SMADanvers Middle School S.T.R.E.A.M. Curriculum
Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math
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GRADE 6 CURRICULUM
Part of the material is from the Old Testament and stresses the Bible as revelation of God’s saving love. The students are also made aware of different types of peer pressure and ways to resist and handle peer pressure. The Bible, directed lessons, discussion, maps, chapter stories, role playing, timelines, videos, and the D.A.R.E. program (provided by the Danvers Police Department) are all part of the experience.
Students will read selections in different genres. They will learn to recognize literary elements, read critically, and apply a variety of reading strategies to short stories and trade books. Comprehension strategies will aid them to analyze cause and effect while connecting literature to social studies and to life. Wordly Wise is also used for systematic, sequential vocabulary development.
The program involves the study of grammar, spelling, and writing. Students review the grammatical concepts learned in Grade five and add more terminology and syntax to their knowledge. Throughout the year, students frequently work in small groups to become involved with the concepts learned and to apply them to their writing. Significant practice is given in editing and revising skills. For spelling, students are divided into three groups based on a beginning-of-year assessment and work on mastering words anywhere from sixth to high school level. By the end of the year, students should be able to 1) parse a sentence using all of the terminology and syntax learned to date, 2) spell more than just the high-utility words needed for middle school and high school work, 3) write a coherent essay, report, and narrative, 4) revise and edit their writing.
The program reviews and reinforces the concepts learned in Saxon Math up to Math 7/6. All four fundamental operations of arithmetic are addressed through regular inclusion in daily problem sets. Facts practice skills are continued and built upon to strengthen new skills based in algebraic operations and processes. Students begin to build the skills required to complete operations in linear algebra, and continue to study and develop skills in geometry, number theory, problem solving, statistics, and probability that began in earlier Saxon Math levels.
Students explore the Earth as the ever-changing dynamic third planet from the sun. The year begins with a look at how humans impact the delicate balance of the ecosystem with a trip to Stone Environmental School in Madison, NH. Here students explore the forest and pond ecosystems of the White Mountain area and learn about the close relationship between living and non-living parts of our environment and how we impact each of those in our daily lives. We continue to look at the planet and the delicate balance that created our planet and maintains it as the only one in our solar system that is able to support life. Through lab investigations we look at one of the most important resources, water, to learn lab procedures and the relationship of water and its life-giving properties so important to our world.
This grade’s focus, a world view, links the early beginnings of civilization to the phenomenal shifts experienced in modern day Europe, Asia, and Africa. The study of Eastern Hemisphere countries begins with ancient times, highlights the economic, intellectual, cultural, and religious influences of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Middle East, Greece, Rome, China, India, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. It includes modern day geographic and political changes. Maps, atlas, timelines, graphs, charts, diagrams, source material, literature, newspapers, guest speakers, videos, and slides are all part of the study of world cultures.
GRADE 7 CURRICULUM
Studies the life of Jesus as told through the writers of the New Testament. Students investigate the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and the messages they carried about Our Savior to the different audiences of the time. We also learn to relate to each other with Jesus as our model in The Second Step curriculum which helps middle school students develop “pro-social skills” and reduce impulsive behaviors that lead to aggressive behaviors.
The curriculum is a combination of grammar, writing, and vocabulary. Each daily lesson consists of writing in a Creative Writing Journal, practicing vocabulary words, and learning grammar. Students learn correct grammar usage to write sentences and develop paragraphs and essays in a variety of genres. Vocabulary study assists the students with their writing.
Students will read a wide variety of genres including the short story, novel, poetry, drama, myths, and nonfiction. Students will identify the basic facts and main ideas in a text and use them as the basis of interpretation. Emphasis will be on students being able to analyze how the author’s words appeal to the senses, create imagery, suggest mood and tone, and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Grade seven curriculum highlight classic American short story writers and poets.
Students study Life Science. Topics include: the cell, heredity, evolution, simple organisms, plants, animals, ecology, and the human body. The students have many investigations (labs) in which they use science equipment to develop scientific methods to solve problems. Students will learn to take proper measurements, manipulate science equipment, and develop safety skills in the science lab. Much of the program is a hands on approach where students are expected to develop science concepts and apply laws to enhance their science experience.
This is a pre-algebra course. This course prepares students for the eighth grade Algebra I course. The pre-algebra course reviews arithmetic fundamentals (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; real numbers, fractions, and decimals). In addition to arithmetic, geometry (perimeter, area, volume of different figures) and an introduction to statistics and probability is covered. Algebra is stressed, which includes working with signed numbers, solving equations, combining like terms, the distributive property, and simple word problems.
Some fun discrete math is incorporated; such as digital battleship, sudoku, kakuro, logic puzzles, and more.
Students will learn about the development of the United States from the exploration period of the 1600’s through its struggle for independence and the formation of a new government in the late 1700’s to being a divided nation at the time of the Civil War in the mid-1800’s. This will include a study of cultural, social, and economic aspects including current events and the use of multiple sources: maps, periodicals, field trips, guest speakers, and primary sources.
GRADE 8 CURRICULUM
The religion program involves a hands on approach to the study of the Church formed by Jesus. Students begin with a study of the need for a Church, t
hen move on to a study of the capital sins and their opposing virtues, the after
life, and the communion of saints. The year ends with a survey of the major eras of Church history. Throughout the year, students are taught the value of the Rosary and various other Catholic devotions which they may want to make a part of their prayer lives. Students frequently work in small groups to become involved with the material learned and to apply it in numerous ways. By the end of the year, students should be able to recite all major Catholic prayers, give the life story of one of the saints, and discuss how the Church benefited the world in various periods of Church history.
The English program starts daily with creative writing and vocabulary. The Latin and Greek Roots Book IV text is used. Each unit includes spelling, part of speech, definition, and usage of each word. The grammar portion focuses on learning the parts of speech, writing in a variety of genres, proper proofreading, and writing long and short essays.
Emphasis is on preparing students in literary analysis and essay writing as groundwork for high school and beyond. Students will identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of themes, structure, and elements of a wide variety of genres and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding. Reading selections will come from a variety of sources including American and British writers
The curriculum for Algebra I is: working with real numbers, solving equations and word problems, polynomials, factoring polynomials, algebraic fractions, graphing and functions, systems of linear equations, inequalities, rational and irrational numbers. The students complete a full year of Algebra I. The majority of the students enter high school in Honors Geometry thereby opting out of Algebra I.
Students study Physical Science. The topics include: matter, motion and forces, work, the atom, machines and energy, interactions of matter, electricity, and sound and light. The students have many investigations (labs) in which they use science equipment to develop scientific methods to solve problems. Students will learn to take proper measurements, manipulate science equipment, and develop safety skills in the science lab. Much of the program is a hands on approach where students are expected to draw conclusions that enhance science concepts and laws.
Students will learn about the growth and strengthening of the United States as a nation and a competing world power. From the industrial revolution, the growth of cities, and the impact ofimmigration of the late 1800’s to the emergence of the country in international relations and entanglements in foreign wars of the 1900’s. Students will become aware of the vast changes in the United States. This will include a study of cultural, social, and economic aspects including current events and the use of multiple resources: maps, text, periodicals, field trips, and primary sources.