Sixth Grade

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Language Arts

The Boise District's Elementary Language Arts program focuses on providing skills training in phonics, word identification, comprehension, study skills, and writing skills in a course of study which exposes students to quality literature from a variety of authors.


Mathematics

The elementary mathematics curriculum of the Boise School District will be vibrant, challenging, and child centered. With consideration for children's needs and their development, the followings NCTM strands, will comprise the elementary mathematics curriculum: (1) Numbers and Numeration, (2) Organizing and Interpreting Data, (3) Problem Solving, (4) Measurement, (5) Geometry, (6) Technology, and (7) Algebra - the language of mathematics. Instruction will be structured as a spiral of strands to ensure that children will experience mathematics as a unified whole rather than as a set of disjointed, unrelated parts. In particular, problem-solving and technology should serve to integrate the curriculum across the strands and among other disciplines.

Meaning and understanding of mathematics rests upon the foundation of mathematical concepts developed through experience with concrete manipulatives. Concepts and skills should not be taught in isolation. Both are built on students' past knowledge through meaningful examples and experiences, and students should be provided ample opportunities to apply them to practical, real-life situations.


Music - General

The Music Department's philosophy is based on the belief that experiences with music are fundamental to the education of children. The elementary music curriculum gives children instruction in, and opportunities for, singing, dancing, playing many types of instruments, reading music notation, performing drama pieces, creating their own music, and learning from the performances of professional and other musicians. It is the District's philosophy that General Music should be offered to every elementary student, K-6, for a minimum of 60 minutes per week.


Music - Band

Students will be introduced to the instruments of the band and learn the techniques required of a first-year band member. They will learn basic music theory, vocabulary, and be able to play alone and as a group through sequenced learning activities preparing them for successful participation in band at the junior high level. Students will also prepare and perform in school programs and be given the opportunity to perform in the district solo and ensemble festival.

  • Materials

    • Student band method book

    • Selected supplementary materials

    • Sheet music/band arrangements for concert performance

  • Curriculum


Music - Orchestra

Students will be introduced to the instruments of the orchestra and learn the techniques required of a second-year orchestra member. Their instrument choices will be violin, viola, cello, or bass. They will learn more advanced music theory, vocabulary, and be able to play alone and as a group through sequenced learning activities preparing them for successful participation in orchestra at the junior high level. Students will also prepare and perform in school programs and be given the opportunity to perform in the district solo and ensemble festival.

  • Materials:

    • Orchestra method book

    • Selected supplementary books

    • Sheet music/orchestra arrangements for concert performance

  • Curriculum


Physical Education

The goal of the Physical Education curriculum it to develop individuals who are proficient at movement and who can use physical activity to:

  • Maintain or develop fitness

  • Develop skills for sport and recreation

  • Use movement for self-expression, enjoyment, challenge, and social interaction

  • Pursue lifelong physical activity


Scope and Sequence Grades K-6

Curriculum K-6



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Social Studies

The sixth grade curriculum is the beginning of a three-course sequence of World Studies. In collaboration with seventh and eighth grade teachers, the sixth grade was designed to introduce the World Studies in the Western Hemisphere excluding the U.S. As such, the course will concentrate on Canadian and Latin American history, geography and culture. During the first semester, students will focus on geography skills, a World Studies Model (designed by teachers in grades six, seven and eight to examine cultures), a study of Ancient Cultures and Exploration, and the geography, history and cultures of Mexico. The second semester includes the study of Central America/Caribbean, South America and Canada.


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