EXPLORATORIESARTThe Art Curriculum is an important part of a balanced education. This sequential program provides opportunities to all students for a variety of art experiences which promote creative, imaginative thinking and behavior. Art is taught from two perspectives: at an aesthetic level and at a technical level where students are exposed to an array of media and techniques. Art allows children to be individuals, bringing to each project personal qualities and interpretations. Our program is designed to promote aesthetic awareness, critical thinking, creative and imaginative problem solving and the ability to communicate through the use of visual media. These skills are applicable to all areas of the child’s educational experience. In Sixth Grade students will complete projects including Ojos, printmaking, sewing, and self-portraits. Students will also learn to use photo editing technology to create a personalized emoji project.
The World Language Curriculum was developed by the teachers and is carefully reviewed and modified as necessary to accommodate the growth of the students’ abilities. The curriculum is framed by the “5 C’s” of world languages: communication, culture, connections, comparisons and community. Activities and resources from the series, “Viva el espanol” and the middle school series iVen conmigo!, Adelante, Part I, are used in conjunction with teacher-made materials. Spanish content is integrated with our regular classroom content. This helps the students make connections with the materials. This is the key to keeping their interest and enthusiasm for this program. One of the culminating projects for the sixth grade students.MUSICThe Music Curriculum teaches students the elements of music such as rhythm, pitch, structure, tempo, and style. Using the online curriculum Quaver Music, students engage in a variety of music activities. Each unit of study culminates in a live performance in the music classroom. Throughout the lessons students actively listen, create, and compose music. They collaborate with classmates as they create, perform, respond, and connect with the world of music. Music unit topics include FUNdamentals (covering rhythm, pitch, chords, form, and melody); Street Entertaining – Busking; World Percussion – Africa; and Scoring for Animation.
Music contributes to a person’s aesthetic, emotional and cultural development, as well as improving academic skills in the classroom. Instrumental music is offered as an extra-curricular experience. The performance of music in the band setting provides our students with a very powerful tool with which to explore music. The format for music exploration requires that students are not only prepared to display the performance skills necessary to produce the music, but that they are also prepared to make musically literate judgments about what they and others perform.
STEM is a course study which integrates various disciplines from science, technology, engineering and math. The curriculum Engineering Everywhere (EE), developed out of the Museum of Science in Boston, is the primary resource for this course. This program is designed to develop engineering literacy for middle-school-aged students. Students in STEM classes will be engaged in intriguing engineering challenges which offer opportunities to tackle real-world engineering problems using the Engineering Design Process. Students will learn how to apply the Engineering Design Process while aiming to implement the “4 C’s” of 21st Century Learning: collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Students will also have the opportunity to research career interests and to explore STEM related occupations.
The benchmarks in the Physical Education Curriculum are designed to promote each student's optimum physical, mental, and social development. This curriculum represents a student-centered approach to physical education, consisting of appropriate grade level learning activities that support and encourage physical fitness (basic movement skills; team, dual, and individual sports; physical fitness; rhythm and dance) as well as lifelong physical activities are all addressed.
Medford's Physical Education and Health Education Programs compliment each other by striving to promote each child's overall wellness. Both programs are guided by research, teacher expertise, and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. Together these two programs hope to instill a mindset for students that promotes lifelong fitness and wellness.
The Health Curriculum at the middle school level was designed to prepare students with the knowledge they will need in order to achieve wellness. Wellness demands a continual balancing of human needs: social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual. This curriculum strives to emphasize the importance of self-responsibility and students will be challenged to be actively involved in the learning process by constantly assessing how the information presented affects life-style from a personal perspective.