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6th Grade Exploration Wheel!

6th Grade Exploration Wheel

The “wheel” is a fixed series of six enrichment classes divided in two sessions per trimester. 

Students are randomly placed in a cohort, and that cohort moves through the rotation of the wheel every six weeks.

All classes in the wheel are graded pass/fail.

 

 

Explore Art (6th grade only)

OEAA Course Description:

This six week class is pass/fail.  This course introduces different types of media used in arts and crafts.  Students learn the basic theory of color through painting and engage in tri-dimensional drawing.  The course also includes making simple masks and jewelry using clay.

 

Teacher Link: Mr. Johnson

 

Explore Computers (6th grade only)

OECA Course Description: This six week class is pass/fail. This class introduces students to web design, 3D design, Photoshop and digital citizenship.

 

Teacher Link: Mr. Allen

 

Explore Drama (6th grade only)

OEDA Course Description:

This six week class is pass/fail. Students explore the basics of public speaking and stage presence. They will learn to use facial expressions and gestures to present a skit, sell an item, improvise a speech, or explain the cultural significance of an event.  Students watch performances focusing on the acting, plot, scenery, and music.  They will also perform

in weekly individual or group projects.

 

Teacher Link: Ms. Servello

 

Explore French (6th grade only)  

OEFA Course Description:

This six week class is pass/fail.  This class is an introduction to the French language and culture.  Students will learn the basic communication skills of the French language.

 

Teacher Link: Ms. Alexander

 

Explore Mandarin (6th Grade only)

OEMA Course Description:This six week class is pass/fail. This class is an introduction to the Mandarin language and culture. Students will learn the basic communication skills of the Mandarin language. 

 

Teacher Link: Ms. Chen

 

Explore Shop (6th grade only)

OEGA Course Description:

This six week class is pass/fail.  This class is a hands on project based class.  It introduces students to the basic elements of drafting, cutting and polishing wood to construct a variety of craft projects using various forms of power equipment and tools. 

 

Teacher Link: Mr. Ramos

 

 

Art

Art (7/8th grades)

LAGH Course Description:

This yearlong course is designed to develop students’ personal experience with painting and drawing in a more formal setting.  Students will expand their knowledge of art vocabulary and color theory.  They will practice perspective techniques and will be introduced to watercolor painting, abstract expressions, and craft making.

 

Art-Advanced (8th grade only)

LAAH Course Description:

This yearlong course is designed to strengthen the students’ natural artistic abilities through the exploration of higher and more complex techniques for drawing real life perspective, drawing and painting of the human figure, printing, and ceramics.   Students are invited to join this yearlong course after the review of the Art I class students’ portfolios at the end of the spring.  Selected students’ portfolio work should demonstrate exceptional skills and abilities in the drawing and painting fields. 

NOTE

  • The Advanced Art class is by teacher invitation only.8th graders who were not in the Art class, but want to join Advanced Art can request to have their art portfolio reviewed by the Art teacher.

Teacher Links: Mr. Johnson 

art/craft

Art/Craft (7/8th grades)

LZGH Course Description:

This trimester course is part of the Expressions Wheel which also includes Drama and Tolerance classes.  This course exposes students to the basics of painting and drawing.  Students will develop their artistic skills and learn basic art vocabulary, basic drawing and painting techniques, and craft making.

 

Teacher LInks: Mr. Johnson 

Band

Music Electives

Note: We are separating Music class with Marching Band Club. 

Each class will have three mandatory graded performances, the fall, winter and spring concerts.

  Students are expected to attend rehearsals several days prior to a performance, but rehearsals are not graded. 

The students in the Marching Band Club participate in several after school activities and rehearsals.

 Students who participate in club events such as parades, the Disneyland trip,

or community performances will earn community service hours.

 

 

 

Teacher Link: Ms. Cable

 

Beginning Band (6-8th grades)

LBBH Course Description

This yearlong course is designed to introduce reading music, understanding musical theory, execution, and appreciation of music’s structure. 

NOTE:

  • The weekly practice at home log is graded.

