The Language Arts/Literacy Curriculum in grades 6 - 8 incorporates the five standards (reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing) that are within strands of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Language Arts Literacy. In addition, critical thinking is prevalent throughout the curriculum. To embrace the areas of focus within each strand, the curriculum is set up in units of study with specific reading and writing skills/strategies at the center of each unit.
The units of study are supported with the newly adopted McDougal Littell Literature series. Within this series are numerous resources to meet the middle school needs of all of our readers and writers. Technology is embedded in this series in many ways from student accessibility through the Internet to students highlighting and writing notes on the computer as they read.
To activate the online version of the pupil edition of the McDougal Littell Literature series, visit: http://www.classzone.com. Please note that the language arts literacy teachers give students an activation code in order to set up their own access into their grade-level pupil edition.
Providing opportunities for students to experience science phenomena firsthand is the goal of the new middle school science program.—Science & Technology Concepts for Middle School (STC/MS). Each grade level will delve into two inquiry modules to enhance both skills and knowledge utilizing this comprehensive, research-based curriculum.
Sixth grade students will explore the growth and development of organisms through the inquiry module—Organisms-From Macro to Micro. Cabbage white butterflies and hydra are examples of the living specimens that students will investigate. Earth In Space is the second module for sixth grade. Relationships between the Sun-Earth-Moon will be investigated as well as planetary processes.
In addition to STC/MS, students will participate in units of study created by the teachers such as the study of the environment around us including the Pineland and Coastal Regions.
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The sixth grade mathematics curriculum is rooted in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As outlined in the CCSS, fewer content topics are taught at each grade allowing for deeper understanding. The skills and knowledge are specifically identified to succeed academically incredit-bearing, college entry courses and in workforce training programs. The targeted content for sixth grade includes:
Rations and Proportional Relationships: ratio concepts; ratio reasoning
The Number System: fraction and decimal operations; understanding rational
Expressions and Equations: Working with expressions, equations and inequalities
Geometry: area; surface area; volume
Statistics and Probability: data distributions; understanding variability
The program, Big Ideas Math, will be utilized to deliver the CCSS content. Lessons are designed in a balanced approach blending student-led discovery and teacher direct instruction. Each lesson begins with an inquiry-based activity allowing students to explore, question, explain and persevere as they seek to answer questions that encourage abstract thought. These rich activities are followed by direct instruction lessons, allowing for procedural fluency,modeling and the opportunity to use clear, precise mathematical language.
Students and parents have access to program materials online at http://bigideasmath.com. Once logged on, the students may access their Student Record and Practice book, lesson tutorials, games for extra practice,vocabulary flashcards and more.
History Alive! sounds like what it is…history brought to life utilizing interactive activities that require students to learn historical concepts and remember important details about history through participation. Students, in cooperation with their classmates, will make connections between classroom activities, the history, and their lives today. Using effective learning strategies such as the use of graphic organizers, analyzing primary sources, dramatizing compelling events, listening to music and discussing provocative questions will ensure that all students are engaged in the dynamics of learning for understanding.
The Ancient World is the focus of the sixth grade year. Topics include early humans and the ancient times of