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6th Grade Elective Descriptions

Electives:

6th Grade Elective Descriptions - 2024-2025

BEGINNING BAND - For students with no previous, or less than one academic year of experience with band instruments: woodwinds, percussion, and brass (ability to play piano not applicable). Open to all grade levels.

COUGAR BAND - Cougar Band is for intermediate levels of playing ability.  Acceptance into Cougar Band is based on recommendation of the director.  Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.  

BEGINNING STRINGS - For students with little or no previous experience with stringed instruments. Students play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Open to all grade levels.

COUGAR STRINGS - This elective is for intermediate levels of playing ability. Acceptance into Cougar Strings is based on recommendation of the director. Participation in several scheduled evening performances is a course requirement.

CONCERT CHOIR - This class is open to all grade levels.  Students will learn beginning and intermediate vocal techniques, correct breathing, tone production, and how to read music. Concert Choir is a performing group that will sing all types of music such as pop, rock, Disney, and light classics. Participation in scheduled evening performances is part of the course requirement. 

FINE ART - This whole-year course provides students with a deeper understanding of art. A wide variety of materials and techniques are explored, including watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, ink, mixed-media and ceramics. This course will highlight and connect to student’s interests and backgrounds while including a wide range of artists and art movements.

YEARBOOK - This elective course is open to select 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Using a unique and specialized online computer program, students will design the Lindero Canyon Middle School yearbook and the yearbook video. They will also take photographs, create original artwork, and participate in Leadership events throughout the year. Students with an interest or ability in creative writing, journalism, photography, art, layout design, or computer skills are encouraged to select this elective. This is a great way to become involved in all the school activities and events, and is a good foundation for working on the yearbook in high school. Students should have good organization skills, be reliable, able to work in groups, take direction, and have the ability to work independently.  

EXPLORATORY PROGRAM

This elective is a series of classes designed to expose the student to a variety of enrichment topics and new experiences. Periodically throughout the school year students rotate as a group to the next class. Students remain with their classmates throughout the rotations. This program is only open only to sixth graders, and will include the following four courses:

  • ART - This class exposes students to the elements of art and principles of design. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of mediums such as oil pastels, watercolors, pencil, acrylics and plaster. Fun and exploration are the focus as students learn techniques and skills while discovering artists and the world of art.

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) - The goal of this class is to engage and motivate student interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (aka STEAM) through project-based learning. Students in this class will be introduced to the engineering process, programming with finches, and micro-bit. We will incorporate art and other mediums to learn about technology and engineering.

  • MUSIC IN FILM - Have you ever wondered about what makes some films so memorable like the iconic theme to Jurassic Park, or The Avengers theme when they assemble? Movies have significantly shaped modern culture by blending visual and auditory elements, transforming storytelling in the digital age. In this class we will be exploring the music behind these cinematic legendary film franchises such as Batman, Star Wars, Mission Impossible, and Marvel, to name a few, as movies play a crucial role in shaping how people interact with each other from around the world. This course dives into the historical relationship between music and film, exploring Hollywood productions, international cinema, and independent filmmaking. No prior musical knowledge is necessary. Participants will gain insights into various instrumentation and compositional techniques used in film music, video games, musicals, cartoons and much more. Students will be exposed to new genres, learn about film composers, broaden their film literacy, and develop an understanding of the techniques used by renowned filmmakers and composers. This course will examine over a dozen films and their soundtracks spanning from early cinema to contemporary works by directors like Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan. Notable musicians such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Bernard Herrmann, and Nino Rota will be studied.

  • INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LANGUAGE - This course teaches the basic foundations of Spanish.

21st CENTURY LEADERSHIP - This elective is designed to introduce students to the skills, values, and experience that will help them succeed in the digital world. Through both individual projects and school service projects, students learn to maintain technology, create digital content and provide training. Student-driven curriculum will develop critical thinking skills, communication, business organization, leadership and technical skills.

LEADERSHIP/WEB - Open to students who want to support and implement school spirit! Students plan and implement school activities for the entire school. Students design banners and posters to give school spirit for events. Leadership also helps teachers decorate classrooms, as well as plan and assist with school activities throughout the year. This elective is meant for those who want to be involved in school activities and events. Students should be able to work independently or cooperatively in a group, and have an interest in art and supporting the school community. Must complete an application process to be accepted in this class.