We will also dive into 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, survey popular songs, and examine the pitfalls of online translators.
Chinese 6: In September students will experience Chinese culture through the observation of Chinese Moon Festival. This is a time when people gather for family reunions under the fullest, brightest moon of the year. The purpose is to celebrate harvest and remember family and friends. Besides a feast, Chinese people enjoy moon cakes and rose tea while thinking about their loved ones who are doing the same thing under the same moon, wherever they might be. Our beginning class will encounter Chinese language by learning how to greet people and introduce themselves. They will also learn how to count to 100, spell the sound of the language and type in Chinese.
Spanish 6: ¡BIENVENIDO (welcome)! I am excited to meet you! We are all arriving to OES Middle School with zero or some experience in Spanish. 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 1,000 and telling time with games. A basic small-talk area in every language is the weather and we will practice this often. See you soon!
Technology 6: In the next months, we will learn about the community commitments and expectations for technology use in the Middle School, including reviewing our home-school device agreements as we begin working on digital citizenship projects. We will also setup our technology resources in Google Classroom (Typing Club, TinkerCad and Swift), and explore how to code with the Micro:bits.
Pre-Algebra Prep 6: We’ll be starting off the year getting organized, learning the math class routines, getting comfortable with the e-textbook and then jumping into a quick division review before embarking on powers and exponents, order of operations, divisibility tests and introducing the “24 challenge.”
Pre-Algebra 6: We’ll be starting off the year getting organized and becoming comfortable with the e-textbook and then, after a quick refresher, we will launch into pre-algebra skills of powers and exponents, order of operations and divisibility tests with games along the way.
Humanities 6: 6th graders will spend time building community at the beginning of the year in Humanities. Students will develop, refine, and share pieces of their personal history through discussion, reflection, and writing. As the fall trip approaches, we’ll consider the unique gifts that each individual brings to our class culture.
Library Skills 6: After the 6th grade trip, we will look at the question of what are the research-related skills students need. We’ll look at using print materials for research (how does one use an index to help make this process more efficient?). We’ll also look at what is a database and how does one use them versus how does one go off and search for information on the Internet. There will be tips and tricks learned along the way and much room for practicing.