• Grade 6 Electives:

    6th Elective Wheel A : Students will participate in one trimester each of:

    1. Art 6: ​Wheel A (Grade 6)

      Students expand their knowledge of art from around the globe, as well as their ability to express and build their foundational skills and apply them in meaningful and creative ways. Students develop ideas, and themes in original works of visual art and hands on activities. Lessons will introduce master artists and as students gain this knowledge and these skills, they gain in their ability to apply the knowledge and skills in the visual arts to their widening personal worlds. The problem-solving activities inherent in art making help them develop cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills​.

    2. Presentation Literacy: ​Wheel A (Grade 6)

      Students engage in a series of Explorations designed to help them present an amazing TED-Ed talk on an idea that they are passionate about. Along the way, students will become experts in:

      • Identifying the elements of a great idea
      • Researching, developing and presenting an idea
      • Creating visuals to tell a compelling story
      • Using best practices for camera, lighting and sound

      By the end of the trimester, each student will have a filmed TED-Ed talk, and may be recommended to participate in our district’s TEDx event, or share his or her idea through social media outlets, ed.ted.com, the TED-Ed Clubs YouTube channel, or possibly even the TED stage!

    3. Computer Science: Game Design: ​Wheel A (​Grade 6)

      This course is designed to inspire students and open their eyes to the endless possibilities of computer coding. Your student will create video games while designing their own interactive video games using Scratch. This drag-and-drop platform developed by MIT, allows them to expand upon basic coding concepts as they develop a strong foundation in computational thinking.

    6th Elective Wheel B : Students will participate in one trimester each of:

       1. Genius Hour: ​Wheel B (Grade 6)
          Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the       classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time during school.

          The teacher provides a set amount of time for the students to work on passion projects that are developed around a driving question, something kids want to investigate that can in some way make the world a better place. Projects may simply enlighten the world, or may relate to new inventions or new ways to do things. They spend several weeks researching the topic before they start creating a product that will be shared with the class/school/world. Deadlines are limited and creativity is encouraged. Whatever they choose, students’ projects are shared with the world, which helps them develop a deeper understanding of our growing global responsibility.

    1. Presentation Literacy: ​Wheel B (Grade 6)

      Students engage in a series of Explorations designed to help them present an amazing TED-Ed talk on an idea that they are passionate about. Along the way, students will become experts in:

      • Identifying the elements of a great idea
      • Researching, developing and presenting an idea
      • Creating visuals to tell a compelling story
      • Using best practices for camera, lighting and sound

      By the end of the trimester, each student will have a filmed TED-Ed talk, and may be recommended to participate in our district’s TEDx event, or share his or her idea through social media outlets, ed.ted.com, the TED-Ed Clubs YouTube channel, or possibly even the TED stage!

    2. Engineering Science: Makey-Makey: ​Wheel B (​Grade 6)

      Explore how electrons and electricity help to power “Makey Makey” invention kits. Allow your creativity and imagination to grow as you use the kits to become hardware engineers, creating your own unique inventions to solve real-world design challenges. Use Scratch to enhance your creations. Learn how to share and present your creations to others in class.

    Beginning Band: ​Yearlong (Available Grades 6 and 7)

    Band class is a wonderful opportunity to learn to read music, play an instrument and perform for an audience. This class is open to students who have limited experience with music, as well as those who know nothing about music. All you really need is to have an interest in playing an instrument.