Grades 6-7

Sixth & Seventh Grade Distance Learning
 
Students entering Sixth and Seventh Grade in the fall can choose from a variety of classes that run from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Students can "attend" one class or any combination of classes. Class times are staggered and have breaks between them so that students who would like to take more than one class can have a break in between classes. None of the class times overlap, so students may attend any or all of the classes.
 
All classes are 45 minutes in length and are conducted on Zoom. Zoom sessions are password protected and links are changed daily to help create a safe online learning environment. All of the activities will be done with the teacher during the Zoom session, however, many of these classes are sure to inspire further learning and creativity outside of "class".
 
For all classes, students will need access to the Internet. A printer will enhance the class experience but is not necessary. A list of supplies that are commonly found around the house will be provided about a week before the class begins. Some classes recommend purchasing a novel or book, so please read each description carefully for that suggestion.
 
Session 1 Class Options
 
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - The Hero's Journey (Language Arts)
What do Rey Skywalker, Harry Potter, Tristan Strong, and Miles Morales have in common? They are all heroes!  But what makes them heroes? Is it their powers? Is it their lives? Is it the people they love and feel like they have to protect? Join Mr. Macias to learn about the Hero's Journey and the steps heroes take that lead them from regular kid to hero! Sixth and Seventh Graders will explore their own hero arc as they write about their journey of fears to triumph. Who knows, maybe they will discover their own powers in the process!  
 
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Still Life Photography 
No two people see the world exactly the same. Taking a picture is the closest we can get to sharing our perspective with the people we care about and with people we don't even know. Learning how to harness that language of imagery is what this class is about! Students will join Mr. Macías on a photography adventure, where they will learn how to manipulate perspective and light; color and shadow; and focus and contrast. Students will need access to an iPad or iPhone for this class.
 
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. - Let's Move!
It's time to get moving! Join Ms. Zukoski in a physical movement class that will develop agility, coordination, musicality and dance techniques. Through creative movement games, improvisation, and individual and group creations, students will have the opportunity to get moving with their friends!
 
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. - Let's go Camping: A Real World Application of Math
It's time for Sixth and Seventh Graders to plan an epic camping trip for their family and a friend's family. Students will join Ms. Bradley in sharpening their math skills as they choose campsite locations, plan meals and food lists, organize daily schedules, design a campsite layout, and purchase the necessary camping gear. For this class, students will need a ruler with both mm/cm and inches and crayons or colored pencils.
 
Session 2 Class Options
 
9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - I am God. And so are You.  (Language Arts)
Walking the deserts of Arrakis, or climbing through the swamps of Dagobahh, or even arriving in Panem to compete as a tribute feels different for each and every reader. That is because the writers of Dune, and of The Empire Strikes Back, and of The Hunger Games created those worlds from scratch. They made them up! Mr. Macias will guide Sixth and Seventh Graders as they develop characters and create worlds for those characters that inspire real people to live there.
 
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Making Magic: A Movie-Making Elective
"People tell stories to survive." Today, people tell those stories with the technology they carry in their pockets. In this class, Mr. Macías will teach students how to manipulate technology to tell their own stories. Students will make stop-motion movies, use green screens to travel across the universe, learn voiceover techniques, and create documentary short films about dogs and cats. Students will need access to an iPad or iPhone for this class.
 
11:15 - 12:00 p.m. - Let's Move!
It's time to get moving! Join Ms. Zukoski in a physical movement class that will develop agility, coordination, musicality and dance techniques. Through creative movement games, improvisation, and individual and group creations, students will have the opportunity to get moving with their friends!
 
12:45 - 1:30 p.m. - Let's go to the Fair: A Real World Application of Math
Sixth and Seventh Graders will join Ms. Bradley on a virtual trip to the fair this summer! It's a good thing they are going with her because she has been too busy to plan it and needs their help organizing the details of this overnight trip. Students will use their math skills to make cost-efficient choices about lodging and transportation, as well as creating a schedule and purchasing tickets for rides and games. Students will need a ruler with both mm/cm and inches as well as crayons or colored pencils.  
 
* All classes must reach a minimum enrollment, and all classes have a maximum enrollment.
 

Registration is Open!

 

Sixth & Seventh Grade

Monday - Friday 

Times vary depending on class selection.

*Closed July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

Session Options

Dates

Tuition

Session 1 

June 22 - July 2

$125/class

Session 2 

July 6 - July 17

$140/class

 

For questions, contact us at 310.454.1350 or email us at summersession@stmatthewsschool.com