Grade 6 - Electives

Basic Drawing (Credit: 0.50)

In Basic Drawing, students will experiment with several different art materials and tools to see what each tool can do best. Students will explore ordinary things around them to become more observant of the structures and meanings of things which can be seen in your their home and community. Your work will be your own study of the forms, textures, movements, and patterns of the things that you see every day. Each project and each lesson is based on the one before it; so always do the lessons in the order they are given. Be sure to follow the directions exactly regarding which materials, sizes, and subject matter to use for each project. Each lesson will be a study of a new way of drawing. The examples given will show only the method and materials to be used, never the same subject or size as the project assigned. The examples are never to be copied. An example will only show one way of using the technique described. By becoming more observant, by experimenting with new materials, and by exploring a variety of methods, students will continue to grow in artistic skill and enjoyment. Beyond fundamental skills are various levels of creativity. Each lesson provides room for expressing the technical skill learned in a unique, creative way. Materials Needed: 1 drawing pencil, 2B 1 round hair brush #10 1 bottle India Ink, black 1 Pilot Varsity Pen, self-contained black ink 2 conté crayons: white, black 1 Art gum eraser 1 white, wax Crayola crayon 40 sheets white drawing paper, 9×12 5 sheets construction paper, 9×12, black 15 sheets grey construction paper, 9×12 14 large envelopes, 10 x 13 2 sheets white watercolor paper (rough, heavy, stiff) 2 sheets rice paper 9 1/2 x12 (soft, translucent) 25 sheets newsprint, 9×12 1 bottle white glue (obtain locally)

Beginning Painting (Credit: 0.50)

This course introduces students to classical and contemporary painting, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. Painting from still life, landscape, and life models from observation will be geared towards realism; at the same time, various other painting styles could be explored. Color theory, linear perspective, compositional structure, figure/ground relationships, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized. Students will study and research major painting styles and movements in historical context. The hope is that students will use this global approach to develop a “critical eye” in evaluation of contemporary painting. Acrylic and watercolors are the mediums used in this class. The main emphasis of this course is to encourage and nourish individuality and creativity. Materials Needed: Chromacryl tube of acrylic paints Round brush Flat brush Watercolor paints (includes brush) Set of markers Painting paper (The pad of paper may be labeled watercolor paper. Please use for all paintings, including acrylic.) Newsprint paper (This paper is for sketches and testing paints. Do not use for painting projects.) 1–4b pencil 7 project cardstock pages

Keyboarding (Credit: 0.50)

The keyboarding course is appropriate for elementary and middle school students. The curriculum introduces new keys by rows where students first learn the middle row, then the top row and the bottom row of the keyboard. The content is designed with a strong focus on sight and high frequency words. This course assumes no keyboarding experience and will guide them through the keyboard.

MS Computer Basics (Credit: 0.50)

Computers have not only transformed the workplace, but have also become the method of delivery for education. Knowing some simple skills, such as keyboarding and the use of typical office software, will make their education much more productive. This course is designed to teach keyboarding to the level of proficiency needed to communicate successfully online. This course also teaches the use of word processing, drawing, spreadsheet, presentation, and Internet software. Finally, the capabilities, ethics, safety, and rules for Internet use are introduced. After taking this course, students should be able to use the computer productively for their school, work, and everyday lives.

MS Health (Credit: 0.50)

This course will help the student understand the importance of making decisions that will affect his or her physical, emotional, mental and social health. This course will provide students with the knowledge and resources they will need to make responsible informed decisions about their health. Students will have an opportunity to evaluate their own values, opinions and attitudes about health.

Major Concepts:

Successful Decision Making & Goal Setting
Improving you Physical Fitness
Maintaining Good Mental & Emotional Health
Building Self-Esteem
Tobacco & Alcohol
Teens & Drugs

Physical Education (Credit: 0.50)

This course combines online instruction and student participation in daily physical activities. Students will engage in warm-up, aerobic, and cool down activities. Students will be empowered to make positive choices, along with encouragement to develop positive habits in fitness, wellness, and movement. They will learn about injury prevention, nutrition, diet and stress management. This course will help the student understand the value of a lifetime of physical activities. The course is aligned with the State Standards for Physical Education. The student will understand and complete a Physical Education Fitness Assessment, along with daily logs of their physical activity. They will create a One Month Personal Physical Fitness Plan

Study Skills (Credit: 0.50)

In this course, students will learn how to become a better-organized and more successful student. Study Skills will also strengthen students writing skills as well as learn other academic success skills. Everything students learn in this course can be applied to other online courses. This course asks a lot of the student; it will be an easy A! However, students will have fun and gain self-confidence in their newfound abilities as a student. Having good study skills not only helps individuals become successful students, but also helps them become successful adults later in life. The skills taught in this course help students become stronger readers and writers. These skills will help students whether they go on to college or enter the workforce after high school. Writing, studying, note taking, reading, and communicating with teachers is not as difficult as students may think. Throughout this course, students will learn a variety of skills related to organization, time management, planning, communicating, and self-advocacy. Projects, assignments, readings, and the teacher will guide students as they begin their quest to becoming stronger writers and successful students.

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