Sixth Grade Courses (2023-24)

  • Information in this Program of Studies is subject to change pending state and local board action. All courses described in this booklet will be offered pending adequate enrollment, teaching staff, and available funding.

    English

    Language Arts 6—1109
    The sixth grade language arts course is based upon the English Reading and English Writing Standards of Learning. Instruction integrates the writing process, use of accepted conventions of language in writing and speaking, comprehension of a variety of written literature, and basic research skills. SOL tested course.

    Health and Physical Education

    Health and Physical Education—71106
    This course fosters life-long habits of personal health and wellness for all students. Emphasis is on participation in life-long team and individual sports. Students may purchase a uniform or wear a crew-neck shirt with sleeves, shorts without buttons or zippers that are mid-thigh length. Athletic shoes are required. In addition to physical education, there are pertinent health units, interspersed throughout the year, taught in the classroom with appropriate materials devoted to general health education.

    Math

    Middle School Math Course I—31106
    Course 1 emphasizes understanding math through problem solving. The content strands include number and number sense, computation and estimation, measurement, geometry, probability, statistics, and patterns, functions, and algebra. Students will use concrete materials and technologies to model and investigate concepts. Students will often work in teams on mathematical tasks, communicating their reasoning orally and in writing. Connections to real-life, other subjects, and between math strands are emphasized. SOL tested course

    Middle School Math Course I/II—311067
    Course 1/2 students will learn all of the Grade 6 and half of the Grade 7 Standards of Learning in this compacted course. This pathway will lead to Honors Algebra I in 8th grade which leads to the option to take college level and AP math courses in high school. Students will take the Math Grade 6 SOL assessment.

    Science

    Science—41056
    Science in the sixth grade is organized topically: characteristics of matter; force, motion, and energy; interrelationships in earth/space systems; water; and the atmosphere. Through a variety of techniques, including demonstration and discovery, the sixth grade student will understand and apply current scientific principles. The student, through the use of the scientific method, solves problems in everyday life and develops a greater appreciation for science. A small group inquiry project incorporating experimental design skills is required.

    Social Studies

    United States History to 1865—23536
    Students will use social studies skills to explore the early history of the United States and understand ideas and events that strengthened the union. The standards for this course relate to the history of the United States from pre-Columbian times until 1865. Students will continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography as they study United States history in chronological sequence and learn about change and continuity in our history. They also will study documents and speeches that laid the foundation for American ideals and institutions and will examine the everyday life of people at different times in the country’s history through the use of primary and secondary sources. The study of history will emphasize the intellectual skills required for responsible citizenship. Students will practice these skills as they extend their understanding of the essential knowledge defined by all of the standards for history and social science.

    Electives

    Sixth grade students are required to take exploratory courses (electives). Courses may be selected from those listed below. All students are required to take the Career Investigations exploratory. Students may be assigned to an Academic Review class in lieu of one or more exploratory classes. 

    Art

    Art 6—91036
    This course introduces students to different media and processes including drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, creative problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to expand upon these skills in Art I and Art II. A fee is charged for consumable materials.

    Select Art 6—9103S6
    This exploratory offered during one elective rotation is designed to challenge students with new media and varied techniques beyond the range of standard studies in relation to the elements of art and the principles of design. Students are selected through an evaluation process that includes a portfolio, student self-evaluation, and a variety of artistic evaluations. Students must be identified for gifted visual arts services in order to be accepted into the class.

    Band

    Band—92306 Elective
    Band is open to all students, with or without previous experience. Students are offered guidance in the selection of an instrument. Instruments and other materials generally are furnished by the family. Band is a full-year class which may follow an alternating day schedule. Students are required to participate in one evening performance each semester.

    Career and Technical Education

    Career Investigations—9068- 9 wk
    This course allows students to explore career options and begin investigating career opportunities. Students assess their roles in society, identify their roles as workers, analyze their personal assets, complete a basic exploration of career clusters, select career pathways or occupations for further study, and create an Academic and Career Plan based on the their academic and career interests. This course also helps students identify and demonstrate the workplace skills that employers desire in their future employees.

    Introduction to Agriscience—8009-9wk
    This course introduces agriscience and develops an awareness of animal and plant science, natural resources, mechanical skills, and the food industry. Sixth grade students will participate in activities that will increase their awareness of the world of agriculture.

