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Middle School Course Descriptions

Middle School Course Descriptions

Math

Grade 5 Math Course Description

Fifth grade mathematics is about (1) developing fluency with addition and subtraction of fractions,
and developing understanding of the multiplication of fractions and of division of fractions in limited
cases (unit fractions divided by whole numbers and whole numbers divided by unit fractions); (2)
extending division to two-digit divisors, integrating decimal fractions into the place value system and
developing understanding of operations with decimals to hundredths, and developing fluency with
whole number and decimal operations; and (3) developing understanding of volume.

Grade 6 Math Course Description

Sixth grade mathematics is about (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and
division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of
division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which
includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations;
and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

Grade 7 Math Course Description

Seventh grade mathematics is about (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional
relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with
expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal
geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems
involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on
samples.

Grade 8 Math Course Description

Eighth grade mathematics is about (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations,
including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear
equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using
functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and
figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the
Pythagorean Theorem; (4) developing the understanding of linear and exponential relationships
by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend;
and (5) engaging in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.

 

Science (To see videos of some of the experiments click here)

Grade 5 Science

The grade 5 Science Curriculum emphasizes the importance of selecting appropriate instruments for measuring and recording observations. The organization, analysis, and application of data continue to be an important focus of classroom inquiry.  Science skills from preceding grades, including questioning, using and validating evidence, and systematic experimentation, are reinforced at this level.  Students are introduced to more detailed concepts of sound and light and the tools used for studying them.  Key concepts of matter include atoms, molecules, elements, and compounds, and the properties of matter are defined in greater detail. The cellular makeup of organisms and the distinguishing characteristics of groups of organisms are stressed.  Students also learn about the characteristics of the oceans and the Earth’s changing surface.

Grade 6 Science

The grade 6 Science Curriculum continues to emphasize data analysis and experimentation.  Methods are studied for testing the validity of predictions and conclusions. Scientific methodology, focusing on precision in stating hypotheses and defining dependent and independent variables, is strongly reinforced.  The concept of change is explored through the study of transformations of energy and matter, both in living things and in the Physical Sciences. A more detailed understanding of the solar system becomes a focus of instruction.  Natural resource management and its relation to public policy and cost/benefit trade-offs are introduced.

Grade 7 Science

The grade 7 (Life Science) Curriculum emphasize a more complex understanding of change, cycles, patterns, and relationships in the living world.  Students build on basic principles related to these concepts by exploring the cellular organization and the classification of organisms; the dynamic relationships among organisms, populations, communities and ecosystems; and change as a result of the transmission of genetic information from generation to generation.  Inquiry skills at this level include organization and mathematical analysis of data, manipulating variables in experimentation, and identifying sources of experimental error.

Grade 8 Science

The grade 8 (Physical Science) Curriculum continues to build on skills of systematic investigation with a clear focus on variables and repeated trials. Validating conclusions using evidence and data becomes increasingly important at this level.  Students will plan and conduct research involving both classroom experimentation and literature reviews from written and electronic resources. Research methods and skills highlight practical problems and questions.  Students will share their work using written reports and other presentations.  The Physical Science standards stress a more in-depth understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy.  The curriculum places considerable emphasis on the technological application of Physical Science principles.  Major areas covered by the objectives include the periodic table; physical and chemical changes; nuclear reactions; temperature and heat; sound; light; electricity and magnetism; and work, force, and motion.

English

Grade 5 ELA

In fifth grade, students will read a variety of informational and literary texts, including such novels as Joey Pigza Loses Control, Bridge to Terabithia, and Tuck Everlasting. They will adjust their comprehension and vocabulary strategies to become better readers. Students will discuss, reflect, and respond, using evidence from text, to a wide range of literary genres and informational text. Students will broaden their understanding and demonstrate greater command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Grade 6 ELA

In sixth grade, students will read a variety of informational and literary texts, including such novels as Hatchet and Where the Red Fern Grows. They will adjust their comprehension and vocabulary strategies to become better readers. Students will discuss, reflect, and respond, using evidence from text, to a wide range of literary genres and informational text. They will further develop the skills of paragraphing, summarizing, and synthesizing in exposition, persuasion, and content-area writing, in addition to fiction writing. Students will broaden their understanding and demonstrate greater command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Grade 7 ELA

In seventh grade, students will read a variety of informational and literary texts, including such novels as Holes and The Giver. They will adjust their comprehension and vocabulary strategies to become better readers. Students will discuss, reflect, and respond, using evidence from text, to a wide range of literary genres and informational text. They will further develop the skills of paragraphing, summarizing, and synthesizing in exposition, persuasion, and content-area writing, in addition to fiction writing. Students will broaden their understanding and demonstrate greater command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Grade 8 ELA

In eighth grade, students will read a variety of informational and literary texts, including such novels as The Outsiders and The Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. They will adjust their comprehension and vocabulary strategies to become better readers. Students will discuss, reflect, and respond, using evidence from text, to a wide range of literary genres and informational text. They will further develop the skills of paragraphing, summarizing, and synthesizing in exposition, persuasion, and content-area writing, in addition to fiction writing. Students will broaden their understanding and demonstrate greater command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

 

Social Studies  (To see video about our International Festival Click Here)

5th Grade: United States History

The course overview of United States History begins with a discussion of North American geography and follows with a history of the First People and how their distinct cultures were shaped by geography (Chapters 1-2). United States history derives its beginnings with the development of European power, political development, trade networks and exploration (Chapters 3-4). The principle years of United States history are a story of European struggle to conqueror and claim the new refound continents of North and South America with Spain, France, England, Netherlands,  and even Sweden and Russia playing roles. This period of time focuses on the establishment of colonies and their eventual struggle for independence (Chapters 5-7). Chapters 8-9 discuss the United States Constitution and the growth of the new nation as it expands its territory from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The issue of slavery has been a contentious one throughout the history of the United States and it was left unresolved with the writing of the US Constitution. The issue of slavery was confronted head on and the beginnings of a resolution were affected with the Civil War (Chapters 10-11). Chapters 12-14 offer a whirlwind tour of the history of the United States from 1900 to the present.

