Bancroft Middle School

6th Grade Electives

Elective Wheel: The classes listed below are for one semester only. Students will receive two classes in the elective wheel.
Art 6
This course is a semester class. Students create and learn techniques and skills in visual arts that are cross curricular and follow the state content standards for grade 6. Basic drawing/painting and three dimensional art will be explored.

Intro to Computers 6
This is a semester course where students develop beginning and advanced word-processing, spreadsheet and database skills including using the keyboard. Desktop publishing techniques which incorporate graphics and text are taught. Appropriate technology skills will be utilized to conduct research and prepare multi-media presentations. Students practice and become very proficient at keyboarding. Students use advanced programs such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Cyber-safety and internet literacy are taught.

Long Beach Scholars 6
Students in the Long Beach Scholars elective will learn skills that will help them become successful in middle school, high school and college. The class will focus on learning study skills, critical thinking, developing relationships to improve grades, and an awareness of colleges and different careers. Students in this class will have the opportunity to work individually and collaboratively as they explore future possibilities.

 

Year-Long Classes: The classes listed below will be the assigned as an elective for the entire year.


Beginning Band
This class will teach 6th grade beginning students how to play the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba or saxophone. No experience is required. There are a limited number of instruments that are available for check out.


Beginning Orchestra
This class will teach 6th and 7th grade beginning students how to play the violin, viola, cello, and bass. No experience is required. There are a limited number of instruments that are available for check out.


ATM--Computers 6 (Semester 1—Intro, Semester 2—Intermediate)

ATM (Applied Technology Magnet) is a three year program that involves students committing to taking a computer course 6th, 7th, and 8th grade as their elective.
Students will be randomly selected to be in the ATM program from all proficient students who select ATM as their first choice. SUMMIT spaces in ATM will be proportional to the percentage of students they make up of the 6th grade class. Students learn computer related terms and identify computer hardware components. Students develop beginning and advanced word-processing, spreadsheet, and data base skills including the correct use of the keyboard. Desktop publishing techniques incorporating graphics and text are taught. Appropriate technology skills will be utilized to conduct research for projects and to prepare multi-media presentations. In semester 2, students are introduced to future technology, such as blogging, wikkies, pod-casting and on-line communication. On-line safety is taught and enforced.