    Introduction to Agriscience—8013-18wk
    This course introduces agriscience and develops an awareness of animal and plant science, natural resources, mechanical skills, and the food industry. Sixth grade students will participate in activities that will increase their awareness of the world of agriculture. This course is a semester option for Intro to Agriscience.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Exploratory I—8206-9wk
    This course prepares students for the demands of 21st century living. This course provides a foundation for managing individual, family, career, and community roles and responsibilities. Students focus on areas of individual growth, goal setting, strengthening families, and awareness of personal safety and wellness. They also explore saving and spending practices, clothing care, food preparation, positive and caring relationships with others, and careers. Instruction emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts, where appropriate.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Exploratory I—8208-18wk
    This course prepares students for the demands of 21st century living. This course provides a foundation for managing individual, family, career, and community roles and responsibilities. Students focus on areas of individual growth, goal setting, strengthening families, and awareness of personal safety and wellness. They also explore saving and spending practices, clothing care, food preparation, positive and caring relationships with others, and careers. Instruction emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts, where appropriate. This course is a semester.

    Introduction to Technology—8481-9wk
    Students study the resources of all technology, including tools, energy, materials, people, time, information, and capital. This also includes the problem-solving process and various hands-on activities. They explore up to three systems of technology, including medical, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power, information and communication, transportation, manufacturing, and construction. Students relate the impact of technology on society, environment, and culture to future consequences and decisions.

    Introduction to Technology—8482-18wk
    Students study the resources of all technology, including tools, energy, materials, people, time, information, and capital. This also includes the problem-solving process and various hands-on activities. They explore up to three systems of technology, including medical, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power, information and communication, transportation, manufacturing, and construction. Students relate the impact of technology on society, environment, and culture to future consequences and decisions. THis course is a semester option for Intro to Technology.

    Computer Solutions—6607-9 wk
    Students are introduced to the world of business using the computer as a problem-solving tool. Emphasis is placed on using basic keyboarding skills to complete a variety of projects incorporating word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Basic Internet safety and computer maintenance issues are important components of this course. This is a nine week course.

    Computer Solutions—6609-18 wk
    Students are introduced to the world of business using the computer as a problem-solving tool. Emphasis is placed on using basic keyboarding skills to complete a variety of projects incorporating word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software. Basic Internet safety and computer maintenance issues are important components of this course. This is a semester course.

    Chorus

    Sixth Grade Chorus—9269
    This course is open to any sixth grade student. The curriculum includes learning to produce a proper singing tone, singing in unison and two-part harmony, understanding music terminology, reading and understanding music notation, and working together as a music ensemble. Students are required to participate in one evening performance each semester.

    Gifted

    GEMS—Gifted Exploration in Middle School—99006
    This exploratory course is designed to help meet the academic and affective needs of gifted middle school sixth grade students. The curriculum for this course has been designed to help students develop coping strategies for learning encounters in middle school. This plan will be used with flexibility and fidelity based on school, student, and teacher needs and assessments. This course is designed to support English SOL 6.1 and 6.2. Students must be identified for gifted academic services in order to be accepted into the class.

    Performing Arts

    Performing Arts 6—92086
    This course is an overview of various performing arts topics that can include music literacy skills, singing, instrumental studies, and/or acting. Emphasis is on furthering a student's interest in the fine arts. Topics covered depend on the resources and teacher's area of specialty in each middle school.

    Remediation

    Academic Review
    Reading/Writing Focus—9826RE
    Mathematics Focus—9826ME

    These courses are designed to provide remediation in the four core areas assessed on the Standards of Learning tests. Students with certain academic need or who fail one or more SOL tests may be assigned to these courses for a specified period of time. Students will receive additional instruction and review of content and concepts in the focus areas needing further development. A variety of instructional strategies will be used to address students’ individual remediation needs.

    World Languages

    Exploring World Languages—56036
    This course introduces students to world languages through participation in interactive activities using target vocabulary. Students learn through participation in an immersive environment, beginning with listening and reading comprehension and moving to responding to specific questions in the world language. As a result, students will be able to understand simple speech and engage in basic interactions around a variety of topics including families, contemporary life, and culture. This course prepares students for success in the Level I World Language courses, and is designed to support students from a variety of novice proficiency levels, from true beginners to novice ­high, using the American Council of Foreign Language Teacher (ACTFL) standards.