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Core Curriculum

Grade 6

In grade 6 language arts, team teachers focus on developing skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening by having students evaluate and interpret a wide range of literature. Using The Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, The Adventures of Ulysses, Tuck Everlasting, Number the Stars and The Giver, students practice skills such as summarizing, predicting, drawing conclusions, making inferences and note taking.

In social studies, students focus on time, people and places along an historical continuum from the rise of civilization to modern day. Using life process, and character skills, students gain a comprehensive awareness of the changes in our world throughout time and the influences of ancient cultures and European ideas on western civilization.

The focus of the 6th grade mathematics program is on developing and refining the five major mathematics strands. Topics include: patterns, order of operations, properties of numbers, number theories, decimals, fractions, integers, coordinate geometry, ratio and proportion, rates and application, equation solving, geometry and probability, and statistics

The 6th grade science curriculum engages students in three major areas; scientific inquiry, the physical setting and the living environment. Students use scientific inquiry, mathematical analysis and engineering design to pose questions, seek answers and develop solutions. They use the scientific process to make observations, construct explanations, formulate a hypothesis, construct models and analyze results. Students study earth science concepts such as planets, earth and lunar motions and, solar features in addition to the needs of living organisms and their relationships to the environment as well as other living organisms.

Grade 7

The focus of the 7th Grade English curriculum is on the improvement of student achievement for the four language arts skills, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Literature is used as the primary way of achieving New York State Reading Standards.

In grade 7, the content of the Math curriculum is closely aligned to the current New York State and national standards. Topics covered include: Operations with Rational Numbers, Ratio, Proportion, and Percent, Algebra, Geometry and Measurement, Statistics and Probability. An emphasis is placed on helping to develop a variety of strategies for problem solving, strengthen their logical reasoning skills and improve their ability to explain their problem solving strategies in both oral and written format.

This year in science we will focus primarily on the physical setting. This includes earth and environmental science, physics, and chemistry. Material from the sixth grade will be reviewed throughout the year to prepare students for the eighth grade assessments. Students are expected to perform a variety of hands-on tasks, develop problem-solving skills, demonstrate knowledge of materials and measurement, and comprehend scientific terminology.

Social Studies content in the seventh grade focuses on a chronologically organized study of United States and New York State history. It traces the human experience in the United States from pre-Columbian times to the Civil War, tying political, geographic, economic, and social trends in United States history to parallel trends and time frames in New York State history.

Grade 8

In grade 8, students will strengthen their grammar and spelling skills, increase their vocabulary, and reinforce sentence and paragraph structure through the construction of various essays. Comprehension and appreciations skills will be fortified through the study of such novels as To Kill A Mockingbird. Across Five Aprils, The Diary of Anne Frank, Hatchet, and Call of the Wild. In addition, teachers will prepare students
for the New York State Language Arts Assessment.

The study of living things is the focus of Grade 8 science. Topics include the identification and study of the basic characteristics of organisms in the five kingdoms and an in depth study of the structure and function of all parts of the human body. Genetics will be introduced thereby helping students to gain an understanding of their own genetic traits. The State Assessment test will be given at the end of the year and cover the curriculum from grades 6, 7 & 8.

The subject of biology was renamed Living Environment. The same curriculum is basically studied however, less emphasis is based on the structure of organisms other than humans and more emphasis seems to be on the relationship of the concepts studied to life today. The curriculum includes an in depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The study of Genetics is reviewed from Life Science and then looked at in much greater detail. The relationships between organisms and the environments they live in are also studied. Students enrolled in this course of study are required to complete 30 hours of laboratory work and pass the New York State Regents Exam in order to earn regents credit. This course is an advanced level of study for Middle School students in the eighth grade.

The grade 8 Mathematics curriculum is based on the New York State Learning Standards. Students are expected to master fundamental arithmetic skills that have been traditionally required as well as to develop conceptual understanding in the areas of Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, Probability, and Statistics. These are fostered throughout a variety of strategies that include problem solving and the used in student discussion. The State Education Department assesses standards annually in May. The results provided are used to identify students who are in need of remediation.

In 8th grade social studies, students examine the events that have taken place in American history over the last 150 years beginning with the Antebellum era and concluding with the post-Cold War era. Geography, technology, politics, economics and world history are incorporated into the curriculum. Students analyze primary sources as well as the art and music that correlate with the areas they study. Students work diligently throughout the year on skills that are necessary for the Eighth Grade Studies Assessment.