 

Intermediate Band (7/8th grades)

LBGH Course Description

This yearlong course aims to furthering the students’ musical skills by moving them to a higher level of performance.  The students will be challenged to read, memorize, execute and apply musical theory to more complex musical works. 

NOTE:

  • The weekly practice at home log is graded.

New students with musical experience can request an audition for intermediate band placement with the band teacher before summer break.

 

 

Advanced Band (7/8th grades)

LBAH Course Description:

This yearlong fast paced course requires students to perform at the highest level of musicianship within the LMS Music program.  The Advanced Band students participate in concerts, and competitions throughout the state which requires after school rehearsals.

NOTE:

  • The weekly practice at home log is graded.
  • New 8th graders with musical experience can request an audition for advanced band placement with the band teacher before the summer break.

 

Orchestra (6-8th grades)

LZAH Course Description

This yearlong course open to all three grade levels is designed to develop reading music skills, execution, and appreciation of music’s structure for the string section instruments in an orchestra (violin, cello, viola, and bass)

NOTE:

  • The weekly practice at home log is graded.

 

Music 2015-2016 Sign Up Sheet.pdf

Music Calendar Dates 2014-2015.pdf

Music Why Take Music.pdf

Music What Do Universities Say.pdf

 

Computers

Computers (7/8th grades)

CCBH Course Description:

This trimester course is part of the STEM Wheel, which includes Environmental Science and Engineering.  This course teaches coding and introductory level web page design, including but not limited to: html5, css3, basic design, responsive design, and web page publishing. The goal will be for each student to design, write, and produce their own web page. 

 

Teacher Link: Mr. Allen 

Drama

Drama (7/8th grades)

LDGH Course Description:

This yearlong play production course immerses the students in team-building as they become a performing troupe.  The highlights of the course are the production of a short play in the fall, the school talent show, and a full-length play or musical to be presented to the public in the spring.  Students will learn and practice the basics for role auditions, memorizing lines, acting, singing and dancing.  The course also involves production posters and playbill design, production fundraising and ticket selling, and backstage work.

NOTE:

  • After school rehearsal and crew work time is required before performances. 

Teacher Links: Ms. Servello

Engineering

Engineering (7/8th grades)

QFGH Course Description:

This trimester course is part of the STEM Wheel which includes Environmental Science and Computers. This course is project based and the students will learn about the basic elements of design and construction. Student projects will include scale models such as bridges, skyscrapers and flying objects.

 

Teacher Link: Mr. Ramos

 

 

English Language Development

NEGH Course Description: This course provides English Language Learners the opportunity to improve their fluency in both oral and written communication skills. Using interactive activities, students strengthen their oral and written skills in English. Students work on developing their English fluency in social situations and academic discussions. 

 

Teacher Links: Ms.Servello

Environmental Science

 

Environmental Science (7/8th grades)

QDGH Course Description:

This trimester course is part of the STEM Wheel which includes Engineering and Computers.  Students will become a guardian of the ocean.  They will examine the human impact on the ocean and will engage in caring for and improving the health of our local Ecosystem.  Students will also participate in coastal cleanup, litter analysis, and wetland restoration with native plants.  They will also develop their public speaking skills by communicating with the community. 

 

Teacher Link: Ms. Hartigan

French 1

French (7/8th grades)

FFAH Course Description:

This yearlong high school level course introduces the basic reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills of the French language.  Emphasis will be given to the practices of listening and speaking, as well as exploring the various aspects of French culture including cooking.

NOTE:

  • 7th graders, there is no guarantee that LMS will have French II the following year.
  • Students who earn a grade of "B" or higher will be recommended to take French II in high school.

Teacher Links: Ms. Alexander

Fusion: Reading Support Class

OIJH Course Description:  Fusion is an academic literacy intervention class offered to those students who have been identified as reading two or more years below grade level standards.  Students receive explicit instruction in foundational reading skills, decoding and comprehension, geared toward moving students closer to grade level reading proficiency.  Each unit of study focuses on a specific academic literacy strategy that incorporates the essential skills of reading: decoding, fluency, word knowledge and vocabulary, and comprehension. In addition, students read from fictional and expository texts as they practice each literacy strategy. On-going short and long-term academic goal setting is also part of the course.  

