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Grade 6 Curriculum

Grade 6 Curriculum SY 2017-2018
 
Courses for the 6th grade curriculum are as follows:
  1. English / Language Arts
  2. Social Studies
  3. Mathematics
  4. Science
  5. Guidance / PE
  6. Elective
*Beginning/Introductory music classes will only be offered to 6th graders.
 

Gifted and Talented (G/T) 

The Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program at Kaimuki Middle School (KMS) is available for those who are interested in taking one or more  G/T courses and meet qualifications. The G/T process includes a nomination, assessment, & selection phase where those interested in G/T are asked to apply. There are about 28 spots at grades six, seven and eight for the following core classes: English, Math, Science and Social Studies. The Gifted and Talented Program is offered to students who excel in one or more of the core subject areas and can benefit from extension, depth, acceleration, and/or enrichment of the curriculum. You do not need to indicate on your registration form your intent to apply. However, please look for the G/T Nomination form and application procedures, which will be available via our website at  at the beginning of the 2017 calendar year.

 
 
English / Language Arts Grade 6 - year
 
This standards-based course is required of all students in grade 6. It emphasizes and integrates all areas of the language arts. In this course, reading, writing, and oral communication processes are experienced as interrelated and interactive processes operating in meaning-rich contexts. Students develop their ability to use language for communication, for learning and reflection, and for personal and social fulfillment. They improve their ability to use written and spoken language for a variety of purposes and audiences. They come to understand the many facets of human experience through literature. 
 

ELL Language Arts - year

Differentiated Language Arts instruction for Active ELL students.  Students receive standards based instruction, in line with Common Core State Standards. Students acquire English while working on Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing skills.



 
Social Studies Grade 6 - year

This year long course examines the historical, cultural, and political perspectives of various world societies.  This scope of study spans pre-History through the Modern Era.  Throughout the year, students will be tasked to use the tools and methods of various social scientists to inquire about the similarities and differences between cultures as well as interactions between cultures and the evolution of these cultures, past and present.  The course will incorporate the Hawaii State Content & Performance (HCPS III) Standards as well as Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  

 
Mathematics Grade 6 - year

This course is required of all students in grade 6.  Emphasis is on developing proficiency with concepts and skills in Ratios and Proportional Relationships; The Number System; Expressions and Equations; Geometry; Statistics and Probability.  Learning in these areas will support the development of student proficiency of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Science Grade 6 - year

This is the first course in a sequence of three yearlong inquiry and laboratory-based courses. Schools are to develop and/or use available resource modules or adaptation of modules to use scientific inquiry and the relationships between science-technology-society to understand cycles of matter and energy, energy transformations, conservation of energy and matter, energy waves and their movements, physical and chemical properties of substances, periodic table, the indications of chemical reactions, the atomic model, forces and motion, and electric currents and magnets. 

 
Physical Education Grade 6 – semester
 

Successful completion of this course will meet Physical Education Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III. This standards-based course is strongly recommended for all students in grade 6. The course is designed to strengthen physical movement forms, concepts, principles, and skills through participation in a variety of physical activity experiences. Skills include the application of combinations of movement forms (chasing, fleeing, dodging, jumping and landing) and manipulative skills (dribbling, kicking, punting, throwing, catching, volleying and striking) in complex changing situations. Students will be introduced to specialized sport-specific skills in modified versions of invasion, target, net, and field activities. Sport activities could include, but are not limited to, the following: outdoor adventure games, archery, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, badminton, handball, ping pong, flag football, wrestling, and weight training. 

 
Personal Development and Guidance Grade 6 (TMG0010) – semester

Personal Development and Guidance is an elective course for students in grades 6-8. It is designed for students with special needs in the areas of personal and social development. Students with special needs may be defined as, but not limited to, students with transitional problems or students in special education and the gifted and talented programs. Depending on the assessed needs of students enrolled in the course, the content may include: dealing with stress, dealing with family relationships, and also with developing self-assessment skills, goal-setting skills, problem-solving and decision-making skills, as well as developing socialization and interpersonal relationship skills. Group process is emphasized, with a major portion of the instructional time devoted to students practicing the skills.

 
Special Education

The Special Education Program is taught by special education teachers and is designed to meet the unique educational needs of exceptional students certified as having mental, physical, and/or emotional impairments according to state and federal mandates.  The type and amount of special education programming needed by exceptional students will vary and depend upon the student’s current Individualized Education Program (IEP).  Most special education students will be mainstreamed or integrated into courses designed for regular students with appropriate adaptations and/or accommodations, while a small percentage of students may remain totally in special education classes.

The Community-Based Instructional Program (CBI) provides student participants with an opportunity to reinforce the practical application of academic and social skills needed to function within their community.  When teaching takes place in the environment where the skills naturally occur, the difficulties in generalizing skills from simulated situations vs. natural environments are minimized.  CBI activities are instructional lessons that have been carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of a student according to his/her IEP.

 

 
Grade 6 Electives
 
*Beginning/Introductory music classes will only be offered to 6th graders (these classes will not be offered to 7th and 8th graders).
 
Exploratory Wheel Grade 6 – year

One semester of World Art focusing on art and art periods from around the world.  Areas of study include work in drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts. Art history, criticism, and aesthetics are correlated with projects introduced in class.

One semester of Media Production where students learn to transcribe notes into “journalistic” copy formats, are introduced to video camera technology, and learn basic video production techniques.  Cooperative group work is emphasized.

 
Introduction to Band Grade 6 - year
 
Introductory Band is designed for students who want to learn to play a concert band instrument and perform in an ensemble for an audience. The course will include care of an instrument, posture and carriage, tone production, note-reading, and musical performance skills. Students will study basic musical forms, and will play and listen to different types of musical compositions. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year.

Introduction to Orchestra Grade 6 – year
 
Beginning Strings is designed for students who want to learn to play an orchestral string instrument and perform in an ensemble for an audience. The course will include care of an instrument, posture and carriage, tone production, note-reading, and musical performance skills. Students will study basic musical forms, and will play and listen to different types of musical compositions. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year.
 
Beginning Chorus Grade 6 – year
 
Beginning Chorus is designed to develop vocal and performance skills and develop knowledge and skills about music. Music arrangements from a variety of cultures, styles, and periods are sung in unison and sometimes in harmony. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year.
 
Beginning Ukulele Grade 6 – year
 
Beginning Ukulele is designed for students who want to learn the basics of playing ukulele in an ensemble for an audience. The course will include care of the instrument, posture and carriage, chords and fingering, fingerpicking, lead sheet and tablature reading, and musical performance skills. As students progress, students will learn to sing and play at the same time. Students will study basic musical forms, and will play and listen to different types of musical compositions. Students will demonstrate the skills they learn through private and public ensemble performances throughout the year.