Tonaquint Intermediate School
6th Grade Core
Language Arts 6 – In 6th grade Language Arts students will:
- write essays; both argumentative and informational.
- read and find information from a sixth-grade text.
- use proper conventions and grammar
- use academic vocabulary in their writing and speaking
Math 6 – This class covers the Utah 6th grade core standards for mathematics (equations and expressions, number system, ratio and proportional relationships, geometry, and statistics and probability). Students are encouraged to retake quizzes as needed in order to be proficient. Students who fall short of proficiency on assessments will be re-taught and re-assessed during intervention time.
Science 6 – Course content is focused on the Utah Science Education Standards. This class incorporates the three dimensions of science understanding: science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. The theme of the content is the cycling of matter and the flow of energy.
Social Studies – This course focuses on the history of the world. It emphasizes the development and contributions of ancient world civilizations, the transformation of cultures during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the impact of revolutions on the modern world, and current global issues in the interconnected world. This course will also develop the reading and writing in content area skills that will build the foundation for secondary social studies in middle and high school.
Physical Education 6 – This course is an activity-based course designed to promote student knowledge of and positive disposition toward physical activity, fitness, and nutrition. Students will participate in competitive and cooperative activities. Organized games will promote physical fitness, social interaction, and fun. In addition, students will learn the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition for physical and emotional health.
Keyboarding – In this beginning formal keyboarding course students will master touch operation on a computer keyboard. Correct fingering by touch and good techniques will receive primary emphasis; speed and accuracy will be given secondary emphasis. The fourth row numbers and symbols and 10-key pad will also be taught. Students will also use basic word processing functions on a variety of document types.
7th Grade Core
Language Arts 7 – Students in LA 7 will read a variety of texts, both fiction and non-fiction; will research and write informative and argumentative essays as well as summaries, narratives, and other genres; and will practice speaking, listening, and language skills. All standards and tasks are based on the Utah Core Standards for Language Arts.
Math 7 – Students in 7th grade will be taught the entire 7th grade Utah Math Core. As a 7th grade department we will focus on six areas known as our GVCs which are:
- Add and subtract integers.
- Solve linear equations with a variable.
- Use proportions to solve problems.
- Solve simple equations for unknown angles in a figure.
- Find the area of a geometric shape.
- Find the probability of simple and compound events.
Our goal is to
- Increase confidence with problem solving.
- Increase confidence in math computation.
- Apply mathematical skills and make connections to life’s experiences.
- Work as a team to accomplish learning.
Science 7 – This grade-level science course will cover forces and motion, earth science, cells, heredity, and natural selection. This course also includes science and engineering practices with a hands-on approach.
Utah Studies – Students will explore the complex history of Utah, with examples of creativity, sacrifice, conflict, innovation, inequity, compromise, and leadership. Students will also learn about Utah’s diverse physical geography, encounter Utah’s economic systems and dynamics, and explore local and statewide political systems.
Healthy Lifestyles 7 – This course is an activity-based course designed to promote student knowledge of and positive disposition toward physical activity, fitness, and nutrition. Students will participate in competitive and cooperative activities. Organized games will promote physical fitness, social interaction, and fun. In addition, students will learn the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition for physical and emotional health.
College and Career Awareness – These College and Career Awareness courses are designed to help students identify their interests, abilities and skills. With appropriate developmental information related to careers, educational pathways and self-knowledge, students are able to begin to make college and career goals for the future. These classes are designed to acquaint students with the Utah labor market and the employment opportunities for which they can prepare by defining a College and Career Ready Plan.
Fine Arts Electives
Art – This class is designed to give entry-level students a solid overview of art production, history, aestheticism and criticism. A strong emphasis is placed on the elements and principles of art and the use of multiple two dimensional and three dimensional techniques and media. This broad-based curriculum provides a good general overview of the foundation for advanced art classes.
Choir – This beginning choir classes is for 6th and 7th grade students who have NOT taken Choir 1. Emphasis will be placed on quality vocal production, part singing, and music-reading skills. Rehearsals and performances outside of class time are part of this course requirement and will constitute a portion of each student’s grade.
Show Choir (Prerequisite: Choir teacher’s signature required for admission) – This choir is the intermediate level performing choir. This course is a full-year class and will perform at festivals and events.
Concert Orchestra (6th & 7th grade) – Beginning orchestra at the Intermediate school will be known as Concert Orchestra. Intermezzo Orchestra is designed for the string orchestra student ranging from no experience to having played for one year in orchestra or taking private lessons. Music instrument selections include violin, viola, cello, and string bass. This course requires each student to have their own instrument- rented or purchased. Limited instrument rentals available through school. This course also requires practice outside of class rehearsals. Students in this class are required to participate in all concerts and daily class rehearsals as part of student grade.
Symphonic Orchestra (6th & 7th grade) – Intermediate orchestra at the Intermediate school will be known as Intermezzo Orchestra. This is a team of intermediate and advanced string students ranging from two years playing to six or more years playing. It is recommended that students have an intermediate or advanced level of playing ability prior to signing up for this course. (2 or more years experience; private lessons highly recommended.) Violin, viola, cello or string bass.
Students in this class are required to participate in all concerts and daily class rehearsals as part of student grade.
Beginning Band -Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion- Beginning band students will learn music concepts by playing an instrument in an ensemble setting. Concepts include posture, tone production, reading notes, reading rhythms and articulations. Students are expected to acquire an instrument (with cleaning kit and accessories) and a method book for use in class. Instruments must be able to go back and forth between school and home to meet practice requirements. In the Brass class, students may begin playing trumpet, trombone, French horn, or baritone/euphonium. Students will need slide or valve oil and tuning slide grease to maintain their instruments. In the Woodwinds class, students may begin playing flute or clarinet, with options to extend to alto saxophone or bass clarinet following winter break. These students will need to purchase several reeds throughout the year. In the Percussion class, students will use a percussion kit on wheels consisting of a bell set (metal bars arranged like piano keys) and a practice pad. Students will need to acquire a set of drumsticks and soft rubber mallets. The school has a limited number of used but maintained instruments that may be rented for the year. Students are encouraged to purchase or rent instruments on their own if possible. Local music stores offer quality instruments through rent-to-own programs. Students will have both written and playing assessments and assignments. There will also be regular concert performances outside of the school day and students are expected to participate.
Intermediate Band – Intermediate Band students must complete a beginning band course or be able to play at an equivalent proficiency level to enroll in this class. Music concepts in the curriculum will build on the knowledge gained in Beginning Band and will include posture, tone production, reading notes, reading rhythms and articulation. Students are expected to acquire an instrument (with cleaning kit and accessories) and a method book for use in class. Beginning band classes were separated by instrument families. Intermediate band classes will be mixed instrumentation. Students who played clarinet in Beginning Band have the option to extend to alto or tenor saxophone, or bass clarinet. Brass players may consider branching out to the baritone or tuba if interested. Percussion students will need to have a way to practice both a keyboard instrument (bell set, piano, xylophone, etc.) at home and a practice pad with sticks and mallets. Percussion students in class will be assigned to different auxiliary percussion instruments for each piece students play in an ensemble. Playing a drum set is not part of the curriculum, although there may be an occasional piece that calls for it. Intermediate Band students will have regular concert performances outside of school and all students are expected to participate. Intermediate Band students will also be taking field trips to festivals, shows or combined school events during the year.