 

Teacher LinksMs. Rylander

Journalism

Journalism (7/8th grades)

EJGH Course Description:

This yearlong class allows students to become a team of photographers, writers, editors, and computer graphic designers who publish the LMS online newsletter, “The Paw Press” and the Yearbook. The students play the role of objective journalists and learn to investigate and write news stories, cover news events and write copy to document the school year in words and pictures. 

NOTE:

  • Students in the Journalism class are expected to attend after school events as reporters and to work after school to meet deadlines.

Teacher Links: Ms. Servello

Leadership

Leadership (7/8th grades)

OSGH Course Description:

This yearlong course is designed to have students learn and practice the skills needed to become effective leaders. It includes the study of public speaking skills and leadership best practices. Emphasis will be placed on initiative, cooperation, empathy, and perseverance. Students will demonstrate what they learn by working in committees related to the coordination of and participation in school social, cultural, and public relations events.  Students will participate in student orientation days, parent/guardian tours, Back to School Night, Open House, assemblies, community drives, spirit days, school dances and other events. 

 

  • Students need to complete the Leadership Application packet and meet academic and citizenship requirements, which must be maintained.
  • Students will serve as a mentor to a group of 6th grade students throughout the school year.

Teacher Link: Ms. Olsen

Math Workshop: Grade level math support class

MOLA Course Description:This is a Trimester long math support class. Upon completion of this support class, your child will be placed into an elective class. The benefits of this support class includes: smaller class size, direct instruction, skill building in math skills and strategies. Students will receive curriculum focused on building foundational skills needed to support their grade level math performance. Engaging strategies, hands on investigations, as well as built in time for practice, will help students increase number sense and math fluency.The curriculum includes essential fluency skills including operations with fractions, strategies for multiplication, relational reasoning, and graphing. The goal is to build a student's ability in mathematics and to give them the confidence to work independently and successfully at grade level. With this additional support, we feel your child can continue to make academic progress. 

 

Teacher Links: Ms. Jung

Mandarin 1

Mandarin (7/8th grades)
FMAH Course Description:This yearlong high school level course introduces the basic reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills of the Mandarin language. Students will be introduced to Mandarin language and Chinese culture.  Students will use pinyin- the official phonetic system for transcribing the Mandarin pronunciations of Chinese characters into the Latin alphabet.

 

NOTE:

  • 7th graders, there is no guarantee that LMS will have Mandarin II the following year.
  • Students who earn a grade of "B" or higher will be recommended to take Mandarin II in high school.

Teacher Links: Ms. Chen

Outdoor Development

Outdoor Development (7/8th grades)

OXGH Course Description:

This yearlong course aims to develop students' responsibility for individual and team work using the LMS campus as a work medium.  Students will learn skills dealing with the proper and safe use of hand and power tools. Techniques for basic construction will also be introduced.  Students will learn how to plant, landscape and keep a garden. This class maintains the school's Nature Area, runs the school's recycling program, and our Seed to Table program.

 

Teacher Link: Mr. Miro

Spanish 1

Spanish (7/8th grades)

FSAH Course Description:

This yearlong high school level course introduces the basic reading, writing, comprehension, and speaking skills of the Spanish language.  Students will be introduced to the Spanish language and culture. 

NOTE:

  • 7th graders, there is no guarantee that LMS will have Spanish II the following year.
  • Students who earn a grade of "B" or higher will be recommended to take Spanish II in high school.

Shop

Shop (7/8th grades)

IZVH Course Description:

This yearlong course includes drafting and the development of manipulative skills using wood.  In this hands on project based class, the students construct a variety of projects using various forms of equipment and power tools.  In the 2nd and 3rd trimesters students will engage in more detailed and/or complex projects which require greater time on task. 

 

Teacher Links: Mr. Ramos