 

6th Grade: Ancient Civilizations

The course, Ancient Civilizations, is a walk through histories earliest civilizations found in Africa, Europe, and Asia. The course begins with a review of the World’s Early Peoples (chapter 1) and takes us from early man to hunters and gatherers. Chapter 2 explores the agricultural revolution and the resulting growth of cities and complex societies. Unit 2, chapters 3-5 develop a picture of the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Kush. Unit 3 explores the Ancient Hebrews and the Changes for Jewish People (chapters 6-7). Chapters 8-9 discusses the early Greek city-states, especially Sparta and Athens. A special emphasis is on the Golden Age of Greece culminating in the empire of Alexander. Chapters 10 and 11 explore the rise of civilizations in the Indus Valley of India and the Chinese civilization in the valley of the Huang Hua. Our year of study ends with the story of the Roman Empire and Rome’s legacy to the rest of the world.

 

7th Grade:  World Studies, Western Hemisphere

The World Studies: Western Hemisphere course is divided into three parts a) Introduction to Foundations in Geography, b) The United States and Canada, and c) Latin America. Chapters 1-5 cover geography, both physical and human, cultures of the world and how cultures around the world interact with their environment. Chapters 6-10 discuss the geography, history, and the regions of the United States and Canada. Chapters 11-13 develop a picture of the geography history and culture of Latin America from Mexico to Argentina and the Caribbean Islands. Chapters 14-16 discuss each country specifically, their governments, social structure, resources and future.

 

8th Grade: World Studies- Eastern Hemisphere

This course is structured similar to the 7th grade World Studies- Western Hemisphere with building a regional background and then fleshing the newly acquired knowledge with specific information about individual countries. Chapters 1-5 are a review of the material covered in chapters 1-5 of the Western Hemispheres text. Chapters 6-10 develop the new material a regional background of Europe and Russia. This broad area is subdivided into Western Europe and Eastern Europe and Russia and a picture of each country is developed in chapters 9-10. The text then moves to the continent of Africa covering the Regional Background of Africa exploring its physical geography, history and cultures (chapters 11-13). The specific countries of Africa are examined in detail in chapters 14-17. The final focus of the textbook is Asia and once again a Regional Background is developed by studying the physical geography, cultures and history of Africa’s various regions (Chapters 18-20). Each individual country is discussed more thoroughly in chapters 21-23.

 

Orchestra

Middle School Orchestra

Students apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in performing a varied repertoire of music. The students play a repertoire of literature representing various genres, styles, and cultures with expression, technical accuracy, tone quality, and articulation written and memorized, by oneself and in ensembles. Students will be able to perform on an instrument in both large and small ensembles, with performers for varied parts. Students analyze the role of music in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting cultural diversity as it relates to music, musicians, and composers.

 

Art

Middle School Art is a more focused course where students are shown, and encouraged,  to begin to show more detail and mastery in the projects that they do in class. The class covers a wide range of artistic projects developed with the intent of furthering the students appreciation and love for art.

 

General Music

Middle School General Music

Students will process, analyze, and respond to sensory information through the language and skills unique to music. Students read, notate, listen to, analyze, and describe music and other aural information, using the terminology of music. Students apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in performing a varied repertoire of music. They compose and arrange music and improvise melodies, variations, and accompaniments, using digital/electronic technology when appropriate. Students analyze the role of music in past and present cultures throughout the world, noting cultural diversity as it relates to music, musicians, and composers. Students will be able to read, write, and perform rhythmic and melodic notation, using standard symbols for pitch, meter, rhythm, dynamics, and tempo in duple and triple meters. Ear Training will be utilized in transcribing rhythmic and melodic notation. Students will learn the bass and treble clefs while sight-reading simple melodies.

 

Technology

Technology Grades 6-8

In this class they will be learning how to use tools such as Inkscape, Gimp and Blender to create 2d and 3d images. These images can be used to create things such as diagrams or illustrate to inform. I will also teach them how to program in the language of c# using both Unity and Monodevelop. This will expand on skills they have learnt about basic coding in Elementary.

They will also incorporate some of the design, images they created with this coding.

 

Drama

Middle School Drama

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic concepts of theatre arts.  Students will use various creative drama techniques to build confidence and oral fluency, stimulate imagination, movement, and role-play.  Students will learn and use drama and theatre vocabulary in class discussions and the activities will specifically address the promotion and reinforcement of students’ literacy skills. Students will exhibit and reinforce their skills through individual and group presentations and performances.

 

Physical Education

PE Middle School

Middle School PE focuses more on being part of a team and thinking strategically and collectively. They will use skills they have developed in Elementary PE to excel in more competitive situations.