Instrumental Music 6 (Introductory and Advanced): Welcome to 6th grade Instrumental Music! We will be spending this time getting to know each other as we develop the idea of the ensemble: “A group of individuals coming together to create a complete presentation of music.” As we begin our first few weeks together, we will expand on the idea of ensemble and how to learn together. Part of that process will include how to learn to play instruments, and the rest will be how to learn to play together. We will go in-depth in the fundamentals of technique for wind and percussion instruments, including posture/position and developing our sense of metronomic time as we seek to develop musical accuracy and interdependence.
Acting 6: Welcome 6th-grade performers and creators! Sixth grade theatre will start the year by building relationships, establishing trust in the room, and exploring foundational theatre games. The focus will be on team building and fun! Time will also be spent going over procedures, norms, and expectations for the ensemble.
Vocal Music 6: Welcome to 6th-grade Choir! I hope you are rested and rejuvenated from a summer of sun, travel, and relaxation. After being gone for a couple of months it takes students (and me!) a little bit to get back into the routine. We will begin the year by exploring the foundations of vocal technique and the basics of being in a choir, learning some music theory, developing our aural skills, and beginning to explore repertoire for performances. Be sure to bring your black binder, pencil(s), tuning fork, and water to each class. Let the journey continue…here’s to a great year!
Art 6: Welcome to 6th-grade Art! We will begin this semester by learning about the classroom and each other with some fun art games, and we will have the opportunity to make our own sketchbooks that you will use throughout the rest of the art class. Let’s make this year awesome together!
PE 6: Welcome to 6th grade PE. We will be working hard each day to improve our overall fitness level while also having a lot of fun in class this year. The start of the year will begin with activities that will give the students the opportunity to get to know each other while also developing teamwork skills. Our first two units of the year will be Pickleball and Speedball. We will also complete our first round of fitness testing during the first month of school.
Health and Wellness 6: Welcome to health and wellness! We’ll launch into the semester with a unit designed to foster connections between students and to help them get to know themselves and each other better. As we continue the class, we’ll explore ideas around self-awareness and introduce useful mindfulness activities. We’ll expand upon these first units by learning about diversity, equity, and inclusion, including how to be an advocate and ally for others.
Welcome to 6th-grade science! We’ll start the school year by discussing what it means to be a scientist. We’ll begin with our first unit on the metric system and measuring. Students will learn how to properly use essential measuring tools in the science lab and also learn about the differences between the metric and imperial units. This unit culminates with the Metric Olympics where students get to test their measuring skills against some Olympic-level competition.
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: Huanyin 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 the Chinese Language. We will be focused on learning Chinese character’s pronunciation based on the pinyin (initials finals) and four tones. You will have a chance to create a pinyin song by yourself. Meanwhile, we will learn greetings in the Chinese manner, common classroom language and numbers. Also, we will be celebrating the traditional Chinese Festival-Mid Autumn’s Festival with hands-on crafts and mooncake tasting.
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 trimester of Technology. We will explore technology tools and concepts 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, VR and AR creation toolkits, the Swift programming language, and micro: bits.
Pre-Algebra Prep 6: We’ll be starting off the year getting organized, learning the math class routines, getting comfortable with our textbook, and establishing classroom norms. Then we’ll double check some division and multiplication skills before embarking on powers and exponents, order of operations, divisibility tests, strategies for tackling word problems, some fun non-traditional problems and the “24 challenge”. Be ready for daily warmups, a variety of activities and some math reflection too. As students readjust to being back and school and doing math, I encourage them to ask questions and see me as needed.
Pre-Algebra 6: Welcome to PA! We kick off the year with useful organizational support (binders, papers, syllabi, Google Classroom, etc.), and classroom norms. Our days begin with a daily puzzle, followed by a lesson introduction, collaboration (at a distance), a game, and then solving problems utilizing the given lesson. The class will explore skills and methods for tackling word problems, implement exponents and powers, and apply order of operations when simplifying linear expressions. We will play games as we delve into divisibility rules and prime factorization. This will be very useful in understanding and finding Greatest Common Factors (GCF), and Least Common Multiple (LCM); our next lessons.
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, discussions, and other activities 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.